Meet the Staff


Samantha Mackintosh, B.A.

I am a first year graduate student in the M.A. Counseling program at Montclair State University with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I received my B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology from Stockton University in 2014 where I was involved in numerous on-campus activities. Following graduation I moved to Arlington, Virginia where I took classes in Marymount University’s Forensic and Legal Psychology M.A. program while serving as their Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Coordinator. In my position there I directly supervised a staff of Residence Assistants and worked closely with students in my roles as one of five Primary on Call professionals and a Conduct Hearing Officer. I could not be more excited to have made this move back to New Jersey and to be working as an MRC Mediator where I will get to help students develop in college outside of the classroom once again while strengthening my own skills in mediation and listening.


Kelly Venezia, B. S.

I am excited to be a part of the campus community at Montclair State University. Here’s a little about me: I am a first year graduate student in the Counseling program at Montclair State University; my concentration is School Counseling. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Dance at The College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. During my undergraduate career, I managed a peer support network called The Cougar Counseling Team and volunteered with the 211 National Suicide Crisis Hotline. I also advised students on academic probation as a Peer Academic Coach. I interned with the National Crime Victim Center at the Medical University of South Carolina as well.  In my spare time, I am a Zumba instructor and exercise enthusiast. I look forward to strengthening my mediation skills at The MRC while helping students to reach solutions for their problems by strengthening their communication skills.


Alexandra Earle, B.S.

I am currently a first-year graduate student in the M.A. Counseling program at Montclair State, concentrating in School Counseling. I received my B.S. in Cognitive Science from Brown University in Rhode Island. While there, I was involved as a student leader in both the Intervarsity and CRU student groups and had the opportunity to lead small groups and do regular one-on-one mentoring with younger students. It was in this setting that I first developed a passion for working with individuals and groups towards personal growth and increasing unity and balance in their lives and relationships.  I am excited to be back in an academic environment learning about what I am passionate about and working with the Montclair community to help strengthen communication skills, promote healthier relationships, and resolve conflicts.

 Carol Smith

Carol Smith, B.A.

I am a graduate student at Montclair State University, and am currently pursuing a M.A. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education.  I attained my B.A. in Political Science from MSU in 2014.  During my undergraduate career, I held various leadership positions in student organizations including NAACP, CARS, and OSAU, and have since developed my leadership skills in other professional settings post graduation.  In addition to serving as a mediator at the MRC, I also hold a position as a Resident Director at Stevens Institute of Technology where I supervise Resident Assistants and oversee Residence Life programmatic initiatives.   As the newest member of the MRC, I hope to contribute to the overall success and development of students who utilize our services.  I look forward to helping students strengthen their conflict resolution skills by providing them the necessary tools for better communication in both personal and professional settings.‌