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2019 Commencement Speaker: Dr. Rhonda Milner

Saturday, May 11th Richmont Graduate University will hold its forty-sixth commencement ceremony. The event will take place at Ridgedale Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee and will honor graduates from Richmont’s School of Counseling and School of Ministry programs.

This year’s commencement speaker is Dr. Rhonda Milner. Dr. Milner is a physician, counselor, spiritual director, minister, poet,  and best-selling author who also serves on the Board of Trustees for Richmont. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Georgia and then went on to graduate from the Emory School of Medicine. Dr. Milner is a board-certified radiologist and maintains a current Georgia medical license.

Dr. Milner is a graduate of Richmont Graduate University where she earned a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and a Master of Arts in Ministry. She has specializations in Addictions Counseling, Counseling and Spirituality, and Spiritual Direction. She completed a two-year study with the Renovaré Institute in Christian discipleship and spiritual formation in 2013. She is a licensed professional counselor who also practices as a spiritual director in private practice at Chattahoochee Counseling Center, where she sees clients that could not typically afford counseling.

Dr. Milner is also the founder of Healing Presence Ministry, a global social media and internet ministry based on her poetry and spiritual writings with a following of almost 3 million. Her first book, The Mended Heart: a Poet’s Journey through Love, Suffering, and Hope, is a bestseller in Christian poetry. Her manuscript, The Signature of God: His Name Written into Our Lives and the World, is due to be released in July 2019.  More information on her ministry can be found at

Rhonda, a native of Atlanta, lives with her husband of 36 years and their six dogs. She is the mother of 4 children, having lost her oldest son at age 25 in 2011. Her son died from accidental drowning. She subsequently started a nonprofit to raise awareness, which can be found at

President Quinnan Serves as Keynote Speaker at UNLV

Richmont President Timothy Quinnan was invited by the Graduate School and Career Services departments at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to serve as the keynote speaker for their Post Master’s Career Pathways program.

The program was held on April 19 on the UNLV campus. President Quinnan’s address was well-received by graduate student finishing their degrees, interested in leadership, and soon to enter the higher education job market. Many of them stayed after his talk to ask specific questions or seek his counsel. Afterwards, Dr. Quinnan said that he thoroughly enjoyed the lively audience, their keen interest, and insightful questions. He added that it was a joy to have been invited and hosted there by a protégé, Jenna Heath Moreno, whom he mentored when she was a student at San Diego State. “As an educator, when you get to see former students rising to become leaders in the profession, there’s simply no better feeling on earth.”

Before coming to serve as Richmont’s President, Dr. Quinnan served in leadership positions at several prestigious universities including the University of Texas at Arlington and San Diego State. Through strategic planning and transformational leadership, Dr. Quinnan has built a legacy of excellence in higher education.

Richmont Faculty and Student Present at CAPS Conference

The Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS) is a non-profit professional organization comprised of Psychologists, Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Professors, Social Workers, Pastoral Counselors, and Students. CAPS mission is to encourage in-depth consideration of therapeutic, research, theoretical, and theological issues. Each year CAPS holds an annual national conference, and this year’s conference titled “Transformed: Emerging Trends in Training and Practice” was held in Dallas, Texas (March 21-23, 2019).

Richmont Graduate University is proud to have five (5) faculty members and two (2) students presenting at this year’s CAPS conference. The 2020 CAPS annual conference will be held in Atlanta, Georiga and eight (8) Richmont faculty members will be serving on the CAPS administrative team. The involvement of Richmont administration, faculty, and students with CAPS represents Richmont’s continued commitment to research and leadership in the field of counseling and integration.


The following is a list of presentations by Richmont faculty and students at the 2019 CAPS conference:

Breakout Sessions


Cara Cochran, PhD, Richmont Graduate University



Amanda Blackburn, PsyD, Jama White, PsyD & Mary Plisco, PhD, Richmont Graduate University

Richmont faculty: Dr. Dan Sartor, Dr. Amanda Blackburn, Dr. Jama White, Dr. Cara Cochran, and Dr. Mary Plisco


Dan Sartor, PhD, Cara Cochran PhD, Amanda Blackburn, PsyD, Mary Plisco, PhD, & Jama White, PsyD, Richmont Graduate University



Dan Sartor, PhD, Jama White, PsyD, Richmont Graduate University, Cayla Bland, PhD, Biola Univeristy, & Jill Bruce, PhD, Grace College



Cara Cochran, PhD & Meredith Kerley, BS, Richmont Graduate University


Poster Session

Richmont student Nicole Vernon and Dr. Mary Plisco


Nicole Vernon, B.S. and Mary Plisco, PhD, Richmont Graduate University


President Timothy Quinnan featured in “Profiles in Presidential Leadership”

Richmont Graduate University President Timothy Quinnan has been honored by his alma mater, the Union Institue and University, as a notable alumnus. Along with this recognition, Dr. Quinnan is also featured in a Union Institute and University article on leadership.

You can read Dr. Quinnan’s thoughts on leadership on the Union Institute and University website (click here).

After graduating from the Union Institute and University with a Ph.D. in Higher Education, Dr. Quinnan held numerous leadership positions at prestigious universities including Florida State, San Diego State, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dr. Quinnan was named President of Richmont Graduate University in August of 2017. Since taking office, Dr. Quinnan has lead Richmont through a period of growth and expansion and this year launched a new three-year Strategic Plan titled “In Pursuit of Excellence – 2021”. You can learn more about the Strategic Plan including the plan’s five strategic aspirations on the new strategic plan website (click here).

Now Accepting Transfer Students

Several universities have recently faced hardships leaving students with partially completed master’s degrees. Richmont Graduate University is available to assist in the completion of their Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree.

