Holmes Scholars

Elizabeth AugusteElizabeth Auguste

Elizabeth Auguste is a third year doctoral student in the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership Program for Curriculum Leadership. She is a Reading Specialist and works with elementary students who struggle with reading and writing. This has fueled her desire to research strategies for developing curriculum that supports a cohesive and holistic approach to literacy instruction. Elizabeth is a published author, has presented at many national conferences, and recently conducted literacy research in China. She currently serves as the student representative on the School of Education's Development Board and is an editor with the William & Mary Educational Review. Elizabeth is also very involved in community volunteer organizations and serves as a church youth leader, a school board member, and a Nathaniel’s Hope respite provider for families of students with disabilities. She has also served on many mission fields, including regions of the Caribbean, South America, and Asia.

Ramya AvadhanamRamya Avadhanam

Ramya is a third-year doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at William & Mary. She received a B.S. in Psychology at Virginia Tech and her dual masters degrees (M.Ed., Ed.S.) in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy respectively at the University of Florida. Prior to the doctoral program, Ramya gained clinical experience as a grief counselor at a small animal clinic, outpatient therapist, social worker, and lead family therapist working with families with children who are differently abled. Currently, Ramya sees clients through New Horizons Family Counseling Center (NHFCC), which partners with seven adjoining school districts to provide free family counseling to underserved families. Additionally, Ramya is the Program Coordinator at NHFCC serving as the liaison between the clinic and school counselors, social workers, and psychologists. Her clinical and research interests include grief and loss, immigration, diversity issues, and working with the South Asian population. Ramya enjoys singing, dancing, shopping, playing sports, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Yi HaoYi Hao

Yi is a second year doctoral student in the Educational Policy, Planning & Leadership (Higher Education) program at William & Mary. She received her B.A. from Sichuan University and M.Ed. from Beijing Normal University in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. Her research interest centers on faculty and institutional development, leadership, and research methods. Yi has worked as a Chinese teacher both in China and U.S., and is currently a graduate assistant working with faculty on data analysis for an NSF grant and communication plans for the higher education program. Additionally, Yi is also highly engaged both at the School of Education and the main campus to provide service to better support both her colleagues and peer students.

Edith GonzalezEdith Gonzalez

Edith is a second year doctoral student in the Counselor Education & Supervision program at William & Mary. She received her M.Ed. in Marriage in Family Counseling at William & Mary in 2015. Edith graduated from the University of Houston in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree Psychology, with additional concentrations in Human Development & Family Studies and Business Administration. Her clinical experience includes family, couple, parenting, and individual counseling. Her current counseling interests include immigrant families, low-income Hispanic families, and families with adolescents. Outside of academia, she enjoys watching movies and walking her dogs.

Laura PignatoLaura Pignato

Laura Pignato is a first-year doctoral student in Counselor Education & Supervision program at William & Mary. She received a B.A. in Sociology and B.S. in Psychology at Louisiana State University. Afterwards, she continued her education at Loyola University New Orleans where she received a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Currently, her research interests include intersectionality curriculum in counselor education and betrayal trauma, specifically focusing on counselors’ awareness of marginalized populations in family counseling, especially Latina females and intimate partner violence. Following her passion for advocacy, she is serving on the American Counseling Association graduate student committee and a student representative for the Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Victor TuazonVictor Tuazon

Victor is a doctoral candidate (Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision) at William & Mary. He received his B.S. in Psychology (minor in family studies) from James Madison University and his M.A. in Counseling from Regent University. His clinical and research interests include international counseling, trauma, addictions, and grief/loss. Victor's clinical experiences include addictions counseling, international trauma counseling, family counseling, couples counseling, intensive in-home counseling and therapeutic day treatment with at-risk youth and their families, non-profit outpatient counseling, mandated group counseling with domestic violence perpetrators and shoplifters, mandated and voluntary anger management group counseling for youth and adults, re-entry programs for the incarcerated, and working as a school counselor intern at an elementary and middle school.