Our Team


Marshall University Center for Wellness in the Arts


Nicole PerroneNicole Perrone
Department of Theatre
Phone: (304) 696-2510
Email: perronen@marshall.edu

Nicole Perrone is Associate Professor of Acting & Movement in the Theatre Program at Marshall University. A member of both Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild, professor Perrone worked for 15 years as a professional actor and educator in NYC and regionally at many theaters, including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Manhattan Drama Collective, Porthouse Theatre, St. Michael’s Playhouse, and Ohio Shakespeare Festival. Roles include Alice Vavasor (Can You Forgive Her?), Bay (Dead Letter Office), Ca$$ie (I, Ca$$ie…), Grusha (The Caucasian Chalk Circle), Masha (The Three Sisters), Olivia (Twelfth Night) and the Walker (Wanderlust: A History of Walking). She has appeared in many commercials, industrials, television shows and films, including the 20th Century Fox feature film Love and Other Drugs starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. Professor Perrone is an ATI-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

henningHenning Vauth
School of Music
Phone: (304) 696 – 2337
Email: vauth@marshall.edu

German pianist Henning Vauth serves as Associate Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Marshall University. A laureate of the Concours Grieg International Competition for Pianists in Norway (Schubert Prize) and the IBLA Grand Prize International Piano Competition in Italy, he has performed at venues in the United States and in Europe, such as Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and Salle Cortot in Paris. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Vauth is interested in the field of musicians’ medicine/wellness and music physiology. Alongside Nicole Perrone, Dr. Vauth developed the idea for the Center for Wellness in the Arts and has been an integral part of its success.

Karen McNealyKaren_McNealy
Communication Disorders
Phone: (304) 696-3634
E-mail: mcnealy@marshall.edu

Karen McNealy serves as Chair and Program Director of the Department of Communication Disorders. Dr. McNealy assists with hearing conservation training for artists within the CWA. She holds an undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing from Marshall University, a master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Tennessee and she completed her doctoral degree in Audiology at Salus University. She teaches courses in audiology, aural rehabilitation and speech science. Dr. McNealy has an interest in program development which supports the clinical education of students while serving community needs. She is actively involved with the Scottish Rite Speech Language Program at Marshall, the Luke Lee Listening, Language and Learning Lab at Marshall, and a new program the Pat and Dolly Oshel Parent Education Program all which are housed in the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center.

Timmons, Mark - COHP, BiosMark Timmons
School of Kinesiology
Phone: (304) 696-2925
Email: timmonsm@marshall.edu

Mark Timmons, Ph.D., ATC, is an assistant professor of athletic training within the Marshall University College of Health Professions.  Prior to his position at Marshall, Professor Timmons worked as an athletic trainer for the University of Chicago (1988-1999) before attending University of Michigan to receive his master’s in kinesiology (2001). He also served as faculty at University of Toledo where he received his Ph.D. in exercise science (2007). Professor Timmons conducted his postdoctoral research at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center at Virginia Commonwealth University inRichmond, Va. (2009-2012) where he explored shoulder pain biomechanics. Fully aware of the opportunities the field of sports medicine has to offer, he hopes to bring an equal balance of academic and clinical experience to the Center for Wellness in the Arts.

Marshall University Center for Wellness in the Arts 

Faculty, Staff and Assistants

Gary McIlvainGary_Mcllvain
School of Kinesiology
Phone: (304) 696-2930
E-mail: mcilvain2@marshall.edu

Gary McIlvain, EdD, LAT/ATC, serves as the College of Health Professions Associate Dean of Student Affairs, School of Kinesiology Department Chair and Associate Professor at Marshall University. He received his Bachelors of Science from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, Masters of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University and completed his Doctorate in Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. He started at Marshall in the fall of 1999 and has taught in the CAATE accredited athletic training education program serving as clinical coordinator and program director. Dr. Mcilvain’s research interests are in injury prevention, specifically in regard to athletic injury prevention.


Terry Shepherd

School of Kinesiology
Phone: (304) 696-3186
E-mail: shephert@marshall.edu

Dr. Terry Shepherd oversees the Exercise Physiology Lab which is a main site for CWA training. Dr. Shepherd and his students programmed strength and endurance exercises to prepare students actors for the 2014 debut performance of Cabaret in Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. Dr. Shepherd earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology with emphasis in exercise biochemistry and metabolism from the University of Utah in 1987.  He founded HIT Centers Inc., a national franchise system for athletic human performance, weight loss and adult fitness. Dr. Shepherd serves as coordinator for the exercise science graduate program while teaching exercise science classes (exercise physiology, fitness evaluation, and exercise leadership and prescription, etc.). He also directs all research and learning experiences in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory.

LisaFryLisa Fry
Communication Disorders
Phone: (304) 696-3640
E-mail: thomasl@marshall.edu

Dr. Fry is in charge of the vocal health component of the CWA. She is an adjunct faculty member who earned her undergraduate degrees at Marshall University and her doctoral degree at the University of Kentucky. Her interest areas are in voice and neurogenetics. Dr. Fry teaches the Introduction to Graduate Studies and Voice courses in the Department of Communication Disorders.


