Multi-award-winning author, Adria Wilkins has an accounting degree from Western Kentucky University. She and her husband, Erik, live in Northern Virginia and have three children Katie, Blake, and Anthony. Her book The Joy Box Journal with Hachette Book Group released July 2019. She enjoys telling a story, adding sprinkles of joy and a few extra dollops to liven it up. After suffering the unthinkable- death of three-year-old Blake, she found that joy can be found in any circumstance. Adria and her husband have done foster care and adopted a child.
Alesha Perkins LCSW, CCM
Alesia K Alexander LCSW, CT
Dr. Arthur Romano
Athena Viscusi LICSW
Brenda Sprinkle PhD
Brenda Sprinkle, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and the Regional Director for Deer Oaks-The Behavioral Health Organization. Dr. Sprinkle is a Developer for this Course and Co Presenter. Since 2007 Dr. Sprinkle has provided psychotherapy services to clients in nursing home facilities in the Austin region. She also manages/supervises Deer Oaks' Psychologists, LPCs and Licensed Clinical Social Workers in the West Texas and El Paso regions. Dr. Sprinkle develops and presents CEUs and conference presentations for Deer Oaks.
Breshell Jackson-Nevels, PhD
Breshell Jackson-Nevels, PhD is the MSW Program Director at The Ethelyn R. Strong School ofSocial Work at Norfolk State University. She has worked in the social work arena for over 25years. She has workedwith a variety of organizations including the Department of VeteransAffairs, a local school system, various social service/nonprofit agencies, the community servicesboard, and a hospice program. Her research interests include positive mental health and itssustainability as it relates to people of color.Dr. Jackson-Nevels has published articles in variouspeer-reviewed journals and has authored a book chapter. She has presented for international,national, local, and state agencies. Dr. Jackson-Nevels isproud of her roles as a wife and mother.
Bruce Copeland PhD, LCSW, CSTOP
Cameo T. Harris
Cassie DeSena-Jacobs, DSW
Courtney Pierce, BSOL
Cynthia King Esq
Deborah Theis PhD
Deepa Patel MSW, LCSW, CSOTP
Deneen Evans PhD, LCSW
Dr. Deneen Evans, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Tenured Professor, advocate and navigator of justice is an Associate Professor of Social Work at East Tennessee University and after serving 16 years at Radford University as a Professor and Administrator in the School of Social Work she retired in December 2022. At Radford she left a mark on the University community by leading efforts in diversity and global engagement and became the first African American Tenured Professor in the School of Social Work. In 2000 she returned to Roanoke College her undergraduate alma mater to lead new initiatives as the founding Director of Multicultural Affairs. Dr. Evans research and teaching interest include African American families and disability, and issues related to social justice and spirituality in social work practice. Her passion for diversity was rooted in her upbringing in Jersey City New Jersey and has allowed her to travel abroad throughout North America, the Caribbean and in recent years to Uganda Africa to teach global policy and practices related to child disability. She is a published researcher and has presented research findings at international, national, and regional conferences and she is a sought-after consultant, speaker, and trainer in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. God has blessed her to obtain a Ph.D. in Social Work from Norfolk State University, MSW degree from Radford University and a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Roanoke College. In 2019 the Evans' family was directed by God to establish Mosaic Mental Wellness and Health, the first African American owned group mental wellness practice in SW VA focused on multicultural practice and social justice.Dr. Evans has spent her professional career advocating for marginalized communities and navigating for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. The founding of Mosaic Mental Wellness and Health is the result of her academic and professional experiences and her desire to have a mental wellness home where people of color can join with clinicians who look like them and share in their lived experiences of the full extent of the societal and institutional inequalities that affect the lives of people of color. Dr. Evans is a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Salem Virginia, the Roanoke Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Inc, and currently serves on the Board of Total Action for Progress, the Clinical Social Work Society of Virginia and is the co-chair of the Roanoke County Democratic Committee.
Ellen Fink-Samnick DBH, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, CCM, CCTP, CRP
Jamicia Davis LCSW
Jamicia Davis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 18 years of combined experience as a social worker and clinician in the field. She is a product of the public school system, social services, behavioral health, juvenile drug court, and the public and private sectors. As a scholar and practitioner, Ms. Davis values novel approaches to trauma comprehension. Ms. Davis was born and raised in Auburn, New York, the hometown of Harriet Tubman and William H. Seward, although she has lived in Virginia for the past twenty years. Ms. Davis received a bachelor's degree in social work from Buffalo State College and a master's degree in social work from the University at Buffalo. Ms. Davis is also currently a Ph.D. candidate at Norfolk State University. She possesses credentials in Youth Mental Health First Aid, Trauma and Resilience, and telemedicine. She is well known for her community service with adolescent girls and older adults. Ms. Davis has also performed admirably with educational grants. Honorable mentions include Unsung Hero and School Counselor of the Year at a local high school. Ms. Davis and her colleagues were honored with a Silver Magna Award for their contributions to public schools' mental health initiatives. Ms. Davis is a member of the distinguished sorority Delta Sigma Theta. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family, which includes Mocha, her pet dog.
