Division of Student Life

Mission Statement

The division of student life at Averett University is committed to providing an inclusive environment enabling each student to develop and enhance personal health and wellbeing, leadership skills, social responsibility, critical thinking and a spirit of service.

Student Life Goals and Objectives

Personal Health and Wellbeing

Students will be exposed to programs and initiatives designed to promote health and wellbeing including: health clinics, wellness counseling, health education, recreational activities, and spiritual exploration where appropriate.

Objective One
Students will have opportunities to participate in health and wellness fairs. Health and wellness educational materials and information will be displayed and distributed in key locations on campus. Students will participate in a group learning experience centered around the topic of emotional well-being and resilience.


Leadership Skills

Students will become actively engaged through the development of leadership skills and qualities.

Objective One
Promote leadership skill development through exposure and access to leadership programming, opportunity and roles.

Objective Two
Establish opportunities for students to engage and apply leadership learning/skills.

Objective Three
Establish departmental standards for leadership engagement, support and influence.


Social Responsibility

Students will gain a healthy respect for self and others by exercising personal integrity and engaging in a community of shared responsibility and social media.

Objective One
Promote the engagement in active bystander intervention through the See It Say It campaign by reporting incidents that disrupt the well-being of themselves and or others. programming, leadership opportunities and through the See It Say It campaign.


Critical Thinking

Students will demonstrate the ability to reason and make sound judgements through an exploration of our world’s ideas, narratives and strategies.

Objective One
Teach appropriate strategies for students to responsibly and critically interpret multiple narratives of information.


Spirit of Service

Students will gain an awareness of the impact and importance of service to others.

Objective One
Students will make connections between local, national and global communities by identifying the impact of current social issues on humanity.

Student Life Staff

Lesley Villarose
Dean of Students
lvillarose@Averett.edu
434-791-5627

Lesley Villarose, Dean of Students at Averett University, grew up in Rockville, MD. She attended Lynchburg College and received a bachelor of arts in communications with an emphasis on journalism. After graduating from Lynchburg College in 2002 she moved to Philadelphia, PA where she attended Temple University and received her master’s in educational administration.

During her time in Philadelphia, she worked at three institutions and served in various positions in student affairs that included student activities, recreation services, conference services and student union operations and conduct.

Lesley is currently in her eighth year at Averett University. Previously she served as the Director of Student Engagement. She, her husband Michael and their daughter Lexi reside in Eden, NC. Lesley serves as State Director of Region 3 for NASPA.

Jill Adams
Assistant Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator
jadams@Averett.edu
434-791-5628

Jill Adams joined the Averett family in September 2016. Before coming to Averett University, she served as the Director of Student Health Programming at Ferrum College.  Jill holds a B.S. from Bluefield College and a Master’s in Health and Wellness from Liberty University.  She has 3 children and resides in the Danville area with her husband.

Kennsel Anderson
Coordinator of Student Engagement
kdanderson@Averett.edu
434-791-5718

 Kennsel Anderson is from Richmond, VA and is a recent graduate of Ferrum College. He received a bachelor’s degree in health and human performance with a concentration in health promotion in the spring of 2017. While attending Ferrum, he was an active leader on campus as a resident assistant for two years, part of the football team for three years, on the SGA public relations committee, the president of the Black Student Union, and president for the Brother4Brother mentoring program. He was recently hired in the Student Engagement Center as the Coordinator of Student Engagement. He is also pursuing a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Averett University. He enjoys fitness, sports, reading, and actively participating in community service.

Fredrick Betts
Coordinator for Retention and Persistence
flbetts@averett.edu
434-791-5761

Fredrick comes to us from DCC where he has served as a Career Coach/Success Coach since 2013. He enjoys working with the students, faculty and staff to provide students with a rewarding college experience. He is excited to join the Student Success Center here at Averett to help be a part of the continued success of the students.

