Meet Your Counseling Staff

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Jessica Gregory
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.

Meet Your Counseling Staff

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

School Counselor


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.


Zarin Kapadia

School Counselor


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 a part of the counseling team!

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Nicole McCullough (Wiley)

School Counselor


Nicole McCullough (Wiley) has been a school counselor since 2006. Originally from Delaware, she attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where she earned her Bachelors degree in Sociology and Masters degree in School Counseling. Nicole was a hurdler, sprinter, and jumper in college and also enjoys coaching track & field at W-L.  She 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.

Heather Mizell

Heather Mizell

School Counselor


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.

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Lizzy Palmer

School Counselor


Lizzy Palmer Received her B.A. in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education from George Mason University, and her M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) and the Virginia School Counseling Association (VSCA). Before becoming a School Counselor, she worked for 5 years in a progressively rooted non-profit middle and high school as an Advancement Director. When she is not at W-L she enjoys practicing yoga, reading, and being in the outdoors. Ms. Palmer is excited to be a part of the Arlington Public School community!

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Alain Poutré

School Counselor


Alain Poutré has a master’s degree in counselling from the George Washington University, a master’s degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a bachelor of arts degree in American history from the Eastern Nazarene College. He worked for several years in college admissions and consulting, serving domestic, international, first-year, and transfer students from various backgrounds. Additionally, he did policy research for a DC think-tank on topics like college affordability, accreditation, and student outcome metrics. Prior to becoming a school counselor, he provided college guidance to students at an independent school. He loves working as part of a team and supporting students and their families. When not at W-L, he likes to play with his dog, read, watch movies or shows, tinker with technology, and build bicycles.


Atiya Rehman

School Counselor


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
School Counselor

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.  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

School Counselor


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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School Counselor


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!


Counseling Support Staff :

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Mary Ellen Moloney

Edu. Admin. Assist.


Mary Ellen Moloney is the new administrative assistant to the counseling office.  Mary Ellen has relocated to Virginia from Massachusetts to be closer to her family.  She has worked in the education field for the last 14 years and is very excited to be part of the W-L counseling office.  When not at W-L, Mary Ellen is enjoying time with her grandchildren, exploring her new surroundings, and working out.

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Yesenia Ramirez

Edu. Admin Assistant


Yesenia Ramirez is a Washington-Lee alumni class of 2011. Yesenia has worked at W-L for over five years in various positions. Recent 2020 Graduate of George Mason University and is currently working on her masters to become a school counselor. She is happy working in the counseling office with a great team.

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Sonia Reyes



Sonia Reyes is our Registrar, helping staff and students with a wide variety of registration and student information processing. A native to Arlington, Sonia attended Long Branch Elementary, Jefferson Middle School, and graduated from W-L in 2005. She started her career with Arlington Public Schools in 2015 and has then made it her ultimate goal to serve students, staff, and families in the county.