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Linda Hancock

Director

Linda serves as both a clinician and Director of The Well. She is an animated health educator whose specialties over the years have included all the "S's": sexual health, substance abuse, and stress management. She is currently the smoking cessation guru at VCU and leads a campus-wide social norms marketing campaign to reduce substance use.

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Xavier Bey

Office Manager

Xavier is the office manager at The Well. While monitoring the office's finances and budgets, he provides assistance to the many health programs that are planned and implemented out of The Well. Xavier has a wealth of experience from his previous positions at the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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Amanda Wattenmaker McGann, PhD, MPH, CHES, CPH

Assistant Director

Amanda is the Assistant Director for Public Health Research and Education at The Well. She received her BS in Health Communication/Education from James Madison University. She earned her Master of Public Health, and her Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation from VCU. Amanda serves as faculty advisor to the Project R.E.A.C.H. Peer Educators and the Cancer Awareness Team (CAT), meets with students on better managing their stress, and enjoys presenting to classes and student groups. She also works on the campus-wide social norms campaign to reduce substance use, coordinates the administration of the National College Health Assessment at VCU, and directs the data analysis and program evaluation efforts at The Well. 

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Kristen Kidd Donovan, MPH

Assistant Director

Kristen is the Assistant Director for Substance Education and Recovery Support at The Well. She received her BA in English from Davidson College. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zimbabwe, she earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Iowa School of Public Health. Kristen educates on substance abuse, and connects students struggling with substance abuse issues to appropriate community resources. Kristen's other responsibilities include gathering and analyzing data on substance use and abuse at VCU and working with University partners to foster a healthy, safe environment for VCU students.

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Tom Bannard, CADC, MBA

Program Coordinator

Tom Bannard, CADC, MBA, works at the Well as the Program Coordinator for Rams in Recovery in addition to being the Administrative Director for COBE, VCU's Collegiate Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute, which works to unlock the power of behavioral health research through university wide collaboration. Tom is a Certified Drug Alcohol Counselor and has spent most of his career working in homeless services. A person in long-term recovery, Tom is an advocate for people in recovery or who are struggling with a substance use disorder. Tom also received his MBA through VCU.

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Trisha Saunders, MEd, NCC

Associate Director

Trisha is the Associate Director of The Well. Trisha is an educator, advocate, and counselor. She received her Master of Education in Community Counseling from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has spent many years working as an educator in the non-profit sector, for the military, and in higher education. She has also worked as a community-based counselor. She is passionate about helping individuals and communities thrive, developing students, and training the next generation of leaders. Her main areas of focus have been in sexual health, mental health, sexuality, addiction and recovery, sexual and intimate partner violence, and trauma.  

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Denise Cochran, MMSc, RDN

Registered Dietitian

Denise Cochran has been a Registered Dietitian in Richmond for over 30 years.  She was the Wellness Coordinator and RD at Briarwood (now ACAC) for 10 years.  She has been the Medical Nutrition Specialist at Family Practice Specialists for 20 years.  She also was a certified fitness instructor for over 20 years.  She received her B.S. in Nutrition from Penn State University and her Master in Medical Science from Emory University.  Denise has been at VCU for five years. Her primary responsibilities include educating students about nutrition, eating disorders, and body image. She provides one-on-one consultations at University Student Health Services and gives presentations.

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Fatima M. Smith, MSW

Assistant Director

Fatima is the Assistant Director for Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking & Advocacy Services at the Wellness Resource Center (The Well). She coordinates advocacy services for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking and serving as lead advocate; supervising violence prevention and advocacy staff, and coordinating outreach education for a healthy, inclusive campus environment. Fatima is a graduate of George Mason University where she received a B.S. in Administration of Justice and her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she currently teaches a "Violence Against Women" course.

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Kaylin Tingle

LGBTQIA+ Violence Prevention Specialist & Advocate

Kaylin is the LGBTQIA+ Violence Prevention Specialist & Advocate at the Well. As a survivor advocate and violence preventionist, she works to address and end violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and other gender and sexual minority communities (LGBTQIA+) on campus. Kaylin received her B.S. from VCU, double majoring in Psychology and Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies. She is completing her Masters of Social Work degree at VCU with a certificate in Gender Violence Intervention.

Mia Liadis, LGBTQ Violence Prevention Health Educator
Mia Liadis

LGBTQ Violence Prevention Health Educator

Mia is the LGBTQ Violence Prevention Health Educator at The Well.  As an advocate for student survivors, Mia works to end sexual assault, dating violence and stalking in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and other gender and sexual minority communities (LGBTQIA+) on campus. She received her B.S. at VCU where she double majored in Psychology and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.  She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Counselor Education at VCU with a concentration in College Student Counseling and Development. 

Marieka Turner
Marieka Turner

Graduate Assistant for Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, & Advocacy Services

Taylor Davis
Taylor Davis

Peer Advocate Intern

Andrew Owen
Andrew Owen

Peer Advocate Intern

Melissa-Irene Jackson
Melissa-Irene Jackson

Peer Advocate Intern

Andrea Moreau
Andrea Moreau

Peer Advocate