I am Susan Linscott, LCSW
Clinical Supervisor and Outpatient Therapist
Susan obtained her Bachelors of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 and her Masters of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. After graduation in 2013, Susan joined Counseling and Advocacy Associates as an in-home worker for kids with special needs (EPSDT). In 2015 she switched to the Intensive In-Home program and in 2016 became a Program Assistant- supporting the director with assessments, clinical, and administrative tasks. She completed her residency and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in March 2018. In the next few years, Susan also plans to complete certification to become a registered play therapist. In her spare time, Susan enjoys geocaching, theatre, and board gaming.
I am Laura Chitwood, LPC, LMHP
Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor who obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012, and her Masters of Education in Family Counseling from The College of William & Mary in 2015. Laura joined the CAA family in 2015, as an In-Home Worker for both adults (MHSS) and children (IIH). In 2016, Laura served as a program assistant beginning in 2016, and became clinical supervisor upon obtaining her license in 2018. Laura’s passion lies in assisting children, adolescents and adults in finding solutions to daily challenges through the development of coping strategies and adaptive behavior. In her spare time, Laura enjoys home improvement projects and spending time with her family, friends and 3 dogs.
I am Carolyn Park
Manager of Operations
I am Sherry Price
I am Tricia Johnson
I am Tammy Thomas
I am April Hill, QMHP A and C
Intensive In Home Worker
April obtained her Bachelor's in Psychology and Bachelors in African American studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016. Prior to joining Counseling and Advocacy Associates in March 2018, April worked as an intensive in home counselor and as a teaching assistant for kids with autism. April plans to start an MSW program in the Spring 2019 to later work towards her LCSW. In her spare time April enjoys spending time with her son, baking vegan recipes, doing yoga, and going on adventures.
I am Ashlie N. Hart, BA QMHP C
Intensive In-Home Worker
Ashlie obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Virginia State University in 2013. She joined Counseling and Advocacy Associates in 2018, as an In-Home Worker for both children (IIH) and adults (MHSS). Although she is new to the team she is showing great efforts in building rapport with her clients. Ashlie is very passionate about the growth of the youth in Richmond and surrounding areas, especially the growth of young adolescent females. Ashlie is currently working on obtaining her Masters of Education and plans to be completed in 2019. Ashlie enjoys traveling out of the country, being around family, and writing poetry.
I am Bekka McCulley, BCBA, LBA
Clinical Supervisor Autism and Behavioral Services Program
Bekka McCulley serves as the program assistant for the CAA Autism and Behavioral Services program, assisting with assessment, programming, and data entry for all EPSDT clients. Bekka graduated from Mary Baldwin University in 2012 with a degree in Social Work, completed her MSW at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016, and completed a M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University in May 2018. Bekka began as an Adult Protective Services social worker helping sufferers of abuse in 2012 and quickly found a passion in helping individuals find a voice. In 2013, Bekka began working as an in-home worker at CAA, which provided her the opportunity to work with children and adults with a wide array of mental illnesses and intellectual disabilities. In 2017, Bekka took on the role of Program Assistant in which she works directly with the program BCBA to make programs, carry out assessments, and enter data collected by in-home workers. Bekka has earned her BCBA and LBA in 2018 and continue assisting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities. Bekka yearns to give individuals an outlet for communication and to improve the relationships of all families. While away from CAA, Bekka enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and pets.
I am Carmen Benovenli, BSW, QMHP A and C, RBT
Behavior Technician and Intensive In-Home worker
Carmen obtained her Bachelor's in Social Work from York College in 1989. Carmen has been working with families for over 25 years, first as a home-finder and then as a caseworker in a foster care agency in New York City. Carmen then worked as an Intensive In-Home (IIH) worker for children with mental health issues for several years. Carmen initially joined CAA in 2009 as an IIH worker, and left in 2011 to become a parent educator. Carmen then returned to CAA in 2014 to work in the EDSPT program. Carmen's passion lies in assisting families. In her spare time, Carmen enjoys reading and spending time with family and hugging her beautiful grandchildren.
I am Callie Newton, MSW, RBT, QMHP-C
Registered Behavior Technician, and In Home Worker
Callie obtained her Bachelors in Sociology from Lander University in 2011 and her Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Callie joined Counseling and Advocacy Associates of Virginia, LLC as an in-home worker in September 2018 and is working toward her LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) which she hopes to obtain in 3 years or less. Callie’s passion lies in assisting children, youth, and adolescents with special needs and mental health diagnoses with utilizing appropriate coping skills in place of maladaptive behaviors. Her professional therapeutic goals are to become enriched in a variety of methods including special needs yoga therapy (for which she is attending courses,) play therapy, mindfulness-based therapies, creative and expressive therapies, dance therapy, and equine assisted pet therapy. In her spare time, Callie enjoys attending various festivals around Richmond (mainly the health and wellness ones), interior design projects, and traveling (so far she has visited Europe and India).
