[Skip to Content]

Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Leadership and Administration

Chief Executive Officer
David Winters has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of clinical and administrative capacities over the past 20 years. As a leader, he is strongly committed to the individualization of every aspect of the care we provide and strives to make North Spring a place that encourages each child to use their own strengths to meet their goals. Mr. Winters has an M.B.A. and a master’s in psychology.

Chief Financial Officer
Greg Gutmeir is a seasoned healthcare services finance officer having previously served as the Chief Financial Officer for Valley Community Services Board, the Director of Finance for Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers, the Chief Financial Officer of Bath Community Hospital and the Finance Director with INOVA Health System. Greg attended Texas State University where he received his degree in Accounting.

Director of Business Development
Garrett Hamilton has an extensive background in the Mental Health and Juvenile Services industries. Garrett has worked in Business Development, on both the Residential Treatment and Acute Psychiatric Services side, for a variety of facilities. Garrett is committed to fostering strong community partnerships and effective communication that aid in the delivery of quality services for consumers and referral sources alike. Garrett graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a BA in Psychology.

Psychiatrist
Dr Jahangeer is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. He completed residency training at Delaware Psychiatric Center and Mayo Clinic. He has psychiatric experience over many years in multiple settings including residential facilities, acute care, crisis management and outpatient services. He likes to focus on a child’s emotional needs and behavior modification. Dr. Jahangeer also likes to provide support for building a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence and to improve family relationships and communication.

His areas of interest include ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorders, abuse and trauma management and various anxiety spectrum disorders. He also helps patients with substance use and disruptive behaviors. He is very committed to children’s wellbeing and long-term positive outcomes.

Director of Risk Management and Performance Improvement
Peter Shumaker received his Bachelors of Science degree from Chowan University. Peter has worked at North Spring in a variety of patient care, clerical, and administrative positions. Peter started at North Spring as a Mental Health Technician on the Delta Unit working with older adolescent boys, eventually becoming a Lead Mental Health Technician on Bravo Unit working with adolescent boys, and then as a Lead Mental Health Technician in the Inpatient Acute, supervising a shift team of three Mental Health Technicians. Peter transitioned from Mental Health Technician work to become a Medicaid Specialist, and has now started the position of Director of Risk Management and Performance Improvement. He looks forward to continuing to work on behalf of the patients and families of North Spring Behavioral Healthcare.

Director of Admissions
Chase Butala received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology from Shippensburg University and his Masters of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University. Much of his work has been in milieu interventions and development in inpatient settings. He has worked in the community providing an array of mental health services to children and their families. His professional interests include helping children with attachment, emotional and developmental issues and their families develop healthier relationships and systems.

Director of Human Resources
Steve Seeger has been practicing human resources since 1997, when he moved from hospitality management to corporate-level human resources. In 2009, he transitioned to a residential treatment facility for children in Virginia and brings valuable health care experience to North Spring. Steve earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Richmond, SPHR certification and M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.

Business Office Director
Sara Brunetti joined North Spring Behavioral Healthcare in January 2006 and brings an array of experience in healthcare. Her experience consists of Level 1 Trauma centers, Medical/Surgical hospitals and psychiatric residential treatment centers. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration/Healthcare in 2004 and earned her M.B.A. in Healthcare Management in 2007. She has expertise in the revenue cycle from admissions to reimbursement. She offers strong leadership abilities, problem resolution management and stellar customer service. Sara’s educational background has assisted her with the psychiatric residential treatment program, and she is able to work with residents and help them obtain a successful discharge from the program.

Utilization Review Director
Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a Certificate in Mental Health, from the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked for several years with children and adolescents with a variety of mental health diagnosis and behavioral issues in a Partial Hospitalization and Diversion Acute Stabilization setting. Her experience in multiple roles, such as a Social Worker, Milieu Therapist and Utilization Compliance Manager, has allowed for a diverse background to best serve those she works with.

Dietary Manager
Before joining the North Spring team, Laurence spent over twenty years in the food service industry with a primary focus in residential healthcare. Laurence gained his food service management experience working for one of the largest hospitality companies in the United States. He spent years crafting the art of providing outstanding cuisine to various types of customers. His passion is to provide an excellent dining experience for each one of his customers. Laurence has been a certified food manager since 1998.

