The Counseling Center staff consists of mental health professionals, including psychologists, counselors, and social workers. All are trained and experienced in dealing with issues facing university students. Doctoral candidates in clinical and counseling psychology, working under close supervision, also provide counseling services. A sport psychologist is available for students interested in learning cognitive strategies to enhance their athletic or academic performance. These appointments are made by a referral from the staff. Below is a list of our current full and part-time staff.
Warrenetta C. Mann, Psy.D. - Director
Education: 2004 - Spalding University, Clinical Psychology, Commonwealth of Virginia, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Interests: College Mental Health Administration, cultural issues in psychotherapy, trauma and recovery, women's issues, training and supervision.
Felicia Brown-Anderson, Psy.D. - Staff Therapist
Education: 2003 – James Madison University, Clinical Psychology
Interests: Multicultural issues, Multiracial identity development, self care planning, women’s issues, couple and family issues, group therapy, and training and supervision.
Deidre Connelly, Ph.D. - Sport Psychology Consultant; Certified Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
Education: 1986 - University of Virginia, Sport Psychology
Interests: Sport Psychology, performance enhancement, stress/energy management, personal success skills, and test anxiety.
Christine Ferguson, M.Ed. - Mental Health Services Coordinator
Education: 2004 - Springfield College, Marriage & Family Therapy; 2010 - Columbia College Chicago, Dance Movement Therapy; Commonwealth of Virginia, Licensed Professional Counselor
Interests: Body/mind connection, crisis interventions, emotional health awareness, alternative therapies in the treatment of emotional and physical wellness.
Patrick S. Hudgins, Psy.D. - Staff Therapist, Outreach Coordinator
Education: 2005 - The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology
Interests: Individual therapy, personal growth and development, family of origin concerns, multi-cultural issues (identity, social justice, privilege and entitlement, stereotype threat, micro-aggressions, and cultural worldview), and the following approaches: humanistic, family therapy, feminist theory, narrative, and solution focused therapy.
Becca Nimmer Marcus, M.S.W., LCSW. - Senior Staff Social Worker
Education: 1982 - University of Illinois, Social Work; Commonwealth of Virginia, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Interests: Individual and group psychotherapy, relationship (including family) issues, personal growth and development, diversity issues, International student concerns, relaxation and meditation involving the mind and body connection.
William E. Nichelson III, Ph.D. - Staff Psychologist
Education: 2010 - University of Tennessee, Counseling Psychology; Commonwealth of Virginia, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Interests: Disordered eating and body image concerns, trauma survivors, couple's therapy, LGBTQ issues, men's issues, non-traditional and first-generation college students, training and supervision, Emotion Focused Therapy, group therapy, relationship concerns, and personal growth and development.
Carina Sudarsky-Gleiser, Ph.D. - Associate Director, Director of Training
Education: 1995 - The Ohio State University, Counseling Psychology; Commonwealth of Virginia, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Interests: Individual and group counseling, training and supervision, multicultural counseling, women's issues, eating disorders. Fluent in Spanish.
2014 - 2015 Psychology Interns
Janessa Nowlen, M.A. - Psychology Intern
Education: 2012- Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Clinical Psychology; Psy.D. student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Clinical Psychology
Interests: Individual and group therapy, mindfulness, international student concerns, suicidality, emotion focused therapy, and outreach
Samantha Sciarillo, M.A. - Psychology Intern
Education: 2012 - Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Clinical Psychology; Psy.D. Student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Clinical Psychology
Interests: women’s issues, LGBT issues, sexuality, sexual assault, grief, and mindfulness
Kathryn (Katie) Spaventa-Vancil, M.A. - Psychology Intern
Education: 2010 – University of Denver, Counseling Psychology; Ph.D. Student at University of California, Santa Barbara in Counseling Psychology
Interests: Identity development, mindfulness, trauma, anxiety, clinical supervision and training, resilience
Oleg V. Turayev, Psy.M. - Psychology Intern
Education: 2011 - Wright State University, Clinical Psychology; Psy.D. Student at Indiana State University in Clinical Psychology
Interests: childhood trauma, men's issues, family relationships, emotional awareness, interpersonal growth
2015-2016 Advanced Practicum Trainees
Annalucia (Annie) Bays, M.S. - Advanced Practicum Trainee
Denise Calhoun, B.S. - Advanced Practicum Trainee
Tiren Parker, M.A. - Advanced Practicum Trainee