ABOUT US

Team at The Center for Child Development

Lisa R. Savage, LCSW

Lisa is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Her focus of study was on health and mental health. She is also PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy) trained, which is an evidenced-based treatment for children ages 2-7 who have behavioral or emotional regulation challenges. Most of her career has been focused on the provision of quality health care to underserved and poor communities. She began her career in Philadelphia working in the community to provide direct service and education to people affected by HIV. Through Christiana Care, Ms. Savage also managed wellness centers in high schools for several years.

Ms. Savage is a strong proponent of ‘taking services’ to people in their communities. To that end, she began working in schools and other community settings. In the past four years, she has expended her services to schools and opened the Center for the Child Development, which focuses solely on the provision of mental health services to children and families in the school setting. Ms. Savage completed a two-year training and research program with the University of Maryland that allows her to use evidence-based treatment protocols to improve the outcomes mental health service provision. Additionally, Ms. Savage owns and manages The Center for Adult Wellness and Counseling where the focus is on helping adults in areas such as anger control, stress management, emotional eating and marriage counseling.

Rebecca Roebke, LCSW

Rebecca is a graduate of Ursinus College with a degree in psychology. She earned her masters in social work in 2005 from the university of Pennsylvania. After graduation, she worked with children in foster care and as a mobile therapist for intensive outpatient services. Her work as part of the team with the Foster Child Screening Program earned The Governor's excellence Award. She joined The Center for Child Development in 2010. Rebecca has been trained in both TFCBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and PCIT ( Parent Child Interactive Therapy). She has over 10 years experience in working with children and families. In her spare time she coaches youth travel volleyball.

Amanda Gordy, MSW

Amanda graduated from Wesley College with a BA in Psychology in 2013. She then earned her Masters in Social Work from Delaware State University in 2013. After graduation, Amanda held various positions as an admissions counselor, family therapist for adjudicated youth, and a crisis counselor.

She joined The Center for Child Development in 2016 working in the Capital School District in Dover. She services all 7 Elementary Schools in the district, grades K-4. She works with clients who experience anxiety, depression, anger, impulsivity and behavioral outbursts. She utilizes a combination of talk and play therapy with her clients.

Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and two children traveling, watching movies, and having fun. She is an active member in her church in both the women and youth departments.

Alicia Fields, LCSW, Contractor with CCD

Alicia is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she received her Master’s degree in Social Work. After graduation, she moved back to Delaware and worked as a crisis therapist for two years. Alicia is now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Delaware.

Alicia has experience working with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, self-injurious behaviors, suicidal thoughts, oppositional/defiant behaviors and family conflict. She utilizes several evidence based treatment approaches as well as provides individual, family, and group counseling services. Alicia has a passion for working with children, adolescents and adults. Her focus is on creating a safe environment to promote understanding, awareness, motivation, and positive change.

JeNai Marshall, LPCMH, Contractor with CCD

JeNai is a graduate from Wilmington University where she received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware where she majored in Psychology. JeNai has worked with families in the community, individually and in group settings for over 5 years. She is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and utilizes an individualized and strength- based approach with her clients. She is currently working on her hours towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Professional. JeNai enjoys spending time with her family in her free time and has a passion for expression through the arts.

Jennifer Meehan, MSW

Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Services from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Social Work degree from Delaware State University. As a graduate student, she was honored with the Professor Ernestine C. Brown Legacy of Leadership Award from the Alpha Delta Mu Honor Society of Social Work, and she was also the recipient of the NASW-Delaware Chapter’s MSW Scholarship Award.

Jennifer has over ten years of experience in the mental health field, the majority of which she was employed as a counselor for at-risk children and adolescents. She has also provided services for adults diagnosed with biological and psychological health conditions in both long and short-term inpatient care.

Jennifer uses play therapy, art therapy, bibliotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy often in practice with children and adolescents. She applies a person-centered approach to emphasize and build on her clients’ inherent strengths.

Dr. Kietra Winn, PhD. Contractor with CCD

Dr. Kietra Winn received her doctorate degree in clinical social work from University of Pennsylvania. She has been providing therapeutic services to youth and their families for over 12 years. Dr. Winn has treated youth who have encountered issues with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Substance use and Self-esteem. Her most recent work has been providing services to families and youth who have experienced foster care. Dr. Winn’s work in the foster care arena centered on treating youth from birth to 18 years old with issues of attachment and abandonment. She has also provided consultation to biological parents, counseling and training to foster parents about the grief and loss a child experiences when they are separated from their biological parents.

Shea Marriott, MSW

Shea Marriott MSW graduated from Widener University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. She has been working with children and their families for over five years. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from Wilmington University in 2007. After graduation, she worked at the Diakon Lutheran Ministries/The Brandywine Program Intensive Outpatient Services as a Community Interventionist. Shea conducted community-based services, including individual, family, and group counseling. She also develops and initiates support group for John Hopkins Tova program that supports individuals with sickle cell. Shea approaches psychotherapy from a tradition of healing and utilizes a variety of orientations. These include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Client Centered, Functional Family Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy, Solution Focused and PCIT. She challenges clients to accept and GROW through psychological and emotional challenges and become the best versions of themselves.

