WBHS Counseling Staff
Ms. Kelly Casinelli A-CU
Kelly Casinelli joined the counseling staff at WBHS in 2017. Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in history and her master’s in School Counseling from Central Michigan University. Ms. Casinelli began her career as a Social Studies teacher at the high school level before moving into the Counseling profession. She completed the Michigan College Access Network’s (MCAN) School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training Course. Ms. Casinelli serves last names A – Cu.
Ms. JoAnne Wegrzynowicz CV-HA
Jo Wegrzynowicz is a counselor at West Bloomfield High School, and is currently entering her 20th year in the district. She has served in many capacities including athletic trainer and middle school counselor. A member of MACAC and attends Promoting the Publics, Jo is also on the Michigan School Counselors State Board and represents counselors at the state level. She is AVID certified and directed the annual college/career fair at Abbott Middle School. As a result, she has developed strong relationships with college admission reps and community leaders. Ms. Wegrzynowicz works with the NCAA and coaches track and field. She is also an integral part of the staff wellness program. Ms. Wegrzynowicz holds both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University. Ms. Wegrzynowicz serves last names CV-HA.
Mrs. Karen Brody HB-LO
Karen Brody is the Counseling Department Chairperson at WBHS. She helped create the now annual onsite admissions event with over 16 colleges. Karen is a member of MACAC and attends Promoting the Publics and other college related conferences each year. In addition to her long career as a counselor at West Bloomfield High, she has also successfully helped her own three children through the application process and into college! Mrs. Brody holds both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree from Michigan State University. Karen is passionate about theater and arts and is involved in both school and community productions.
Ms. Brody serves last names HB-LO.
Mrs. Felicia Neumann LP-PO
Felicia Neumann has been part of the West Bloomfield School District for the past 22 years, where she has been a counselor at Orchard Lake Middle School. She joined the high school's Counseling Department at the start of the 2018 school year. She is eager to continue on the educational journey advocating and supporting all of the students through High School.
Mrs. Neumann began her career as an elementary and later, middle school teacher in Southfield Public Schools. After 7 years of teaching, she received a masters degree in school counseling. In 1997, Felicia joined the West Bloomfield School District as a middle school counselor. During her time at the middle school, Mrs. Neumann was awarded RAMP certification, a nationally recognized counseling model across the nation. Orchard Lake Middle School is one of four schools in Michigan to receive this distinguished award. Developing and incorporating this comprehensive model focused on collaborative efforts benefiting students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the overall community. Counseling is an integral part of a daily educational life for students and Mrs. Neumann is a partner in student achievement.
As a counselor, Mrs. Neumann provides academic, personal, social, and career/college counseling. Her belief is that college preparedness and readiness should start as early as middle school and continue on. She is committed to opening as many doors as possible for the West Bloomfield students for further educational success and future paths.
Mrs. Neumann is the proud mother of three children. Her two boys graduated from the University of Michigan and her daughter is attending the Kelley business school at Indiana University. Outside of school, Felicia enjoys traveling, reading, exercising, and spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Neumann serves last names LP-PO.
Ms. Lisa Thompkins PR-TE
Lisa Thompkins has been an educational innovator for over twenty-five years. Prior to joining the WBHS family, Lisa taught in Fairfax County, Virginia and later served as a teacher and counselor within Detroit Public Schools. Lisa is dedicated to making a difference in her community and was the founding Executive Director of a Detroit nonprofit and also worked as a Special Projects Coordinator for a Detroit city council member.
Lisa’s roles within the counseling department include but are not limited to serving as the A.V.I.D. Counselor, Community Service Coordinator and Academic Summer School Counselor. Lisa is a member of MACAC and annually participates in various postsecondary and college readiness conferences. In addition to her counseling duties, Lisa is also the advisor of the African American Awareness (AAA) Club. Lisa currently serves as a member of the Wayne State University’s High School Advisory Board and has also been a presenter for the NFL Detroit Lions, the Learning Coalition of Oakland County and the Rhonda Walker Foundation.
Lisa is the proud mother of two daughters. Her oldest daughter is a WBHS alum and is also a graduate of Northwestern University. Her youngest daughter currently attends WBHS. As a parent and employee of West Bloomfield School District, Lisa truly appreciates the diverse student body, stellar education and the extracurricular opportunities that are available.
In her spare time Lisa enjoys being a dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, volunteering, roller skating, reading, listening and dancing to house music, hugging trees, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family! Ms. Thompkins serves the letters Pr-Te.
Mr. John Hepper TF-Z
John Hepper is excited to work with the West Bloomfield Counseling team. John holds a bachelors of electrical engineering from Michigan State University and worked for several years as an engineer and IT professional before returning to the world of education. He earned a masters of education from the University of Notre Dame and taught math for eleven years. Most recently he earned a masters in school counseling from Central Michigan in 2018. He is excited to bring his varied areas of expertise to the students and staff of West Bloomfield High School.
Mr. Hepper serves last names Tf-Z
Mrs. Noelle Essig
College & Career Counselor
Noelle Essig has spent many years in college admissions and high school counseling, and can honestly say that she has experienced both sides of the admissions desk. Prior to working as a school counselor, Mrs. Essig began her career as an Assistant Director of Admissions at CMU where she worked closely with the Centralis Scholarship program. Mrs. Essig has also worked at Truman State University and Bowling Green State University in various capacities including Panhellenic advising and residence life. She has completed training through Oakland University as a Career Development Facilitator, attended NCAA training workshops, Promoting the Publics, and completed the MCAN 2017-2018 School Counselor Postsecondary Education Planning Course.
Here at WBHS, Mrs. Essig is our College and Career Center Counselor. She coordinates our college rep visits to WBHS, educates students via senior seminar presentations, runs Brown Bag luncheons on a variety of topics such as college searches, scholarships, financial aid, testing and summer opportunities. Mrs. Essig also writes, publishes, and produces the WBHS Counselor Connection newsletter and maintains all social media accounts for our office. Mrs. Essig has traveled to several college campuses, attended the College Board's Dream Deferred conference in Los Angeles. While there, she toured UCLA, the University of Southern California, Pepperdine, Mount St. Mary's and FIDM. Recently, she participated in the 5 College Tour where she visited Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith & UMass Amherst. She has toured the University of Texas, Harvard, MIT, Boston College, Vanderbilt, WashU in St. Louis, Northwestern, and many more!
Her prior counseling experience includes 4 years at Milford High School and 1 year with Midland Public Schools. Noelle earned her bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and her Master's in Counseling from Bowling Green State University. As the proud mother of four boys, she finds herself traveling often and loves to visit college campuses.
Ashleigh Larkin is in her 10th year at West Bloomfield High School. She serves as the assistant principal of counseling. Prior to becoming an administrator, Mrs. Larkin taught a variety of social studies courses and served as the student activities director and student government sponsor. She earned her bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science from Michigan State University and her M.A. in Teaching from Wayne State University. Mrs. Larkin is currently completing her Ed.S. in leadership through Central Michigan University.