Counseling/Student Wellness

The Counseling Department at Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women strives to provide every student with the support she needs throughout her tenure. Our team of dedicated counselors work to promote mental and physical health as well as overall emotional wellness by creating a safe and accepting environment where students receive compassionate and individualized guidance. Through collaboration with Mercy’s faculty and staff, our counselors aid students with academic support, course selection, career exploration, college applications, and post-secondary options.

As a college preparatory school, the Counseling Department provides a comprehensive approach to the college search and application process with an underlying philosophical perspective that focuses on the best fit for each individual student. Through the rigor of Mercy’s world-class education along with guidance from our counselors, Mercy Girls are well-prepared to confront the demands of college academics.

The following webpages contain additional information and resources that will assist students in their college search and application process (Money for College, Naviance Student Login, SAT & ACT Testing, and Transcripts & Work Permit) and their overall emotional well-being through the Virtual Wellness Room.


Meet the Counseling Team

With more than 50 years of combined experience, Mercy’s team of four full-time counselors and coordinator invest time and care into the lives of Mercy students to provide them with the support and guidance they need. We are professionally trained in several areas of expertise to help students face the many challenges that accompany adolescence. The student population is divided among the counselors, allowing us to establish and foster meaningful relationships with each student and her family throughout her entire Mercy experience. We devote every day to serving our students and parents and aim to be available whenever a need or simple curiosity arises. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, comments, or concerns and we will do our best to assist you.

  • sara thomas

    Sara Thomas, M.S. Ed., NCC

    School Counselor

    585-288-7120 x316

    Serving students in Grades 10-12 with last names F-O and all International Students; 11th graders: Campanella-Epstein; 12th graders: Cook-Ellie
  • lori purcell

    Lori Purcell, M.S. Ed.

    Director of College and Career Advising/School Counselor

    585-288-7120 x398

    Serving students in Grades 10-12 with last names P-Z; 11th graders: Abebe-Brown; 12th graders: Agostinelli-Conway
  • caitlin schmalstich

    Caitlin Schmalstich, M.S.

    School Counselor

    585-288-7120 x320

    Serving all students in Grade 9
  • jane searl

    Jane Searl, M.S. Ed.

    Middle School Counselor

    585-288-7120 x319

    Serving all students in Grades 6-8
  • Lisa Costello, B.A.

    Counseling Department Coordinator

    585-288-7120 x317


As part of our See Something, Say Something initiative, Mercy is adopting a Safe School Helpline to report health and safety concerns, threats of violence, and illegal activity that could harm students.
The number, 1-800-4-1-VOICE x359, is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reports may also be made by texting the word “tips” to 614-426-0240 or online at www.safeschoolhelpline.com.