Mikaleh is a current graduate student in USM’s Counselor Education Program in pursuit of a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Declared Area of Expertise in Family Systems. Mikaleh earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Human Relations from the University of Iowa.
Throughout her undergraduate career, Mikaleh has held a variety of roles and developed a comprehensive background in the mental health field through volunteering with R Place Peer Support Center (R Place), Johnson County Crisis Center, Mental Health Education Specialists (Mental Health First Aid), and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County (BBBS) and interning with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Johnson County. At NAMI, Mikaleh helped organize educational programming, coordinate community outreach events, solicit funding, and market/promote available NAMI resources.
Years of community involvement, enhanced by her graduate studies, have revealed to Mikaleh the necessity to build mental health awareness within our communities through education and outreach, and promoting access to support, resources, and acceptance.
In her free time, Mikaleh can be found hiking through New England, playing any/all board games, and enjoying time with loved ones.