Director of Nursing
Jayne James has thirty plus years of experience providing leadership to nursing in behavioral health settings and has worked with children and adolescents in various settings, inpatient as well as outpatient. Ms. James is committed to ensuring children and adolescents receive optimal care that is individualized, strength based, recovery and trauma informed care focused, and using best practices that are evidenced based. Ms. James is a graduate of George Mason University, receiving her Masters’ in Nursing Administration and Clinical Nurse Specialist in psychiatric and mental health nursing and board certified by ANCC. Also, she is a post masters’ graduate from Shenandoah University’s psychiatric and mental Health nurse practitioner program.

Clinical Program Director
Waffa has worked in the field of mental health counseling for the past 10 years, in different settings varying from the home, school, residential and short-term crisis stabilization settings. She received her Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice in 2009 from Shenandoah University and her Master Degree in Forensic Psychology in 2011 from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Waffa enjoys working with children, teenagers, and their families. She often utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strength based, and a Client-centered intervention in her work with children and adolescents as well as utilizes a Family System approach with families. Waffa professional interests include utilizing Play Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Mode Deactivation modality in her work with at risk youths and their families. Staff – Inpatient Acute Services

Case Management

Jesse Clark received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from George Mason University. He has worked as an Intensive In-home Counselor in the Warrenton and Culpeper Areas prior to joining North Spring, as well as a front line staff in a Residential Program for Juvenile Males with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Dual Diagnosis. Jesse spent the majority of his time working with juvenile males as well as individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Jesse is passionate about providing youth no matter what age or diagnosis with the skills and abilities they need in order to be successful. Jesse is working to continue his professional and personal growth by working towards his Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from Liberty University.

Malik JohnsonMalik Johnson received his Bachelor of Science from Lehman College, City University of New York. He has 20-years combined experience in case management, student education and administration in support of, diverse military and civilian organizations. He is extremely knowledgeable in adult/at risk adult and youth/at risk youth case management, counselling, curriculum development and operations within the residential, charter and public school systems. Malik is working to continue his professional and personal growth by pursuing his Master’s Degree in Behavior Analysis from Capella University.

Clinicians

Clinical Coordinator for Mode Deactivation Therapy Services
Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, as well as a Master’s degree in Counseling from West Virginia University. Throughout his education and 15 years of clinical experience, he has worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health, in-home, and residential treatment. He has experience as a substance abuse therapist, couples therapist and has spent most of his career working with children and their families. Jonathan has experience in individual, group and family therapy. Jonathan has experience working with adolescents struggling with mood disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety and he specializes in the treatment of sexually reactive youth.

Jonathan also provides training to staff members, families and others in the use of the Mode Deactivation Therapy modality. Jonathan has presented Mode Deactivation Therapy at various conferences and workshops, including ATSA, VSOTA and MATSA.


Therapist
Racheal Machaka earned a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Nebraska Omaha. She is currently a Resident in Counseling (RIC) through the Virginia Board of Counseling and is working towards become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia. She completed her internship at University of Nebraska Omaha, Salvation Army and Eastern Nebraska Action Partnership where she worked with families, adults and college student with co-occurring disorders. She has clinical experience working with children, young adults, and adults across a number of clinical settings including Intensive Inhome, in schools Therapeutic Day Treatment, University, community settings and Crisis Response. She has professional experience providing clinical services to children and adolescents with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, mood disorders, anxiety, low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, self-harm, trauma, low-self-esteem, and family relationship problems.

Therapist
Kristin received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from George Mason University where she graduated with honors. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kristin is currently completing residency for licensure. She has worked and interned in a variety of settings including community mental health, the public school system and intensive in-home with children, adolescents and families. Kristin’s professional interests include: family systems, complex trauma, attachment disorders, mood disorders, self-esteem and oppositional defiance in children and adolescents.

