Debbie Painter

  • Member of H.E.L.P. Staff since 1991
  • B.A., Marshall University, 1990
  • Major:  Elementary Education 1-6, Early Education N-K
  • M.A., Marshall University, 1993
  • Major:  Special Education, Learning Disabilities
  • National Affiliations:  International Dyslexia Association, Learning Disabilities Association of America

Debbie was appointed Interim Director of the H.E.L.P. Program in January 2013 by the Dean of the College of Education and Professional Development.  She began tutoring for the H.E.L.P. Program in January of 1991 as a Graduate Assistant and in 1992 her role became Diagnostician.  Debbie has also served as a Reading Specialist and has provided corrective reading instruction to medical students.  She became the Coordinator of Diagnostics in 1995 and continues to oversee that division.   In July 2012 Debbie was appointed Assistant Director of H.E.L.P. to supervise the college program.  Originally from Oak Hill, WV, Debbie and her husband Chuck moved to Huntington in 1977.  They have two children and one grandchild.




 K. Renna Moore, C.P.S., MA
Coordinator, Registration and Tutor Development
Learning Specialist

  • Member of the H.E.L.P. staff since 1993
  • Attended Bluefield State College – Business Administration (’82)
  • R.B.A. Marshall University – Psychology (’11)
  • M.A. Marshall University – Mental Health Counseling 
  • Certified Professional Secretary Status (CPS)
  • Marshall University Employee of the Month (’01)
  • National Affiliations: National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Certified Professional Secretary’s Association

Renna initially served as the secretary to the director of the H.E.L.P. Program in 1993 and later was promoted to the position of Administrative Assistant to the Director of the H.E.L.P. Program. Now she is Coordinator of Tutor Development. Her duties include matching students with tutors who are qualified to work with them in their specific classes and serving as the College H.E.L.P. tutors’ direct supervisor. As Administrative Assistant, Renna –in addition to providing assistance to the Director and H.E.L.P. staff members–communicates with prospective parents and students to ensure a smooth application process, serves as a liaison between parents, students and professors and serves as a lead staff member in the absence of the Director as needed. Renna has represented H.E.L.P. at college fairs and the International Dyslexia Association Conferences. While working at H.E.L.P., Renna suffered a debilitating accident that caused her to have to spend weeks in a rehabilitation hospital where she had to learn to walk again.  This experience allowed her to better empathize with the feelings experienced by many of our students when facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles.  Her persistence and faith have allowed her to return to work, complete her undergraduate degree while working full time, and complete a Master’s Degree in Counseling and work alongside her husband, Samuel, in the ministry.



Sara L. Barker
Coordinator, Skills and Student Development
Coordinator, Summer Prep

  • Member of H.E.L.P. staff since 1992
  • B.A. – West Virginia University – (’81) – Elementary Education, Specialization in Mentally Impaired
  • M.A. – Marshall University – (’94) – Learning Disabilities
  • Wilson Reading Level I Certification (’07)
  • National Affiliations:  Learning Disabilities Association, International Dyslexia Association

Sara came to H.E.L.P. as a graduate assistant in 1992 where she worked part-time for the next 15 years as a Learning Specialist and an Educational Diagnostician.  She became Coordinator of Summer Prep in 2005 and Coordinator of Skills and Student Development in 2007.  Before moving to Huntington, Sara was employed at Wood County Schools as a teacher.  Sara resides in Ona, West Virginia with her husband Mike and they have two adult sons, Derek and Zachary.

Cindy Clay
Coordinator, Diagnostics

  • Member of H.E.L.P. staff since 2016
  • B.A. – Marshall University – (’87) – Psychology
  • M.A. – Marshall University – (’89) – Clinical Psychology
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Cindy began her career working as a Graduate Assistant at H.E.L.P. from 1987-1989. She rejoined H.E.L.P. in 2016 as the Coordinator of Diagnostics. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who comes to us with vast experiences. She has a history of working with specialized populations, including inpatient and outpatient therapy and over 20 years in private practice. She sees clients for assessments, prepares reports based on the findings and conducts results sessions with clients and families. Cindy and her husband reside in Huntington and are the parents of one son.