I am Dawn Weber M.A., BCBA, LBA,
Dawn earned a BA in Social Sciences Interdisciplinary at the University of NY at Stony Brook. Dawn then earned her Master's of Arts in Infant Toddler Therapeutic Education at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY, where she was introduced to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). After completing her master’s degree, she worked as an independent contractor for four years providing home based therapy through early intervention in Queens and Long Island, NY. In 2006, she moved to Midlothian, VA and where she now serves as a teacher of children with special needs. Dawn has gained experience in both IEPs/school districts, infant and toddler early intervention program, as well as in home based and family services. She completed the BCBA program in January 2016 through Florida Institute of Technology. She joined CAA as a part-time BCBA in 2018. Dawn’s passion is to support families and children with learning needs and severe problem behavior.
I am Fanny Nilsson M.Ed, RBT
Lead Registered Behavior Technician
Fanny received both her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and her Masters in Special Education at Longwood University. She first worked in the public-school system for four years, before making a switch to more individualized work with children in a one to one environment. She joined CAA in 2017 and became certified as a RbT. During her free time, she enjoys traveling and playing tennis.
I am Jennie Barclay, MA, QMHP A and C
Jennie obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Science with a concentration in Early Childhood Development from North Carolina Central University in 2004, and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University in 2013. Jennie joined the CAA family in 2009 as an In-Home worker for children (IIH) and adults (MHSS). Jennie is obtaining a second Master’s Degree from Liberty University, to enable her to reach her goal as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). In her spare time, Jennie enjoys singing and dancing both at home and in church.
I am Jessica Rich, BS, QMHP A and C, RBT
Behavior Technician, Intensive In-Home Worker
Jessica obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. Jessica joined the CAA family in 2015 as an In-Home Worker for children with developmental delays with the EPSDT Program, children at risk of out-of-home placement through the IIH Program, and with adults in need of building independent life skills through the MHSS Program. Jessica plans to continue pursuing her studies at George Mason University as she is undergoing her Masters of Education in Special Education and working toward obtaining her BCBA. Jessica’s passion is in improving family dynamics to ensure a strong family unit, empowering parents, assisting children in generalizing their newly learned behaviors and skills across all settings, and learning about how trauma affects individuals. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys learning about new therapeutic interventions, participating in expressive art activities, such as painting, taking dance classes, and spending time with her family.
I am Julius Brown BBA QMHP-C
Julius obtained his BBA in Business Management from University of Liberia in 1997 and his MBA in Business Management, with an emphasis in Marketing in from Strayer University in 2008. He also obtained a MSIS in Computer Information Systems with emphasis in Enterprise Management, from Strayer University in 2010, and a Master’s in Software Engineering from Stratford University in 2013. Julius joined the CAA family in 2009 as an In-Home worker for children (IIH) and adults (MHSS). Julius’ professional goals include helping children achieve their potential, and opening a technological school in Liberia. Julius currently participates in a ministry to help orphans and homeless youth in Liberia. In his spare time, Julius enjoys spending time with family and exercising.
I am Leonard Wingfield BS QMHP A and C
Leonard obtained his Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 1985 from Eastern Mennonite College. After graduation, he worked as a behavioral technician at the Cumberland Hospital for Adolescents and Children. Leonard also worked for MCV Supportive Employment. He joined Counseling and Advocacy Associates in December 2012. In the next year, he plans to start working on earning a certificate in substance abuse counseling. In his spare time, Leonard enjoys football and spending time with his wife, 2 kids, and dog.
I am Maria Nojaim, BS RBT, QIDP
Registered Behavior Technician, Field Supervisor Sponsored Residential
Maria obtained her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Towson University in 1994. Maria has completed 21 credits towards her masters from Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Phoenix in Special Education. Maria joined the CAA family in 2014 as an In-Home Worker. Maria serves clients in the ABA program and is a Field Supervisor for CAA’s Sponsored Residential program. Maria hopes to serve children and their parents with exceptional needs though assisting with Behavior Supports and the Sponsored Residential program. Maria is proud to be the President of the Eastern Virginia, United States Air Force Academy Parent Club. Maria enjoys spending time with her husband of 28 years, her 4 children, traveling, gardening, cooking, entertaining friends and volunteering in her community.
I am Nicole Salisbury BS QMHP A, RBT
Registered Behavior Technician and In Home worker
Nicole obtained her BS in Science from VCU in 2000 and received her provisional license to teach special education for the years 2006-2009. Nicole joined Counseling and Advocacy in 2011 as an In-Home Worker for children (IIH) and adults (MHSS). She started working with clients with special needs in the EPSDT program in 2015 and is a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT). Nicole is a certified Adult, Child and Infant CPR, AED, and first aid instructor. She is also a certified Therapeutic Options instructor since 2013. Nicole’s professional aspirations are working towards her masters in social work with a goal of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
I am Rebecca M. Melvin, B.S., QMHP C and A
Rebecca obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008, and is currently earning her Masters of Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rebecca joined the CAA family in 2012 as an In-Home Worker for adults (MHSS) and children (IIH and EPSDT). Rebecca’s passion lies in advocating for the children and their families when in need. In her spare time Rebecca enjoys spending time with her daughter and DIY projects for her home.
