Meet Our Staff
Mark F. Patishnock, Ph.D.
Mark joined the staff in the summer of 2015. Previously, he worked at the university counseling centers at Penn State, Virginia Tech, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He holds a B.S. in Psychology from Penn State, a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Penn State.
Mark specializes in clinical issues surrounding shame, stigma, and vulnerability. He himself lives with Tourette Syndrome, and has developed an expertise in Tic Disorders.
Mark is most passionate about destigmatizing, demystifying, and addressing mental health issues facing college students.
In his spare time, he enjoys taking walks with his family, playing his antique Gibson guitar, and being a wanna-be-woodworker.
GINNY LUKE, M.S., NCC, LPC, CPCS
Licensed Professional Counselor
Ginny has worked for Augusta State University since 1986 in the Counseling Center. Her position reports to the Director and she has general administrative supervisory responsibilities including assisting the Director with organization and administrative operations of the Center. She does personal, academic and career counseling with currently enrolled students, faculty and staff. In addition, she does outreach programming including class presentations and seminars; crisis intervention; consultation and maintenance of computerized programs such as titanium, computerized career programs and website. She has taught orientation courses throughout the years. She has completed her Master's and Bachelor's degrees in psychology from Augusta College and is currently licensed as a Licensed Professional Counseling in Georgia and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She enjoys working with a variety of issues including academic skills management (study skill, time management, test taking skills), career issues such as undecided about a major/career and personal issues such as stress management, relationship issues and self esteem issues.
William (Bill) Hight, Ph.D.
Bill enjoys working with students across the wide range of issues at the intersection of personal growth, mental health and academic success. He believes that giving oneself permission to find and follow one’s authentic passions is an important first step in living a vital, engaged and fulfilling life.
Bill’s professional areas of interest are anxiety, health behavior change and LGBTQ issues. His approach to counseling and psychotherapy draws from cognitive behavioral, interpersonal and mindfulness theories.
Bill completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his doctoral internship at the University of Florida Counseling Center. He is licensed as a Psychologist in Georgia and North Carolina. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Equality Clinic of Augusta and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the GRU/Medical College of Georgia Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior.
He enjoys playing guitar badly, travel and laughter with friends and family. His favorite word is “imagine”.
Elena Petrova, Ph.D.
Multicultural counseling competencies, multicultural organizational development, effects
of oppression and discrimination on mental health, health and well-being of international
students, women’s mental and physical health, identity development, and the mind-body
Elena joined the GRU Counseling Center in August, 2015. Elena is originally from Macedonia. She has lived, studied and worked in the US since 1999. Elena has worked with individuals, groups and couples who have needed help with adjustment difficulties, identity development, physical health problems, depression, anxiety, life crises, life transitions, family of origin concerns, and problems in interpersonal relationships. Prior to moving to joining GRU, Elena worked as a staff psychologist at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for seven years, and prior to that she lived in Muncie, Indiana where she was completed her predoctoral internship at the Ball State University Counseling Center. Prior to that, Elena lived in Auburn, Alabama while working on her doctoral degree, and had clinical experience in both the college counseling setting and community mental health setting. While working on her master’s degree in Edwardsville, Illinois, Elena obtained clinical experience in a hospital setting in Skopje, Macedonia.
As a staff psychologist, Elena focuses on creating a collaborative and supportive relationship with the student and on empowering the student to discover and create resources and personal strengths to solve problems, make new meanings out of life circumstances and events, as well as advocate for him or herself in difficult situations.
- Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University
- MA in Clinical-Adult Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
- BA in Psychology from Graceland University
Elena likes the outdoors and walking. One of her hobbies is jewelry making and learning about gems and gemology. She finds it very important to have good communication with and to support her immediate family members who live in Macedonia.
Brittany Bing, M.Ed.
Brittany joined our staff fall of 2015. She holds a B.S. in Child and Family Development from Georgia Southern University and a M.Ed. in Counseling and Development from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
She has a particular interest in trauma, having worked as a Rape Crisis Counselor at Augusta Area Rape Crisis Center and as a Counseling Intern at the Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services in Fairfax, Virginia. Brittany believes that therapy can serve as a safe space in which to not only explore and deal with problems, but also to explore and identify one's values, beliefs, and overall sense of self. Brittany’s other professional interests include group therapy and working with multicultural and social justice concerns.
In addition to trauma, Brittany is passionate about assisting students with common challenges often experienced throughout their college career such as anxiety, depression, and career exploration, having worked in the counseling center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Brittany particularly enjoys working with a college population given the extent to which the college experience represents a time of rich transition and therefore, self-exploration, and growth. Each person is unique and presents a variety of needs and Brittany strives to tailor the therapy to meet the individual's needs.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and yoga.
Staff Psychiatrist – Currently Vacant
Yanuary Rodriguez, B.S.
Practicum Student Counselor
GWENDOLYN MCCRARY, Office Specialist - Gwen began working in the Counseling Center February 1, 1995, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience in the Administration field. Gwen manages the daily operations of the Counseling Center, she greets students when they come to the Center, makes sure they fill out the proper paperwork and assist them in getting the help they need. Gwen also schedule appointments using Titanium a computerized program for the Director and Counseling Center staff, including Graduate Assistant and Intern. Additionally, Gwen is responsible for the client database, scoring and preparation of the Myers and Strong Interest Inventory Assessments, and other administrative duties. Gwen also provides training and supervision of two student workers.
Traci Westin is the graduate assistant in the Counseling Center. A student on the clinical mental health track in the Counselor Education program, Traci plans to complete her master's degree in spring 2017.
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