Meet The Staff


Marc Ellison, Ed.D. is the executive director of the West Virginia Autism Training Center, located at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Dr. Ellison is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked for more than 30 years to provide person-centered support, services, and advocacy to individuals who live with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families, and those who support them. He has supported individuals with ASD throughout their lifespan; as they moved to the community from state-supported institutions, searched for and obtained employment, entered into relationships, and transitioned into college. Dr. Ellison has authored or co-authored several publications on the topic of transition into higher education for students diagnosed with ASD, including co-authoring the chapter “The Transition from High School to Higher Education: Inclusive Services and Supports,” in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identification, Education, and Treatment (4th edition). Dr. Ellison is an Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor in West Virginia, a Board Member of the Autism Society of West Virginia, and a member of the Autism Society of America’s Panel of Professional Advisors. 

 


Rebecca Hansen, Ed.D., is the Program Coordinator for The West Virginia Autism Training Center’s College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Hansen’s dissertation research focused on understanding employment preparedness needs for college students with Asperger’s Disorder. Her area of emphasis is in student affairs issues within higher education, with specific interest in issues related to access and comprehensive supports for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Hansen holds an undergraduate degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Student Affairs Counseling. She has provided individualized and person-centered supports for students with ASD at Marshall University for over ten years.

 


Jackie Clark, M.A.T., is the Assistant Coordinator for The College Program for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ms. Clark has provided individualized and person-centered supports for college students with ASD at Marshall University for 8 years. Ms. Clark holds an undergraduate degree in History, and a master’s degree in Teaching. She is also a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development at Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia. Her research has focused on the housing and residential life needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in their transition to college.
 

 


Kerrie Harris, M.A., is a Student Support Specialist in the College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of West Virginia and holds a bachelor’s degree in Counseling and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Harris has provided individualized and person-centered supports in the areas of academic, social, and independent living skills for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder for eight years. Her focus is on incoming freshman as they transition into college at Marshall University and navigate a new lifestyle. Her interests include research and training on the topic of how females experience ASD; in particular, how that experience compares to the experience of males.

 


Bianca Bragg, M.A., is a Student Support Specialist in the College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marshall. Mrs. Bragg has worked with the West Virginia Autism Training Center since 2011, specializing is using a person-centered and individualized approach to serving college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is currently interested in research related to the understanding of social communication and behavior in intimate relationships for individuals with ASD.
 

 


Hillary Adams, M.A., is a Student Support Specialist for The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Adams is a doctoral candidate for Education Leadership in the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development at Marshall University and has worked for The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder since 2011. Her interests and research focus on educating community members with best practices for the inclusion and support of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, particularly those within a higher education setting.
 

 


Hannah Stone, M.A., is a Provisionally Licensed Counselor and serves as the Mental Health Therapist for The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is currently enrolled in a Research & Program Evaluation certificate program at Marshall University. Ms. Stone holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and a certificate in Violence, Loss, and Trauma Counseling from Marshall University. Ms. Stone provides therapeutic services for students in the program through individual and group counseling. Her interests include utilizing creative expression in therapy and identifying supports for women on the spectrum.

 


Laura Viars, M.A., is a Provisionally Licensed Counselor and serves as a Mental Health Counselor for The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ms. Viars holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marshall University. Ms. Viars provides therapeutic services for students in the program through individual and group counseling. Her interests include utilizing mindfulness and other Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills in individual sessions, as well as working with clients with trauma. Her aspirations are to obtain licensure, continue working with clients with ASD and trauma, and one day earn a Ph.D in Counseling.

 


Zach Bailey, M.A., is the Student Support Specialist for The College Program for the Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder at Concord University. Mr. Bailey completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication Studies at Marshall University. Mr. Bailey provides individualized skill building supports to Concord University students through a mentored environment. He is working to cultivate an on-campus culture dedicated to the empowerment and success of Concord University students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.