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Our Staff


MARK PATISHNOCK, PhD., Director - Dr. Patishnock will join the staff in July





GINNY LUKE, M.S., NCC, LPC, CPCS, 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.




WILLIAM HIGHT,  Ph.D., Psychologist on Summerville Campus - Dr. Hight will join the staff in July.



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.



 ELENA PETROVA, Ph.D., Psychologist on Health Sciences Campus - Dr. Petrova will join the staff in August.



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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