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Jenniffer M. Kapp, M.S., LPC
Director of Counseling
Mrs. Kapp, MS, LPC, has worked at St. Pius X since 2002, and as Director of Guidance and Counseling since 2008. In addition to her current role, Mrs. Kapp has served the SPX community as head cheerleading coach (2002-2004) and dance assistant (2002-2003). She received her Bachelor of Arts from Winthrop University (Psychology major and Dance minor) and a Master of Science degree from Georgia State University in professional counseling. Outside of school, Mrs. Kapp works as a Licensed Professional Counselor in a private practice and teaches Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP).  Mrs. Kapp and her three sisters are all St. Pius X graduates. Mrs. Kapp lives in Dunwoody with her husband and children. Email Mrs. Kapp.

Arline Umpierre, M.Ed.
Professional School Counselor
Mrs. Umpierre received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University and a Master's in School Counseling from American Public University.  Prior to coming to St. Pius X, she was both a school counselor and teacher for Gwinnett County Schools.  Mrs. Umpierre lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.  Outside of school, she enjoys playing tennis and decorating.  Email Mrs. Umpierre.

Mary Pat Martin, LCSW, MAT
Professional School Counselor
Mrs. Martin is a SPX alum and SPX Junior Varsity Track coach (2010-present).  Mrs. Martin loves running and eating chocolate.  She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Georgia State University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia, and a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Mercer University.  Mrs. Martin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified School Social Worker and Teacher in Georgia.  She has experience working as a medical social worker and school counselor.  Prior to coming to SPX, she was both a school counselor and teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary school for over ten years.  Mrs. Martin lives in Atlanta with her four children.  Mrs. Martin's husband, James, is also an SPX Alum along with three of her children.  Her youngest is a current student.  Email Mrs. Martin.

Vanessa Placeres, NCC, LPC
Professional School Counselor
Ms. Placeres received her Bachelor of Science and Master's degree in Counseling from California State University, Fresno.  She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in the Counselor Education and Practice program in addition to a second Master's degree in the School Counseling program at Georgia State University.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and prior to St. Pius X, she practiced at CETPA and worked with the Hispanic and Latino community of Georgia.  Ms. Placeres has co-authored several articles that address the issues of minority populations, specifically focusing on strength-based research.  She is originally from California and enjoys going home to visit her family.  She also travels to coach and judge national cheerleading events around the U.S.  In her spare time she enjoys running and being outdoors.  Email Ms. Placeres

Jennifer Gibbs, M.S., M.Ed
Professional School Counselor
Mrs. Gibbs received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky, and a Master of Education degree in School Counseling from Georgia State University. She is a certified Professional School Counselor and College Admissions Specialist.  Prior to coming to St. Pius X, she worked both as a high school and middle school counselor for Forsyth County Schools.  Mrs. Gibbs lives in Peachtree Corners with her husband and two children.  Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and cheering on her daughters at sporting events. Email Mrs. Gibbs.

Jane Gennaro Udell
Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Udell has been at St. Pius X since 2001.  She is a graduate of Katherine Gibbs Business School in New York. Mrs. Udell lives in East Cobb with her husband, Ed, and is the proud parent of: Chris '03, Matt '05, Patrick '09, and Joanna '11 (Thompson). Email Mrs. Udell.