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Meet the Counseling and Wellness Team

Meet Our Team:

Felix F. Pizzi, LMHC, CCMHC
Associate Dean of Student Affairs/Director of Counseling Services

Felix is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and carries the NCC and CCMHC credentials from the National Board of Certified Counselors. He completed his degrees at Duquesne University and draws from Humanistic, Existential-Phenomenological and Contemporary Psychoanalytic traditions in his work as a psychotherapist and supervisor. Prior to coming to the Conservatory, he served as the Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor at Northeastern University’s Health and Counseling Services, worked in a number of outpatient settings, and developed and directed a Bilingual Chemical Dependency Program in Long Island, NY. He has special interests in working with students addressing identity concerns, international students, students with relationship/family concerns and treating co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. He is originally from Argentina and fluent in English and Spanish.


Nicole Bihler, M.Ed., CHES

Director of Wellness Services

Nicole completed a bachelor's degree in Sociology at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA. After working in social services for a few years, she attended graduate School at Springfield College where she received her Master's of Education in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. While at Springfield, she worked in the college's counseling center. After graduation she became the school's Health Educator, a New Student Orientation Advisor, and taught the class Wellness: A Way of Life. In April 2013 Nicole passed the Certified Health Education Specialist exam. She also holds a personal training certification from AFAA. Nicole began at the Boston Conservatory as Director of Wellness services in the fall of 2013.


Janel Funk, M.S., RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian

Janel is a Registered Dietitian who enjoys helping students eat well, one bite at a time. She received a degree in dietetics from Syracuse University and a masters degree in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University. Janel's goal is to help others understand the importance of eating well, especially while balancing a hectic college lifestyle. She is passionate about working with students to find realistic and reasonable approaches to eating and living well. In her spare time, Janel loves to cook, craft, and spend time with her husband and son. 


 Jennifer Walsh, LMHC

Jennifer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has master’s level training in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.  She has worked with various populations, including those with severe mental illness, dementia, addictions, and students.  Her work at the Boston Conservatory began as an internship, and developed into a role providing the student community with individual counseling, programming, and outreach services.  Jen has an expressive person-centered approach to counseling, as she utilizes talk therapy and art interventions to promote student-driven goals and development of positive self-esteem.  Jen believes in mindfulness and the importance of stress management in every student’s approach to the academic and artistic rigors of life at the Boston Conservatory.  Jen’s favorite part of her job is getting out into the community to connect with students, and she enjoys trivia and bad puns.


Kenneth Cirignano, B.A.

Counseling Intern

Ken is the current counseling intern at the Counseling and Wellness Center. He graduated in 2011 from Emmanuel College with his bachelor’s degree in Health and Counseling Psychology. After graduation, Ken began work at McLean Hospital as a mental health specialist on an inpatient unit full time while attending graduate school part time. He is currently in his final year as a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Boston, studying mental health counseling, and is expecting to graduate in May at the conclusion of his internship at the Boston Conservatory. Ken is particularly interested in helping students cope with the stressors of life transition by taking advantage of their individual strengths and unique positive experiences.



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