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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


Venita M. Mitchell, PhD
Vice President of Student Engagement
vmitchell@averett.edu
434-791-5627

Dr. Venita Mitchell joined Averett in 2021 as our new Vice President for Student Engagement and Senior Student Experience Officer. She comes to us after a career spanning 30 years in both the public and private college/university settings, working in all aspects of higher education as a student affairs professional. Her experience includes serving over 20 years at William Woods University, including 18 years as the vice president and dean of student life, as well as director of leadership development, and interim athletic director; adjunct instructor at the University of Missouri; assistant dean for student development at Millsaps College; assistant director of recreation services at the University of Kansas; and director of intramurals at Rhodes College. Dr. Mitchell earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in recreation, parks and tourism from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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.

Laura Breeden
Area Coordinator
labreeden@averett.edu
434-791-7202

Laura Breeden is a 2021 Averett alumna who is currently working as a graduate assistant for the office of Housing and Residence Life. During her time here as an undergrad, she majored in Sociology and minored in Biology. She is currently the Area Coordinator for all of the Main Complex and oversees two Undergraduate Hall Directors. She is excited to return to her alma mater and serve the Averett community while she pursues her Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. She can’t wait to start building strong and lasting connections with faculty, staff, and students.

Lynsey Corriher
Senior COVID-19 Case Manager
lncorriher@averett.edu
Office: 434-791-5852

Lynsey graduated in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Psychology and completed her MBA in 2021, both from Averett University. She is from Landis, North Carolina. Lynsey has always been 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.

Rodney Countryman
Assistant Director of Residence Life
rcountryman@averett.edu
434-791-7202

Rodney serves the university as the Assistant Director of Residence Life. He began his journey at Averett in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in 2020, then transitioned to the Student Life team in 2021. Averett has become his home, and he enjoys being a part of the growth and development of 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.

Tammi Devlin BSN, RN
Director of Health Services
tdevlin@Averett.edu
434-791-5824

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.

Alexandria B. Harrell, BS
Assistant Director of Housing Operations
aharrell@Averett.edu
434-791-2454

Alexandria Harrell is the Assistant Director of Housing Operations in the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Alexandria joins the Averett family from East Tennessee where she got her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at Lincoln Memorial University, in Harrogate, Tenn. She currently resides in Gibsonville North Carolina.

Alexandria comes to us with both residence life and higher education experience during her undergrad at LMU. Her first day at Averett was August 6, 2021.

Beth Hill, LMHP – R
Counselor
bhill@averett.edu
434-791-5691

Hello, I’m Beth! I have adventured through many experiences in my counseling journey and have now landed at Averett University. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in 2005 from Radford University and my Master of Arts in professional counseling with Liberty University in 2016. I am currently in my counseling residency and look forward to completing the licensure process. I have experience working with diverse populations including juvenile and adult corrections, community services, developmental/intellectual disabilities, and crisis intervention. With my home life, I am married with three children. Our oldest is my bonus daughter (15) and then we have a son (4) and the baby girl (almost 3); she is the most spoiled! We also have a furbaby (my first born), a yorkie that believes she is a doberman. We attend church in our community and enjoy going to watch our oldest play softball. I believe the others will be ready to dive into sports when they are a little older.

One day, after living through toddlerhood, I hope to get back to some of my favorite things; crafting, reading, and watching true crime shows. For now it is mainly ordering what I could make and watching Umi Zoomi and Peppa Pig! Thank you all for welcoming to your work family and community! I am excited to be “back in college!”

Melissa M. Ireson
Administrative Assistant for Health Services
mireson@Averett.edu
434-791-5718

Melissa is from Danville, VA and has an Associate of Applied Science degree in, Business Management-Project Management Specialization from DCC. She also obtained a certificate in Career Coaching while working at DCC with the GED Program.

Tammy Jackson
Student Life Operations Coordinator
SEVIS Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)

tcjackson@Averett.edu
434-791-5620

Tammy is from South Boston, VA 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 and the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) for international student registrations. Tammy has worked in college education for over nineteen years in areas such as admissions, advising, registration, business, and financial aid. She has also served as an adjunct instructor on the community college level. 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.

Nia Johnson
COVID-19 Case Manager
njjohnson@averett.edu
434-791-6878

Originally from Richmond, VA, Nia graduated from Averett University in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management and Management Science with a minor in Economics and completed the MBA program at Averett in 2020. 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.

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

 

 

Nate Lake
Coordinator of Recreation & Health Services
nclake@averett.edu
434-791-7197

Nate is an Averett alumni class of 2018 member. During his time at Averett, he played football and volunteered with Student Life to help with several events on and off campus. Formerly, he worked with Averett Online (Averett’s GPS Program) as an admissions counselor for two years prior to graduating.

Christy Mayes
Director of Counseling Services
cmayes@averett.edu
434-791-5788

Christy Abbott Mayes was born in Danville, VA and was raised in Pittsylvania County. She graduated from Chatham High School in 1999. Christy entered the workforce at age 14, gaining a multitude of experience in various fields. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Liberty University in 2013 and obtained a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling in 2015, also from Liberty University. Christy began working in the mental health field in 2013 with both adults and youth/adolescents. Currently, Christy is licensed by the Virginia Board of Counseling as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Christy is married and has two children. She also has a toy poodle named Cotton. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, singing, arts/crafts, and spending time with family and friends. Christy joined Averett on September 13, 2021 as the Director of Counseling Services. She is located in the Health & Wellness office beside the Student Success Center.

Mckelvey Stone
Housing & Residence Life Graduate Assistant
msstone@averett.edu
434-791-5728

Mckelvey Stone, is one of the Graduate Assistants for the office of Housing and Residence life. In May of 2021, he graduated from Wingate University with his Bachelor of Science in Education, and this is also where he began his Housing and Residence life work experience.  He is very excited to be working with Averett University students and hopes to help them with all their on campus housing needs. He is also an Area Coordinator for Fugate Hall and the Commons Apartments, which is where he directly helps with issues in those living spaces, and oversees the two Undergraduate Hall Directors.

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

Devenia Thorpe is the 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.

Tina Younger
Administrative Assistant for Student Life

tyounger@averett.edu
434-791-5622

Tina Younger is from South Boston, VA. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2019 in Government from Liberty University.  She joined Averett University in 2021 and serves as the Administrative Assistant for Student Life. Tina has over 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors spanning a broad range of areas from local government to nonprofit organizations. She brings a wealth of life skills to Averett University. She is extremely excited to be a part of Averett University and working with students to ensure their college experience is successful. Her passion is bringing awareness to women issues through her short stories. She is a member of the Danville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., serving on the following committees, Chaplain, Member Services, Social Action as well as Policies and Procedures.