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Meet the Counseling Staff

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Angel Onley-Livingston began her role as Director of Counseling Services on May 18, 2020.  

Onley-Livingston has worked in the Conway area for over a decade building strong relationships with local medical and mental health providers. She specializes in working with clients facing PTSD, depression, anxiety, and perinatal and postpartum mood disorders. Her professional experience has spanned across adolescent mental-health in school-based settings, substance abuse, applied behavioral  therapy, and providing independent mental health services. In addition, she has significant experience in coordinating teletherapy behavioral and mental health services. Onley-Livingston has been an owner/operator of a private practice, and is a licensed independent provider, National Certified/Licensed Professional Counselor, certified doula, and Reiki Master.

Onley-Livingston received her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Coastal Carolina University and her master's degree in professional counseling from Webster University. She is the author of two books, Healing While Grieving and Healing Wounds of the Soul. 

Andrew Hancock-Shaw, Associate & Clinical Director of Counseling Services   


Andrew Hancock-Shaw, Associate & Clinical Director of Counseling Services Andrew Hancock-Shaw is originally from Lexington, Kentucky and has lived in New Orleans, Louisiana since 2012. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Therapist with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and serves as the Chair of AASECT’s CE Approval Committee. Andrew is a practitioner-scholar presenting at national conferences, teaching in several Master of Social Work programs, and providing direct clinical practice. His clinical areas of interests include: academic performance, body dysmorphic disorder, career exploration, chronic illness and pain, disabilities and unique abilities, discrimination and oppression, grief and loss, LGBTQIA+ development, mindfulness, sex and relationship therapy, and trauma. He has experience working with first generation, international, and graduate students. Andrew provides consultation and training for Counseling Services and campus partners. He is committed to expanding mental health services on campus while celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion of ALL students. Andrew received his Doctorate and Master’s degree from Tulane University in Social Work with a Certificate in Global Social Work, and Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Kentucky.

Clinical Staff

Donna J. Smolenski, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 

Donna J. Smolenski MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner, with training, experience and licensure to practice in psychiatry across the lifespan; She will assess, diagnose, treat, educate and prescribe medications. Some of her specialties include ADHD, Addiction, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. She chose to become a PMHNP because it is a perfect match with her character and demeanor. She easily connects with her clients, actively listening, encouraging them to readily share openly and honestly by providing a safe nonjudgmental environment. She has worked at several local facilities such as Lighthouse Care Center of Conway, Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, and South Strand Behavioral Health. Education: Associate Science Nursing from Santa Ana Community College in California. Bachelor Science Nursing from Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. Master of Science Nursing from University of South Carolina, Columbia in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialization. She started working at Counseling services in 2021 and maintains a private practice. Donna believes in holistic approach that looks at the entire person; nurturing wholeness and healing by respecting each person for their individuality and uniqueness.


Lashia Bowers, Counselor & Intercultural Specialist  

Lashia Bowers is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, and raised in Winston-Salem, NC. She earned her B.A. in English Education from UNC-Greensboro. Upon completing undergrad, she became a high school teacher and later the English Department Chair. While she was teaching, she completed her Master's in Counseling at Prairie View A&M. Lashia has experience counseling adolescents, young adults, and families. She has worked within a school-based setting, a behavioral health agency, and in private practice. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership P-12 at Clemson University. Lashia is a scholar-practitioner that has presented at national and international conferences. Her research agenda includes emancipatory practices, Africana psychology, and African-centered education. She co-authored a research article in the Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Studies, and she also has a poem published in Root Work Journal. 

As the Counselor Intercultural Specialist, Lashia is committed to accessibility for ALL students. She approaches counseling with unconditional positive regard and mutual respect for all cultures. She utilizes an eclectic and research-based approach that values the intersectionality of everyone's identity in individual and group counseling, including African-centered theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. Lashia enjoys traveling, cooking, poetry, and being in nature.

Sean Pierce, Counselor 

Sean Pierce, an alumnus of Coastal Carolina University, provided counseling services in the Department of Mental Health for the six years prior to returning to CCU. After graduation from Coastal, he attended The Citadel and Webster University, where he graduated with honors, earning a M.A. in counseling. He has worked as a disaster counselor for F.E.M.A. and a speaker for the University of South Carolina, School of Public Health. Sean's disaster program was nominated by the Governor as a Blue Ribbon Area of Excellence. He has had specialized training in psychodrama, peak performance training, mind-body awareness, as well as trauma and educational psychology.  Sean has been a certified clinical hypnotherapist for 10 years and has used hypnosis as a tool to help others with a number of mental health issues.     


Erika Pomerantz, Counselor

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Erika Pomerantz is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC), National Certified Counselor (NCC). Erika is a 2010 alumna of Coastal Carolina University with a B.S. in Business Management and a minor in Psychology. She completed her Master of Professional Counseling in 2015 from Liberty University. With a history of employment at CCU, she has experience working with students, faculty, and community resources. Professional experience includes treating mental health disorders for adolescents, adults, families, and substance use disorders. Erika is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). Areas of focus are treating trauma, anxiety, depression, anger management, substance use disorders, family and relationship counseling. Erika treats individuals in both individual and group therapy at CCU. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities, horseback riding, and relaxation..


Front Office Staff

Claudia Johnson, Administrative Assistant

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Claudia Johnson was born in Long Island, NY, where she began her career path at LIEOC in Nursing.   Claudia began to lean towards Leadership, Supervision, Customer Service, and Finance, where her focus was on servicing others.  She moved to South Carolina in hopes of continuing to serve the needs of others and lead by example.  She continued working in Finance and  received on-going training in Leadership and Customer Service.  Claudia is the renowned author of the book Esteem Yourself Higher, which was written to inspire self-motivation. In addition, she is a certified Book Publisher, certified in Mental Health First Aid. She also stands as CEO of Ladies of Virtuality which is a non-profit organization that gives women the tools to empower their mind, body, and soul. 

Amy Hubbard, Receptionist

Amy Hubbard has come to us from the mountain regions of Upstate New York where she spent 25 years working with the developmentally disabled population.  She is a former Therapeutic Level Foster Parent and Advocate for At-Risk youth in the county court system.  She is grateful for the blue skies and sunny days that are a large part of living in South Carolina.  Amy loves to read, putter in the kitchen, and travel with her partner.