Meet Our NMU Counselors and Staff

Counseling and Consultation Services staff members share the philosophy that counseling is a valuable tool for students to come to grips with their emotions, to cope with troubling current situations, to empower themselves, and to facilitate healthy choice making and growth for the future. This philosophy requires that both the counselor and the client (our name for the students who use our service) work hard to find out what the client's goals are, to see how counseling might help the client to reach those goals, and to develop a plan together. This collaborative work with your counselor is at the heart of all good counseling relationships.

Marie Aho, Ph.D.

  • Department Head
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • mariaho@nmu.edu
Marie is originally from Marquette. She began her college education at Michigan State University and completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at The American University in Cairo, Egypt, while living in the Middle East for four years. She received her master's degree in Developmental Psychology from Oakland University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. Dr. Aho has over 35 years of professional clinical and administrative experience in settings which include public and private inpatient psychiatric hospitals, addiction treatment centers, intensive outpatiet programs, private practice, non profit community programs, child welfare programs, faculty positions, and as a Vice President for Public Sector Services for a national managed behavioral healthcare corporation. Dr. Aho provides psychological counseling, supervision, consultation, and administrative coordination.

Mary Etchison, Ph.D.

Mary is originally from Rhode Island and has her Ph.D. in counseling education and counseling from Idaho State University. She began working at Northern Michigan University in 1986 as an assistant dean of minority student services. She joined the Counseling Center staff after completing her master's degree in agency counseling in 1989. Some of her special interests include personal growth counseling, ethnic and cultural identity development, relationship counseling, career counseling and group work.

Cathy Greer Cole, L.M.S.W

Cathy is originally from Marquette. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and social work from the University of New Hampshire in 1984 and received her masters in social work from Smith College School of Social Work in Massachusetts in 1989. Cathy has worked with a wide variety of populations in various treatment settings from experiential wilderness-based therapies to psychiatric inpatient and outpatient clinics. She worked for 10 years for Community Mental Health in Colorado as a child and family specialist and psychotherapist before returning to Marquette in 2000. Cathy worked as a mental health consultant and private practitioner in Marquette prior to joining our counseling staff full time in 2006. Cathy provides personal growth counseling in both individual and group modalities.