Suzanne Gavenus

Director of Counseling and Wellness (Morganton)


Joined NCSSM in August 2022

Suzanne Gavenus joined NCSSM in August 2022 as Director of Counseling and Wellness on our Morganton campus. She managed the Naviance implementation in Morganton, served as a co-facilitator for the 2022 Strategic Plan Action Team #3, and is a member of the Website Advisory Committee. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 30 years of clinical experience in psychiatric hospitals, community outpatient clinics, private practice, wilderness programs, and university and public school settings. Before coming to NCSSM-Morganton, she worked as the Student Support and Transition Specialist at Buncombe County Schools. She provided district-wide professional development in College and Career Readiness and Social Emotional Learning programs, training and compliance oversight for the district’s Section 504 Program, and managed the district-wide implementation of Naviance. As a facilitator for GoAlliance Academy through NCDPI, she taught College and Career Readiness courses to school counselors, career development coordinators, and college access professionals. 

Suzanne is passionate about nurturing relationships, team building, empowering others, and supporting students’ academic and wellness goals. She and her husband have three adult children, two of whom graduated from NCSSM-Durham. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking, hiking, yoga, live music and theater, and traveling.

AAS, Mental Health Technologies, Virginia Western Community College
BA, Social Work, Christopher Newport University
MSW, Clinical Social Work, University of New England


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Calvin Craig

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Whitt Daniel

Counseling Services Intern (Morganton)

Justine Davey ’08

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Wesley Davis

Wellness Counselor (Morganton)

Michele Ferry

School Counselor (Morganton)

Cloe Graf

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Terri Ingle-Krause

School Counselor (Morganton)

Dasni Lakpriya

Case Manager

Annie Miller

Wellness Counselor & Program Specialist

Lori Hackney Newnam

Dean of Counseling

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)