Counseling and Wellness Center Staff

Student Counseling and Wellness Center | Learning Commons | MidAmerica Nazarene University

Each counselor at the MNU Student Counseling Center is licensed or supervised by licensed clinicians.  Our goal is to provide a place where students can free work through the issues of their lives.

Elizabeth Diddle, LCWS, LMSW, Director of Student Counseling & Wellness at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Elizabeth Diddle, LCSW, LMSW

Director of Student Counseling and Wellness
MSW: University of Kansas
BA: MidAmerica Nazarene University

Elizabeth has been the director of this program since August 2015 and is a licensed clinical social worker. She came from Children’s Mercy Hospital where she worked exclusively with Hematology/Oncology families.

She believes that MNU is the best place to build the foundation for your life. This includes the many layers of mind, body and soul. Her goal is to provide quality resources for the MNU student through this program.

Elizabeth is married with two adult daughters.

Phil Hause, PhD, LCP, RPT

Phil Hause, PhD, LPC, RPT

MNU Lead Counselor
PhD: Amridge University in Marriage and Family Therapy
Master’s degrees: MNU in counseling and NTS in Christian Education

Phil brings many years of excellent experience to his role as Lead Counselor. He has a gift and a heart for the emotional and mental wellbeing of MNU students. He works across all populations on the MNU campus and brings strong support to the interns as they prepare for their career.

Phil is married with two adult children.

Larissa Darter, MNU Counselor of Students

Larissa Darter

MNU Counselor of Students
Master’s degree: MNU in Counseling
Bachelor’s degree: MNU in Psychology with a minor in Intercultural Studies

Larissa brings experience from her years at MNU as a resident advisor, student and leader on campus. After MNU her work has included therapeutic services for residential teens, and individual group and family therapy. She is especially interested in international and first-generation students.

Larissa is married with two children.

Alyssa Meehan

Alyssa Meehan

MNU Student Intern
MNU Graduate-level Intern (completion date: May 2017)
BA: Park University, Clinical and Abnormal Psychology

Alyssa enjoys working in the college setting with both individuals and groups.
She also has an interest in the process of wholeness in the midst of trauma and organizational studies.

Alyssa is married with a one-year old son.

Rachel Ortega

Rachel Ortega

MNU Student Intern
MNU Graduate-level Intern (completion date: May 2018)
BA: Washburn University, Topeka, KS


Rachel enjoys working youth within her church, softball, running and staying fit.  She served in the United States Air Guard. Her goal is to help people make long-term life improvements.

Rachel lives in the Kansas City area.


Bobby Reiss

Robert (Bobby) Reiss

MNU Student Intern
MNU Graduate-level intern (completion date: May 2017)
BA: California State University, Fullerton in Communications

Bobby is an advocate and believer in the power of counseling. He enjoys working with the student population. His goal is to assist students toward positive development in their lives through the counseling process.

Bobby is newly married.

Charles West

Charles West

MNU Student Intern
MNU Graduate-level Intern (completion date: May 2018)
BA: University of Missouri KC


Charles works with Freedom Fire Urban Ministries as a staff member and youth leader.  He helps mentor at-risk youth in the KC inner city.

Charles is married and lives in the Kansas City area. 


Contact the Counseling & Wellness Center

Attn: Counseling & Wellness Center
MidAmerica Nazarene University
14201 S. Murlen, Suite 202
Olathe, KS 66062

Phone: 913.971.3251

Counseling hours are flexible. Please contact us to coordinate the best time.
The Counseling & Wellness Center is closed during holidays and when school is not in session.