Meet the CCECC Team

Brigid Belko
Director of Experiential Learning

Brigid Belko joined the Center for Community Engagement & Career Competitiveness in January 2015. She works with Danville Community College, Piedmont Community College, and Averett faculty & staff to initiate and revitalize experiential learning on our campuses via internships and service-learning. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University and a B.S. in Natural Resources with minors in Nonprofit Studies, Environmental Science, and Forestry from NC State University. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina- Greensboro in the Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations program.

bbelko@averett.edu, 434.791.5656

Rachel Covington
Assistant Director of Community Engagement

A native of Danville, Rachel joined the Averett family in December 2014. Before coming to Averett University, she served as a Fellow for two years with Danville Regional Foundation promoting service-learning and civic engagement among the younger generations.  A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Mary Washington, Rachel holds a degree in Political Science and Spanish. She also earned her TEFL Certification and Duke University’s Certificate of Nonprofit Management.

Rachel currently serves on the River District Association advisory council, the Danville Science Center board and the Festival in the Park board.

rcovington@averett.edu, 434.791.7215 LinkedIn

Alexis I. Ehrhardt
Executive Director

Alexis Ehrhardt believes that Averett has a responsibility to develop students not only as scholars but also as active citizens, and to meet that goal enjoys working with individuals and organizations to develop and maintain meaningful community partnerships. Alexis has lived in the Dan River Region since 2000, and came to Averett in April 2012. She graduated magna cum laude from Emory University with a B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Spanish, holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in Leadership Studies from Lynchburg College.

Alexis is a Fellow and Board Member of Middle Border Forward, the president-elect of Riverview Rotary, and a member of the LEAD Virginia Class of 2016. She previously has served terms on the board of Habitat for Humanity and was an advisory member on the Danville Regional Foundation board.
aehrhardt@averett.edu, 434.791.7212 LinkedIn

Angie McAdams
Director of Career Development

A native of Halifax County, Angie has lived in the Danville/Pittsylvania County region since 1996. She joined the Averett family in March 2015 after spending 13 years with Danville Community College. She graduated from Radford University with a B.S. in Sociology and Anthropology and also holds an M.S. in Sociology from Longwood University.   While at Radford, Angie was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity.

Angie currently serves on several local advisory boards and is currently the board chair for the Danville Public Schools Adult & Career Education Advisory Board.   She is passionate about helping students attain a meaningful career and welcomes students to contact her for all career development needs.

amcadams@averett.edu, 434.791.5629 LinkedIn

Tia Yancey
Administrative Assistant

Tia Yancey was raised in Danville, and comes to Averett from Danville Community College. For five years she served as the Administrative Assistant for the college’s Counseling Department. Tia holds two degrees from DCC, one in Marketing and another in Business Management. Tia not only ensures that the Center’s operations run smoothly but also supports staff in working with internal and external stakeholders, including faculty, students and community partners.

tyancey@averett.edu, 434.791.7214