Meet Our Staff
Sara Carrara Di Fuccia
Associate Director of Campus Ministries
As the Associate Director of Campus Ministries, Rev. Sara Carrara Di Fuccia serves as the Campus Pastor of Discipleship (Journey Together) and Outreach (Journey Out). She is responsible for the leadership training and development of Life Group Leaders on the Discipleship Team while leading other discipleship groups and classes for undergraduate students on campus. She manages all Campus Ministries’ service and evangelism initiatives, including the annual Spring Break missions trip. Sara also serves as a pastoral counselor and mentor to students. She is a regular speaker at the student UnChapel and University Chapel services. Sara has served in young adult ministry since 1997. She holds a BS in Elementary Education, MA in Human Services Counseling, MA in Practical Theology, and is a credentialed Life Coach and ordained minister. Sara is 38 years old and has been married for 11 years to Dr. Michael Di Fuccia (PhD Theology, University of Nottingham). Together, they served in England as missionaries from 2010-2014. She and her husband enjoy spending their free time at Sandbridge Beach with their little Chihuahua, Maximus.
Director of Student Activities & Leadership; Interim Athletic Director
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.
Assistant Director of Career Services
Deane is originally from South Ozone Pk., N.Y., and moved to Virginia in 2010. He earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2003. Subsequently, he moved to The United States Virgin Islands, where he served as a Police Detective and lay leader in The Solid Rock - Church of God. Sensing God's Call to ministry, Deane came to Regent University in the spring of 2010 to pursue a Master of Divinity Degree, which he attained in 2014. Deane worked in the department of Career Services while attending Regent, and was one of the first professional development coordinators. In 2015 Deane returned to Regent as the Career Services Assistant Director. "Helping people find God's purpose for them in the world of work", he says, "feels like ministry". His Career Services theme scripture is Jeremiah 29:11"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Every chance he gets, he makes the extra time to have meaningful conversations with students and staff to help them determine and realize their God given purpose.
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 Rubric™. 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.
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.
Director of Counseling and Disability Services
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.
Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Student Life
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.
Assistant Director of the Center for Student Happiness
Jelisa is from the Golden State of California. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Communication Studies. Her undergraduate involvement and passion for college life led her to pursue and obtain an M.S. Ed. in Student Affairs Administration at Old Dominion University. With passion, love, and enthusiasm, she aims to empower students to reach beyond themselves to fulfill a greater purpose. In her spare time, Jelisa enjoys cooking, reading and morning runs with her husband, René and Doberman, Kenja.
Assistant Director of Student Activities & Leadership
Title IX Coordinator
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.
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.
Assistant Vice President for Student Life
As AVP for Student Life, Adam provides leadership and support to the following areas within Student Services: Housing & Residence Life, Student Conduct, Counseling & Disability Services, Student Activities & Leadership, International Student Support, University Shuttle, Health Center, University Bookstore and the Gift Shop. He joined the Student Services team in January of 2009. Adam received a B.S. in Human Services Counseling from Old Dominion University. He then earned a M.S. in Counseling & Human Development with a focus in Student Affairs Administration from Radford University. Adam thrives off working with students, faculty and staff alike to make the Regent University experience as impactful, intentional and God-honoring as possible.
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.