LCPS Department of Pupil Services staff is pleased to join together with experts from the local community and greater Washington Metro region to present information on a wide variety of topics related to health and wellness. Please review the brief biographies to learn about the expertise of the 2017 Mental Health and Wellness Symposium Presentation Team.
Heather Applegate, Ph.D., provides oversight to LCPS’ psychological services and directs its’ APA-accredited doctoral internship in health service psychology. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on children’s mental health and has received intramural and NIH grand funding related to social-emotional issues in children and families. She has been providing services to the children and families of Loudoun County for more than a decade.
Rose Fraze is an Assistant Principal at Riverside High School located in Leesburg, Virginia. She has twenty years experience working in schools as a teacher and administrator. receiving several awards such as the Virginia Governor's School Outstanding Educator, Dale City High School Teacher of the Year, and PWCS Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award Finalist. Under her supervision, Riverside earned three SEAC awards including Best Program.
Dr. Lewis received her Ph.D from Virginia Tech after completing her clinical internship and fellowship at Lurie Children's Hospital within Northwestern's Feinburg Medical School in Chicago. Dr. Lewis specializes in prevention, assessment, and treatment of pediatric anxiety. Currently, she works as a Clinical Psychologist at NIMH, with Dr. Daniel Pine and the Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience (SDAN).
Meredith McKeen is the director of the Multicultural Center and Youth Initiatives, managing NVFS’ array of holistic language- and culture-specific trauma-recovery, mental health, case management, intervention, and prevention services for youth and adults. She has more than 18 years of experience as a social worker as an administrator, manager and service provider.
Grant Schafer started with Loudoun County Public Schools in 2008 as a school social worker. Grant received his Licensed Clinical Social Work certification in 2013 and was first introduced to Restorative Practices in 2014. Grant was licensed by the International Institute for Restorative Practices as a Restorative Language and Circles facilitator in 2016.
Dr. Eugene Su's education started with a B.S. in Science of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise. He furthered his health and wellness education with a Master's Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a Doctorate in Chiropractic. He later achieved his Yoga license to teach and assist classes. Dr. Su combines his Far Eastern philosophy and background with his Western science education to formulate a personalized plan of care that will meet your needs.
Michelle Bogdan, LCSW has been in the social work field since 1999 and in private practice for five years providing individual, family and group therapy to the community.. Ms. Bogdan specializes in children and families. This often includes helping clients with parenting skills. The second clinical focus is with adults who struggle with depression, anxiety and/or feel "stuck."
Sharon Hamilton is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in private practice in Ashburn, VA. She has 13 years clinical experience working with teens and families. She particularly enjoys working with families struggling with the transitions and challenges of adolescence and early adulthood. She tends to focus treatment on the family system as a whole and believes that creating and maintaining strong parent-child relationships is a core part of family and teen wellness and resilience.
Christie Marshall is a Sport Psychology Consultant in Ashburn. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Exercise and Sport Science. For more than 25 years, Christie has taught athletes of all ages and levels in many sports mental skills and ways to apply them for peak performance. Christie helps injured athletes use mental tools to best facilitate successful rehabilitation and confident return to play.
Neil McNerney is a licensed counselor, parenting expert, and author of Homework - A Parent's Guide to Helping Out without Freaking Out! Neil works with children, teens, and their families to increase communication and enhance parent leadership. In addition to speaking at local, state, and national seminars, Neil serves on the faculty of the Virginia Tech Graduate School of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Detective Safford graduated with honors from Buffalo State College in 2006 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and attended the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy Session 116., Detective Safford joined the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy in 2006. During his 11 years with the Sheriff’s Office, he has served in various roles in Patrol and Community Resources. In 2015, Det. Safford was selected and reassigned to the Criminal Investigation Division’s, Tactical Enforcement Unit where he has specialized in cases involving prescription drug diversion cases.