Areas of Expertise:
• Men and Depression
• Children and Adolescents
• Individual Therapy
• Marriage Counseling and Pre-Marital Counseling
• Women Issues
• Family Therapy
• Group Therapy
• Psychoeducation
• Coaching
• Divorce
• Therapy for pain management

LaVante’ Dorsey, LCSW Contractor with CCD

LaVante’ N Dorsey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the Center for Child Development. Ms. Dorsey is comfortable addressing a variety of mental health problems in children including anger management, depression, anxiety, family and relationship conflict and more. Ms. Dorsey is committed to creating a safe therapeutic environment that allows youth to build on existing strengths. Ms. Dorsey enjoys running therapeutic groups for youth in the community.

“We have all made mistakes. We are not defined by them. You have the power and inner strength to shape your future.”- LNichole. Let’s begin that journey together today.

Linda Everardo Spotts, LCSW. Contractor with CCD

Bilingual Therapist

Linda is a Licensed Psychologist in her native country of Mexico. Once in the United States, she graduated from Delaware State University with a Master of Social Work degree, concentration in Mental Health. Linda has experience working in educational and clinical settings with children, adults, families and groups. Linda utilizes and eclectic-integrative approach as a treatment modality, and conducts her sessions in English and/or Spanish.

LaTanya Miller, MA

LaTanya Miller is a graduate of Wilmington University. There she studied Elementary Education and acquired her Bachelor’s degree and then obtained her Master’s degree in Community Counseling. She has professional experience as a behavior interventionist working closely with children that have behavioral and emotional problems and within an emergency room setting. Additionally, LaTanya has over 2 years of crisis experience working within the community and in an emergency room setting. She has worked with adults and children between the ages of 4 and 17 who present with high risk behaviors and are in imminent risk of harm to self and others. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral therapy primarily, but also uses various evidence based theories and models to serve children and their families. LaTanya strongly believes in mental health and child advocacy. She says, “Every person when given the proper tools and support can make a change to the better and improve their mental health.”

Jasmine Wynn, LCSW, Contractor with CCD

Jasmine is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work where she received her Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Family, Youth, and Children. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware. Jasmine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has over 5 years experience working with children and families. Jasmine has worked in both the New York City and Delaware school system and child welfare system counseling and providing service coordination and case management services to youth and families. Jasmine is trained in Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). Jasmine utilizes many evidence based treatment approaches as well as provides individual, family, and group counseling services.

Raimyia Stanford-Wheeler, MSW

Raimyia graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Delaware State University in 2010. In 2013, she received her Master’s in Administration of Human Services from Wilmington University. She then obtained an MSW from Delaware State University in 2015. Ms. Stafford, earned a certification for both Mental Health and Children and Family Therapy from Wilmington University in 2017. Raimyia has been in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse field over 10 years working with adults and families in diverse settings such as inpatient drug and alcohol facilities, residential treatment facilities, veterans, field and community based services and most recently as a therapist for The Center for Child Development.

Sabrina Veney, MS

Sabrina graduated from Wilmington University with her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling, in addition to advanced studies in Child and Family Counseling. Sabrina has experience in workforce development, educational, substance abuse and mental health settings with children, adults, families and groups. Sabrina utilizes various treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered and Motivational Interviewing. Sabrina is currently working towards licensure, as well her drug and alcohol certification in the State of Delaware.

Shannon Tarolli, M.A.

Shannon received her MA in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from William Paterson University of New Jersey. She has experience working in an outpatient setting as well as in a school-based setting. Her primary clinical focus is working with children, adolescents, and adults who experience anxiety, compulsions, anger, and depression. She is knowledgeable about cognitive behavior therapy and uses this treatment modality with all age ranges. Shannon is currently working towards licensure in the state of Delaware.

Tammy Gilliam, LCSW

Tammy Gilliam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned a Master’s in Social Work from West Chester University. She has 16 years of experience in child welfare in New York and Delaware. She previously worked for the State of Delaware addressing the needs of youth in foster care, family preservation and reunification.

Tammy’s current practice includes children, adolescents and adults individually as well as families. She has experience providing services to children and adolescents in a school setting as well as outpatient. She addresses a range of behavioral health challenges such as anger management, depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment, and ADHD. Tammy has an understanding of adolescent issues, parent/child conflict and challenges related to separation and loss that occurs with child welfare involvement. Tammy’s use of concepts and techniques from interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and solution focused therapy, contributes to the individual’s success in achieving their treatment goals. She brings passion, commitment and understanding to the behavioral health field of practice.

Annette Savage Hunter, Office Manager

Annette Savage-Hunter is a graduate of Cabrini College with a degree in education and business. She serves as the billing/office manager and can help navigate insurance issues. She has been with CCD for over 10 years. Annette is a retired preschool teacher and certified medical assistant.

