Meet Our Staff
Executive Director of Student Services
Carolyn has served in several roles at Regent since arriving in 2008. In her current role as Executive Director of Student Services, she works with all of the other Student Services staff members to provide services and programs that create a vibrant campus community and support the well-rounded development of students. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Towson University and taught elementary school for three years before changing her focus to older students. She earned an M.S.Ed in College Administration from Old Dominion University. Carolyn first started her career in higher education working in Residence Life at Old Dominion University and Virginia Wesleyan College. A native of Maryland, she now calls Virginia Beach her home, and enjoys reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.
Assistant to the Executive Director of Student Services
Elysa is a New Jersey native who joins our office after serving in a number of administrative roles over the last several years in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and Hampton Roads. Having received her B.A. in Student Ministries with a concentration in Campus Ministries from Geneva College in 2009, Elysa is excited to be back on the east coast and back on a college campus. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and will never pass on a trip to the beach.
Director of Student Activities and Leadership
Roger is originally from Terre Haute, Ind., and moved to Virginia in 1997. Roger came to Regent in the fall of 1998 and has served as the Assistant Director of Student Services, Director of Student Life, and as Interim Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministries.
Roger was a former city-councilman in the city of Terre Haute, and the first African American in the city's 125-year history to hold any elected office. Roger was recognized by Ebony magazine as one of "America's 50 Young Leaders of Tomorrow." "Pastor Cheeks," as he is affectionately called on campus, pastors a local church. As an educator and a community and ministry leader, he uses his leadership to influence and motivate students to achieve their dreams.
Jeannie has served as the manager of the Regent University Bookstore since 2006, after serving for two years as the Bookstore's assistant manager. Before coming to Regent, she worked alongside her husband and family as missionaries to Southeast Asia at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Jeannie developed a love for reading and textbooks while homeschooling her four daughters.
Director of International Student Services
Heidi has more than 20 years of experience in the field of education as an instructor, advisor, trainer, director, and counselor. She has worked in international education at public and private universities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Oregon, and Utah. She has also lived and worked in Russia and Costa Rica and understands the challenges and joys of living abroad. Heidi received her BA in Mathematics and her MA in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Heidi enjoys advising international students on the intricacies of US immigration regulations and helping them acclimate to American life. In her free time, Heidi enjoys outdoor activities and follows current events around the world. Heidi loves to travel any chance she can; some of her favorite places are Norway, Peru, Costa Rica and Croatia.
Assistant Director of University Career Services
Kita Graham holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Middle Tennessee State University and an M.A.in Organizational Leadership with a Student Affairs emphasis from Regent University. Kita has worked in higher education since 1997 beginning at Chattanooga State Technical Community College in Tennessee and Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. At present, she manages the career development of students in the Schools of Undergraduate Studies, Communication and the Arts, and Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship, and oversees internships, supervises student group outreach, and works with our advisory boards. As an invested and enthusiastic member of the leadership team, Kita is determined to provide students with resources to achieve academic and workplace readiness success. She believes all students, at community college and university levels, share a common goal: to utilize their unique gifts and abilities in rewarding occupations. Helping students achieve their goals is a significant highlight of Kita Graham's role.
Artist in Residence
Rick Heil is the lead singer of the Grammy nominated, Dove Award winning band SONICFLOOD. With over 2 million albums sold, SONICFLOOd is touted as “The Fathers of Modern Worship Music”. Rick has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years, he started leading worship in church when he was 15 years old. He was a member of the Grammy nominated band Big Tent Revival from 1995-1999 and a founding member of SONICFLOOd from 1999-Present. He has had 4 Grammy nominations, 4 ASCAP Awards, and 2 Dove Awards. He has traveled all over the world performing for millions of people. In his 30 years that Rick has been ministering through praise and worship, he has seen great and tremendous advancements for the kingdom of God. His international ministry is extensive as he has performed on every continent except Antarctica. He has been featured on the 700 Club, TBN, INSP, God TV, and Harvest TV. Regent is blessed to have Rick serving as the Artist in Residence. In this capacity, Rick selects, trains, develops, and leads our student worship team, which ministers on campus every week in Chapel and UnChapel, and also serves at special events on and off campus. In keeping with the holistic vision of Regent, Rick's primary focus is to help facilitate worship as a lifestyle as well as through music, so that those who are sent out from the university may be whole and complete.
