Meet Our Team

Each of our counselors is licensed by the state of Nebraska as a mental health practitioner (LMHP) and most of the counselors hold an independent mental health practitioner license. As you will see from looking at the staff bios, together, we have a range of experience working with people of all ages and backgrounds. Three of the counselors received their Masters degrees from UNK and are therefore, very familiar with Loper life. Due to the number of students seeking services at UNK Counseling, we do not accept requests for specific counselors. As a team, we do our best to match students with the counselor who has the most experience working with their particular concerns. 

Wendy Schardt, Director of Student Health & Counseling and Campus Recreation

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Wendy Schardt, LMHP, NCC

Wendy holds a Master of Science Degree in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School and is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner in Nebraska, with a certification in Professional Counseling. She is also a National Certified Counselor and a Registered Art therapist, Board Certified. Wendy extended her education in Wellington, New Zealand, as a specialized trainer in Family Group Conferencing, a family engagement system in child welfare that was adapted by the District of Columbia’s Juvenile Justice Agency in 2010. In addition to her clinical background, she is a Certified Public Manager and holds a Greenbelt certification in Six Sigma from George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. She has held several executive leadership positions in her career. Prior to her move to Nebraska, she was the Director of Behavioral Health Programs for an acute care facility in Washington DC, focused on the treatment of severe and acute mental illnesses in an urban population.   

Kiphany Hof, Associate Director of Counseling and the Women's Center

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Kiphany Hof, LIMHP 

Kiphany Hof is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and the Associate Director of UNK Counseling and the Women’s Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Colorado State University and her Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from the University of Wyoming. Kiphany has training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and specializes in treating eating disorders. She started at UNK Counseling in August of 2011.

Outside of work, Kiphany enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and watching college football. Kiphany enjoys connecting with the campus community by partnering with various departments and campus organizations to promote UNK’s integrated behavioral health services, and to raise awareness about college mental health. 

Sarah Spellbrink, Counselor

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Sarah Spellbrink, LIMHP

Sarah Spellbrink is an Independently Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and has worked for UNK Counseling since August 2011.  She received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from UNL in 2003 and in 2006 she received her Masters Degree in Counseling from UNK.  Sarah specializes in helping clients adaptively resolve traumatic experiences.  She is trained and certified in EMDR therapy, a therapeutic modality which assists clients in processing distressing memories and the associated thoughts and emotions.

Brett Fries, Counselor

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Brett Fries, LIMHP

Brett Fries (pronounced like “freeze”) is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at UNK in 2001 and earned his Masters of Science degree in Community Counseling from the Counseling and School Psychology program at UNK in 2013. He worked as a counselor at the Center for Psychological Services and at the Youth Rehabilitation & Treatment Center (YRTC) in Kearney. Additionally, he had seven years of experience working with the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Jayme Davis, Counselor

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Jayme Davis, LMHP, PLADC

Jayme Davis is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and a Provisionally Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from UNK and earned a Master in Science degree in Community Counseling from the Counseling and School Psychology program at UNK. Jayme worked as a recovery specialist at the Hastings Juvenile Chemical Dependency Program and as a Mental Health Practitioner at the Youth Rehabilitation & Treatment Center (YRTC) in Kearney. She also conducted drug and alcohol evaluations at Richard Young Behavioral Hospital.  


Brenda Rodehorst, Office Assistant

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Brenda Rodehorst, Office Assistant

Brenda started in the position of Office Assistant at UNK Counseling in 2015. Brenda has lived in Kearney for the majority of her life and spent several years as an office associate at Kearney Clinic. Brenda is the first person to greet people coming to UNK Counseling and she handles the scheduling of all appointments and accompanying paperwork.