Meet the Staff
Justin Lauka, M.A., NCC
Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, Justin Lauka attended Michigan State University where he earned two bachelor's degrees in Finance and Psychology. Upon graduation he spent a year in Monterey, California serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA where he coordinated a literacy program for elementary school children. In May 2008 Justin received a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Justin's clinical experience includes working at an Employee Assistance Program in Virginia Beach and working at the Norfolk Community Services Board-ODU Olney Road Counseling Center providing intake assessments, individual counseling, crisis intervention, as well as clinical and administrative supervision. Justin's research interests include ethics in counseling, spirituality, and supervision. Justin has served as the Director of the ODU Clinic since January 2009 and anticipates receiving his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Old Dominion University in May 2011.
After earning an undergraduate degree in psychology, Sean took a job as a behavioral healthcare technician working for a local Crisis Stabilization Unit. Over time, the importance of providing support for people living with the effects of a mental illness became progressively more apparent. Since accepting that first position, Sean has enjoyed the opportunity to work with a range of clients in a variety of settings including emergency services, residential substance abuse, hospice, and outpatient treatment centers. Sean earned a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida Gulf Coast University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling from Old Dominion University. His current areas of interest are crisis intervention, clinical mental health counseling, clinical supervision, and counseling theory.
Cassandra Pusateri, M.A., NCC
Cassandra G. Fenner Pusateri is originally from Mountain City, a small, rural town in northeast Tennessee. Cassandra attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2004. In 2006, she attended East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. While at ETSU, Cassandra completed an internship at Holston Valley Medical Center where she offered crisis intervention and a number of other counseling services to patients in the oncology, palliative care, pediatric, intensive care, and trauma units. She graduated in 2008 with a Master of Arts degree in Community Agency Counseling. From 2008-2010, Cassandra worked with a grant-funded program that assisted pregnant women with quitting cigarette smoking. This is Cassandra's second semester in Old Dominion University's Ph.D. Counseling Program. Her research interests include the culture of Appalachia, gender and multicultural issues, grief, and spirituality.