Counseling and Personal Development Center Center Staff
Nancy Badger, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Director of Counseling
Dr. Badger is a licensed psychologist in Tennessee, and is an Associate Dean and the Director of the Center. Dr. Badger was a psychologist at East Carolina University from 1997 to June of 2004 when she came to UTC. She received her Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1997. While at East Carolina she received training on Post Traumatic Stress disorder from the Veteran's Administration. She has strong interests in the areas of anxiety, women's issues, eating disorders, issues relating to disability.
Mark Rehm, Assistant Director
Mr. Rehm is a licensed professional counselor who joined the counseling center in January of 2010. Mark received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University. Before coming to UTC, Mark served as a therapist in private practice where he treated individuals, marriages, families, and lead groups. As a counselor at a community college, Mark had the privilege of helping college students achieve personal, career, and academic success. Mark has experience working with a wide variety of mental health disorders but has a particular interest in helping those who struggle with depression, social anxiety, poor self-esteem, anger, sexual issues and men’s challenges.
Kristen Vaughn, Counselor
Mrs. Vaughn joined the counseling center in October of 2011. She received her B.A. in Psychology with minors in Youth Ministry and Bible from Cedarville University and her M.A. in Professional Counseling with a minor in Child & Adolescent Therapy from Richmont Graduate University. Kristen is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation. Previous to working at UTC, she was a counselor at a community mental health clinic in the state of Georgia. Kristen has also worked as a counselor at a college in Tennessee and has worked at a residential treatment facility for young adults in California. Kristen has a wide range of experiences pertaining to counseling but particularly enjoys working with young adults individually and in group settings. She has strong interests in working with individuals in the following areas: depression, stress management, women’s issues, eating disorders, self-esteem, and relationships.
De'Asia Davis, Counselor
I am joining the UTC family from The Ohio State University where I received my B.A in Criminology and my MSW. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I am currently a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), working on my clinical licensure through the state of Tennessee. I enjoy working with college students, and youth. I worked for The Ohio State University for two years as a Retention Counselor. I helped students deal with the non-academic side of college life. I also worked at The Buckeye Ranch (Residential Treatment Facility) in Columbus, Ohio. I’ve had experience working with teens, college students, families, and couples. I enjoy working with individual and groups on a variety of issues: anxiety, depression, self-esteem, acculturation, and stress management. I am also interested in furthering my education, focusing on clinical mental health issues in African American women.
Emily R. Averitt, Counseling Psychologist (Ph.D., ABD)
Emily joined the counseling center team in September of 2012. She is completing her dissertation for her Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology through the University of Memphis and received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University. Emily enjoys utilizing humanistic, existential/meaning-making, emotion-focused/process-experiential, and strength-based approaches in her work with clients. She has training as a generalist and has experience working with a wide range of counseling issues including adjustment, anxiety, depression, identity development, stress management, grief/bereavement, abuse and trauma. Emily also has an interest Humor and Creativity, and how individuals use humor and creativity as strengths in their lives. In her spare time, Emily enjoys hula hooping, playing the ukulele (badly), cooking, reading, and watching the occasional zombie movie.
Tricia Henderson, Assistant Director, AOD & Mental Health Education
Mrs. Henderson joined the counseling center in January of 2010 as the AOD and mental health educator. Tricia received her B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Community Counseling from UTC and is excited to be back on the UTC campus as a professional. As a counseling professional Tricia has experience working with clients with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, co-dependency, human sexuality, and addiction.
Jackie Churchill, Administrative Support Assistant
Ms. Churchill became a member of our staff in March 2006. Jackie has many years of experience as an administrative assistant in the educational field and came to UTC from California. She is a graduate of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.
Lyndsey Johnson, Administrative Support Assistant
Mrs. Lyndsey Johnson joined the Counseling and Personal Development Center in June 2012as an Administrative Assistant. Lyndsey received an A.S. in Business Administration from Chattanooga State Community College in 1998 and a B.S. in Business: Finance in 2000 from UTC.