Linda serves as both a clinician and Director of The Well. She is an animated health educator whose specialties over the years have included all the "S's": sexual health, substance abuse, and stress management. She is currently the smoking cessation guru at VCU and leads a campus-wide social norms marketing campaign to reduce substance use.
Xavier is the office manager at The Well. While monitoring the office's finances and budgets, he provides assistance to the many health programs that are planned and implemented out of The Well. Xavier has a wealth of experience from his previous positions at the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Trisha Saunders, MEd, NCC
Trisha is the Associate Director of The Well. Trisha is an educator, advocate, and counselor. She received her Master of Education in Community Counseling from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has spent many years working as an educator in the non-profit sector, for the military, and in higher education. She has also worked as a community-based counselor. She is passionate about helping individuals and communities thrive, developing students, and training the next generation of leaders. Her main areas of focus have been in sexual health, mental health, sexuality, addiction and recovery, sexual and intimate partner violence, and trauma.
Tom Bannard, CADC, MBA
Tom Bannard, CADC, MBA, works at the Well as the Program Coordinator for Rams in Recovery in addition to being the Administrative Director for COBE, VCU's Collegiate Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute, which works to unlock the power of behavioral health research through university wide collaboration. Tom is a Certified Drug Alcohol Counselor and has spent most of his career working in homeless services. A person in long-term recovery, Tom is an advocate for people in recovery or who are struggling with a substance use disorder. Tom also received his MBA through VCU.
Denise Cochran, MMSc, RDN
Denise Cochran has been a Registered Dietitian in Richmond for over 30 years. She was the Wellness Coordinator and RD at Briarwood (now ACAC) for 10 years. She has been the Medical Nutrition Specialist at Family Practice Specialists for 20 years. She also was a certified fitness instructor for over 20 years. She received her B.S. in Nutrition from Penn State University and her Master in Medical Science from Emory University. Denise has been at VCU for five years. Her primary responsibilities include educating students about nutrition, eating disorders, and body image. She provides one-on-one consultations at University Student Health Services and gives presentations.
Fatima M. Smith, MSW
Fatima is the Assistant Director for Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking & Advocacy Services at the Wellness Resource Center (The Well). She coordinates advocacy services for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking and serving as lead advocate; supervising violence prevention and advocacy staff, and coordinating outreach education for a healthy, inclusive campus environment. Fatima is a graduate of George Mason University where she received a B.S. in Administration of Justice and her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she currently teaches a "Violence Against Women" course.
LGBTQIA+ Violence Prevention Specialist & Advocate
Kaylin is the LGBTQIA+ Violence Prevention Specialist & Advocate at the Well. As a survivor advocate and violence preventionist, she works to address and end violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and other gender and sexual minority communities (LGBTQIA+) on campus. Kaylin received her B.S. from VCU, double majoring in Psychology and Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies. She is completing her Masters of Social Work degree at VCU with a certificate in Gender Violence Intervention.
LGBTQ Violence Prevention Health Educator
Mia is the LGBTQ Violence Prevention Health Educator at The Well. As an advocate for student survivors, Mia works to end sexual assault, dating violence and stalking in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and other gender and sexual minority communities (LGBTQIA+) on campus. She received her B.S. at VCU where she double majored in Psychology and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Counselor Education at VCU with a concentration in College Student Counseling and Development.