Launch Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness

Meet the CCECC Team

Dr. Billy Wooten
Dean of Engaged Learning and Executive Director of the CCECC

Dr. Wooten is a northeast Georgia native who comes to Averett as the new Executive Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness. He has a professional background in journalism and public relations and recently served 16 years at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky as a professor of Communications and Broadcast Journalism, Division Chair of the Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts, Director of Speech and Debate as well as an avid practitioner of service learning and internship and career development. Billy also served on Berea’s City Council, was President of the New Opportunity School for Women’s Board of Directors, and directed the College’s WBER News and Radio stations. When asked about leaving Berea to work at Averett, Billy said, “While Berea will always have a special place in my heart, there comes a time when you know your personal growth and impact on a community has reached saturation and you need to pursue new opportunities to serve in meaningful ways. When I learned from a colleague about Averett’s CCECC and its vital role in Danville’s revitalization, I knew my collective experiences could be useful and that I could join a team with a purpose and mission to help create social change and bring elements of social justice to our local communities. My passion is to serve my community, my students, and my colleagues. Averett and Danville have embraced me, my husband, and our two fur babies with open arms, and I already feel at home here. I cannot wait to visit our community partners and learn where I can serve and help the CCECC continue to develop deep-impact partnerships that will help Danville thrive.”

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.   Angie is back in school and is enrolled in Averett’s MBA program.

Angie currently serves on several local advisory boards and is 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.  Angie believes in providing the tools needed for a successful career development journey from day one freshman year through post-graduation.

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Tia Yancey
Director of Volunteerism

Tia Yancey serves as Director of Volunteerism at Averett University’s Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness (CCECC). Along with several certifications, Tia received Associate degrees in Consumer Marketing Specialization and Business Management from Danville Community College, a Bachelor’s degree from Averett University with a Concentration in Leadership, and a Master’s degree from the University of Lynchburg in Nonprofit Leadership.

Tia’s philosophy is that her community engagement work at Averett University made her realize that instead of just being born and raised in Danville, she now LIVES in Danville. Her passion to serve permeates the entire Dan River Region. She connects students to community volunteer service events, voter awareness, domestic violence/sexual assault awareness, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives., 434.791.7214

April Love-Loveless
Director of the Bonner Leader Program

April Love-Loveless serves as the Director of the Bonner Leader Program at Averett University’s Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness (CCECC). She has worked at the CCECC with the Bonner Leader program since 2017 and prior to that worked at two nonprofits in Washington DC. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Lynchburg College in 2016, where she served as a Bonner Leader student,  and finished her Master’s Degree in Educational Studies in 2019 from the University of Lynchburg. April is passionate about working with the Bonner Leaders and the community. She loves watching students find their passion and bring it to life at their service site.

April can be contacted via email at or by phone at 434.791.7228.

Ryan Taube
Coordinator of Career Competitiveness

Ryan, a native of Greensboro NC, joined Averett in January 2020 serving as the Coordinator of Career Competitiveness. Prior to Averett, Ryan taught special education in a charter school in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ryan is passionate about helping students find a career path that suits their interests and strengths.

Ryan is a member of the Virginia Association of Colleges and Employers (VACE) and enjoys networking and creating connections with fellow members in the Virginia region. He attends professional development workshops and conferences to continually learn new strategies to assist students in their educational journey at Averett. His education includes a Master’s degree in Career Counseling and Placement from North Carolina Central University and a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Greensboro College. Ryan completed two graduate internships while at NCCU at Guilford Technical Community College and Winston-Salem State University. He gained valuable experience in both academic advising and career services at each institution. He uses his background in counseling and education to help students find a career that they are passionate about and truly enjoy doing.

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