Meet Our Staff
ROBERT MAYS, Ph.D., NCC, LPC, LPCS, Director - Dr. Robert Mays has been the Director of the Counseling Center (formally Counseling Testing and Disability Services) at Augusta State University since 1993 with responsibility for the overall budget, administration, and implementation of the resources and activities of the Center. The Center provides personal, academic, and career counseling. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, and National Certified Counselor. Dr. Mays received his doctorate in Counseling from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from South Carolina State University. Prior to employment at Augusta State University, he worked as a Counseling Psychologist at South Carolina State University for 14 years. Dr. Mays has served on campus and community committees/organizations. The campus involvement is as follows: Adopt-A-School Committee, Retention Committee, Athletic Compliance Committee, Behavior Assessment and Intervention Team, Institutional Study Abroad Committee, Minority Advising Program, and the Advocacy Group for Evening and Non-Traditional Students (Dr. Mays is the co-founder and advisor ALERTS - Adult Learners Eagerly Returning To School). The community involvement is as follows: Care Management Consultants, 100 Black Men of Augusta, Medical College of Georgia Admissions Committee, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters Mentoring Program.
GINNY LUKE, M.S., NCC, LPC, Assistant Director - 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.
SHANNON NIX, M.S., NCC, LPC, Counselor/Interpersonal Violence Outreach Coordinator - Shannon received her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Augusta State University in 2001 and was a graduate intern in the Counseling and Testing Center in the fall of 2000, so it was only natural for her to return to her alma mater in October of 2003 to work as a counselor. She was licensed as a Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia in 2009 and became a National Certified Counselor in 2011. As the Interpersonal Violence Outreach Coordinator, she actively participates in the planning and implementation of Violence Awareness Week, which takes place annually in October, and is co-chair of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) committee which includes Paine College staff, Rape Crisis & Sexual AssaultServices’ director and staff as well as ASU faculty, staff, and students. Shannon is also a member of the Women's Studies Policy Committee at ASU, and has worked with various departments and student organizations over the years, most notably the Women's Studies Program, the Lambda Alliance, and Housing. In the community, she is a member of the Rape Crisis & Sexual Assault Services Advisory Board. Her preferred therapeutic orientation is cognitive behavioral therapy but she utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques with clients, and has trained extensively in cognitive processing therapy for use in clients with post-traumatic stress disorder. Other areas of interest besides trauma recovery include advocacy and education on interpersonal violence (sexual abuse/assault, intimate partner abuse and stalking), depression management, academic anxiety management, and collaborating with faculty, staff, students, and community agencies for programming and outreach. Shannon also teaches a section of ASUO 1000 in the fall and has taught undergraduate psychology courses.
DAWN JETT, MSW, LSCW, Counselor - Dawn Jett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Georgia. She holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of South Carolina (1997). Dawn has worked as a therapist in the private not-for-profit sector since the beginning of her service in the field of social work. Ms. Jett began working for the Medical College of Georgia in August of 2009 as counselor and is skilled in the specific issues presenting in the population of professional and graduate students. Prior to her present position she has served the community as Executive Director of the Family Counseling Center (A United Way Partner Agency) from 2007-2011 and the Clinical Director since 2003. She has also worked in private practice. Her area of expertise includes problems of normal life, anxiety issues, family system issues, and insight oriented therapy. She has worked with individuals with a variety of physical and mental diagnosis to improve coping and performance. Her belief is that the primary purpose of counseling is change. Dawn also serves on the Executive Board of her professional organization, the National Association of Social Workers and is a respected clinician in the Augusta community. Dawn strives for the goal of reducing the stigma of counseling, (as well as mental illness) in our community through outreach and advocacy. Dawn believes that greatness comes only from our connection to others and the relationships we build. She feels privileged to work with individuals courageous enough to admit their challenges and who are working to overcome them.
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.
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- All the Columbia County Teacher of the Year finalists are graduates of the Georgia Regents University College of Education.
- Brett Heimlich has received a prestigious Fulbright-Fogarty Award and will spend the next year in Malawi studying Sickle Cell Disease.
- Mark Tarr, COO of HealthSouth Corporation, will speak on "Navigating the Post-Acute Environment" Thursday, Aug. 28 at noon.