Counseling Staff

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College & Career
Mr. Chris Ventimiglia; 314-467-7102;

After graduating from Mehlville High in 1991, I attended SLCC-
Meramec and then UMSL where I received a Bachelor of Science 
Degree in secondary education with certification in Social Studies. 
I taught social studies for eight years prior to joining the OHS guidance
department in 2007.  In 2006, I graduated  from Missouri Baptist
University with a Master's degree in school counseling.
This is my 14th year at Oakville.

Class of 2022 Dr. Jennifer Gross; 314-467-7101;
Having grown up in the Mehlville School District, I am very excited to be working at Oakville High School. I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Benedictine College, my master’s degree in Education/Counseling and my Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction from Missouri Baptist University, and my Educational Doctorate in Leadership from Lindenwood University. During the 2009/2010 school year, I worked as the Alternative Education Counselor at St. Clair High School, and have worked at Oakville since 2010.  I enjoy working with my students and watching them mature into young adults!

Class of 2023
Mrs. Colby Allen; 314-467-7104;

My husband and I recently moved to Illinois to follow his job with the Air Force. 
I am from Columbus, OH, where I earned both my undergraduate and graduate
degree from Ohio University.  I have spent the past three years working as a
high school counselor.  I can honestly say that I love my job and working with
students on a daily basis.  I am so very excited to join the Oakville counseling
team and to work with the class of 2023.

Class of 2024
Mrs. Katie Shymanski, 314-467-7106;

I am a proud graduate of Oakville High School and I'm thrilled to be
back at Oakville as a Counselor.  I graduated from Central Missouri
State University with an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice.
After working with the Division of Youth Services for six years, I went 
on to receive my graduate degree in School Counseling from Lindenwood
  I recently received a second master's degree from Southwest Baptist University in teacher leadership.  I started my school counseling career at 
Buerkle Middle School in 2015 but moved over to Oakville High School in 2017.

Miss Heather King; 314-467-7103;

I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, and received a bachelor's degree in Early and Elementary Education.  After teaching for three years, I went on to receive a master's degree in School and Professional Counseling.  I recently received a second master's degree from Southwest Baptist University in teacher leadership.  I love working with this age group and look forward to forming relationships and gaining experience here at Oakville!

Ms. Chris Vitale 314-467-7107;

Administrative Assistant
Ms. Nikki Becker 314-467-7108;

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