Lydia Zopf is the Director of Health and Counseling Services. After graduating from Carthage in 2006, she earned her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Lydia was employed with Thresholds in Chicago for 11 years. Her experience working at a nonprofit focused on community mental health included a focus on vocational rehabilitation, crisis intervention, individual counseling, group counseling, clinical supervision, and training mental health clinicians.
Most recently, Lydia served as the Veterans Project Program Director at Thresholds, where she oversaw a staff of 28 that provided services to more than 300 veterans annually. As Program Director, she developed new treatment offerings including horticulture therapy, meditation, short-term trauma interventions, and specialized services for women veterans.
Lydia and her family reside in Kenosha.
B.A. — Sociology, Carthage College
M.S. — Rehabilitation Counseling, Illinois Institute of Technology
Main responsibilities at Carthage
In her role as Director of the Health and Counseling Center, Lydia is responsible for the administrative oversight and direction for the College’s counseling services. She provides short-term counseling to students, as well as consultation and education for students, faculty, and staff on various mental health and wellness topics. Lydia also provides victim-survivor support services to students who have experienced sexual assault.
Favorite thing about working at Carthage
“Building relationships with students and earning a reputation as the best secret keeper on campus.”
“I enjoy cooking, playing the piano, sewing, and crocheting. I love consumer economics and personal finance. I’ve supported my family on a single income for the past decade and have come to enjoy budgeting and financial planning. I have also read every single issue of ‘Consumer Reports’ in the past 11 years, so I know way more than I need to know about small appliances, exterior house paint, and car seat safety.”