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Worked as Special Assistant to the President for The American University in Dubai, produced a play based on experience as psychologist


Dr. Feneck started at Argosy University, Sarasota in 1997 and was immediately impressed. “The faculty and staff treated me and all of the students in my classes like family,” she says, adding, “They were inspiring and encouraging. They celebrated your success and were also incredibly supportive during the challenging times. I can speak on behalf of myself and all of my classmates who were very happy with our professors, our education and the welcoming atmosphere.”

In 2000, Dr. Feneck completed her Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology at the university and soon began working as a Child Psychologist and Special Forensic Case Manager for the Erie County Department of Forensic Mental Health in Buffalo, New York.

“Working with at-risk youth and seeing first-hand the positive impact of your services is incredibly rewarding,” says Feneck. She held this position for seven years—evaluating, diagnosing and treating troubled youth—never thinking that this experience would one day serve as her inspiration for a screenplay.

During this time, Dr. Feneck also taught as an Adjunct Professor in Counseling and Human Services for Canisius College, where she had obtained her undergraduate and master’s degree. “It is truly an honor to help students prepare for their careers,” says Feneck, who was able to match students with internships at the detention facility and family court where she worked.

Then, in 2009, Feneck accepted a position as the Special Assistant to the President for The American University in Dubai. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she says of the chance to travel to and work in Dubai for three years.

Upon returning to the U.S. in 2012, Feneck decided to try her hand at writing. Drawing on her past experiences, she developed the screenplay “Jumpsuit Shackle” about a psychologist representing troubled youth in a dysfunctional justice system. In January 2013, she produced and directed a theatrical reading of the play and now hopes to turn her work into a motion picture.

“Argosy University prepared me with an education that has been proven by the success of my career,” says Dr. Feneck, who is proud of her accomplishments thus far and has big plans for the future. “My advice is to never give up and never let anyone in the way of your dreams.”

About Argosy University
Argosy University (, with 28 campus locations in 13 states and online, is a private, accredited academic institution dedicated to providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students through its eight colleges: College of Clinical Psychology, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Undergraduate Studies, The Art Institute of California and Western State College of Law. Degree levels and programs offered vary by location. Argosy University is accredited by the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, California, 94501, Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2610, 2630. Certified by SCHEV to operate in Virginia. See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Argosy University, Sarasota is located at 5250 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34235.


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