Skyler Daniel
University Chaplain
sdaniel@Averett.edu
434-791-7104

Skyler Daniel is from Knoxville, TN, and he and his wife Ronella are blessed with two children, Charlize and Amos.  Skyler holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Lee University, and a Master’s of Divinity from Wake Forest University.  Half his time is shared with West Main Baptist Church where he serves as Associate Pastor for Youth.  Before coming to Averett, Skyler ministered to marginalized students in Romania, and served various ministry roles before that.

Rodney Harper
Mailroom Supervisor
rharper@Averett.edu
434-791-5782

 

 

 

Jessie Henderson
Counselor and Conduct Case Manager
jthenderson@averett.edu
434-791-6896

Jesse Henderson graduated from Averett University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After graduating, Jesse moved to Tennessee to pursue her graduate degree from East Tennessee State University. In 2016, she graduated with her Master’s of Art in Counseling with a concentration in College Counseling/Student Affairs. While in Tennessee she served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Alcohol and Other Drug program, as well as a senior staff Counselor at ETSU.

Jesse is happy to be back at her alma mater where she will be serving as a part-time Counselor, and handling case management services for student conduct. She is excited to help students find their way to succeed at Averett! Students who are struggling with adjustment to college life or simply need someone to talk to can feel free to set up an appointment. Topics typically include depression, anxiety, sleep problems, managing stress, trauma, substance abuse issues, and relationship issues. Jesse’s counseling style is flexible, student centered, solution-oriented, and supportive. She enjoys connecting with others, laughing whenever possible, and serving as a resource to help get students back on track when needed.

Tammy Jackson
Student Life Operations Coordinator
tcjackson@Averett.edu
434-791-5620

Tammy lives in South Boston, VA with her husband, Michael, two sons– Malik and Mekhi, and her niece, Tylisia. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2004 in Organizational Management and Development from Bluefield College and her MBA from Averett University in 2008. She is the Student Life Operations Coordinator in the Dean of Students Office with Dean Villarose. Tammy has worked in college education for over sixteen years in areas such as admissions, advising, registration, business, and financial aid. She enjoys walking, binge watching television, classic literature and movies, and planting flowers. She is a student advocate who is passionate about seeing all students set and achieve their goals.

Joan Kahwajy-Anderson
Director of Counseling
jkahwajy@Averett.edu
434-791-5624

Joan Kahwajy-Anderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than twenty-five years of counseling experience. She assists students in finding resources to resolve typical, developmental issues experienced by many college students. Through the Office of Wellness and Peer Education, students usually meet one to one with Ms. Kahwajy-Anderson, with couple or group sessions offered as needed. Typical issues discussed include adjustment to university life, academic or personal stress, relationship issues and sadness or grief. Services of the center are intended to help students achieve their personal and academic goals in a confidential and respectful manner. Helping students develop emotionally healthy and successful lives is the primary mission of the Office for Wellness and Peer Education.

Holly Kilby
Assistant Director, Academic Support
hkilby@averett.edu
434-791-5788

Holly Kilby serves Averett University as the Assistant Director for Academic Support, where she oversees the tutoring program, the Writing Center, and specialized testing.  Holly graduated from Averett with a B.A. in English and History in 2009; she earned her MBA from Averett in 2015.  Holly is currently working to complete an M.Ed in Administration and Supervision, also from Averett.  She has a background in both higher education and K-12 education, specializing in at-risk youth.  When not working, Holly enjoys adventures with her four boys, be it wrestling practice, camping at a state park, or making bird houses with the boys’ local scout troop.

Kyle Patterson
Director – Office of Housing and Residence Life
kpatterson@Averett.edu
434-791-2470

Kyle has served in the Office of Housing and Residence Life at Averett University since 2012. He serves as the Director of Housing & Residence Life. Patterson received his Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Kyle has served in Housing & Residence Life through multiple roles since 2006. Most recently prior to Averett, at Catawba College as an Area Coordinator. His mission is to provide equitable opportunities for all students, and foster a supportive home like living learning environment. His long-term professional aspiration is to become a chief Student Affairs Officer.

Kyle was raised in the Tampa Bay area of Florida where he developed a love for sports and the beach. He enjoys spending time with his family, exercising regularly, and traveling.

