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Welcome to the Maggie L. Walker Governor's Counseling Department homepage!   We hope you find the site to be helpful in finding the information that you need.  

Our mission is to support Maggie L. Walker students and their families.   Please contact us if you need help concerning any counseling issues or have specific questions about information on this site.  For a copy of our confidentiality statement please click here.


Counseling Department Staff      

Mr. Karl Zweerink - Department Chair, Freshman Counselor, x3210, kzweerink@gsgis.k12.va.us


Ms. Joy Davis , Sophomore and Junior Counselor, x3220, joy.davis@gsgis.k12.va.us


Ms. Penny Deck - College/Senior Counselor - First Half of the Alphabet, x3240, pdeck@gsgis.k12.va.us


Dr. Rachel Loving - College/Senior Counselor - Second Half of the Alphabet, x3211, rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us


Mrs. Zona Hicks - Registrar, x3213, zhicks@gsgis.k12.va.us


Dr. Lee Ridens - School Psychologist x3260 lridens@gsgis.k12.va.us


                                                                                             School phone number is 354-6800. 

                                                                      The School Counseling Department dedicated fax number is 358-8450.

                                                                                                CEEB Code- 471851


Mr. Karl Zweerink received his B.A. in Government from Cornell University, a Master of Education degree in Secondary Social Studies from the City College of the City University of New York, and a Master of Education degree in Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. He taught social studies for eight years in several districts, including New York City, Hanover County and Richmond City before serving as a school counselor with Maggie L. Walker Governor's School beginning in the fall of 2000. Previously, Mr. Zweerink has worked with youth as a case worker for foster children, day camp counselor, and ESL teacher in Mexico. Currently, he co-sponsors the Gender and Sexual Minority Alliance.  He has three children and in his free time enjoys outings with his family, playing soccer, biking to work, and performing with a local cover band.







Ms. Joy Davis
received her B.A. in Psychology from the College of William and Mary and her M.Ed in Counselor Education Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to her school counseling duties at,Ms. Davis serves as a co-sponsor for the Peer Mentor Program and the National English Honor Society.  For the past six years, Ms. Davis has served as a teacher steward for the National Park Services. In this capacity, Ms. Davis has volunteers at the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site and instructs area high school students during the Maggie L. Walker Leadership Academy. Recently, she was selected by the College Board to present a seminar on gifted education in Atlanta, Georgia. In her free time, Ms.Davis enjoys reading, shopping, scrapbooking, and traveling.











Ms. Penny Deck  earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia and her M.Ed.in Counselor Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She recently received her CEP (Certified Educational Planner) designation through the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners.  Ms. Deck also has certifications in College Counseling through UC San Diego and Gifted Education through the State of Virginia.  She started her career as a high school counselor in Chesterfield County Public Schools and is now in her eighth year working at Maggie Walker as a Senior/College counselor. Prior to her work as a counselor, Ms. Deck worked in the business sector as a Human Resources Manager specializing in employee relations and human resources compliance earning her SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) professional certification. Ms. Deck loves visiting college campuses and keeping abreast of this intricate and constantly changing field. She also has three children who have been through the college process so has first hand knowledge of the parents' role in helping their children navigate through this often stressful but exciting time. 






Dr. Rachel Loving graduated with honors from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology. She continued her education at Virginia Commonwealth University, receiving a M.Ed. in Counselor Education. Dr. Loving began her career as a school counselor at Caroline High School in Caroline County in fall of 2002. There, she coordinated college admissions materials, college recruiters, and scholarships. Dr. Loving was appointed Guidance Director at CHS and held that position for three years. Dr. Loving also spent a year as the Welcome Center Coordinator for James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. At JMU, Dr. Loving served prospective students and parents within the Office of Admissions and earned her post-master's certificate in College Student Personnel Administration. Dr. Loving started her position as a senior counselor at MLWGS in the fall of 2008 and earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. She is passionate about assisting Maggie Walker's talented students with the college search process. Outside of school, Mrs. Loving enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and son. 






Mrs. Zona Hicks is the school registrar and counseling administrative assistant. Mrs. Hicks graduated from Longwood College with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education.  She has over 20 years experience working with children including teaching, a director of a day care and working at the YMCA.  She and her husband Fred have two sons.  She enjoys watching and attending football and basketball games, reading and spending time with her family and grandson.