Our Mission
Our Vision

Empower the community to thrive by providing holistic wellness services and opportunities in alignment with the Lawrence University mission.   

Strengthen a culture of holistic well being.

Andy Guenther-Pal

JD, MSW, LCSW, Staff Counselor
M.S.W. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
J.D. Hamline University
Wisconsin Certified Clinical Social Worker
Email:  andrea.guenther-pal@lawrence.edu

Andy has been with Lawrence University Counseling Services since January 2015. 

In her work with students, Andy approaches mental health from a humanistic, person-centered lens with a focus on recognizing an individual’s unique strengths as a whole person.  Her approach is relational, multi-theoretical, and integrative.  She enjoys helping students to gain insight into themselves and their motivations, to create effective responses to their challenges, and to feel empowered to accomplish their goals.  Andy especially enjoys working with students struggling with depression, anxiety, identity, low self-esteem, trauma, and relationships, as well as members of the LGBTQIA+ community, introverted, and highly sensitive individuals.  In all of her work, Andy endeavors to build a trusting and caring relationship with students as they seek to improve their overall well-being, strengthen resilience, and find meaning in their lives. 

In her spare time, Andy enjoys reading, writing, gardening, road trips, and spending time at home with her partner and their canine family.

Jill Drier

Jill Drier

Director of Health Services Campus Nurse
Email: jillian.r.drier@lawrence.edu  

I officially joined the Lawrence Community in 2015. I have been practicing as a Licensed Practical Nurse since 2001 in a variety of different settings. I thrive on high energy and fast paced environments. Most of my career, I have worked in larger population settings with a diverse group of patients. I love getting to know and connecting with our students. My primary goals are to teach self-care and educate students how to understand and manage their health care. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, music, and traveling.

Laura Abendschein

Administrative Coordinator
Email: laura.e.abendschein@lawrence.edu

Laura joined Lawrence University in 2019. She graduated with a degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.  Laura is passionate about working with students and enjoys getting to know each one.  She is dedicated in assisting Lawrence students develop healthy wellness habits so that they may succeed on and off campus. 

In her spare time Laura enjoys hiking, going to TRX here on campus, and spending time with her family, friends, and two cats! 

Cassie Wessing

Wellness Programs Assistant
Cassie joined Lawrence University in the summer of 2019 after completing her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Public Relations from Marquette University. Her role includes overseeing the marketing and promotion of wellness programming, the evaluation of campus wellness needs, and educating others on the importance of holistic wellness. When not serving in her Wellness Programs Assistant role, Cassie is the Residence Hall Director of Kohler and Sage, where she directs the Wellness focus area CAs and helps to build a healthy residential living environment on campus. Cassie welcomes any program ideas that you may have to help make wellness a priority at LU.

Erin Buenzli

Erin Buenzli

Director of Wellness and Recreation
Email: erin.buenzli@lawrence.edu

Erin Buenzli leads the wellness and recreation initiatives on campus for students and employees. She offers wellness, education and prevention programing, teaches a wellness class, is an advisor to wellness student organizations and coordinates the recreation and fitness programs on campus. She studied Health promotion and athletic training at the University of Stevens Point and completed a Master’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. She previously served as an assistant athletic trainer and ran the employee wellness program at Grinnell College and was the head athletic trainer at Lawrence for 12 years before becoming the Director of Wellness and Recreation in 2011. Erin helped the campus win the Active Minds Healthy campus award with her collaborative and holistic approach to campus wellness and received the NCAA Choices Grant in 2017.

Krystal Light

Krystal Light

MA, LPC-IT, Staff Counselor
B.S. Truman State University (Psychology)
M.A. Lindenwood University (Professional Counseling)
Email: krystal.e.light@lawrence.ed

Dedicated to de-stigmatizing mental illness and instilling hope in clients that can encourage positive life changes and promote healing. Utilizing an eclectic, integrative approach but also believes that a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are closely interconnected and frequently incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in treatment. Treating an array of mental health including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, grief, interpersonal difficulties, stress, and self-esteem concerns.

Rich Jazdzewski

Richard L. Jazdzewski

Associate Dean of Wellness Services
B.S. University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse (psychology)
Psy.D., Minnesota School of Professional Psychology (clinical psychology)
Licensed Psychologist- #57-2556
Email: richard.l.jazdzewski@lawrence.edu

Rich joined Lawrence University in the Fall of 2016 as the Associate Dean of Students for Health and Wellness.  Prior to joining the team at Wellness Services, he worked for 11 years at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater as the Executive Director for University Health and Counseling Services.  The focus of his work has been on creating an environment of wellness and self-care for university community members.  He has also focused on creating seamlessly integrated healthcare helping mental health and medical services providers to work together to empower students to thrive.
Rich earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Maine.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
When working with students, Rich uses an integrative approach with emphasis on cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal theories.  Although he is a generalist, he enjoys working with students who struggle with anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues, multicultural issues, sports performance and men’s issues in mental health.
He enjoys spending time with his family, being involved with basketball and being outdoors.  He also hopes to train his dog to become a therapy dog.