School of Professional Counseling Graduates
Mary Mosley, Class of 2004
Lindsey Wilson College alumna Mary
Mosley is so busy making a difference in her region that she
almost didn't have time to receive an award honoring her
At a recent youth summit in Prestonsburg, Ky., Mosley was named
Regional Substance Abuse Counselor of the Year by Operation UNITE
for her efforts to fight drug abuse and addiction in Harlan County,
But she almost wasn't present to receive the honor.
Mosley had taken a busload of students from Evarts High School
to the event at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. She
slipped out a few minutes early in an effort to get a head start
back home. That's when some of the event's organizers persuaded her
to return to the auditorium.
"I was focused on getting my students back to school, and the
Operation UNITE staff came to me and said that we had to get back
to the center," said Mosley, who is substance abuse counselor for
the Harlan County School System. "They told my students that I was
going to receive an award, and my students did a good job keeping
it a secret from me. … Receiving the award meant a lot to me
because it made me feel like I am making a difference in the area
and changing students' lives."
Mosley earned a bachelor's degree in human services &
counseling from Lindsey Wilson in 2004 through LWC's partnership
with Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical
College-Cumberland Campus, and she's working on a master of
education in counseling and human development from LWC at the
Cumberland Community Campus.
Mosley has served UNITE - which stands for Unlawful, Narcotics,
Investigation, Treatment, & Education - and the Harlan County
School System since 2005. Her responsibilities include counseling
students in seven Harlan County schools, chairing youth activities
for the Harlan County UNITE Coalition, and assisting the county's
A Harlan native, Mosley has seen how drug use - especially abuse
of marijuana and prescription pills - has crept into the region's
schools, torn families apart and ruined young lives.
"Abusing drugs has become more common in students' lives," she
Mosley helps young people avoid drug use through prevention
efforts in the schools and communities and also by intervening with
young people who are suspected of using drugs.
"I want to see students succeed in society, and I want to do
whatever I can to help them overcome their problems," she said.
"It's often a very long process and very tiring, but it's worth it
when you see the impact you have made on one student's life."
Mosley said her approach to helping students was heavily
influenced by her professors in LWC's School of Professional
"They have been a huge influence on me and how I work with
students," Mosley said. "My professors pushed me and helped me
realize what I could do and accomplish. And that's what I want to
do for my students - help them realize what they can become."