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Southern Appalachian
Region Name:Appalachian Southern
Assistant:Dawn Jackson
Address:279 East Main Street Ste-1
Hazard, KY 41701
Phone:(606) 435-1001
Regional Academic Director
Name:Dr. Holly Abel
Phone:(606) 521-3220

Holly grew up in the Midwestern culture of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.S. in Education she began teaching in inner city Houston, TX working with predominantly low socio-economic students. After Houston Holly moved to the beautiful beaches of Padre Island and Corpus Christi, TX to teach and earn a M.S. in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M University. Upon graduation she began working as a High School Counselor at the Flour Bluff Independent School District in south Texas. As a school counselor Holly began a Doctoral Degree in Counselor Education at Texas A&M University. She loves the fact that she still receives letters/emails from former students who are now graduating from college. Before joining Lindsey Wilson College in 2006 Holly was an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the School Counseling Masters Program at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Currently, Holly is enjoying living in Kentucky with my two cats Pickles and Superman. At Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling Holly serves as an Assistant Professor and Regional Academic Director for the Southern Appalachian Region. These positions require a strong commitment to student success, which is something that has always been a personal life focus and mission.

Regional Enrollment Director
Name:Tommie Saragas
Phone:(606) 416-2174

Tommie Ann Saragas has proudly served Lindsey Wilson College for ten years and currently holds the position of Regional Enrollment Director for the Southern Appalachian Region covering the Kentucky communities of  Cumberland and Hazard and the Virginia communities of Big Stone Gap, Richlands, and Wytheville.  She is a graduate of the School of Professional Counseling, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services in 2003 and her Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling in Human Development in 2005. 

She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Her greatest professional joy comes from her experiences as an instructor, as the classroom allows a high level of involvement with students and their journeys to success.  Personally, she is also committed to the mission of the Harlan County Boys and Girls Clubs, of which she is a co-founder and where she currently serves as counselor.

 Tommie Ann and children Ty, Andi, and CJ reside in Harlan, Kentucky.

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