Meet Your Counseling Staff

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Jessica Gregory
Co-Director of Counseling

Jessica Gregory became Director of Counseling Services in February 2011. Prior to this appointment she spent 7 ½ years as a school counselor at Washington-Liberty. She received her Master’s degree in School Counseling from Penn State University and her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from George Mason University. Before becoming a school counselor she worked at a non-profit that focused on reproductive health issues. When she is not at W-L she can be found out on a hike or riding her bike. She speaks Spanish & Portuguese.

Kristen Devany

Kristin Devaney

Co-Director of Counseling


Dr. Kristin Devaney has been a counselor at Washington-Liberty since 2004 and a Director of Counseling since 2017. She is originally from New York and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College and her Master of Science in School Counseling from Fordham University. She earned her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Virginia Tech in 2018. Prior to joining Washington-Liberty’s Counseling team, Kristin worked as a School Counselor with elementary students and as a College Advisor and Instructor in New York before dedicating her career to Arlington Public Schools in 2003.


Elysse Catino

College & Career Counselor


Elysse Catino has been a counselor at Washington-Liberty since 2011. She received her M.A. from Marymount University and her B.A. in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the W-L Counseling Department, Elysse worked in human resources. Currently, Elysse is a faculty advisor to our CONNECT Mentors and for the National Honor Society. When she is not at W-L, she can be found enjoying the outdoors and is an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College.


Theresa Gentile



Theresa Gentile received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Government from the University of Virginia and her Master’s in School Counseling from The George Washington University. Prior to W-L, she served in AmeriCorps and the National College Advising Corps working with first generation families on the college admissions process, as well as a career and academic success counselor at Northern Virginia Community College. When she’s not at W-L, she enjoys live music and cooking.

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Joseph Caldwell



Joseph Caldwell originally hailing from the Buffalo, NY region, Joe began his journey in education by receiving his BA in Psychology from THE St. Bonaventure University. A trip to historic Williamsburg, VA followed college where Mr. Caldwell received his Master Degrees in School Psychology and School Counseling from The College of William and Mary. Having honed his School Counseling skills over the last decade and a half Joe is excited to join the Washington – Liberty team! Outside of W-L Joe enjoys spending time with his daughter and two dogs.


Zarin Kapadia



Zarin Kapadia received her MA in Education and Development as well as her BA in Psychology from George Washington University. Before coming to Washington-Liberty, she worked as a school counselor in District of Columbia Public Schools in Washington, D.C., as well as Taylor and Jamestown Elementary in Arlington. Ms. Kapadia has a passion for reading, running, cooking, and traveling. Her professional interests include transitioning students, military families, third culture kids, and the college admissions process. Ms. Kapadia interned at W-L and is excited to be back and a part of the counseling team!
Heather Mizell
Heather Mizell
Heather Mizell received her Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Virginia State University and her Master’s degree in School Counseling from Trinity University. Before joining the Counseling Department, Heather was a special educator here at W-L for 5 years. She also taught at the elementary level in Washington, D.C. and the middle school level in Prince William County, Virginia.


Atiya Rehman



Atiya Rehman is a lifelong Arlingtonian. She went to Patrick Henry Elementary School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and graduated from Washington-Liberty in 2011. She received her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in School Counseling from Marymount University in 2017. In addition to being a counselor she is also WL’s Public Relations Liaison – follow us @GeneralsPride! Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Once a General, always a General!

Laura Smithgall

Laura Smithgall

Laura Smithgall received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from St. John Fisher College and her Master’s degree in School Counseling from The College at Brockport, SUNY. Prior to joining Washington-Liberty’s Counseling Department, Laura was an intern at a high school and middle school in upstate NY. In addition, Laura was a substitute teacher at the high school and middle school level in her hometown of Perry, NY. At W-L, she coaches the Varsity Girl’s Tennis Team and is co-advisor of National Honor Society. Outside of W-L, she teaches at Northern Virginia Community College, helping first time college students acquire the skills they need to be successful in college.

Meaghan Traverse

Meaghan Traverse



Meaghan Traverse received a BA in Psychology from Boston College and her Masters in School Counseling from George Washington University. Before coming to W-L to begin her new career as a counselor, she worked as a legislative aide in the House of Representatives in Boston. MA.


Ronald Valdez

EL Counselor


Ronald Valdez recently completed his M.Ed in Counseling and Development from GMU. He also got his BA in Psychology from GMU after transferring from NOVA. Before becoming a school counselor, he worked at Kenmore for 6 years as a Bilingual Family Resource Assistant and 4 years as an Extended Day Aide. Ronald is excited to be able to work as a counselor at Washington-Liberty. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and a bit of Portuguese as well. He is at WL on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Bridgette Wanzer-McCoy received her Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development as well as her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Radford University. She enjoys the education field and has studied Early Childhood Education, School Counseling, and has worked with students of all ages from preschool to adult education. She is thrilled to be a part of the Washington- Liberty team!

Nicole Wiley

Nicole Wiley



Nicole Wiley has been a school counselor since 2006. Originally from Delaware, she attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where she earned her BA and MEd. She was a hurdler, sprinter, and jumper in college and also enjoys coaching track & field.  Nicole serves on the board of directors for a small non-profit called “Children Empowered by Love”. In her free time she enjoys traveling and eating brunch.




Counseling Support Staff :

Debbie Germosen

Debbie Germosen is our registrar and one of the first Washington-Liberty staff members our new students and families meet. Debbie has worked for Arlington Public Schools for over 21 years in various positions.  In addition to being the Washington-Liberty’s registrar, she also co-sponsors the Best Buddies Club and the Free Your Mind Book Club.

Ashlee Doleno
Edu. Admin. Assist.
Ashlee Doleno is from Pittsburgh, PA. She moved to the area in November 2010 after getting married. Prior to coming to W-L, she worked in the financial industry for 4 years. Ashlee has 3 nephews and 3 nieces back home in Pittsburgh that she loves spending time with. She’s excited to join the counseling office at W-L.