Faculty & Staff

JILLDr. Jill Van Horne
  • 8282622590
  • 336B College of Education
  • vanhornejw@appstate.edu
  • PhD, LPCS, NCC, RPT, EACALA Certified
  • Director of the PSC program, she received her PhD in Counseling from UNC Charlotte with a certificate in play therapy and has 16 years of combined school counseling and clinical mental health counseling experience. She is an Equine Assisted Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist.
GLENDADr. Glenda Johnson 
  • 8282626051
  • 336E College of Education
  • johnsong@appstate.edu 
  • PhD, LPSC, LPC
  • Assistant professor in the PSC program, she has worked in the state of Texas as a school counselor for 17 years, teacher of students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for 7 years, and part-time LPC for 3.5 years. Her research interests include the counseling needs of students at-risk of dropping out of high school and mentoring needs of new counselors.
dr._p_headshot.pngDr. Lucy L. Purgason
  • 8282628376
  • 314 B College of Education
  • purgasonll@appstate.edu

  • Lucy L. Purgason, PhD, LSC, ACS, NCC is an Assistant Professor in the HPC department. She earned her PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 2013 and also received her Master's and Education Specialist degrees in School Counseling from UNCG (2005). She has worked as a professional school counselor for five years in North Carolina and Virginia and is licensed in the state of Washington. During her time in the field, she gained experience in rural and urban settings including Title I schools and a school for newcomer immigrant and refugee students. Her research interests include understanding the importance of both online and offline relationships for immigrant and refugee students and students of other underrepresented groups, in both K-12 and higher education settings. In addition, she also pursues scholarship related to mentoring and supervision, with a specific emphasis on relational-cultural approaches.