Therapist
Julia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Radford University and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She is currently a Resident in Counseling (RIC) through the Virginia Board of Counseling and is working towards become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia. She has clinical experience working with children, young adults, and adults across a number of clinical settings including a university, an elementary school as a TDT Specialist, and in a substance abuse rehabilitation treatment facility. Julia utilizes various therapeutic techniques based off of the individuals needs including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT), person centered therapy, and family therapy while focusing on the overall well-being of the individual. She also expresses specialized interests in working with individuals including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), mood disorders, anxiety, self-esteem, self-injurious behaviors, suicidal ideation, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Therapist
Takisha received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University. She is currently working towards becoming a Licensed and Nationally Certified Counselor and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the state of Virginia. Takisha has worked at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare for more than six years in both residential and educational settings. Her professional clinical experience has been working with children, adolescents and families with specialized interests in working with victims of domestic violence, behavioral and emotional disturbances, substance abuse, attachment disorders, sexually reactive youth, conduct and mood disorders, trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and self-esteem.

Therapist
Brenda has a master’s degree from Capella University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in Behavioral Science in Education. Brenda has completed her residency and is currently awaiting approval from the Virginia Licensure Board of Counseling to take her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) exam for licensure. She has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families across a number of clinical settings, outpatient, therapeutic day treatment (TDT) school setting, intensive in-home community based and the psych unit. Her area of focus is working with domestic violence, homeless population, trauma, attachment, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, mood and personality disorder. Brenda utilizes, trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT) based techniques, personal centered and behavioral family therapy approaches to work with families who are at risk.

Director of Ancillary Services
Aaron earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Old Dominion University with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. He is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist who has worked with children and adolescents with a wide array of behavioral issues and mental health diagnoses. Aaron is committed to reducing obstacles to leisure while improving the physical, psychological, social, and emotional well-being of those under his supervision.

Therapist
Shawna received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Towson University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. Her work has primarily focused on children and adolescents in settings ranging from psychiatric rehabilitation, special education schools and private practice. She has worked with children and teens who have diagnosis which include; anxiety disorder, depression, psychosis, learning disabilities, autism, trauma, oppositional defiant disorders, PTSD, attachment disorders, mood disorders and conduct disorders. Shawna also has experience with family counseling, couples counseling and has run numerous group therapy programs with a range of topics which include; family relationships, self-care, mood regulation, social skills and coping skills. Her professional interests include working with mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, art therapy and education.

Tisa McKennaTisa received both her Bachelors of Science in Social Work and her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Abilene Christian University in Texas where she graduate Magna Cum Laude. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from George Mason University. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over ten years and has primarily focused on adolescents and teens in settings ranging from acute inpatient, emergency room mental health evaluations, trauma social work, and private outpatient therapy. She has worked with those who have diagnosis that include: anxiety, depression, bipolar, psychosis, autism, trauma, oppositional defiant disorders, PTSD, complex PTSD, mood disorders and conduct disorders, as well as a variety of personality disorders. Tisa also has private practice experience treating couples and families and has run numerous groups such as a teen girls social and coping skills group, post-partum group, and a divorced women’s group. Her professional interests include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art therapy, mindfulness and diagnosis education.

Michele NobleTherapist
Michele received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Towson University and Master’s degrees from Marymount University in both Forensic and Legal Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is currently a Resident in Counseling (RIC) through the Virginia Board of Counseling and is working towards become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia. She has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of clinical capacities. She has worked as an intensive in-home counselor, a therapeutic day treatment specialist with an elementary school, and a counselor with a residential for adults. Michele utilizes various therapeutic techniques based off the individual’s needs including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT), person centered therapy, and family therapy while focusing on the overall well-being of the individual.

Therapist
Taylor Reeves received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kennesaw State University in Georgia and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington DC. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia. She has experience working with diverse populations in a variety of settings, including in-home, residential, outpatient and school based.

Throughout her years of experience, Taylor has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families who present with various diagnoses including depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, eating disorders, ADHD and PTSD. She utilizes therapeutic techniques tailored to the client’s individual needs, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mode deactivation therapy, mindfulness and person-centered approaches.

Taylor’s professional interests include seeking certification in trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy and becoming a certified sexual offender treatment provider.

Therapist
Sally Starr received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is currently a resident in counseling through the Virginia Board of Counseling and is working toward becoming a licensed professional counselor and certified sex offender treatment provider in Virginia.

She has clinical experiences working with male and female children, young adults, and adults across multiple clinical settings, including the department of corrections, intensive in-home, outpatient, group therapy, family therapy and therapeutic day treatment.

