Loyola University Maryland

Office of Student Support and Wellness Promotion

About Us

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Our History

Alcohol and Drug Education and Support Services (ADESS) was established as a Department in Loyola University’s Student Development Division in 1993.  Through the hard work and vision of Jan Williams our first director, Loyola has developed a comprehensive prevention-harm reduction education program and at the same time provides support to the college’s conduct system for students with underage and other substance related community standards violations. ADESS also provides counseling for students with drug and alcohol use disorders in need of treatment. Since 1993 our office has grown to include a Director, two Assistant Directors, an Administrative Assistant, plus a work study.



Seton Court 02B
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Cindy Parcover, MS Ed, LCPC, NCC

Assistant Director

Cindy has been a licensed clinical professional counselor for 12 years and has been assistant director of ADESS since 1999. She focuses on strategic prevention efforts within the student development division, specifically the social norms initiative, “Strong Truths, Well Lived.” Cindy, who is also a certified aerobics instructor, has three young children.  Cindy and her husband, who also works at Loyola, spend their weekends having as much fun as possible with their children and can usually be found hiking, running, or getting everyone ready for Monday.

Zachary Hitchens  Zachary Hitchens, M.S., NCC

Assistant Director

Zachary Hitchens has a Master of Science in college counseling from Shippensburg University and is a National Certified Counselor. He earned a B.A. from Gettysburg College. Before coming to Loyola, he worked as a mental health counselor at Lewis University providing individual and group counseling services to undergraduate students and developed, implemented, and coordinated drug and alcohol education, prevention, and outreach and was co-leader of the University’s Campus Harm Reduction Committee that evaluated and unified University policies and programs in regard to drug and alcohol abuse. Mr. Hitchens has also provided drug and alcohol and other mental health services to undergraduates at York College and Shippensburg University from 2009-2011. 

Danielle Avent

Administrative Assistant

Danielle has been the administrative assistant at ADESS for three years. She is a graduate of Morgan State University, a Baltimore native, watches movies in her spare time, and has an infectious laugh.