Lamont Josey, LCSW, CAADC, LCDP, Contractor with CCD

Lamont Josey, LCSW, CAADC, LCDP graduated from Delaware State University with a master’s degree in social work, where he specialized in mental health treatment. Lamont received his undergraduate degree from Temple University where he majored in Risk Management with a concentration in social insurance/social service systems.

Lamont is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Delaware and New Jersey and has over 20 years of experience working in the social service field with children, families and adults.  Lamont Is also a Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional (LCDP) serving populations dealing with addictions, chemical and substance abuse.

Lamont currently specializes in working with adolescents and adults. He has been very active in working with the Delaware school systems working with children/adolescents with severe mental health and behavioral issues. Lamont’s has an extensive background working directly with adults and families providing therapeutic services including individual and group counseling.

Lamont has a strong sense of community and serves as a mentor for adolescents. He is as member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.  and volunteers time with various community causes and organization

Lamont has developed intern programs within several employment locations and provides clinical supervision, mentorship and counseling for Social Work interns throughout Delaware and New Jersey. Over the past several years, Lamont has received extensive trainings in trauma informed care, psychosocial rehabilitation, case management services, ethics & cultural competence, and child/adolescent crisis intervention.

 Mr. Josey spends much of his time mentoring and nurturing future social workers in the social service field. He enjoys traveling, reading, working on home projects and spending time with his family.

Tomaro Pilgrim,MSC, MSHS, HS-BCP

For more than 14 years, Tomaro has provided counseling & support services that strengthens, encourages & guide youth and families. Because of her experiences as a child, and as a teen mom, she has a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of young people.

Using several techniques, including CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), PCT (Person Centered Therapy), & Mindfulness Meditation, Tomaro assists youth & families in areas such as motivational skills building, stress/depression/anxiety management, self-harm/suicide ideation, self-image/self-esteem building, relationship building, & behavior management. Experiences include Behavioral Care Specialist - school & home settings with children 5 to 18 years old; Behavioral Care Specialist Supervisor - therapeutic residential center for teen girls 12 to 16 years old; and Counseling Manager - Claymont Community Center - school age children, adults, & families. Tomaro also spends time with her family volunteering services to teen moms residing in low income communities.

Tomaro’s Credentials: BA in Psychology; MS in Counseling; MS in Human Services; Certification – Board Certified Human Services Practitioner; Certification – Advanced Graduate Course Studies in Human Services; Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification; Meditation Certification; Ph.D. in Human Services, currently in dissertation stage.

Shaylin Shorts, NCC

Shaylin is a graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. In 2013, she earned her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Wilmington University and became a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in 2015.

Shaylin has worked for Delaware’s Children Department for over 7 years, providing family preservation and reunification services for children, youth, and their families. Her most recent work has been as a Family Crisis Therapist, providing early intervention services for elementary school children and their families, with high needs in an impoverished area.

Shaylin has experience working with a diverse client population, struggling with anger management, trauma, depression, anxiety, self- esteem, behavior outburst, grief and loss, ADHD, and family dysfunction. She uses a solutions - focused approach with her clients in a one on one or group setting. Shaylin believes that it doesn't matter where you come from, or your current circumstance, that does not decide where you can go. Shaylin is working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Professional in Delaware.

Joanne Griebel, MEd, LCSW

At the Center for Child Development, Joanne Griebel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who received her Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Services from the University of Delaware (2007) and her Master’s degrees in Social Work and Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University (2011). Joanne has worked with high-risk populations in school, community, social service, and private practice settings. She works with children, adolescents, young adults, couples, and families. Her areas of special interest include depression, anxiety, family conflict, human sexuality, self-esteem, anger management, ADHD, adjustment issues, and more. Joanne is passionate about helping individuals and families achieve their goals and overcome challenges.

Sharonda Wesley, MSW

Sharonda is a graduate of Edinboro University where she received her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2017. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in 2015 from Wilmington University majoring in Behavioral Science with a certificate in Child Advocacy. Sharonda has experience working as a Mobile Crisis Specialist and providing crisis intervention services to those in the community across all age ranges and diverse populations. Sharonda is new to the field, but is excited and committed to learning best practices and techniques to better serve children and families here at CCD.

Debra Hutz, LACMH

Debbie graduated from Seton Hall University with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2014. During internship and after graduating, she worked with victims of Domestic violence as well as children who were exposed to domestic violence. Debbie as also spent time in private practice working with children and adults individually and in the group setting. Some areas of focus are anxiety, depression, ADHD, impulsivity and behavioral issues. Debbie strives to nurture a trusted relationship with her clients and create a comfortable and safe environment in which they can explore and grow. Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 grown children, reading, traveling and needlecrafts including knitting for babies in the NICU at Christiana Hospital .

Michelle Dolcar

Michelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware and her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Wilmington University. Michelle has experience providing outpatient therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), adjustment disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), depression, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. She is trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidenced-based treatment approach for children (ages 3-7) with emotional and behavioral difficulties. She is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidenced-based treatment model that helps youth and their caregivers overcome trauma-related difficulties. Michelle takes an integrative approach in therapy and utilizes concepts from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), strength-based, and mindfulness techniques.
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