Sally utilizes various therapeutic techniques based on individuals’ needs, including rational emotive behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness and mode deactivation therapy. She has experience working with autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Therapist
Antoinette Wadsworth earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Trinity Washington University. She is a resident in counseling approved by the Virginia Board of Counseling, and she is also working towards becoming a licensed professional counselor in Virginia.

Antoinette has worked in the field of mental health for 13 years across a variety of settings, including therapeutic foster care, therapeutic day treatment, intensive in-home, mental health skill building, outpatient therapy, family therapy and group Therapy. She has worked with children, young adults and adults with various mental health diagnoses.

Incorporating an integrative therapeutic approach to tailor treatment to clients’ needs, Antoinette often utilizes cognitive-behavior therapy, strength-based therapy, person-centered therapy, family systems and positive psychology to aid in stabilization and promote skill building and positive growth.

Therapist
Damaris Cullerton earned a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University of Davie, Florida. She is currently a resident in counseling through the Virginia Board of Counseling and is working towards become a licensed professional counselor in Virginia.

She completed her internship at New Horizon of the Treasure Coast, where she worked with traumatized women and adults with co-occurring disorders and substance abuse. Her clinical experience includes working with children and young adults in intensive in-home and outpatient settings and treated adults across a number of clinical settings, including family and couples therapy.

Damaris has professional experience providing clinical services to children and adolescents with ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, trauma, low self-esteem and family relationship problems.

Education

Kristen Bunch graduated from Midway College, now called Midway University, with a BA in Equine Management in 2013. After graduation, Kristen worked on a horse farm for a year. She started substituting in Fairfax County Public Schools and realized she loved working with kids. Following this realization, she went to George Mason University and graduated in 2017 with a Master’s in Special Education. She worked in Fairfax County Public Schools as an Instructional Assistant for 4 years. From there she got a job as a Special Education teacher in Loudoun County Public School as a 1st grade Special Education teacher in an inclusion classroom. Kristen has been with North Spring Behavioral Healthcare since September of 2018.

George Frimpong graduated from Baruch College in New York City with a BBA in Computer Information Systems in 2001. He has been with North Spring BHC since September of 2001. George teaches Mathematics and is licensed as a Special Education Teacher. He is also the Vocational Education Service coordinator. George is very dedicated to his students and strongly believes that every student can achieve excellence regardless of their circumstances. He takes out time to provide one on one instruction with students who need extra attention.

Rachael Ziegler graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, with teaching certification in Health and Physical Education, K-12. Rachael has experience working with children and youth by way of coaching basketball camps as well as assisting in coaching track and field. While attending college at The Pennsylvania State University Altoona Campus, Rachael was afforded the opportunity to continue to play basketball after high school. Later, her internship allowed her the opportunity to combine her skill sets, her love of sports, and her high interest in youth. During this internship, she was able to teach students healthy and exciting options to physical fitness and health, as well as provide them with an outlet to continue for a lifetime.

Mr. Clancy Coonradt is a Special Education teacher at North Spring Academy (NSA), currently teaching the sciences. He has an Associate’s in Science from Onondaga Community College, a Bachelor’s in history from Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY (with religious honors) and a Master’s from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland. His passions include book collecting, community involvement, and improving the level of inclusion for youth with exceptionalities. Since a young age he has babysat, tutored, and mentored a diverse population of children and now works to improve the lives of behaviorally challenged youth.

Prior to being employed at NSA Clancy traveled the world as a youth, living in England, and traveling to Scotland, Austria, and many other foreign lands, which enhanced his understanding of diversity and lifestyles around the world. During his time in Ireland, while completing his MA in history, he was able to experience the rich history of the people and the wonderful melting pot of immigrants from various countries. This diversity evolved as a result of “ the lack of borders” spawned by the European Union System.

Mr. Coonradt is interested in supporting the re-opening of the North Spring green house as a component of his science student learning activities.

Ms. Lauren Mosley is a Special Education Teacher at North Spring Academy. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University in May of 2014. While attending school she took courses in Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, and Cognitive Development. She has experience working with children and youth of many different age groups and backgrounds, including school and church.

She has spent time volunteering with One Heart: Penn State Students against Sexual Abuse, Special Olympics, and Penn State Panhellenic/IFC Dance Marathon (THON: a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer), where she served as family relations captain.

