FelipeOyarzoFelipe Oyarzo
Founding Director

Bachelor’s Degree in Education
Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Master’s Degree in Social Work
University of Oklahoma

Ph.D. in Organizational and Community Leadership (in progress)
University of Oklahoma

Felipe Oyarzo is a professor in the Master of Science in Community Counseling program at Rogers State University (courses: research methods and clinical psychopathology) and also teaches developmental psychology in the undergraduate program. He has vast experience in the international business arena (Fabricut Inc., Levites Studios) and the public and academic sectors. He has previously taught at Saint Sebastian University in Santiago, Chile, and at Tulsa Community College.

He has worked for three different research centers: the Center of Studies of the Ministry of Education of Chile (MINEDUC), the Early Childhood Education Institute (ECEI) of the University of Oklahoma, and the Hope Research Center of the University of Oklahoma under Dr. Chan Hellman. He has been affiliated with several agencies in our state (Tulsa Public Schools, Communities in Schools of Mid-America, Hunger Free Oklahoma, and Family & Children Services) and has been honored with several awards, including the 2022–23 social justice award at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

He holds multiple certifications, such as CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) and SBIRT. His fields of expertise are scientific research, poverty reduction among OECD countries, and clinical psychology. He has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and serves as a peer reviewer for the journal New Trends and Issues Proceedings in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Felipe is the 2022–23 Faculty Excellence Award winner in adjunct teaching at Rogers State University, and he recently directed the movie “The Nation of Butterflies,” a film distributed by Amazon Video Prime and VUDU that was awarded at two international film festivals in Spain and Israel.

Dr. Michelle Taylor

Dr. Michelle Taylor, Ed.D., LPC

B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Master of Human Relations, Licensed Professional Counselor Track
University of Oklahoma

Ed.D. in Occupational and Adult Education
Oklahoma State University


Dr. Michelle Taylor is the Director of the Master of Science in Community Counseling program at Rogers State University. Courses taught include ethical standards, life and developmental stages, group dynamics and practicum. Dr. Taylor manages the student practicum sites, agreements and objectives for graduate students enrolled in the Master of Community Counseling Program.

In 2017, Michelle was named Oklahoma School Counselor of the Year and was honored in a ceremony at the Obama White House in Washington D.C.. She has conducted research in Health Care Education studying graduate students stress and learning strategy preferences.  Michelle also served on a writing team that established the Oklahoma Comprehensive School Counseling Framework published by the Oklahoma State Department of Education in 2021. She continues to serve at the state and national level for school counseling advocacy and professional development. She holds multiple certifications such as CTP (Clinical Trauma Professional certification), LPC supervision and serves as a community-based mediator. Her field of expertise is in ethical standards and adolescent trauma.

Kathy Hoppe

Dr. Kathy Hoppe

B.A. in Psychology
University of North Texas
Master of Divinity
Golden Gate Seminary
Master of Psychology
Grand Canyon University
Doctor of Ministry
Oral Roberts University
Liberty University

Kathy Hoppe is an Assistant Professor of Community Counseling in the graduate Master of Science in Community Counseling program at Rogers State University.

She is also a licensed marital and family therapist supervisor with vast experience in individual, marital, group, outpatient, inpatient, residential, employee assistance programs, and medical offices.

Her areas of research include secondary traumatization, compassion fatigue, burnout, and stress. Her written works include Into Muddy Water: A Phenomenological Study of Title I Rural School Counselors in Oklahoma (2023); Who’s On First? Reflections on a Failed CISD (2021). LifeNet, 32(40); Drowning for Jesus: Compassion Fatigue in Ministry (2020) Wipf & Stock; Discovery Teaching Like Jesus: Engaging Adult Learners (2020) Wipf & Stock; and A Self-Directed Approach to the Treatment of Burnout in Pastors (2003) [Dissertation, Oral Roberts University].