Dianne Norton, LCPC, NCC
Assistant Director / Counselor
Dianne Norton is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been working at the Center for New Directions at Idaho State University for many years. She has a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and specializes in career counseling.
Dianne loves career counseling, finding it extremely rewarding to help people find work that is meaningful to them and that allows them to be happy and financial self-sufficient. She enjoys working with a wide variety of people, finding the differences between people fascinating.
Dianne is married and has four grown children and 4 grandchildren. She enjoys designing quilts, photography, scrapbooking, gardening and traveling.
Angela was born and raised in American Falls, Idaho. She moved to Pocatello in 1994 and began to raise her family. Angela started her career at ISU as a Secondary Education Major before deciding to pursue a nontraditional occupation in the energy field. She has completed the course work for the Energy Systems Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology program and is working toward completion of a Bachelor of Applied Science. As a student, Angela worked for the Adult Success Center at ISU and, in 2010, had the honor of earning Idaho State University Student Employee of the Year second runner-up. Angela is pleased to have found a new home within the General Education Department as Center for New Directions' administrative assistant. She is the mother of three and the grandmother of two adorable toddlers. She is a voracious reader and an avid knitter.
Erin Beal, LSW
Special Populations Facilitator
Professional Work Experience
- Child Welfare- 10 years
- Developmental Disabilities – 2.5 years
- Co-Developed the Idaho Foster Youth Advisory Board (IFYAB), a national award winning group of foster care alumni who currently develop state policy, train social workers and foster parents, and travel the US - raising awareness of the rights of foster children in our country.
- Served 2 years as an appointed member of the Casey Family Services national Research Advisory Team
One of My Favorite Professional Experiences –
There was a boy that I was assigned to work with who had been in foster care the majority of his life. He had been taken into foster care in one state, adopted to a family in another state and then, by the time he was 3 years old, put back into foster care and eventually sent to yet another state. When I met him he was 14 and did not know a single relative. I was able to track down many details of his ancestry, find names and, with the help of social media, provide him with photos of many family members. Over time, I was able to take him to meet his family including his mother and several other relatives - even a grandmother in the deep south. When recalling the best moments of my career, I am so honored to have had the opportunity to be involved in making this kind of difference in a child’s life.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Office: Roy F. Christensen Complex 364
Professional Work Experience
School Counselor, American Falls High School – 6 years
Contributed to the highest increase in the rate of graduates going on to college from 2011 to 2016 of all high schools in South East Idaho.
Started a food pantry at AFHS to serve the American Falls community.
One of My Favorite Professional Experiences
One of my favorite parts of high school counseling was helping students go on to college, especially those who are first generation. It’s so fun and rewarding now when I see them on the campus of ISU! I especially love to hear about one student, who came to American Falls from Mexico at the start of her 9th grade year with very low English skills. During her high school years, she worked exceptionally hard not only to learn English, but she took the most difficult math and science classes she could. She frequently came to my office for help with applying for scholarships, and she received several substantial ones. In May, she will earn her Bachelor’s in Science in Civil Engineering from ISU, and I couldn’t be more proud to have been a part of her journey! I am very excited now to work with future and current students in the College of Technology to help them reach their goals and dreams.