At some point, Elizabeth Adams, RHCHP ’13, wasn’t sure she’d ever figure out what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.

She’d studied political science and sociology and figured she was bound for law school. Then she started to understand the human experience and what draws us together. Eventually, at the urging of friends, she found the counseling field. Now she works with the internal treatment team at the Adams County Department of Human Services where she focuses on child protection therapy.

Recently, because of her work, members of Elizabeth’s family, Lucille Mould and Diana Adams, established awards for outstanding graduates and faculty in the Regis counseling program, as well as a $2 million Pomponio Family Endowed fund for the Regis Center for Counseling and Family Therapy.

Why give awards instead of scholarships?

I wanted to pay it forward and acknowledge individuals in the teaching and counseling profession. The student award is really for the graduate who is trying to find a job. I know how hard it is, especially right after you graduate. If you receive a scholarship at the start, you may realize counseling isn’t for you.

Why is the counseling profession for you?

I’ve always been curious about why people are people. I’m curious and inquisitive. I like to talk to people and understand who they are. As people, we can experience the exact same thing and, depending on who we are, experience something totally different from someone else.

What did you get from the Regis program?

It was really personal and intimate in a positive way. Every class developed you. It was like three years of really intense therapy. You have to know yourself before you can know someone else. You can only take someone as far as you can take yourself. It’s really come full circle. I recognize how life changing the Regis counseling program was for me. It allowed me to find what I really wanted to do and to find genuine joy in my work.