Erin Schlauch
Director, Galesi Student Success Center
eschlauch@averett.edu
434-791-5754

Erin lives in Danville with her husband and two children, Elijah and Eva. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Mississippi College in Clinton, MS and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Belmont University in Nashville. Erin has worked in higher education for eight years as both faculty and staff, but her passion is in supporting student success through learning support. Before coming to Averett University to serve in her current role as the Director of Student Success, she served as the Director of the Learning Success Center at Arkansas State University Mid-South. Erin enjoys traveling and experiencing new places, good music, and good food. She is dedicated to innovating new ways to provide students with the encouragement and resources they need to help them reach their potential and succeed in their educational and personal goals.

Jamie Walker
Chief of Campus Safety and Security
jwalker@Averett.edu
434-791-5874

Jamie Walker graduated from Averett University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He graduated from DCC in 1997 with an Associate degree in Criminal Justice. Jamie has been with Averett University Security Department since 2004 and was promoted to Director of Security in 2007. This title was later changed to Chief of Campus Safety and Security. Jamie has over 15 years in campus security and law enforcement experience. Jamie and his wife Gena reside in Danville, VA.

Jawoin Williams
Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life
jnwilliams@Averett.edu
434-791-7231

Jawoin graduated from Averett University in Fall ’16 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science and is currently a candidate in the MBA program. He works in the department of Housing and Residence Life as a Graduate Hall Director. Guided by his core belief of students come first, he strives to empower everyone around him. William’s energy motivates others to do great things. Through his work he has proven to be a catalyst for positive change.

Shelbilyn “Shelbi” Boelsche
Graduate Assistant-Housing and Residence Life
seboelsche@Averett.edu
434-791-5622

Shelbilyn recently graduated from Winston-Salem State University in the spring of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and is currently a candidate in the MBA program at Averett University. She is from King, North Carolina and joined the department of Housing and Residence Life as a Graduate Hall Director in July 2017. She finds value in music and helping others realize their full potential. Shelbilyn’s passion for working with others has allowed her to develop strong leadership skills throughout her college career in the WSSU music department.

Williane Charles (Ann)
Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement-Office Manager
cwilliane@Averett.edu
434-791-5775

Williane “Ann” Charles graduated in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Minor in Health Education from Longwood University. She is a Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement and is pursuing her education to earn a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership. While at Longwood University, she was highly involved on-campus. She worked in several offices, including Residential & Commuter Life, Citizen Leadership and Social Justice Education, Office of First Year Experience and Family Programs, and she is a brother of Alpha Phi Omega. She enjoys mentoring students, volunteering, attending concerts, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends.

Johnathan “John” Collins
Graduate Hall Director – Programming Coordinator
collinsj@averett.edu
434-791-5728

Johnathan is a recent graduate of Catawba College in Salisbury, NC and has a fiancée, Allison. Johnathan is from King, NC. He has been involved with marching band and many other band functions from middle school until graduating college. Johnathan joined a group known as Wigwam, at Catawba College that allowed him to put on school events and coordinate with all school clubs to give students a college experience they would never forget. Johnathan will be working in the Office of Housing and Residence Life as a graduate hall director focusing on programming. Johnathan’s passion is to create an environment that students can love and always call home.

Lynsey Corriher
Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement
lncorriher@averett.edu
Office: 434-791-7230

Lynsey recently graduated from Averett University in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Psychology. She now plans to obtain her MBA from Averett University. She is from Landis, North Carolina. She joined the Student Engagement Team as a Graduate Assistant in the summer of 2018. Lynsey was involved in many on-campus organizations and found a home in the Averett community. Through her involvement with various clubs and organizations, Lynsey found joy in helping get others involved and sharing their passions. She loves live music, reading, and thrifting.

