Currently, Professor Shavonne Ruffin serves as a mental health therapist and clinical supervisor with Agape Counseling and Therapeutic Services. She has been in this field for thirteen years, working with at-risk youth who are endangered of being removed from their homes. Previously, she has served in the capacity of a mental health coordinator supervising clinicians who serviced adults with mental health and independent living needs. This year, Professor Ruffin has started her application to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC) to enhance her credentials. She also has been employed at a local community college for five years teaching various courses in psychology and sociology. She pursued her education at Old Dominion University through a distance learning program and graduated in 2000 with her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Services Counseling with a minor in Psychology. In 2003, she received her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Design. Professor Ruffin earned her doctorate's degree in counseling studies from Capella University. On a personal note, she is a single mother of a beautiful 15-year-old girl, named Arian. Professor Ruffin is active in her community and local churches volunteering in various activities with community and youth development. Her community service continues as she is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In her spare time she enjoys reading, surfing the internet, traveling, white water rafting, watching movies and shopping.