Meet Our 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.

E-mail Policy Statement: Because email is not a secure medium, confidentiality of email messages cannot be guaranteed. To help ensure privacy, students are cautioned against sending sensitive, detailed, or personal information to Counseling and Consultation Services faculty and staff via email. Email should never be used to convey information of an urgent nature as we cannot guarantee prompt responses to email messages. Our staff does not maintain 24-hour access to email accounts and may only check email infrequently, and not at all on weekends or holidays. If you consider your situation to be an emergency, contact 911. You may also contact Dial Help, a free, confidential, 24/7 crisis line at (800) 562-7622 or the National Suicide Hotline at (800) 273-8255.


Mary Etchison

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.

Jean Kupper

Jean Kupper, L.M.S.W., C.A.A.D.C., M.A.C., CTMH

Jean, a resident of Marquette, earned his undergraduate degree from Roanoke College and his master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He has 24 years post master’s experience and training in mental health services as a licensed clinical social worker. He began working at Northern Michigan University in the fall of 2002 as adjunct faculty teaching in the Social Work department.  He joined the Counseling Center at NMU in the fall of 2014, after 9 years of working on the specialized unit of Assertive Community Treatment for Marquette’s community mental health center, providing intensive and emergency psychiatric services.  He was a Field Liaison Adjunct Faculty member for Michigan State University’s Graduate School of Social Work.  In addition, he has worked with a wide variety of populations in various treatment settings, public and private, including community based programs, psychiatric inpatient, outpatient direct care, and clinical supervision.

Christy Hartline

Christy Hartline, Ph.D.

Christy is originally from the Iron Range in Minnesota. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Dakota. Dr. Hartline completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship at Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota. She then worked in community mental health for four years in South Dakota prior to moving to the U.P. She joined the Counseling Center at NMU in the fall of 2015.  She is a generalist practitioner, meaning she has worked with clients of all ages with various presenting issues. She has conducted individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, couple’s counseling, supervision, and psychological evaluations.

Jennifer Gorton

Jennifer Gorton, L.P.C.








Dody Huuki

Dody Huuki

Dody has been a resident of Marquette for 15 years. She is married to an Air Force Veteran.  Prior to residing in Marquette, she has lived in Texas, North Dakota, Belgium and New Mexico. She has three beautiful daughters, all of whom are Alumni’s of Northern.  In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and friends, biking, walking and participating in church activities. Dody has 40 years of experience as an administrative assistant. She started working for Northern in February 2009 and has worked in multiple settings at the college. Prior to her employment at NMU, she worked for Youth for Christ and was the administrative assistant at Silver Creek Church. On July 27, 2015 Dody joined the Counseling and Consultation Services as Principal Secretary.

Courtney King

Courtney King