Meet the East High Counselors

Phone: (717) 541-1662 ext. 71342


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science (BS), Psychology-Lebanon Valley College Master of Science (MS), Psychology in Education-University of Pittsburgh Master of Education (MEd), School Counseling-Millersville University

Mr. Steve Bubnis

School Counselor, students last names H-MA

I am currently in my 11th year as a school counselor at East High.  My favorite part of my job is meeting with students and watching their journey from freshman year to graduation.  East High's students are diverse and resilient.  I enjoy helping students with any academic, career/college, personal, or social need they may have.

I graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a degree in psychology.  I was a member of the football team at LVC and learned the important skills of balancing athletics with academics.  These are now skills I try to emphasize with our students as they balance different parts of their lives with their classes at East High.  I hope that all students at East High can meet their full potential. 

I enjoy spending time with my family and watching my two sons play sports and grow.  I love spending time outdoors hiking, camping, biking, and fly fishing.  And of course going to the beach and traveling.    

Phone: (717) 541-1662 ext. 71334


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science(BS) in Psychology-Temple University Masters of Education(MS Ed.)-Hunter College Principal Certification-Point Park University

Ms. Ayana Casey

School Counselor, last names A-C 

I am originally from New York; I moved to Harrisburg in 2010.  I am a proud graduate of Temple University where I earned my B.S. in Psychology.  I received my MS Ed. from Hunter College in New York City.  I completed my principal certification from Point Park University.

I have worked as a school counselor for over 18 years and love watching and assisting students navigate this journey we call life.   I am excited to work with the students and families at CD East High and hope to be a resource for my students throughout their time at East and beyond.

I am a mother of two and enjoy spending time with family and friends when not at work.  I love the water so you can usually find me near a river, lake, pool, or ocean relaxing. I enjoy reading, traveling, crafting and anything artistic. 

I look forward to building relationships with the students, families, and staff at East High!

Phone: (717) 541-1662 ext. 71336


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science (BS), Criminal Justice- Shippensburg University Master of Education (MEd), School Counseling- Loyola University Nationally Board Certified Counselor

Mrs. Michele Gardiner

School Counselor, last names D-G 

I am happy to introduce myself as one of the school counselors at East High School!  I grew up in the Philly suburbs, but I spent the last 20 years living in Annapolis, Maryland. I am a proud graduate of Shippensburg University where I earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology.  After graduation, I worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer while attending graduate school at Loyola University in Baltimore, MD.  Since earning my M.Ed. in School Counseling, I worked as a High School Counselor for 18 years in Prince George's County Public Schools. Relocating to Central PA and being a counselor at East High School has been a wonderful new journey that I have immensely enjoyed!  I am thrilled to be working with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and parents whom I so highly regard. 

Beyond the school counseling role, I played college lacrosse and coached both middle school and high school girls’ lacrosse. I am married with a teenage son.  I enjoy camping, boating, and anything related to the beach.  I love going on adventures as well as running marathons. 

I really enjoy my role in encouraging all children to strive for their personal best!


Phone: (717) 541-1662 ext. 71337


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts(BA), Psychology and Political Science-Western Maryland College now McDaniel College Masters of Science(MS), Counselor Education-McDaniel College

Ms. Sarah James

School Counselor, Last Names S-Z 

Hi Everyone,

I am originally from New Jersey, but grew up in Charlotte, NC.  I moved to the Harrisburg area in the middle of high school and am a graduate of Hershey High School.  I have a BA in psychology and political science from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, and continued my education immediately following my undergraduate studies to complete a MS in counselor education from McDaniel College.  I have been a school counselor for 19 years, and have been at EHS for 17 years.  My Mom worked at EHS before me so I have continued the family tradition.  I love CD East High as it is the most unique, and special school, and an amazing place to work!

Personally, I am a huge sports fan (Keep Pounding, Roll Tide, Buzz City, Go Heels), love to read, travel, and spend time with my family and friends.

Phone: 717-541-1662 ext. 71339


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and Ethnic Studies from Shippensburg University Masters of Education (M.Ed) in School Counseling from Shippensburg University

Mrs. Ariana Morgan

School Counselor, Last Names Mb-R

Hi everyone!

 I am in my 6th year as a school counselor, and my third year at CD East! I am very excited to continue my journey with the East High family. I graduated with my bachelor’s in psychology and ethnic studies from Shippensburg University. I also completed my graduate degree in PK-12 school counseling at Shippensburg University. I love working with the parents, staff, and students at this amazing school.

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, my cat (Maya) and dog (Opal). I love spending time crafting, watching movies, reading and hanging out with family and friends.

Feel free to come say hi!