Loida Leone

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Position: 
Campus Counselor

Loida’s office doors rarely stop swinging – open, closed, open, closed.  She works part-time as the Sterling College Campus Counselor, and has a deep desire to see students find, through their hurts and challenges, a place of healing and, ultimately redemption, through Christ Jesus.  She is experienced in biblical and trained in secular counseling, therefore can serve students using either approach, or tools from both, based on the students’ preference. 

Loida was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil as the daughter of long-term (really long-term, as in 65 years) missionaries.  She met her husband, Frank, at the Escola Graduada de Sao Paulo as a junior in HS (!), and they married 3 years later… Now, after 42 years of wedded bliss (including some hard work), they have 4.5 sons,  Nico, Tino, Gino, Andre and Junbin (aka Shane), having “adopted” an adult Chinese man, and 7 grandchildren.

She graduated from the University of Iowa with a BS in social work and sociology.  After being a full-time mother and homemaker for 20 years, she went back to school and completed a MS in counseling with a concentration in mental health, from Emporia State University.  Loida has held independent practitioner licenses with the states of Kansas and New Mexico to practice as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Her experiences have included working with the Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas in Emporia as a bilingual substance abuse counselor, counseling and coordinating the counseling services of Bridge Ministries in Las Cruces, NM, and counseling through Cornerstone Family Counseling in Manhattan, KS. 

Loida’s husband moved to Sterling in August 2012 to begin teaching in the education department.  Loida followed him five months later after finishing up her responsibilities in Manhattan.  In January 2013 she began working as the Sterling College Campus Counselor, a position she dearly loves.  She also has a private practice in the community.