Renée Beverlin• Graduate Student • Counseling
Hello! My name is Renée and I am in the final year of a graduate program at Eastern Mennonite University. Receiving a master’s degree in counseling has been a long-sought-after dream of mine and I am so excited to be joining the ARROW Project team as an intern in clinical mental health counseling. As a counselor, I believe that self-awareness is at the heart of growth, transformation, and healing. As such, I find great purpose in working with clients of all ages to help them define their own personal choices, responsibilities, and freedoms. I am looking forward to serving with the ARROW Project this year to help cultivate wellness and resilience within our community.
Lanz Hubbard • Graduate Student • Counseling
I feel honored to be a part of the work The ARROW Project is doing in the Shenandoah Valley. I am a graduate student at Eastern Mennonite University, working towards a Masters degree in Counseling. I received my B.A. from the University of Virginia in 2000, and have been working with children as a teacher and caregiver since 2004. I have found fulfillment in connecting with children in each of their unique stages of development, and helping them through their formative years of emotional and social growth. My professional goal is to develop meaningful relationships with my clients—children and adults alike—to support them in their growth and wellbeing. I discern the great need for emotional and mental health services, which should be available to every person.
Katelyn Pollock • Undergraduate Student • Healthcare Administration
I am looking forward to working with the ARROW Project because I want to build a stronger community to support mental health in the Staunton area.
I am on my third year working on completing my undergraduate degree in Healthcare Administration as my Major. I have skills in presentation, communication, Microsoft and Word. I have volunteered at my local youth center from 2013-2015. I am an avid cross country runner since 2012-present. I have competed in National Collegiate Athletics (NCAA) Division 3 regional south for cross country. I’ve worked as a youth center assistant from summer of 2017 to present. My professional goal is to understand the issues facing this community with mental health for kids and adults alike and how as a future health administrator I can focus on mental health services.
Ian Gallaugher • Associate Student • Human Services
My name is Ian, and I am looking forward to assisting the ARROW Project with their outreach in the community. I am currently in my final semester at Blue Ridge Community College to get my associate’s degree in Human Services. My first experience in mental health started four years ago when I enlisted in the Virginia Army National Guard as a Behavioral Health Technician. Since then, the opportunity with the military has been great and I feel called to move to Active Duty in the coming years to assist my brothers and sisters in uniform full time. On the civilian side, I began working with kids about a year and a half ago, mentoring them towards academic, social and emotional success. Coincidentally, my kids have taught me a lot too, and supporting the hearts and minds of our youth will always be something I enjoy. My professional goal is to always stay open-minded towards learning and humble in my experiences so I can continue growing in the mental health field.
Ian will be joining our community youth programming…and he’s got so many wonderful ideas we can hardly keep up!
Heather Gardener • Graduate Student • Counseling
My name is Heather and I am in the final year of the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Eastern Mennonite University. I am so excited to be joining the ARROW Project team as an intern in clinical mental health counseling. My belief as a counselor is that self-understanding and compassion is the root of all personal growth. With this belief, I find that it is important to meet clients where they are in their lives and work together to set and reach goals. I am looking forward to serving with the ARROW Project this year to provide holistic support for the community.
Heather will be joining our community youth programming, as well as working to get our Department of Corrections work off to a great start!
Jodi Myers • Resident in Counseling • Clinical Volunteer
Hi, my name is Jodi Myers and I currently serve as the counselor at a local nonprofit working with children, teenagers and their families that have experienced sexual and physical abuse. I have an MA in Counseling and am currently a resident in counseling. I have worked with children, teens and adults in many different venues including the public school system and at the university level. I love hearing people’s stories and providing a safe space for them to share. I feel that the work ARROW is doing is crucial to the health of our community and vital for the times we live in, and I am so excited to be part of it.
Jodi comes with a wealth of clinical expertise and will be working in tandem with some of our current programming to increase opportunities for community members to access one to one supports as appropriate!
Theresa Sayre• Licensed Clinical Social Worker • Clinical Volunteer
I am Theresa Sayre, LCSW, I am so excited about this opportunity to work with youth and families in the community. I know there is a great need for ARROW’s support and I’m glad to be a part of it!
I have been working with children and families for over 20 years in various parts of Virginia: Richmond, southwestern Virginia, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, and Staunton. I earned my MSW at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1995, and I earned my license two years ago. I have worked in various settings including intensive in-home, school counselor for an alternative school, day treatment, and outpatient. Currently, I work as an outpatient therapist primarily with adolescents and families on issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger, substance use, self-harm, and issues related to being in the LGBTQ community.
Outside of work, I am a mother, a sister, a daughter, a life partner, and a human to a recently adopted 3-year-old pitbull mix name Sammy and a not-quite-one-year-old ball python named Severus. We recently moved to Staunton from Harrisonburg and we are loving it!
Theresa is joining our team to help support ARROW Projects work with Shenandoah LGBTQ Center. We are so excited to see this program continue to grow!