Staff


Trae Yeckley, Ph.D., LMFT

Associate Dean of Students for Community Standards and Wellness,
Director of the Counseling and Personal Development Center
Pronouns: They/Them

Trae has been at Allegheny since the spring of 2017. Originally from California, Trae obtained a BA in Film and Media Studies from the University of California, Irvine, and went on to receive a Master of Education in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Oregon. After several years of working in community mental health, they moved to Iowa to pursue a Ph.D. In 2016, Trae graduated with a Ph.D. in Couples and Family Therapy from the University of Iowa. They have nearly a decade of experience working in a variety of counseling settings but discovered a passion for working with college students while spending time at the Cornell College Counseling Center in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

When not in the office, Trae can generally be found outside enjoying playing sports, watching birds, or going on nature walks with the family. When forced inside due to weather, Dr. Yeckley spends time following San Diego sports teams, baking, and playing Legos.


Danielle Pecar, MS, LPC, AFAA-CGFI

Counselor, Athletics and Wellness Specialist
Pronouns: She/Her

Dani has been working at Allegheny College since 2018. She was born in Titusville, PA, and has a B.A. in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. Dani has over 6 years of experience in various counseling settings, including career counseling, family therapy, and other individual services. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Sport and Performance Psychology. Dani’s counseling style and passion focuses on helping students grow their confidence, autonomy, and self-love through a holistic lens of mental and physical self-care. She also specializes in working with mental health, mental skills, and athletic performance concerns. 

When not at the office, Dani teaches group fitness classes and helps individuals with their physical health and nutrition. She enjoys hiking in the mountains with her husband. Dani also loves a good book and cup of hot tea. She is an artist and a dog mom of two furbabies.


Charity E. Grace, MA, LPC, CCTP, NCC

Counselor
Pronouns: She/Her

Born and raised in the Crawford County, Pennsylvania area, Charity obtained a B.S. in Psychology with a Mental Health and Research Focus from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She went on to receive a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Edinboro University’s School of Graduate Studies and Research. Additionally, she is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, who has worked in both college and community settings, allowing her to pursue her true passion for helping individuals recognize their strengths and bolstering them emotionally.

Charity is an outdoor enthusiast. She and her family engage in a variety of outdoor activities, including mud runs, hiking, kayaking, and primitive camping. During the winter months, she creates sled riding tracks for her family to enjoy or curls up with a good book. She loves to cook, relax by a campfire, and spend time with those that matter most.


Andrew Toles, MA, LPC

Counselor
Pronouns: He/Him

Andrew has been a Licensed Professional Counselor for almost seven years and, as of fall 2021, is going into his fourth year as a counselor at Allegheny College. Originally from South Florida and Southeastern Michigan, Andrew received his BA in Communications from the University of Michigan-Flint and his MA in Counseling at Boise State University. Andrew was involved with Multicultural Student Services and Counselors for Social Justice while living in Idaho, where he gained understanding and appreciation for advocacy. Following graduation, he worked in Utah as a therapist in the areas of addiction and mental health counseling before returning to the East Coast. Andrew enjoys working with students on managing depression and anxiety in addition to ADHD, academic concerns, financial concerns, addictions/dependency issues, grief/loss, relationships, and self-esteem. Andrew works with students to help improve self-efficacy through setting goals, connecting with passions, facing challenges, accepting failures, and ultimately finding a greater sense of control.

Andrew has a passion for skiing, ice skating, baseball, hockey, Legos, and traveling. Andrew and his fiancée enjoy supporting the arts by exploring local art shows, watching theater productions, and visiting the many museums and zoological parks the area has to offer (his favorite animal is the red panda).


Sarah Stanger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Counselor
Pronouns: She/Her

Sarah grew up in Vermont, went to high school in Arkansas, and attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. Following college, Sarah completed her Ph.D. in Clinical and Developmental Psychology at the University of Vermont. She moved to Portland, OR to complete her predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at Oregon Health & Science University.

Sarah came to Allegheny in 2019 as an Assistant Professor in the psychology department. She teaches Foundations of Psychology, Adult Psychopathology, Child Clinical Psychology, Digital Mental Health, and Developmental Psychopathology, among others. She also does research on stress and coping in families.

In addition to being a professor, Sarah works as a therapist in the CPDC. In her work with students, she often focuses on collaboratively building sustainable habits to manage stress, and specializes in managing anxiety, sleep difficulties, and attention/organizational/academic difficulties.

Sarah lives in Meadville with her husband and two dogs. She loves hiking and daily dog walks, sports, musical theater, and cooking and baking.


Megan McCoy

Office Coordinator / Case Manager
Pronouns: She/Her

Megan has worked at Allegheny since 2014, starting in the Institutional Advancement Office (formerly Development & Alumni Affairs), moving to Winslow Health Center in June 2017, and joined the CPDC staff in July 2021. She graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in December 2010 with an Associates Degree in Business Administration. Megan was born and raised in Conneaut Lake where she still lives with her daughter and pony-sized puppy.

When at home, Megan enjoys reading, anything Disney or Marvel, and ‘old lady’ activities like puzzles, crochet, and bingo. If it’s raining or snowing, you’ll likely find her being the only person smiling about it.