Jamal Forney
Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement-Coordinator for Intramural/Recreation
jaforney@Averett.edu
434-791-6892

Jamal Forney is from Lexington, NC and graduated from Averett University in the spring of 2017. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in marketing. He is a graduate assistant in the Student Engagement Center and will be working for Intramurals and Recreation.  He is pursuing his education to receive a master’s in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Jamal played football for four years while at Averett. He was also inducted into the National Society of Leadership Success and served on the building manager staff. He is excited for the opportunity to help leaders grow and be a catalyst for positive change.

Lee Roy Johnson
Graduate Assistant-Programming
ltjohnson@Averett.edu
434-791-7246

Lee Roy graduated from Methodist University in spring ‘17 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management and minor in Marketing. He currently is a candidate in the MBA program. He works in the department of Housing and Residence Life as a Graduate Hall Director. Guided by his core belief of “students come first,” he strives to empower everyone around him by leading by example. Mr. Johnson’s energy motivates others to do great things for the university and themselves. Through his work he will prove to be a catalyst for positive change at Averett University.

Nia Johnson
Graduate Assistant- Student Success Center
njjohnson@averett.edu
434-791-6878

Nia recently graduated from Averett University in the spring of 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management and Management Science with a minor in Economics. Nia is a candidate in the MBA program at Averett. She is from Richmond, Virginia and recently joined the Student Success Center. She finds value in helping others and giving back to the community. Her passion for giving back allows her to strengthen her communication and problem solving skills.

Jordyn Minton
Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement
jpminton@averett.edu
434-791-5608

Jordyn recently graduated from Averett University in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Psychology. She is currently obtaining her MBA at Averett University. She is from Harrisburg, NC and joined the Student Engagement Team as a Graduate Assistant in the summer of 2018. She was involved in multiple clubs and organizations as an undergraduate student and hopes to provide students with opportunities to love Averett University as much as she does. She enjoys Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, reality television, and reading.

Lance Moore
Graduate Assistant-Housing and Residence Life-Diversity & Inclusion
ljmoore@Averett.edu
434-791-7108

Lance Moore is from Mount Holly, NC and recently graduated from Ferrum College in spring’16. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management. While attending Ferrum, he was an active leader on campus as he was a part of the football team for three years, the Treasurer of the Black Student Union, the Vice President for the Brother4Brother mentoring program, and a Resident Assistant. He was recently hired in the Office of Housing and Residence Life as a graduate assistant where he will focus on diversity and inclusion related programming for the students. While working as a graduate assistant he will also be pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management.

Aquayla Swann
Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement
asswann@averett.edu
Office: 434-791-7230

Aquayla recently graduated from Averett University in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Decision Science and a minor in Business Administration. Currently she is a candidate in the MBA program at Averett University. She is from Butner, North Carolina and joined the department of Student Engagement as a Graduate Assistant in the summer of 2018. In her undergraduate career, she was actively involved with numerous departments including Residence Life and Admissions. Through her involvement in assisting and establishing numerous clubs and organizations, she has developed strong leadership and communication skills. Aquayla has a strong passion for education and getting students involved outside of their academic studies. In her free time, she enjoys attending sporting events and shopping.

Devenia Thorpe
Americorps Student Success Coach
Devenia.thorpe@averett.edu
434-791-6882

Devenia Thorpe is the AmeriCorps Student Success Coach at Averett University.  Born in Ruffin, NC, she’s a military veteran (Army) in which she worked as a Human Resource Specialist.  She has worked for Rockingham County Schools for over 6 years as a Head Volleyball Coach, where she has not only coached but has served as a mentor and tutor to student athletes.  Devenia also has over 8 years of armed security background. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Business Management focusing on Human Resources.

Cecilia “CiCi” Yeager
Graduate Assistant-Counseling
ckyeager@Averett.edu
434-791-6894

Cecilia graduated from Old Dominion University in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. She was recently hired as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Wellness Counseling and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. During her undergraduate career, she interned for the Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia and served as a Small Group Facilitator and Service Co-Chair in her faith ministry at ODU. Cecilia has lived in Virginia for the last 10 years, but calls Texas her home. Her passions include painting, photography, reading dystopian novels, and feature writing.