John Walker, PhD, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and an AAMFT approved supervisor. In addition to being a marriage and family therapist at the Village Wellness Center in Herndon Virginia, he is the program director of Family Connections, a program in Loudoun County, Virginia for difficult teens and their families. John has helped develop a step-by-step approach that helps families heal and find ways to take care of each other better.
Anne Blackstone graduated from Marymount University with her Masters in Science, Physical Therapy in 2002. She then worked in a variety of settings until she pursued her specialization and certification in outpatient Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation in 2008. It was through her work in Vestibular Rehabilitation that she gained experience working with individuals after brain injury. Recognizing the need in the community for comprehensive post-concussion care, Anne then went on to co-found the Inova Head2Head Concussion Clinic at Inova Loudoun Hospital in 2011.
Angie Harris has Masters degree in Psychology and Social Work. She has over twelve years of experience with an array of clinical experiences. In addition to providing individual, family, and group therapy to individuals with general mental health issues, Angie has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with substance abuse and dependence. She has experience facilitating suicide prevention programming and the introduction of early intervention services.
Dr. Masten is an internationally known expert on resilience in human development, with over 170 publications in scientific journals and books. Her recent book, Ordinary Magic, provides a synthesis of the best current knowledge on resilience in children and adolescents within the contexts of families, schools and culture. She is a recipient of the 2014 Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society from the APA.
Chandell Bey Miller
Mr. Miller is the Assistant Dean of the Substance Abuse Counseling Program at Northern Virginia Community College. He holds a Master of Science in Psychology and is pursuing his doctorate in counseling and supervision. Additionally, he holds several certifications for substance abuse counseling. Mr. Miller is a highly regarded advocate for individuals and families suffering from the disease of addiction.
Karyn Sandelman is a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher and a Certified Mindful Schools Instructor. She is the founder of A Mindful Choice, which offers secular mindfulness programs to organizations, schools, and individuals. From 2015 to 2017, Karyn served as Director of Elementary and Adult Programs for Minds, Inc., a non-profit focused on mindfulness for youth and adults in the D.C. region.
Gloria is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P) and Certified Holistic Health Coach . She meets clients where they are at with their health by evaluating key functional test results and detailed health history information. Together, Gloria and her clients create a path to reach their wellness goals by exploring nutrition, rest, movement and lifestyle choices. She is in private practice working with clients across the country focusing on parents of children with chronic illness.
Chris Croll founded Loudoun County Parents of Gifted Students (locopogs.org), a nonprofit serving 950+ families and produced 40+ educational events for parents, educators and practitioners. She is an active member and leader at the local and national level including participation in programs run by the National Association of Gifted Children, the Society for the Emotional Needs of the Gifted, Davidson Institute, and Johns Hopkins CTY.
Dr. Kalyanapu has training in general adult psychiatry and in child and adolescent psychiatry. She has extensive experience working with veterans, active duty service members from all branches, and military family members.. She enjoys using diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements to address psychiatric conditions. She particularly enjoys working with patients struggling with autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, obsessive compulsive disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Ms. Mayer is the Program Director at PRS CrisisLink, a 24-hour crisis hotline, textline and telephone reassurance program serving northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. She has been instrumental bringing cost effective and evidence-based suicide prevention programming to the local community. She is a member of the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia, the Youth Suicide Fatality Review Team and mental health promotion work groups in several jurisdictions.
Ms. Reeder has degrees in Psychology and Social Work with experience working with adults, families, and adolescents in a variety of settings. She specializes in anxiety, substance abuse, mood regulation, and healthy boundaries. Rachel has been with Grafton since 2014 and is focused on increasing trauma-informed approach and community collaboration within the Loudoun County Youth Shelter.
Leslie has a Masters of Social Work and has worked in residential and day treatment settings for children and adolescents with mental health and behavioral disorders. Since 2004, she has been employed as a School Social Worker for Loudoun County Public Schools. She provides assessment, prevention, intervention, and connecting services to students and their families across all grade levels.