Amy Moffat Jones-Burdick
Learning Specialist and Life Coach

  • Member of H.E.L.P. staff since 2013
  • B.A. – Vanderbilt University – (’86) – Fine Arts/Chemistry
  • M.A. – Marshall University – (’89) – Clinical Psychology
  • University of Louisville Medical School – (’93) – Bingham Child Guidance Clinic, Doctoral Psychology Internship
  • University of Southern Mississippi – Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology

Amy began working with the H.E.L.P. Program as a Learning Specialist in 2013. Her career experiences include psychological and neuropsychological assessments of children and adults, crisis intervention, inpatient and outpatient therapy, and coordinating child/adolescent services for a psychiatric hospital. Amy’s background and experience have equipped her with the ability to coach students to recognize and utilize their strengths as they pursue their academic goals. She resides in Huntington with her husband, Hoyt, and daughter, Anastasia.


Nancy McCormick
Coordinator, Medical H.E.L.P.

  • Member of H.E.L.P Staff since 1993
  • B.A. Marshall University  – History – Psychology (1993)
  • M.A. Marshall University – History (1997)
  • Ed.D Walden University – Higher Education Leadership (In Progress)

Nancy is responsible for recruiting, course planning, and instructing for Medical H.E.L.P. program.  Prior to her appointment to her current position, Nancy worked as an academic tutor in College H.E.L.P., as the Coordinator for Tutor Development, as an instructor in Medical H.E.L.P., as an Academic Tutor, and as a Graduate Assistant tutor (while completing her Masters at Marshall).  Nancy is a native of Presque Isle, Maine, the proud grandmother of Iris and Oscar, and an instructor with the Piecemakers Quilt Group.


Laura Rowden
Coordinator, Community H.E.L.P.

  • Member of H.E.L.P Staff since 1995
  • B.A. West Virginia Wesleyan College – History and Secondary Education(’94)
  • M.A. Marshall University – History (’07)
  • M.A. Marshall University – Learning Disabilities (’07)
  • National Affliations: Member of C.H.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), LDA National Conference, IDA National Conference, Former Officer of WVLDA

Laura has served as the Coordinator of Community H.E.L.P. since the beginning of the program in 1999.  Her job involves managing all aspects of Community H.E.L.P. including: initial intake testing, developing curriculum, teaching students, training tutors, assisting parents, and working with the local school systems.  Laura is well versed in the Orton-Gillingham approach and has instructed a class on teaching multisensory phonics for several years at Marshall University. Prior to her appointment to her current position, Laura worked as a Learning Specialist and served as a Graduate Assistant tutor while completing her Masters at Marshall.  Diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, Laura has had a passion for working with girls with ADHD and assisting them with interventions and accomodations. Laura lives in Huntington.


Diane F. Williams
Coordinator, Student Affairs and Special Projects

  • Member of H.E.L.P Staff since 1990
  • B.A. Marshall University – Elementary Education with Specialization in Mental Retardation (1975)
  • M.A. Marshall University – Learning Disabilities (1977)
  • National Affiliations:   International Dyslexia Association

Diane began working at H.E.L.P. in 1990 as Coordinator of Remediation and is currently serving as Coordinator of Student Affairs and Special Projects.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities with additional training in a variety of multisensory techniques.  Diane has also taught graduate classes in Diagnostics as well as supervising graduate students in the Learning Disabilities Practicum. Prior to coming to H.E.L.P., she taught Learning Disabilities at Huntington, WV’s Cammack Junior High for 13 years.  In 2009, Diane was honored as the Marshall University Employee of the Year.  Suffering a major stroke in January 2010, Diane was unable to work for 18 months, during which time she went through extensive rehabilitation. During that period of time her goal and motivation was to be able to return to work at H.E.L.P.  Diane says, “I am passionate about the students in the H.E.L.P. Program, and my desire is to do all I can to empower them to succeed.”\








Brett Jones
Business Manager

  • Business Manager of HELP since May 1, 2019
  • Bachelor Business Administration, Marshall University, 1987
  • Major:  Management; Minor: Accounting

A lifelong resident of Wayne, West Virginia, Brett has been married for 32 years to his high school sweetheart.  Together they have a daughter and son.  In April, they welcomed their first grandchild into the family.

A volunteer at heart, Brett is President of Wayne Family Resource Network and Wayne County Habitat for Humanity, and he is a  community volunteer with youth leagues in the Wayne, WV area. In addition, Brett is a member of the Cabell-Huntington-Wayne Housing Consortium and CommunityWorks in WV, Inc., a non-profit housing lender.



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