Our Staff

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Brian Lusk, LPC, CSAC
Director

Clinical interest/specialties: Substance Use Disorders/recovery, family dynamics, Social issues, mood disorders, men’s issues.

Theoretical approaches: CBT, Person-Centered, Solution-Focused.

Fun Fact/Hobbies: I also enjoy spending time with my family, exercising, outdoor activities, playing/watching sports, and doing home improvement projects.

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Emily Fitzgerald, LPC
Assistant Director

Clinical interest/specialties: Depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships.

Theoretical approaches: CBT, Person-Centered, Solution-Focused.

Fun Fact/Hobbies: I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, watching sports (especially college football), singing, activities with my church, exercising, and playing with animals (my own or any others - I love animals).

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John Betzel, LPC, LMFT
Counselor, Liaison to the Dean of Students Office

Clinical interests/specialties: Working with people who are anxious or depressed. 

Theoretical Approaches: Primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), along with solution- focused therapy.

Fun Fact/Hobbies: I am originally from Atlanta, graduated from the University of Georgia., along with Georgia State for my Master's degree in Counseling. I enjoy walking my two hounds in the nearby Jefferson National Forest on a regular basis.

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Brittany Hall, LPC
Counselor, Communications and Outreach Liaison

Clinical interests/specialties: Grief and loss, faith-based counseling, individuals with chronic/terminal conditions who want to learn more about changing their lives with their "new normal," and working with students to transition to college/adult life.

Theoretical Approaches: Solution-focused and person-centered.

Fun Fact/Hobbies: I enjoy photography, reading, traveling, and spending time with my friends and family. I also love DIY projects!

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Debra Byer, LCSW
Counselor

Clinical Interests/Specialties: Personality disorders, LGBTQ+, and grief and loss issues

Theoretical Approaches: CBT and Solution Focused Therapy

Fun Fact/Hobbies: Travel and more travel, swimming, and photography. I use to love to draw and would enjoy taking more art classes. Love to jet ski and like the speed and feeling of freedom. I did make a hole-in-one playing golf once (totally by accident, I am a terrible golfer)!

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Kimberly Price, LPC
Counselor

Clinical Interests/Specialties: Anxiety, depression, LGBTQI+, faith-based counseling, and trauma.

Theoretical Approaches: CBT, DBT and Solution-Focused

Fun Fact/Hobbies: I enjoy traveling, spending time with family, rescuing animals, hiking, and listening to true crime podcasts.

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Kristy Hudson
Office Manager

Specialties: Having a passion for building community and helping others, I am committed to providing quality support to our students and staff.  I have worked the past 14 years in early childhood education, but I’m excited to be working in higher education at Radford University.

Fun Facts/Hobbies:  I adore going on adventures, kayaking, camping, and generally being outside, especially in the summer.  I love spending time with my husband working on projects around our house or in our yard, but we also soak up opportunity to travel to our children’s volleyball tournaments or band competitions.  

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Samantha Lett
Administrative Assistant

Specialties: Interacting with and helping college students is the best part of my day. As a Radford alumna, it is so wonderful to be able to give back to the campus community through two offices on campus that have helped numerous students (including myself, during my time here!) and continue to help so many Highlanders.

Fun Fact/Hobbies: I enjoy reading and writing poetry, watching Big Brother and HGTV, listening to Taylor Swift, and playing The Sims.

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Nate Kretzschmar
Master's Level Intern

Clinical Interests: I am interested in exploring the connections between the body and mental distress, working with individuals struggling with substance use disorder (SUD), and helping young people to differentiate and find their own meaning and purpose in life. 

Theoretical approaches: Person-Centered, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based treatments, existential and meaning-based approaches

Fun fact/hobbies: I love playing music, meditating, sci-fi films and period dramas, and reading to my son