Counseling Services Coordinator
"Robbie" joined Regent University in February of 2012. With over 20 years of experience in counseling, he has worked with a very large number of individuals, groups, and families facing a plethora of mental health issues. His work experience has been quite varied and includes school based drug and drop-out prevention, delinquency counseling (residential and community based), residential drug treatment, private practice, adoption, and church based counseling. He has also served as a youth pastor and high school Bible teacher. Robbie earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University in South Florida and has earned professional licensure in Florida (LMHC) and Virginia (LPC). A former college athlete, Robbie is admittedly a sports fanatic and also enjoys fishing and computer gaming. Robbie and his wife, Shannon, have been married over 20 years and have two teenage sons.
Director of Food Services
Chef Dan is a native of Virginia Beach and comes from a family of seven sisters. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, he received an AOS degree from the Culinary Institute of America. Chef Dan worked in special events with Omni International Hotels and at Virginia Wesleyan College before coming to Regent in 2002. He is a charter member of the local Tidewater Chefs Association and has won several culinary awards over the years.
Director of Campus Ministries
Rev. Jason Peaks has served as the current director of Campus Ministries since January 2014. Jason is first and foremost, a son of God, a husband to his wife, Danielle, and a man dedicated to walking in the fear of the Lord. Jason has 8 years worth of ministry experience from both ecclesial and collegiate contexts. He received his B.S. in Biblical Studies from Liberty University, as well as his MAR in Worship Studies from Liberty Theological Seminary. In 2013, he graduated from Regent University with his M.Div in Practical Theology concentrating in Interdisciplinary Studies. Jason originally joined Regent University Campus Ministries in May 2011 as the Discipleship Coordinator/Worship Coordinator, focusing on fostering community, worship and prayer on Campus amidst students. Under his vision he has initiated programs such as Life Groups, worship teams, and discipleship coaching. Jason also serves in his local church as a teacher, preacher, small group leader, and Director of Creative Arts. As Director of Campus Ministries, Jason hopes to engage each student at Regent to grow in the image of the Son so that that in their time here they would "walk, talk, and think" like Jesus in every aspect of their life. Jason takes personally the challenge to be a true disciple of Jesus by committing himself to learning through conversations, books, and the arts.
Director of Residence Life and Community Standards
Adam currently serves as the Director of Residence Life and Community Standards. He joined the Student Services team in January of 2009. Since that time he has served in various roles within Student Housing to include programming and community development, student conduct, assignments management and general housing operations. Adam received a B.S. in Human Services Counseling from Old Dominion University. He then earned a M.S. in Counselor Education with a focus on Student Affairs Administration from Radford University where he served as a Resident Director. Prior to coming to Regent University, Adam served as a Hall Director at Christopher Newport University.
Director of Career Services
Saranette D. Miles Williams has over 10+ years serving in various leadership capacities internationally, domestically and locally in the field of Career Services. She has worked at Virginia Tech (VT), University of Florida (UF), and Old Dominion University (ODU) with alumni, students, and prospective students about their "career passions and callings!" In addition, she has worked with hiring organizations to help them get the best Return On Investment (ROI) in their recruiting activities and her education provided her with a foundation in that belief. She has a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's degree in educational leadership and policies studies with a specialization in technology. Most importantly Saranette believes that God has a divine purpose for each of us and that a Career Services staff member just helps a student or an alum to share that calling and the gifts appropriately with the world. Saranette has presented at numerous national and regional conferences on job search and recruiting strategies. She is married to Dr. Cyrus R. Williams, III and God has blessed them with 2 children.
Contact Student Services at 757.352.4927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.