Our Counseling Team

Our counselors have diverse professional backgrounds. All are Masters level or above with experience as therapists, educators and consultants. Their areas of specialty include: personal and family concerns, grief and loss, physical and mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, and relationship issues involving career and work.


Our professional staff is available for counseling and consultation. Please call us at (734) 936-8660 or email fascco@umich.edu to learn more or make an appointment.


Tom Waldecker, MSW, ACSW, Director

Tom received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1976. He has been the Director of FASCCO since 1998. Prior to coming to U of M he worked for a behavioral health company as their regional manager, where he administered the employee assistance program for over 33,000 Ford Motor Company staff, the Stroh Brewery Company, Rouge Steel, Cranbrook Schools and several other companies. Additionally, he directed a Salvation Army Harbor Light program and worked in several health care settings. Tom is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Mental Health Administration and the International Association of Employee Assistance Professionals in Education. He has extensive experience in solution focused counseling, parenting issues, executive stress, and substance abuse administration and treatment.


Karen Semenuk, ACSW, Clinical Coordinator, Faculty/Staff Counselor

Karen has been with the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office since 1986. She has professional experience in a variety of human service domains including mental health, family service, substance abuse and rehabilitation. She is active in employee assistance professional associations and has presented and published in the field. Karen has done evaluation research in the area of job-related stress and has been involved in development of services for injured workers. In addition, she has a special interest in individuals’ spirituality as a means of support and/or coping.

Karen received her Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Michigan.


Janell Kilgore, MSW, ACSW, Faculty/Staff Counselor

Janell has been with the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office since 1999. She has extensive professional counseling experience working with families, teens, couples and sexual abuse survivors. She worked for seven years as an employee assistance consultant and trainer to Ford Motor Company, Deloitte & Touche, Young & Rubican, Stroh and other corporations. Janell has provided employment-related trainings/educational workshops throughout the United States. She received her Masters in Social Work degree from Wayne State University.


Andrew Greifer, Ph.D., Faculty/Staff Counselor

Andrew joined the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office in 2005. Previously, he worked in the mental health field for approximately fifteen years as a psychotherapist, case manager, clinical supervisor, program manager and program evaluator. He is interested in brief treatment of job burnout and job stress and has conducted research in these areas. He also has experience in brief counseling for depression and anxiety. Andrew is an Adjunct Professor in the Schools of Social Work at the University of Michigan and at Michigan State University. He completed a Masters in Social Work from the former and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Social Work from the latter.


Jill Castro, Psy.D., Faculty/Staff Counselor 

Jill joined the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office in 2016. She received her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Psychology (MSP). Her prior experience includes clinical practice in a variety of mental health settings, supervision of graduate students in psychology, and both adjunct and administrative faculty appointments. Her clinical interests are in the area of women's health and empowerment, life/career transitions, infertility/family planning, and perinatal mood disorders.  

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Joanne Bernard, MSW, LMSW, Faculty/Staff Counselor

Joanne received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1978.  She was the Director of the Fruehauf/Kelsey-Hayes EAP program from 1978-1990.  She has many years of experience in clinical counseling working with individuals, couples and families experiencing a wide array of personal concerns.  Joanne also has extensive hospice experience with patients and families experiencing end of life, and in grief counseling following the death of a loved one.  She is a LMSW (licensed masters social worker ) in Michigan and a LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) in Florida.  She is also an advanced certified hospice and palliative care social worker (ACHP-SW) through NASW (National Association of Social Workers).  

Bridget Kerr, Administrative Assistant (photo to come)


Matthew Penkevich, Secretary