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.


Marie Aho, Ph.D.

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 master's 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.

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

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. In 2009, he was internationally certified as an alcohol and drug counselor.  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, 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. 


Dody Huuki

Dody has been a resident of Marquette for 10 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, 2 of whom are Alumni’s of Northern and her youngest is currently a junior at NMU. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and friends, biking, walking and participating in church activities. Dody has 35 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.