Jamy Drapeza LICSW
Jamy Drapeza (they/she/siya) is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in DC and NY. They proudly represent as a nonbinary, queer therapist of color and have built their specialities in private practice work to encompass life transitions, post traumatic growth, and supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community with a focus on transgender and gender nonconforming folx in various stages of their gender affirmation journeys. Their past work experience includes serving as Clinical Director for the Wanda Alston Foundation, NYC Program Manager for S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective, and founding Team Leader of the Bronx PEAK program at CASES. In addition to their direct service work as a therapist, they also currently serve as co-Chief Operations Officer of Magnolia Mental Health, a private practice based in DC that centers the mental health and wellness needs of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. As of November 2022, they have been officially certified as a Transgender Care Therapist by the International Transgender Care Association.
Jasetta Perkins MSN, RN, ACSM-EP
Javier Gil MSW, LCSW, ACSW
Javier Gil brings more than twenty years of experience working with adolescents, adults and families in private practice in Arlington, VA. He has worked with multiple social services agencies in the D.C. metro area, including the Latin American Youth Center, La Clinica del Pueblo, and social service agencies in Northern Virginia. Before moving to the Washington metropolitan area, Javier was a therapist at the Brattleboro Retreat in Vermont, one of the country's oldest private psychiatric hospitals. Javier received his M.S.W. from Norfolk State University and his B.A. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Javier has lived in Spain and Latin America. He is also a stroke survivor.
Jeanne Booth LCSW
Julie Wilcox LCSW
Kayla Balensiefer LCSW, LICSW
Lasell Bartlett LICSW
"It's our nature to get along" is Lasell Bartlett's motto and it guides her interactions. She integrates over fifty years of experience in the fields of bodymind awareness and meditation with professional expertise as a Clinical Social Worker, Bodywork and Somatic Education Practitioner (BASE-P), and PATH Intl Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Education, focusing on trauma resolution, early developmental repair, and helping people develop a sense of safety that can support the best relationships imaginable. Lasell lives on a small farm in rural Virginia with two horses, seven sheep, three donkeys, eight goats, forty-one guineas, two cats, three dogs, and her bestest ever human friend.
Lisa Williams BSW, MSW-C
Miriam Elizabeth Bowman PhD, LICSW, LCSW-C
Morgan Honickel LCSW
Nikole Jiggetts LCSW, RPT-S
Nikole R. Jiggetts, LCSW practices as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, for the states of Virginia and Maryland. She is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, Certified Trauma Practitioner, and author. She is the CEO and owner of Replay Counseling & Consulting (Also known as Replay Counseling Center, LLC.) She is a graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work, with an MSW. Nikole has been working with children, adolescents, and their families for over 20 years. She is passionate about providing individuals with the opportunity to work through their difficulties and begin to start feeling better about their lives utilizing expressive therapies. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor for the VCU School of Social Work, she is also a life coach, parenting consultant and a mother of two. Nikole also provides training for mental health clinicians in the states of Virginia and Maryland as well as the District of Columbia, for the past 12 years.
Razia Kosi EdD, LCSW-C
Dr. Razia F. Kosi is the Coordinator of Culturally Responsive Practices and Anti-Racism Development in the Howard County Public School System where she leads system-wide and school-based DEI initiatives. Additionally, Dr. Kosi is a mental health professional and works to end the stigma surrounding mental health in the South Asian community. She has served on executive boards on both national and local organizations serving the South Asian and AAPI communities. She has had a private practice for over 15 years and works primarily with South Asian and Muslim clients from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Rob McCartney, CEO
Rob McCartney is the Chief Executive Officer for The Barry Robinson Center, a non-profit behavioral health system in Norfolk,VA. Rob sits on several non-profit boards including Tidewater Friends of Foster Care, The Greater Norfolk Corporation/GNC and the Association of Children’s Residential Centers, a member of Norfolk State University/NSU School of Social Work Advisory Board.
Ron Jones has been an educator, writer, actor, and social activist for over 25 years. He is an EMMY Award winner who is currently Executive Director of Dialogues on Diversity. Dialogues on Diversity is the nation's premier social justice, diversity awareness theater company performing more than 100 Performances, Lectures and Workshops in N. America annually. He has created a range of performance, lecture, game, and workshop platforms designed to help individuals and organizations address issues of cultural difference in a more open, healthy and respectful way. His approach is to bring "Compassionate Activism" into our discussions and actions around social change. Only through understanding the mechanisms of bias and oppression can we work to dismantle them. Too few Americans know the stories of deep, complex and sometime, shameful stories that make us this beautiful experiment.
