Meet the Staff

K. Mike Franklin, EdD, LCPC

Director of Counseling Services

Carroll College Counselor Mike Franklin

Mike is in his thirteenth year as Director of Counseling Services at Carroll College and loves it more and more each year. After working with young adults for his entire career, he finds his current interactions with students to be his favorite. He enjoys working with students in helping them cope with difficult mental and emotional situations; and helping them transition from adolescents to young adults… from living at home to living independently… from an initial idea of who and what they want to be to a more focused, grounded knowledge of themselves.

Mike's educational background includes an Engineering Degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Divinity Degree from Duke University, a Master of Sacred Theology from Yale University, and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in Sarasota. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

Prior to coming to Carroll, Mike served as a United Methodist Pastor and a Navy Chaplain for 18 years. Though Mike hails from southern Montana (small geographic area known as South Carolina), he has lived in eleven different States and in the Republic of Panama. Mike served two years in Her Majesty's Royal Navy in England as an exchange officer with Great Britain. He taught at the undergraduate level prior to coming to Carroll and currently teaches an Alpha Seminar class.

Mike is married to Georgia Lovelady, and they enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, reading, and hanging out with friends. He is active volunteer with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Kyrie Russ, MS


Carroll College Counseling Intern Kyrie Russ

 Kyrie is very excited to return for her fourth year as a counselor in the Wellness Center. She started as a clinical intern in Counseling Services during her graduate training and decided she never wanted to leave. Her educational background includes a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Great Falls and a Masters in Adult Education from Buffalo State College in New York. She completed her undergraduate degree in Human Development from Montana State University. (If you can’t be a Saint, you might as well be a Bobcat!)

Kyrie has spent much of her working life helping young adults develop life skills and achieve personal and career goals. As a counselor, she is especially interested in helping clients develop a positive self-image as they navigate major life transitions and deal with emotional health concerns, such as depression and anxiety. She is additionally a certified Intuitive Eating counselor and has a special interest in working with eating and body image concerns.

Kyrie is a small-town Montana native. She recently moved back to the Helena area after living on the East coast while her husband served in the military. She is the mother of two fabulous daughters, a five year old and a two year old, which provide plenty of daily adventures and lots of questions (“but WHY mommy?”). In her free time, she loves to read just about anything, sing, travel to new places, and watch Seinfeld re-runs, among other things.