Meet our staff

Patience McGinnis

Patience McGinnis, PsyD

Student Wellness Manager

Patience McGinnis joined WSU Vancouver in October 2013. She is a licensed psychologist and manages the Student Wellness Center. Dr. McGinnis has been licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington since 2009 and in the state of Oregon since 2010. Additionally, she has worked as a special education teacher for middle school students with disabilities.

Perla Hauge

Perla Hauge, MBA

Testing Services Assistant

Perla Hauge joined the team as the Testing Services Assistant in September 2017. She grew up in Texas receiving a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from the University of Houston. After a move to Arizona she received a MBA from University of Phoenix and ended up in the NW in 2010. She’s a mother of two, a certified sommelier and a yoga instructor.

Natasha Cheguis

Natasha Cheguis

Access Center Assistant

Natasha Cheguis joined WSU Vancouver in August 2016. She moved to Vancouver from Southeastern Montana to work on her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice online through Portland State University.


Jessica McDonald

Jessica McDonald

Client Services Representative

Jessica McDonald joined the Student Wellness Center team in January 2018 as the Client Services Representative. She was born and raised in Vancouver, WA, and she is an alumna of WSU Vancouver. In 2017, Jessica graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English.