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Administrative Staff

 markpatishnock Mark F. Patishnock, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist


Mark joined the staff in the summer of 2015. Previously, he worked at the university counseling centers at Penn State, Virginia Tech, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He holds a B.S. in Psychology from Penn State, a M.A. in Clinical
Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University, and a Ph.D.
in Counseling Psychology from Penn State.

Mark specializes in clinical issues surrounding shame, stigma, and vulnerability. He himself lives with Tourette Syndrome, and has developed an expertise in Tic Disorders.

Mark is most passionate about destigmatizing, demystifying, and addressing mental health issues facing college students. 

In his spare time, he enjoys taking walks with his family, playing his antique Gibson guitar, and being a wanna-be-woodworker. 

 virginia luke

Ginny Luke, M.S., NCC, LPC, CPCS
Assistant Director 
Licensed Professional Counselor


Ginny has worked for Augusta 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.

  Clinical Staff


Brittany Bing, M.Ed.


Brittany joined our staff fall of 2015. She holds a B.S. in Child and Family Development from Georgia Southern University and a M.Ed. in Counseling and Development from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.


She has a particular interest in trauma, having worked as a Rape Crisis Counselor at Augusta Area Rape Crisis Center and as a Counseling Intern at the Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services in Fairfax, Virginia.  Brittany believes that therapy can serve as a safe space in which to not only explore and deal with problems, but also to explore and identify one's values, beliefs, and overall sense of self. Brittany’s other professional interests include group therapy and working with multicultural and social justice concerns.


In addition to trauma, Brittany is passionate about assisting students with common challenges often experienced throughout their college career such as anxiety, depression, and career exploration, having worked in the counseling center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Brittany particularly enjoys working with a college population given the extent to which the college experience represents a time of rich transition and therefore, self-exploration, and growth. Each person is unique and presents a variety of needs and Brittany strives to tailor the therapy to meet the individual's needs.


In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and yoga. 


William (Bill) Hight, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist  

Bill enjoys working with students across the wide range of issues at the intersection of personal growth, mental health and academic success.  He believes that giving oneself permission to find and follow one’s authentic passions is an important first step in living a vital, engaged and fulfilling life.

Bill’s professional areas of interest are anxiety, health behavior change and LGBTQ issues.  His approach to counseling and psychotherapy draws from cognitive behavioral, interpersonal and mindfulness theories. 

Bill completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his doctoral internship at the University of Florida Counseling Center.  He is licensed as a Psychologist in Georgia and North Carolina.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Equality Clinic of Augusta and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Augusta University/Medical College of Georgia Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior.

He enjoys playing guitar badly, travel and laughter with friends and family.  His favorite word is “imagine”.                   


Elena Petrova, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Professional Interests

Multicultural counseling competencies, multicultural organizational development, effects of oppression and discrimination on mental health, health and well-being of international students, women’s mental and physical health, identity development, and the mind-body relationship. Elena joined the Augusta University Counseling Center in August, 2015. Elena is originally from Macedonia. She has lived, studied and worked in the US since 1999. Elena has worked with individuals, groups and couples who have needed help with adjustment difficulties, identity development, physical health problems, depression, anxiety, life crises, life transitions, family of origin concerns, and problems in interpersonal relationships.  Prior to moving to joining Augusta University, Elena worked as a staff psychologist at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for seven years, and prior to that she lived in Muncie, Indiana where she was completed her predoctoral internship at the Ball State University Counseling Center.  Prior to that, Elena lived in Auburn, Alabama while working on her doctoral degree, and had clinical experience in both the college counseling setting and community mental health setting.  While working on her master’s degree in Edwardsville, Illinois, Elena obtained clinical experience in a hospital setting in Skopje, Macedonia.

As a staff psychologist, Elena focuses on creating a collaborative and supportive relationship with the student and on empowering the student to discover and create resources and personal strengths to solve problems, make new meanings out of life circumstances and events, as well as advocate for him or herself in difficult situations. 

Academic Training

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University
  • MA in Clinical-Adult Psychology from Southern Illinois      University-Edwardsville
  • BA in Psychology from Graceland University

Personal Interests

Elena likes the outdoors and walking. One of her hobbies is jewelry making and learning about gems and gemology. She finds it very important to have good communication with and to support her immediate family members who live in Macedonia.

Faculty Clinicians

candace best

Candace Best, Ph.D.

Candace joined Augusta University in 2013. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Prior to this appointment, Candace obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University. She then obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University. Candace also completed her Pre-doctoral Internship training at The University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry. Afterwards, Candace pursued Postdoctoral training in the Department of Adolescent Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.


Candace welcomes the opportunity to support young adults as they navigate through the many challenges of life. These challenges may include life changes, anxiety, stress, depression, relationship problems and/or improving academic performance. Using a Cognitive-Behavioral framework, Candace supports individuals and groups to understand how thoughts influence feelings and subsequent behaviors.


In her spare time, Candace enjoys spending time with family and friends and appreciating the scenic outdoors. 


Jenelle Slavin-Mulford, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Jenelle enjoys working closely and collaboratively with students to help them move beyond repetitive and unhelpful patterns that hinder growth and fulfillment. She believes that change is frightening and happens in a deeply personal way. As such, she strives to build a genuine and trusting relationship in which experiences, feelings, vulnerabilities and deeply held beliefs can be explored, understood, and shifted.  Although every therapy is different, she frequently works with students to reduce distress, improve relationships, develop a greater sense of agency, enhance self-esteem, and find more hope and meaning in life.

Jenelle is a licensed psychologist and has been on the faculty in the Department of Psychological Sciences since 2012.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and her master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University.  She then completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at The Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, dancing, and doing yoga.

sabina widner

Sabina Widner, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist


Sabina enjoys working with students in all areas of their development.  She values strong client-therapist relationships and strives to foster a safe and accepting atmosphere for change and growth.  Her clinical interests include anxiety related issues, depression, relationship difficulties, and general adjustment issues.  Her general theoretical orientations are cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based therapies, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Sabina is a licensed psychologist and has been on faculty in the Department of Psychological Sciences since 1995.  She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia, interned at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and VA consortium and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oregon Health Sciences University and VA consortium.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenaged children, cooking, reading, and traveling.

 Graduate Trainees 


Yanuary Rodriguez, B.A.
Graduate Intern

Yanuary Rodriguez is a graduate intern at the Counseling Center.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from Augusta State University.  She is currently working towards her master’s degree in counseling and expecting to graduate May of 2016.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music, cooking, and eating.      


 Kevin Asmann

Kevin Asmann, B.A. 
Graduate Intern

Kevin Asmann is a graduate intern at the Counseling Center.  He received B.A.’s in Biology, Theater, and Philosophy from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.  He is currently working towards his M.S. in Clinical Psychology and will graduate in May of 2016.  He enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer, gardening, reading, and writing.     


 Office Support Staff 



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. 



Traci Westin, B.A.
Graduate Assistant

Traci Westin is the graduate assistant in the Counseling Center. A student on the clinical mental health track in the Counselor Education program, Traci plans to complete her master's degree in spring 2017.









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