Pam Spear, MBA

Director - Health, Counseling

Pam is an experienced professional in management. She has 20+ years experience in the medical device industry, including VP of Quality Systems with global responsibilities.

Pam received her BSBA in Business and Sociology from a rural college in NH and an MBA from Northeastern University.

Pam monitors the site and will answer your questions or direct it to the person who can address your comment. Please contact her via e-mail you are also invited to call the BHCC at 603-526-3621. Our fax is 603-526-3453.

Leigh Bears, ARNP-CNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

Leigh is a family nurse practitioner who has experience providing primary care across all age groups but she particularly enjoys working with adolescents and young adults. While she is skilled in all areas of health care her particular interests are in health maintenance including nutrition, fitness, and stress reduction. Leigh lives in New London with her family.

Heather Astle, RN, B.S.N.

Nurse / Wellness Coordinator

Heather is a graduate of UNH. She has over 30 years of nursing experience in Acute Care as well as Primary Care settings. Heather has worked in a busy Pediatric Primary Care practice, caring for the needs of children, adolescents and young adults, where she continues to maintain a per diem position. This allows her to remain current with the rapidly changing Primary Care medical field. Heather lives in Warner with her family.

Brian Frenkiewich, MS, D.O.

Consulting Physician

Dr. Frenkiewich works at nearby New London Hospital where he practices family medicine. He is Colby-Sawyer’s consulting physician for Baird Health and Stock Sports Medicine Clinic. Dr.Frenkiewich attained his Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of New England, a Master of Science, Athletic Training at Indiana State University, and we are proud to say, his BS Exercise Sciences, Athletic Training from Colby-Sawyer College. He is a true Charger!

Tom Wilkins, MA, LCMHC

Clinical Counselor

Tom is a graduate of Antioch New England College. He approaches Counseling from a holistic perspective looking at students through the lenses of the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Spiritual, Social and Occupational levels. He believes that to change much of what we see happening around us, we have to start by looking inside ourselves and seeing what needs to be changed.

Tom has experience in all facets of College Counseling, presenting for classes and facilitating various groups on campus. He has strong interests working with: self-discovery (bringing meaning to one's life), anxiety issues, spiritual concerns, working with dreams, anger management, assertiveness training, relationship issues, conflict resolution, grief, issues experienced by students of diversity as they become a part of the CSC community, men's issues, depression, substance abuse, and self-injury.

Maggie Raelson, MSSW, LCSW

Clinical Counselor

Maggie has her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and BS in Psychology from Trinity College. Maggie relocated to Colby-Sawyer from the High School of Environmental Studies in New York, NY where she worked with inner city youth serving as primary therapist and mental health provider for adolescents. Maggie has a welcoming and calming presence. Maggie is often joined in session with Sophie, her therapy dog.

Colleen Porter, MA, LCMHC

Clinical Counselor

Colleen has a rich background in therapy, art, and education. She has an MA in expressive Arts Therapy, Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University and a BA in Art History from Stonehill College. Colleen has been the primary therapist and expressive arts therapist at Mountain Valley Treatment Center and at Boston Children’s Hospital. She and has also been an adjunct professor of expressive arts therapy at Stonehill College.

We welcome the addition of Colleen in fall 2020 to the Baird counseling staff as Colby-Sawyer College continues to recognize the importance of the student well-being in all aspects of health.

Michael Mariska, PhD, MS, LCMHC, NCC

Clinical Counselor, Part Time

We are fortunate that Mike chooses to volunteer time with Colby-Sawyer College students as a counselor. Mike is the director of Counselor Education, School Psychology and Human Services Leadership and the program coordinator for the Mental Health Counseling program at Plymouth State University. Mike is an asset to our program and enjoys staying “in-tune” with current mental health concerns of young adults through his work and help to Colby-Sawyer’s students.

Bernadette O'Leary Austin

Administrative Coordinator

Bernadette is likely the first person that you will talk with or meet when you come to Baird. Bernadette manages the scheduling, filing, and many other things that assure smooth operations in the health & counseling center. She joined the Baird staff in fall 2018 and quickly adapted to the change from prior retail and financial customer service work. Bernadette is life-long resident of NH and has a BA in English from Simmons College.

Allie Helfrich

Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Allie joins the staff for the 2020-2021 academic year. Allie is a CMHC graduate student from Plymouth State University. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Merrimack College with a BA in Psychology. She has worked with adolescents as a counselor to teen mothers and as a therapeutic camp staff member. Allie has done a significant amount of volunteer work for food banks and youth programs. We are excited to have Allie join us this year

Elizabeth Foley

Associate Mental Health Counselor

Elizabeth joins us from Plymouth State where she is pursuing her M.S, in clinical mental health counseling. She graduated magna cum laude from U of ME at Farmington in 2018. Elizabeth has worked with persons of all ages and worked in Student Affairs as a graduate assistant. She looks forward, as do we, for her continuing work with college students this year.

Christian Durgin

Associate Mental Health Counselor

Christian is an experienced educator and is a graduate student in mental health counseling at PSU where he maintains a 4.0 GPA. He is currently a special education teacher and has taught math and coached a math team in grades 6-10. He has tutored and taught in math, science and writing. He graduated from UNH with a BS in biochemistry. Christian brings a wealth of experience and we are happy to have him join us.

Stock Sports Medicine Staff

Athletic Trainers

We have an excellent staff of licensed Athletic Trainers that work directly with student athletes. The ATs manage the daily operation of the clinic and work collaboratively with the staff of Baird Health and Counseling Center and medically consult with Dr. Brian Frenkiewich, and Concord Orthopedics.

New London Hospital Practices

New London Hospital is 1 mile from Colby-Sawyer. Baird Health and Counseling Center consults with the medical and psychiatric services of New London Hospital as needed.