Before graduation, Lauren accepted a position as Lead Prekindergarten 2 Teacher at Chesterbrook Academy in Herndon, VA, where she stayed for one year helping to enrich the minds of young children. In August 2015, she accepted a position as a mental health specialist at North Spring where she greatly applied her knowledge and prior experience working with youth. She believed however that she had other skills to offer to the residents of North Spring, therefore becoming a teacher.

Currently Ms. Mosley is seeking further education to complete requirements for her teaching license in Special Education, as well as obtain a Master’s Degree in Psychology and eventually her Doctorate with a concentration in Family and Marriage Therapy. Both her past experiences and her future aspirations will provide immense value to the North Spring Education Department.

Mrs. Gwendolen Martin is a Special Education teacher at North Spring Academy. She teaches Economics and Leadership from Mountain State University and her MA in Special Education from Liberty University. Prior to joining the North Spring team, Mrs. Martin was a part of a team of educators whose priority was Personal Finance, as well as other CTE electives. She earned her B.S. in Organizational was to transform the lives of young males with emotional and behavioral concerns. As a result, she will be able to capitalize on her experiences to support the students at North Spring. She began her teaching assignment at North Spring in August 2016 and is looking forward to using her extensive knowledge, skills and abilities to make a positive impact on the students as a part of a new team of educators.

David Ferreira earned an AAS from Suffolk Community College, and his Bachelor of Science from Long Island University where he graduated cum laude. David holds a Masters in Special Education from Liberty University. David is a licensed Teacher in the state of Virginia, and in the past he was a licensed teacher in the state of New York. He served and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy. David has over 20 years’ experience in the field of mental health and enjoys working with kids and providing one on one instruction.

Ms. Maranda Tennyson graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. She has worked with children with Autism, children, teens and parents in domestic violence shelters, in-home services for families and community based counseling for all ages. She has been at North Spring for one year and recently became the Economics and Personal Finance teacher. Her goal is to connect with each child where they are in the moment and help them move forward with their treatment goals, both educational and behavioral. She believes every person has potential and can achieve their goals given the resources they need to help them overcome their obstacles.

Steven Douglas comes to North Spring Academy from King Abdullah Academy where he was a middle school social studies teacher and chief of their Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program.

Steven attended Columbia College Chicago where he studied theatre and journalism, the Catholic University of America where he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing and the American University School of International Studies where he earned a master’s degree focusing on International Human Trafficking and Islamic Studies and recently attended Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia taking graduate classes towards an MA in Teaching.

Steven has lived for extended periods of time in Japan, Thailand, Mexico and Russia. All told, he has traveled to more than 100 countries so far. He first started teaching in Russia on the university level.

After leaving the business world in 2014, he became a day-to-day substitute teacher in Jefferson County, West Virginia. He taught Earth science as a special education teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. He has a passion for teaching troubled youth and volunteers at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America for after-school tutoring in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Inpatient Acute Staff

Psychiatrist
Dr. Rizwan Malik is board certified in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He attended King Edward Medical University in Lahore, Pakistan, completed his residency in adult psychiatry at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington DC, and received his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. Dr. Malik is licensed to practice medicine in Virginia, Washington DC and North Carolina.

Dr. Malik has worked in a variety of clinical settings to include behavioral health hospitals, medical/surgical hospitals, private practice, residential treatment facilities, public mental health and juvenile justice. His areas of expertise consist of ADHD, learning disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders and autism spectrum disorder.

Milieu Supervisor
Darren Meyers has been working in the mental health field since 1987. He has worked in all levels of care with residents starting at Western State Hospital in Tacoma, Washington to Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Towson, MD. Darren has currently been an employee with the company since 2002 and plans on remaining here to help provide a high level of care to the families and residents we serve at North Spring’s Inpatient Acute Hospital.

Christy EvansCommunity Liaison
Christy Evans has extensive experience in organizational communications, strategic marketing and community program coordination and advocacy. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies with an emphasis on organization communication minoring in writing, rhetoric and public speaking from James Madison University. Prior to joining North Spring in 2015 Christy held a variety of roles including, Advertising Coordinator, Marketing Specialist, and Youth Community Coordinator. Her professional experience has and continues to be focused primarily on establishing and sustaining a diverse array of network relationships in order to foster and augment community engagement and program utilization.