I am Segena Mackeroy BS QMHP C and A
Segena is a Qualified Mental Health Professional for Children and Adults who obtained her Bachelors of Science in Child Development/Family Studies from Eastern Kentucky University in 1994. Segena joined the CAA family as an Intensive In-Home Worker for both adults (MHSS) and children (IIH) in 2017. Segena’s goals are to provide strength-based services to the children and families throughout their daily lives. In addition, she seeks to provide children and adults with guidance and resources to empower their lives. Overall, her passion is to learn from those families in order to better understand their needs and desires. In her spare time, Segena enjoys spending time with her two sons and refurbishing furniture and old items.
I am Teshauna Tornes, MSSA, QMHP-e
Teshauna obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007, and her Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2009. Teshauna joined the CAA family in 2018, as an Intensive In-Home Worker for both children and adults. Teshauna aspires to obtain her license as a clinical social worker. Teshauna’s passion lies in assisting children and adolescents in creating healthy pathways by addressing the multi-dimensional and multi-systemic challenges they face. In her spare time, Teshauna enjoys spending time with her family as well as volunteering with her youth group, creating, teaching, and performing culturally relevant inspirational music.
I am Zelby Wilkes Roberson, QMHP C
Zelby obtained her Bachelor's in Social Work from East Carolina University in 2004 . Zelby joined Counseling and Advocacy Associates in 2009 as an Intensive In-home worker, working with children with behavioral concerns in the home, school and community setting. Zelby’s professional goals are to obtain a PHD in Counseling. In her spare time, Zelby enjoys volunteering in the community, reading, and spending time with her sons and granddaughter.
I am Garnet Fryling RBT
Registered Behavior Technician
Garnet is a Registered Behavior Technician who obtained her Bachelors of Science in Anthropology from The College of William and Mary in 2014. Garnet joined the CAA family in 2018 as a behavior technician. Garnet enjoys working with children and young adults of all ages and abilities. Garnet’s passion lies in helping others to find more effective ways to communicate with those around them. In her spare time, Garnet enjoys creating arts and crafts of all kinds; especially knitting and embroidery.
I am Charles Towles
I am Anne Braswell, MS QMHP A and C
In Home Worker
Anne is an Intensive In-Home Worker who received her Bachelors of Arts in Religion from Meredith College in 1988. She completed her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1996 from East Carolina University. She recently accepted this position at CAA in March of 2019. She is driven by her desire to connect with people of all ages. Her focus is to guide them to begin healing and make choices which promote a healthier lifestyle. Anne makes fitness a priority. She enjoys running, cycling, and lifting weights. She loves her family and her dog, Chloe Grace.
I am Ashley Blackmon , RBT
Registered Behavior Technician
Ashley obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Longwood University in 2018. Ashley joined the CAA family in 2019 as a Behavior Technician. Ashley wishes to obtain her Master’s Degree in the near future, as well as eventually becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and traveling.
I am Sarah Larkin BS, RBT
Lead Registered Behavior Technician
Sarah obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Psychology from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2017 and is currently working to complete a Master of Science degree in Health Education from East Stroudsburg University. Sarah joined the CAA family in 2018, as a behavior technician. Sarah’s professional goal is to eventually receive her BCBA after completing her master’s degree. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys relaxing and playing with dogs.
I am Deshaw Harris
Deshawn Harris ABA/RBT Deshawn Harris obtained his Bachelor of Science in Health & Recreation from Virginia State University in 2017. Deshawn joined the CAA family in 2019 as an ABA/RBT. Deshawn enjoys assisting with the development of the youth & young adults and hopes to open his own group home within the next 5 years. In his spare time, Deshawn enjoys playing basketball and reading books.
I am Natalie Aguilar
I am Destiny Rodriguez
Destiny obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019. Destiny joined the CAA family in 2019, as a Behavioral Technician. Destiny wishes to obtain her Master’s Degree in the near future, and hopes to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In her spare time, Destiny enjoys doing yoga and going hiking.
I am Amy McCorkill
ABA Supervisor Assistant
Amy is a Registered Behavior Technician who obtained her Bachelors degree in Cinema and Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014, and her Masters in Special Education with a graduate certificate in ABA from George Mason University in 2019. Amy joined the CAA family in 2019, as an ABA Supervisor Assistant. Amy hopes to be certified as a BCBA within the next year. Amy loves to find creative solutions to difficult problems and watching her clients have breakthrough moments in their development. In her spare time, Amy enjoys crafting, watching movies, and hiking with her dog.
I am Summer Harper
Summer has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities for 4 years and joined CAA in 2019 as a Behavior Technician. Summers goal is to ensure clients reach the best quality of life possible, providing assistance needed to help achieve an individual’s highest level of personal independence. In her spare time, Summer enjoys movies and spending time with her dog.