Meet Our Instructors

Dana Schaefer

Behavioral Health Coordinator 

Dana holds a M.A in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont University as well as a M.Div. in Counselling and Chaplaincy from Campbell University. Dana has also served as Chief Academic Officer of Heritage Bible College for three years (2021-2024) and as Associate Professor for fifteen years. She has worked as a counselor in private practice as well as a residential facility in North Carolina. She has taught in a public elementary school, her personal homeschool, a secondary homeschool academy, and has served as a T.A. in a graduate master’s counseling program. She has published in the area of anxiety and trauma research. She has also published women’s devotionals through a ministry called Rooted Moms. She continues to research, publish, and present as opportunities arise. She happily serves TRACS as a Peer Evaluator and Distance Education Peer Evaluator.

Samantha Dowden 

Work Ready Coordinator 

Samantha holds a M.A. in Education from Lindsey Wilson College. Samantha has five years of experience working in addiction recovery holding positions as a Peer Support Specialist, Peer Support Coordinator, and Temporary Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Samantha has also been involved in designing and implementing educational components and training seminars for addiction recovery centers. Samantha has applied and received a proclamation from the governor’s office of Kentucky and West Virginia recognizing the peer support role and has dual licensure in Kentucky and West Virginia. Samantha also has her ICPR which is the international peer licensure through the IC&RC credentialing board.

Meet Our Team of Adjunct Instructors

Cathy Allen, M.A. Ed, LPCC-S
Jason Merrick, MSW, CADC 
Angela Null, M.A. Ed, LPCA 
Elena White, M.A. Ed. 
Dr. Ron Lindo 
Eric McConnell, M.A. 
Dr. Greg Smith 
Betty Bartlett, M.A. Ed 
Amie Chicko, M.A. Ed.
Sabrina Hill, M.A. Eng 
Brandi Murriell, MBA, TCADC 
Pamela Puryear, M.A. 
Kayla Corbiere, LMSW 
Dr. Billy Noble 
Burt Thomas, MA CAP 
Michael Burgos, M.A. 
Dr. Wesley McCarter 
Colin Smith, M.A.B.S
Vickie Vinson, LCSW
Miranda Blair, M.A. Ed
Rich Goddard, M.A., RN, LPCC
Rachel Maynard, APRN, PMH-NP
Victor Orlov, MBA
Arron Rhodes, MScM 

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