Meet Your Counselor
Students: Come to the counseling office during your free period, lunch period, before or after school. We have an open door policy for students; however, counselors may not always be available for students when they stop by. Please fill out a blue slip located on the secretary's counter if this is the case.
Parents: Call or email your student's counselor to arrange an appointment to see them. Counselors will respond within 24 hours. This ensures appropriate time allocated for your needs. Stopping by the office could result in long wait times or a counselor being unavailable.
Ms. Coppejans grew up in a small farm town in Illinois and attended college in Iowa. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in both Graphic Design and Magazine Journalism. She also earned a Master's Degree in Education with a emphasis in School Counseling.
Ms. Coppejans enjoys skiing, camping, hiking, reading, playing volleyball and basketball, and spending time with her family and friends.
Mrs. Thomas is originally from Missouri and moved to Colorado 7 years ago. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Master's Degree in School Counseling from Southeast Missouri State University, where she also was a track and field athlete.
Mrs. Thomas enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 year old son, being outdoors and being involved in church.
Ms. Austin is a Jeffco grad and played against Pomona for years as an athlete. She’s excited to be a Panther now – going on her 5th year! Her Bachelor’s Degree is from UNC and her Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix.
Ms. Austin is inspired every day by working with the amazing PHS students saying “Believe It Or Not I Care” through the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team!
Mrs. McCarty grew up on the Western Slope of Colorado and attended Colorado Mesa University. Previously she was a Behavior Health Specialist for 24 years with the Division of Youth Corrections. She has a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Counseling. Mrs. McCarty has worked in Jeffco Schools since 2014.
Mrs. McCarty enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters camping and skiing in the Colorado Mountains.
Mr. Runge has been a counselor at Pomona for 11 years. Previously he was a business executive and owned his own business. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Denver and his Master's in School Counseling is from the University of Northern Colorado.
Ms. Snyder has lived in Arvada and has worked for Jefferson County Public Schools for many years. She is married and raised two boys that have graduated from Jeffco Schools. Ms. Snyder enjoys boating, camping, snowmobiling and working around students. She also has two beautiful Golden Retrievers.