Rebecca BrashearsRebecca Brashears
Communication Disorders
Phone: (304) 696-2906
E-mail: brashearsr@marshall.edu
Rebecca Brashears, Au.D., CCC-A, is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Licensed Audiologist at the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center in the Department of Communication Disorders. She received her Clinical Doctor of Audiology degree from Ohio University in 2007 and currently maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Previously, she has practiced in private, medical, and academic settings. Dr. Brashears specializes in pediatric diagnostic testing, cochlear implants, hearing aids, and aural rehabilitation. At the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center, she provides pediatric diagnostic hearing evaluations including behavioral observation audiometry (BOA), visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA), play audiometry, auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing, and otoacoustic emissions (OAE) testing. In addition, she provides hearing aid programming and verification services as well as cochlear implant mappings. Dr. Brashears is currently a West Virginia Birth to Three provider and is collaborating with the Marshall University’s Center for Wellness in the Arts to provide hearing screenings and hearing protection to those students in the music program.

Liz-Casey-240x300Elizabeth Casey
Health Science
Phone: (304) 696-5831
E-mail: caseyel@marshall.edu

Elizabeth Casey, Ph.D., is the program director of the Department of Health Sciences within Marshall University’s College of Health Professions. Since 2014, Dr. Casey has served as an assistant professor within the college and taught undergraduate health professions courses. Prior to her position at Marshall, Casey taught a variety of courses in psychology, including sports psychology and research methods at Onondaga Community College and Cazenovia College in Syracuse, NY. She also served as the assistant women’s basketball coach for Onondaga Community College.  In addition to her work experience, Dr. Casey completed a full-time internship in Rehabilitation Psychology at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse and conducted research studies in cardiac rehabilitation programs on the relationship between depression and cardiovascular disease. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology and her M.A. in Psychology from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio and her B.A. in Psychology from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. Dr. Casey said she enjoys mentoring students as they seek out healthcare careers that match their interests and helping them develop the skills needed to be successful healthcare professionals.

Kelli_Williams-214x300Kelli Williams
Phone: (304) 696-4336
E-mail: williamsk@marshall.edu

Kelli Williams, PhD, RD, LD, is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Dietetics at Marshall University. She received her doctorate degree from The Ohio State University and has worked in various settings as a dietitian. Her primary interests are in health promotion/disease prevention and obesity. She has conducted research on food availability for rural elderly, perceptions of healthy diet and weight among Appalachian adolescents and the impact of nutrition education in schools.  Dr. Williams is involved with Marshall’s Nutrition Education Program and serves as the grant’s principal investigator.

Jen Billups

Department of Communication Disorders
Phone: 304-553-6361
E-mail: billupj@marshall.edu

Jen Billups is a graduate student within the Department of Communication Disorders. She serves as a liaison between the department and the hearing and vocal services they provide for the Center for Wellness in the Arts. Billups continues to assist Dr. Fry in the vocal wellness aspect and lecture development for the voice, theatre, and music education students. They are in the process of developing a voice screening protocol, which will be provided to all incoming freshmen voice majors. In 2012, Billiups received her BFA from Marshall University in Vocal Performance. She also completed her minors in French and Marketing. Billups is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in the Department of Communication Disorders.

DeanPrewittMichael Prewitt 
Dean, College of Health Professions
Phone: (304) 696-2616 
Email: prewittm@marshall.edu

Michael Prewitt, PhD, RRT, has a doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Chest Physicians. Currently, Dr. Prewitt serves as Dean of the College of Health Professions at Marshall University. He served as Associate Vice Provost, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies, and Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs in the School of Health Professions at the University of Missouri-Columbia. As Associate Dean, he coordinated student support services, developed and implemented strategic enrollment plans, facilitated academic program planning and development, faculty development, program assessment, and monitored distance education. In addition he was Chair of the Department of Cardiopulmonary and Diagnostic Sciences and was instrumental in developing the Missouri Mobile Health project. He was the principal investigator of a grant entitled “Innovative Curriculum Design in Allied Health Education” funded by Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions. He was co-principal investigator of a Rural Community Asthma-Environmental Control Training Project funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health-Services Improvement Initiative. He has conducted numerous workshops and community training events on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma education for public school teachers. He served as President of the Missouri Rural Health Association.

Don Van HornDonald Van Horn
Dean, College of Arts and Media
Phone: (304) 696-6433
Email: vanhorn@marshall.edu

Donald Van Horn holds degrees in sculpture from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and the University of Florida.  Prior to joining Marshall University as the Dean of the College of Fine Arts in 1995 he served as the associate dean and then briefly as the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Dean Van Horn became the founding Dean of the College of Arts and Media at Marshall University in 2013.  Prior to his involvement in administration, he exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions beginning as an undergraduate in the early 1970s and continuing through 1984 when he became an administrator.  He has published articles and a book about American folk art and he now designs and builds furniture.