Admissions Coordinator
Brooke received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Pittsburgh with an emphasis in psychology and a minor in biology. She went on to earn her Master of Arts Degree from the Pennsylvania State University in Applied Clinical Psychology. Brooke has been providing mental health services to children, teens, and their families for four years. This includes acute hospitalization, intensive in-home therapy services, and school-based behavioral management. Brooke’s professional interests include providing psychological assessments and the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, depression and other mood disorders using cognitive behavioral interventions.

Therapist
Kelly initially started her work with children and adolescents after graduating from George Washington University in 2007 with a master’s degree in SpecialEducation. Kelly started as a psycho-educator in a public charter school in Washington DC. There she was responsible for teaching adolescents with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Kelly continued to navigate the education system as an educator, mentor teacher and specialist in DC and Virginia. In 2013 Kelly went on to receive an additional master’s degree in Counseling from George Mason University and has been working as a therapist in various settings. Kelly’s clinical experience started in private practice, working primarily with children, adolescents and families. Kelly’s therapeutic orientation lends itself to CBT, DBT, Family systems model, Mindfulness, Play/Art therapy as well as Person-centered therapy. Additionally Kelly worked at the Prince William County CSB with adolescents and families facilitating Virginia Independent Clinical Assessments (VICAP).

Community Liaison
Quinchela Dent-Hess has an extensive background in communications, community health education and program development. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana and Master of Public Health in Health Behavior from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Quinchela has a proven track record of building, maintaining and leveraging a diverse network of colleagues and clients to increase community awareness and involvement. Her experience in previous roles as a Community Outreach Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and Community Education Specialist have honed her skills in public speaking and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Quinchela is committed to nurturing community relationships in support of programs and services at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare.

Paige HennisPaige Hennis is originally from Colorado, but she has lived in the Virginia area for several years. Paige has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Philosophy, from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Masters of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. She has been in the mental health field for 11 years and has worked primarily with children ranging in ages from 4-20. Paige started her career by working as a Youth Treatment Counselor in a residential treatment facility for abused and neglected children. From there, she worked in a day treatment setting and then moved to a community based setting working as an Intensive In Home clinician. Most recently, Paige was a Crisis Intervention Specialist in the community based setting. Through all these years she has worked with children diagnosed with a wide array of mental health disorders that impact their everyday life functioning.

Outpatient Staff

Therapist
As a combat veteran Gibson served as a National Guard soldier for 17 years. He served in Bosnia as part of Operation Joint Guard and earned a Combat Infantryman Badge in Afghanistan in 2005. Committed to helping out others, Gibson went back to school and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University Global in Applied Social Sciences, and he recently earned his Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. Gibson sees his role as a therapist as a way to help others and enjoy providing clinical care for individuals struggling with both substance related and mental health issues. Working as an intern with NOVANT/UVA’s Prince William Hospital Intensive Outpatient Program for substance abuse, Gibson gained experience working with clients in individual and group therapy settings. He has also worked with both families and couples in a therapeutic environment. In addition to working in a residential treatment facility for adolescents with mental health and behavior issues, Gibson is also involved in Veterans counseling. Gibson has experience serving individuals struggling with depression, self-esteem, interpersonal relationship deficits, aggression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. He finds that his theoretical approach adopts some of the proven concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while staying grounded in humanistic roots.

Therapist
Sahar is Virginia Board approved resident in counseling working toward her LPC. She has a of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and Bachelor of Science in Business Management from George Mason University. Sahar is Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor, and Certified Substance Abuser Counselor. Sahar is passionate about helping individuals achieve greater self-awareness and healing. She collaborates closely with patients to form a nonjudgmental, open and trusting relationship, in turn, serves as the foundation of success and holistic healing in therapy.

Tayyab ParachaPsychiatrist
Dr. Tayyab Paracha is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. He attended Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences in Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan. Dr. Paracha completed residency in Orthopedic Surgery and Internal Medicine at Jinnah Post Medical Graduate Center in Karachi, Pakistan and in Psychiatry at Charleston Area Medical Center. Dr. Paracha is licensed to practice medicine in West Virginia and Virginia. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Decent of North America.

