Meet Our Counseling Staff!

Maria Chelko

Maria Chelko

9-12 High School Counselor

  • 1st year at North Star; 22 years total as a school counselor
  • Enjoys hanging out with her husband and three dogs
  • Focus: Getting to know students and helping them reach their
  • high school and post-secondary goals
Aspen Holland

Aspen Holland

6th-8th grade School Counselor

Mrs. Holland LOVES being the school counselor for our amazing middle school students! She strives to have an open door and welcoming space where students feel seen, heard, and valued, as they navigate the fun (and inevitably challenging) middle school years. She also loves the connections she gets to make with the families of our students. It takes a village and she is so thankful to be part of this one.

Mrs. Holland is married to her best friend and together they have three of the best kids ever. When she isn’t running between practices and games, Mrs. Holland lives to adventure outdoors with her family and friends, hiking, camping, and finding spots on the water to cool down in summer.

Danica Holladay

Danica Holladay

K-5 School Counselor


  • Starting her 8th year at North Star
  • Married to Mr.Holladay
  • Goal of being in each classroom 20 times this year.

Kristin Mahaffrey

Part-Time K-5 School Counselor

I am thrilled to join Mrs. Holladay as a school counselor for our outstanding K-5 elementary students. I will be collaborating with Mrs. Holladay to promote the social, emotional, and academic success of K-5 students. I am dedicated to creating a safe and positive school environment for all learners and am passionate about nurturing resilience, kindness, and a love of learning in every student.

I am the mother of two amazing teenagers, Hunter and Madalynn, and have been married to my husband, Wayne, for over twenty years. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have been working at North Star since 2018 as a paraprofessional and look forward to serving the students at North Star in a new capacity.