Lori Hackney Newnam

Dean of Counseling

Lori Newnam is a North Carolina native, who was born in Watts Hospital in Durham. She has over 25 years of experience counseling, advocating, and supporting adolescents in academic, residential, and community settings. She has been a counselor at NCSSM since August 2005 and began serving as the Dean of Counseling in 2016. She earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and her M.A. in counselor education from North Carolina Central University. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Lori leads the NCSSM Mental Health and Wellness Committee and serves on other committees to promote the mental and physical well-being of students. She has supported students by providing personal, academic and college counseling, and she is passionate about collaborating with students, parents and colleagues in support of student wellness.

BA, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
MA, Counselor Education, North Carolina Central University


Gina Burger

Wellness Counselor

Calvin Craig

Evening School Counselor (Durham)

Whitt Daniel

Counseling Services Intern (Morganton)

Justine Davey ’08

School Counselor (Durham)

Wesley Davis

Wellness Counselor (Morganton)

Michele Ferry

School Counselor (Morganton)

Suzanne Gavenus

Director of Counseling and Wellness (Morganton)

Cloe Graf

Case Manager

Terri Ingle-Krause

School Counselor (Morganton)

Dasni Lakpriya

Case Manager

Annie Miller

Wellness Counselor & Program Specialist

Lacey O’Rourke

Wellness Counselor and Academic Accessibility Specialist (Morganton)

Pam Oxendine

Program Assistant

Ricardo Phipps

Wellness Counselor & Programming Specialist

Traci Rigsbee

Wellness Counselor & Programming Specialist

Scott Schwartz ’06

School Counselor (Durham)

Damon Toone

Wellness Counselor (Durham)

Carissa Trotta

Wellness Counselor and Academic Accessibility Specialist

Janice Webster

School Counselor (Durham)