Meet the Staff

Executive Director

Marc Ellison

Executive Director

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.

Director of Campus-Based Services

Rebecca Hansen

Director of Campus-Based Services

Rebecca Hansen, Ed.D., is the Director of Campus-Based Services for The West Virginia Autism Training Center. 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 since 2004.

Student Support Specialist

Megan Shoub

Student Support Specialist

Megan Shoub, BA, is a Student Support Specialist for the College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Marshall University and is currently working towards a master’s degree in Education, also at Marshall University. She has a particular interest in inclusive practices for students with special learning needs, as well as research related to the effects of traumatic experiences on academic success.

Student Support Specialist

Bianca Bragg

Student Support Specialist

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 a certified instructor of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention through The Crisis Prevention Institute. CPI interventions are designed to teach best practices for managing difficult situations and disruptive behaviors. Mrs. Bragg also has a passion for group facilitation. Her facilitation style has been influenced by many teachers and methodologies and is creative, interactive, and impactful. She is currently interest in research related to the understanding of social communication and behavior in intimate relationships for individuals with ASD.

Employment Coordinator

Hillary Adams

Employment Coordinator

Hillary Adams, Ed.D., is the Employment Coordinator for The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and a doctorate in Education with focus on Leadership. Ms. Adams has worked for The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder since 2011. Her research on employer attitudes toward employees with ASD has led to her interest in developing transition skills for students with autism to find meaningful employment. She is focused on creating ties with local and national employers to enhance workplace environments for people with ASD while developing opportunities for graduates. Ms. Adams also has a passion for educating community members with best practices for the inclusion and support of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Student Support Specialist

Brent Fragnoli

Student Support Specialist

Brent Fragnoli, M.Ed., is a Student Support Specialist for the College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He holds a bachelors of arts from Albion College, as well as a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership, and a graduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Oakland University. His current research interests relate to the transition between K12 and Higher Education for individuals with ASD.

Student Support Specialist

Kerrie Harris

Student Support Specialist

Kerrie Harris, M.A., is a Student Support Specialist in the College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also 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. Mrs. 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 10 years. She also provides counseling services to students who receive support from the College Program. Her initial role as a Transition Specialist provided her with extensive experience supporting incoming freshman with Autism Spectrum Disorder 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.

Licensed Professional Counselor

Laura Viars

Licensed Professional Counselor

Laura Viars, M.A., is a Licensed Professional Counselor and serves as the Mental Health Counselor for The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder at Marshall University. Ms. Viars earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2012 and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015, both 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 current research is regarding connections between Autism Spectrum Disorder and gender identity.

Licensed Psychologist and Autism Specialist

Catherine Bailey

Licensed Psychologist and Autism Specialist

Catherine Bailey, Ph.D., NCSP is a Licensed Psychologist and Autism Specialist at the West Virginia Autism Training Center. She earned her Ph.D. and M.Ed. in School Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, and her B.A. in Psychology from West Virginia University. Dr. Bailey previously worked as a school psychologist in North Carolina and Kentucky for five years, and she is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Her work has been published in School Psychology Review, Psychology in the Schools, and The Physical Educator. Dr. Bailey’s professional and research interests include dual diagnoses, health and wellness, and socioemotional functioning for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Student Support Specialist

Zach Bailey

Student Support Specialist

Zach Bailey, M.A., is a 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 students with individualized supports in the areas of academics, socialization, and independent living. His objective is to cultivate a campus culture dedicated to the empowerment and success of Concord University students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Contact Us

The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Old Main Suite 316
1 John Marshall Dr
Huntington, WV 25755
304-696-2332
fuller26@marshall.edu
  • Wavepool Summer 2012

  • Summer II 2013 Museum Trip

  • Luncheon

  • Football Game

  • Fat Pattys

  • Dorm Lounge

  • Discovery Group

  • Autism Walk 2012 Flex

  • AutismWalk 2012 5-mod

  • Group Statue (2)

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