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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.

Photo credit: Maggie Wright, Class of 2018

Counseling Department Staff      

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

Ms. Joy Cobb - Sophomore and Junior Counselor, x3220, jcobb@gsgis.k12.va.us

Ms. Kierstin Streitel - College/Senior Counselor - First Half of the Alphabet, x3240, kstreitel@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

Ms. Lisa Ebeling - School Psychologist x3260 lebeling@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 Cobb
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, Ms. Cobb serves as a co-sponsor for United Sisters and Brothers and the National English Honor Society.  For the past ten 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 Institute. 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. Kierstin Streitel
received her B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Counselor Education from The Ohio State University, where she graduated with honors and research distinction. She began her career as a school counselor in Columbus, Ohio, where she worked for Columbus City Schools and Metro Early College High School, and later continued her work at Rockdale Career Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. After moving to Richmond, Ms. Streitel worked as an intervention counselor for Hanover County Public Schools before joining MLWGS as a senior counselor in 2017. In addition, Ms. Streitel has taught psychology for the Upward Bound Program and ACT/SAT exam preparation for Huntington Learning Center, and has been invited to speak at local and national conferences. Ms. Streitel’s background includes considerable experience with college admissions, scholarships, dual enrollment, and first generation college students, and she is excited to work with the students at MLWGS. Outside of school, Ms. Streitel enjoys traveling with her husband, working out, visiting family and friends, and Ohio State football!

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.


Mrs. Lisa Ebeling
received her B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University and her M.A. in School Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  She started her career in Charlotte, NC in a full-time elementary position doing school psychology, counseling and social work.  After leaving Charlotte, she worked in Chesterfield County Public School (CCPS) for over twenty years.  She worked with all age groups while employed with Chesterfield and ended her career doing full-time mental health support at James River High School.  Mrs. Ebeling has a daughter that graduated from MLWGS in 2015 who now attends Virginia Tech.  Her son is in enrolled in graduate school in VCU’s Physical Therapy Program.  Mrs. Ebeling enjoys traveling with her husband and children, bicycling, and visiting great restaurants!