Richmont offers a generous transfer policy including:

  • Free transfer credit evaluation.
  • No transfer credit fees.
  • The ability to transfer up to 1/3 of total program credit (up to 22 credit hours). *extended to 2/3 for eligible argosy students
  • The ability to apply for financial aid and scholarships.

Students interested in transferring to Richmont should contact the Admissions Team and complete a transfer of credit request form.

Richmont Graduate University has a strong legacy of growth and financial stability. The university is debt-free and recently received 10-year reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Furthermore, Richmont’s Clinical Mental Health program is CACREP accredited and consistently has high NCE scores and job placement rates.

Richmont Trauma Center Open House and Play Therapy Room Grand Opening

Dr. Vanessa Snyder, Vice President of the Richmont Institute of Trauma and Recovery, welcomes open house guests.

pictured above: Kurt Idler, Suzanne Roski Idler, Patricia Roski, Dr. Timothy Quinnan, Renee Roski-Holdo (class of 2017), and Dominique Holdo (current student).

Saturday, March 2nd, the Richmont Trauma Center hosted an open house and grand opening of the Jeffery Harrison Roski Play Therapy Room. Trauma Center staff and Richmont Graduate University administration including President Timothy Quinnan were on hand for the occasion. The creation of the play therapy room was made possible by a generous contribution from the Roski Family Trust. Several members of the Roski family were honored guests present to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Suzanne Roski Idler, one of Mr. Roski’s daughters, spoke of how her parents always encouraged play while their children were growing up and of how commonplace it was for her parents to play alongside their children. She noted her dad would never have wanted to put his name on something, but the family decided the play therapy room was a fitting memorial for him.

Emme Blackburn cuts the ribbon on the play therapy room doll house.

Those who would like to contribute to the work of the Richmont Trauma Center can make a donation at Donors may choose to purchase a building block on the “Build Up a Child” wall at the entrance to the play therapy room to honor or memorialize someone or leave a message of encouragement. Guests at the open house were able to mark their desired block locations on a mockup of the finished wall.

The Richmont Trauma Center was created to provide quality mental health treatment to those impacted by single episode and complex trauma. Trauma Center counselors are honored to walk the journey with individuals and families as they work to heal and grow. The Richmont Trauma Center is located on the Atlanta campus of Richmont Graduate University. Counselors are available by appointment for individuals, couples, families, and children. The Richmont Trauma Center staff offers specialized services including:

The Richmont Trauma Center staff. front row: Ashley Mossy, Renee Holdo, Deanna Davis, and Vanessa Snyder back row: Erica Welsh, Lyresa McGriff, Monique Jones, Madelon Morgan, and Emma Donaldson


• Child-Centered Play Therapy
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
• Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
• Bio-Feedback
• Neuro-Feedback
• Somatic Experiencing
• Certified Sex Addiction Therapy (CSAT)
• Art Therapy
• Trauma Sensitive Yoga
• Trauma-Informed Supervision

For more information on the Richmont Trauma Center, visit

To schedule an appointment, call (770) 575-9393

Richmont Faculty Featured on WebMD

Richmont Faculty Publish Article on Attachment and Spiritual Formation

Richmont Graduate University faculty members Daniel Sartor, Ph.D.; Cara Cochran, Ph.D.; Amanda Blackburn, Psy.D.; Mary Plisco, Psy.D.; and Jama White, Psy.D. published an article titled “The Role of Attachment in Spiritual Formation at Richmont Graduate University.” The article is featured in the latest edition of The Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, a publication of the Institute of Spiritual Formation at Biola University.

The article describes the model of how Richmont provides spiritual formation training in its counseling programs. “This model of spiritual formation has a dual foundation which includes the centrality of love to the Christian life and the importance of attachment to the development of persons. The training is intentionally designed to invite students to pursue a more secure attachment to God, healthier relationships with others, and a more grace-based self-awareness.”

You can access the article via the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care website: Link to Article

To learn more about Richmont’s CACREP accredited Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and how faith is integrated into the program, connect with our Admissions Team or attend an upcoming Preview Day.

Atlanta Area Restaurants Helping to End Human Trafficking

Sadly, Atlanta ranks among the top cities in America for human trafficking. Friday, January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and Marlow’s Tavern is partnering with the Richmont Institute of Trauma and Recovery the raise awareness and help put an end to trafficking.

Marlow’s Tavern has partnered with several Atlanta-area restaurants to host a fundraiser on January 11th to benefit Richmont Institute of Trauma & Recovery. The Richmont Institute of Trauma & Recovery offers expert training to professionals working with trauma survivors as well as help for those who have been victims of trafficking.  You can learn more about the institute at 

Marlow’s Tavern is joined by Babalu, Johnny’s Hideaway, Gunshow, Revival, Murphy’s, Seed Kitchen & Bar, Stem Wine Bar, and Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar to give back a portion of sales to Richmont Institute of Trauma and Recovery.

Make plans for lunch and dinner at one of these great locations and help bring an end to the tragedy of human trafficking.

Richmont Receives 10-Year Reaccreditation

Richmont Graduate University has received 10-year institutional reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools(SACSCOC). The vote to reaffirm Richmont was held at the SACSCOC annual meeting this past week in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.1

Regional accreditation by SACSCOC is considered the gold standard for higher education institutions and signifies academic and administrative excellence. The Richmont faculty and staff have worked diligently to achieve this important milestone and are committed to a process of continual assessment and improvement. More information on accreditation can be found on the SACSCOC website:


1 – College Delegate Assembly. “The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement.” Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 2018,