Meet the Staff

Greetings from the Radford University Conference Services staff. We would like to take this opportunity to share our excitement about the events occurring on campus now through the end of July, and introduce the Conference Services summer staff. We look forward to welcoming approximately 5,000 visitors to Radford University this summer. Feel free to contact us at (540) 831-5800 or e-mail Conference Services if you have any questions about these events. Please keep us in mind if you need assistance planning an event of any kind.

Debbie Rynberg - Director of Conference Services

Debbie is an experienced event planning professional coming to Radford from VCU. She has experience in planning and executing acdemic, continuing education as well as professionally focused events both on the local as well as national level. 

Leslie Thornton-O’Brien - Conference Services Selu Coordinator

Leslie Thornton-O’Brien

Leslie received an Associate’s degree from New River Community College before receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in Literature and History. Leslie came to Radford University from Virginia Tech where she was most recently a Project Manager. As the new Selu Coordinator, Leslie can help take reservations, create an event, or work with your group to develop a one of kind experience at Selu Conservancy.


Dana Pugh - Office Manager


Dana has worked as a staff assistant for Conference Services and University Services since March, 2011 and she worked for 30-½ years in customer service as a Sales Engineer for Volvo Trucks North America. Her position with Radford University Conference Services and University Services provides her with the opportunity to enhance and develop the important role of assisting staff and visitors. Her interests include spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling, floral design and especially spoiling her two grandsons, ages 5 years and 7 months.

Kelly Baker - Conference Services Staff Assistant

Nick Hagood Staff Photo

 Kelly is a rising senior at Radford University. Her ambition is to become an Occupational Therapist. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family, being on there farm and going to Church. This is Kelly’s second summer working with Conference Services and she enjoys every minute! she enjoys working with the clients and attendees and helping in any way that she can. She is looking forward to a great summer!