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Meet Our Staff

Carolyn Hughes

Carolyn Hughes

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.



Elysa Bucci

Elysa Bucci

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. Elysa is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Student Affairs.




Sara Carrara Di Fuccia

Discipleship Coordinator

As the Discipleship Coordinator for Campus Ministries, Rev. Sara Carrara Di Fuccia, oversees student Life Groups and leads other discipleship groups and initiatives open to the Regent community. She is responsible for the training, coaching, and mentoring of students, leaders, and apprentices who desire to serve in a greater capacity in Campus Ministries or who wish to deepen their walk with Christ. Sara also serves on the preaching team for UnChapel and assists in the coordination of University Chapel as needed. Sara is married to Dr. Michael Di Fuccia, a post-doctoral fellow and visiting lecturer for the School of Divinity. Sara is passionate about holistic discipleship and feels called to help people develop a healthy image of God as Father, heal past hurts, develop identity in Christ, and learn how to serve as Jesus did in His ministry. Sara obtained an MA in Practical Theology and an MA in Human Resources Counseling from Regent. She applies her training in counseling to her role of pastoral counselor for Campus Ministries. She is an ordained minister through New Life Ministries International and a credentialed Life Coach through Lifeforming Leadership Coaching under Dr. Joseph Umidi.



Roger Cheeks
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.



Image Coming SoonLester Deane
Assistant Director of Career Services

Lester Deane graduated from Regent University with a Masters in Divinity in 2014 and in 2003 from Temple University with a Bachelors in Business. He was instrumental in the creation of our centralized Career Services office and diligently served as a professional development coordinator from 2012 to 2014. His career areas of experience include hospitality, banking and law enforcement, but his career coaching both on an University level and as a private practice has prepared him to "identify with the various challenges involved in career planning that our students/alumni face.” He and his wife (Kim) are examples of God’s leading and protecting hand in business, recreation, and ministry.



Heidi Decker

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.



Kyle GrahamKyle Graham
Director of the Center for Student Happiness

Formerly serving as Director of Student Services and Director of Student Engagement for the College of Arts and Sciences, Kyle now serves the university as the director for the newly formed Center for Student Happiness. In addition to 10+ years of experience in various aspects of higher education, his background includes sales and restaurant management. Kyle has received two degrees from Regent University, including a B.A. in Organizational Leadership & Management as well as an MA in Leadership with a focus on Organizational Development Consulting, and he holds certificates in College Teaching, Online Instructional Design, and Quality Matters Rubricâ„¢. Kyle’s persistent calling in life has been to help others succeed. “To be even a small part of someone’s success is to be a part of their journey. I love feeling the Lord move me in and out of various situations and experiences where He can use me to the benefit of others,” he said. Kyle and his wife, Laura, live in Chesapeake, and they have built their family by hosting foreign exchange high school students.



Kyle GrahamMelissa Horowitz

Melissa Horowitz received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University in 2015. She completed her internship at Regent University in Counseling Services and her practicum at Sentara Careplex in the emergency room and oncology department. Her experience includes cognitive behavioral, Christian counseling with college students, behavioral therapy with Autistic children, supportive counseling with pregnant women in crisis, and international trauma counseling with adolescents, adults, and families. Melissa is passionate about psychoeducation, prevention, and promoting good health practices both mentally and physically. She is a member of professional organizations including the American Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society for students and professional counselors. Her personal interests include traveling, reading, cooking, running half-marathons, and spending time with friends and family.



Image Coming SoonRalph Kirby
Director of Food Services
Bio coming soon!





Robbie Kuschel

Robbie Kuschel
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.



Jason Peaks
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.



Amber SteeleAmber Steele
Assistant Director of Student Activities & Leadership

Amber currently serves Student Services as the Assistant Director of Student Activities & Leadership, as well as the Title IX Coordinator. She was blessed to join the Regent University staff in November 2014. In her role with Student Activities & Leadership, Amber advises Student Activities Board and coordinates the processes involved with keeping the 50+ student organizations on campus active and serving students. She also helps plan various OSAL events, including “Regent Goes to Town” and Health & Wellness events. As far as Title IX responsibilities, Amber is responsible for responding to complaints and claims and working with campus police to investigate any issues that arise. Amber is a Michigan girl at heart, but now embraces life at the beach. She earned her BA in History from Alma College in Alma, Michigan and her MEd in Counselor Education from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. An avid sports fan, Amber loves Clemson football and the Green Bay Packers, and staying active with her husband, son and dog.



Image Coming SoonHannah Stratton
Orientation & Student Engagement Coordinator
Hannah currently serves as the Orientation and Retention Coordinator. She became a part of the Regent team in January 2015. Hannah coordinates the planning and implementation of all phases of the new student orientation and transition programs. Hannah received her B.A. in Business Management from Asbury University in 2012. She has always been drawn to working with young adults, volunteering with Young Life for 6 years. She is passionate about students and seeks to develop student leaders who pursue Christ first and love others well. She is married to Jordan Stratton, and hopes to welcome a puppy into their family soon.


Image Coming SoonWill Whisenant
Assistant Director of the Center for Student Happiness

Will join us having spent the last four years as the face of Regent University’s Writing Center. Presenting workshop across campus and online, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in English in 2011 and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Script and Screenwriting. This New York native now proudly calls Virginia Beach home along with his wife and two children. He lives for faith, family, friends, fitness, and those fantastic aha’ moments when something he has shared sparks some level of insight in someone else.





Adam Williams

Adam Williams
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.


Saranette Williams

Saranette Williams
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.


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