S. Lee Tepper
S. Lee Tepper (they/them) is an Independently Licensed Social Worker with Supervisory designation in the state of Ohio. Lee identifies as queer and non-binary, living openly as such for over a decade. Lee earned their Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University. They have experience in the non-profit sector and currently serve on Kaleidoscope Youth Center's Board of Directors, provide clinical CE training and consultation specific to best practices when working with LGBTQIA+ populations as well as Gender Affirming Care, have completed training specific to the assessment of persons with Gender Dysphoria and completing letters of support for medical Gender Affirming Care, facilitate a group for jewish LGBTQIA+ adolescents at Congregation Beth Tikvah, and participate in advocacy efforts with ACLU Ohio, TransOhio, and Equality Ohio.
Samantha Sahl LCSW
Dr. Samantha Sahl, DSW, LCSW is the Supervisor of the Child Sex Trafficking Recovery Services Team (RST) at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). RST is a team of regionally assigned Resource Specialists who provide case-based assistance and support to child welfare professionals and other multidisciplinary team members in the development of trauma-informed and victim-centered recovery plans for survivors of child sex trafficking who are reported missing to NCMEC. Prior to joining the team at NCMEC, Dr. Sahl coordinated the response to child sex trafficking in New Orleans, first through the New Orleans Children's Advocacy Center, and then with the Respect, Invest in, Support & Empower (RISE) Initiative at the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court. Dr. Sahl has provided training and technical assistance throughout Louisiana and nationally on child sex trafficking identification and response. She completed a Doctor of Social Work degree with the University of Southern California and focused her doctoral research on youth voice and choice through shared decision-making tools and practices.
Sherwood Randolph LCSW, Mdiv, BC-TMH
As a native of Richmond, VA, husband and father, Sherwood attributes each moment of his life to his cultural and spiritual identity. Sherwood engages integrative approaches, while at the same time focusing on the personas a whole; mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Sherwood, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, attended the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Social Work in which he obtained both his Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees. Sherwood currently serves as the Director of the Child Development Clinic of the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU and Owner/Principal Consultant of Just As I Am (JAIA) Clinical Consulting, LLC. Licensed and ordained in ministry, Sherwood attended the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University (VUU) in which he obtained his Master of Divinity Degree and serves as an Associate Minister at the Cedar Street Baptist Church and as the Teen Pastor of the M3 Church. In addition to ministry endeavors, Sherwood is privileged to serve in higher education as an adjunct faculty member for the VCU School of Social Work as well as the VUU Department of Social Work and Sociology. Sherwood presents both locally and nationally in the areas of behavioral health and faith development. With a focus on community, Sherwood is a member of the Richmond Association of Black Social Workers (RABSW), the National Association of Social Work (NASW)- Virginia Chapter and serves on the Board of Directors of the South Richmond Adult Daycare Center. Most recently, via the Youngkin Administration, Sherwood received the honor of gubernatorial appointment to the Virginia Board of Social Work in which he will serve from 2022-2026. Sherwood maintains that people remain the most resilient of creations and looks forward to every opportunity to aid in both social and spiritual development across the generations.
Stephenie Howard, PhD, LCSW
Suzanne Baldwin PhD, LCSW, RN
Thomas Von Hemert CIT, EMT
Tracye Brewer LCSW, CCM, CASWCM, LICSW, LCSW-C
Val Livingston PhD, MSW
Victoria Newman, D.Div, RMT
Victoria Newman is an Influencer for Brain Injury Survivors. Her knowledge and insight as a brain injury survivor helps bring awareness to challenges unique to survivors with mild to moderate brain injuries. In 2018, she launched Valley Disability Support Group, an online resource aimed to educate, raise awareness and empower brain injury survivors through education, peer mentoring, support groups and community advocacy. Prior to her brain injury, she had a successful career as an IT Executive in the High Tech sector of Washington, DC working on high profile projects for Fortune 500 Companies and government contracts including Affordable Care Act systems compliance for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid contractors.Helping others was always a calling. She took a sabbatical from her busy career to pursue a Doctorate. Dr. Newman charted the non-profit Sophia Interfaith Center for Humanity in 2006 as her first faith based initiative to provide services to the community as a Mission of Mercy for counseling people in underprivileged rural communities.Although the Mission of Mercy project was postponed during Dr. Newman's brain rehabilitation, which is still underway 12 years later, her desire to help the underprivileged never waned.With the launch of Valley Disability Support Group, she re-purposed her goals into dynamic volunteer community projects online like group sessions, peer mentoring, coaching, self advocacy, systems advocacy and disability rights advocacy. Dr. Newman enjoys being a champion for individuals with brain injury and the disabled. She facilitates group meetings for BIG: An Empowerment & Advocacy support group made up of brain injury survivors from Northern Virginia. Members support each other's efforts in individual and systems advocacy. In 2019, the Commissioner of DARS appointed Dr. Newman to the Virginia Brain Injury Council as a special designee representing rural communities in Northwestern Virginia. Dr. Newman is also a member of Brain Injury Services Speaker's Bureau where she shares her lived experience with brain injury to other survivors and medical students pursuing careers in rehabilitation therapy.
Virginia Simmons CTRS, CDP, CADDCT, CFRDT
Yasmine Tyler BA, MSW-C