Residential Staff

New Horizons Unit Coordinator – MDT Echo Unit
Harry Fosque has been working with at risk youth for over twelve years, with the last seven of those years being at North Springs Behavioral Healthcare. He gained experience working with children with behavioral and psychiatric issues while working at group homes, as well as for the County of Chesterfield in Richmond, VA. He began his career at North Spring working as a Mental Health Specialist, where he gained experience working on every unit in the facility. He was recognized for his hard work and dedication, and worked his way up to a supervisory position. For the last five years he has been a Residential Supervisor/Unit Coordinator. He currently holds this position on the New Horizons MDT Echo unit, the unit housing and rehabilitating sexually reactive youth. He is dedicated and enthusiastic in making a difference in the lives of the children that he works with.

Adventurers Unit Coordinator – KPMT℠ Alpha Unit
Derrick Hayes is the Unit Coordinator for the Adventurers Program KPMT℠ Alpha Unit and has been an asset and providing services at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare for 10 years. Throughout Derrick’s time at North Spring, he has been a Unit Coordinator on five of the six units at North Spring with the added privilege of establishing two units, simultaneously, with the Parent Management Training methodology. Derrick currently provides support as a Shift Supervisor and is a certified trainer for Handle With Care (HWC). Prior to North Spring, Derrick studied psychology and business at East Carolina University. Derrick works under the philosophy of implementing a behavioral modification program that promotes a positive and safe environment by way of K-PMT. He supports and encourages his employees to perform at maximum potential to provide the best opportunity for our clients’ successes.

Trailblazers Unit Coordinator – MDT Delta Unit
Ron Moody has been employed at North Spring since 2008 and is currently the Unit Coordinator of the Trailblazers Program – MDT Delta Unit. He has worked in a variety of roles, including Mental Health Specialist, Lead Mental Health Specialist and is a certified Handle With Care trainer. Ron graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology.

Trailblazers Unit Coordinator – KPMT℠ / MDT Bravo Unit
John has been employed at North Spring since 2009 and has had the pleasure of working as a Mental Health Specialist, and Lead Mental health Specialist, working with both the younger adolescent male and female populations. John is the Unit Coordinator for the Trailblazers Program – KPMT℠/MDT Bravo Unit for boys ages 12-15. He brings over eight years experience in the field of Residential and Psychiatric Care. John brings creativity, consistency and motivation to the younger population at North Spring, while always ensuring safety. He is a great asset to North Spring.

Sunrise Unit Coordinator – KPMT℠ Fox Unit
Nicky Martin has worked in the mental health field for over ten years and been employed at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare for over five years. Nicky has held a variety of roles at North Spring, including PRN MHS, full time Mental Health Specialist and her current position as the Unit Coordinator for the Sunrise – KPMT℠ Fox unit. She graduated from Frederick Community College with an AA in Psychology then continued her education at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV.

Carlos has been working in mental health for more than 25 years in adolescents and adults settings. He received his degree from Javeriana University in Colombia, South America. During his years working in mental health he has worked as a Mental Health Specialist, as a supervisor for day, evening, and night shifts, as a Staffing Coordinator, as a Payroll Assistant, as a Spanish/English Translator, and he now works as a Unit Coordinator. Carlos enjoys working with kids and feels highly motivated to help make positive changes in teens.

Admissions Coordinator
Olivia Corbin has worked in the Mental Health field for the past four years. After receiving her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Bloomsburg University, she went on to receive her Masters of Health Science in Public Health and Healthcare Administration from Saint Francis University. Olivia has worked in a variety of capacities for North Spring Behavioral Healthcare in both Acute and Residential treatment services for children and adolescents as a Mental Health Specialist. Olivia’s experience working within all the different programs offered here at North Spring make her an excellent addition to our admissions team.

Sunrise Unit Coordinator – KPMT/MDT Charlie Unit
Jessica received her bachelors of science in Psychology and Certificate in Child and Family Development Psychology from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland. Jessica has been a part of the North Spring team since October of 2013 starting as a Mental Health Specialist on the Delta unit and moving to Lead Mental Health Specialist on our Charlie unit in 2014. In July of 2017, Jessica transitioned to a Clinical Case Manager for our Residential program to continue to further her career. She now looks forward to the challenge of being a Unit Coordinator for North Spring.

We Help Children and Families Thrive

At North Spring Behavioral Healthcare, we make it our mission to help children and adolescents find a sense of hope and potential. Call 703-554-6300 for a no-cost, confidential assessment day or night, 24/7. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.