Advisory Board

Jan Brittain, M.Ed., LPC

Jan Brittain, M.Ed.,LPC  is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor in private practice for more than 25 years. She is certified as well as being a consultant in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). For years, she served as a facilitator in EMDR training. Ms. Brittain was certified in Internal Family Systems from 2012-2014. She now uses EMDR, Internal Family Systems and Somatic Experiencing as primary modalities in working with clients who have experienced trauma. She also has taught meditation and mindfulness classes which she incorporates in her work with clients.

Carole Bentley Ball, MA, LPC

Carole Bentley Ball, MA in Biblical Counseling, LPC #8312, is a psychotherapist currently in private practice in Matthews, NC with Providence Counseling & Training, Inc, a group started by her husband, Ray Ball, LPC #6757 in 2007.  After beginning to recognize her own experience of sexual abuse for what it was through another woman’s story in 1987, she has been on a 30 year personal and professional journey to unravel both the obvious and subtle effects of sexual violation on the integrity of the mind, body, soul, spirit, relationships, and professional effectiveness. Initially and continually she has been influenced by the work of Dr. Dan Allender. She is committed to giving her life to the process of peering into the heartache of this particular injury to free herself and others from deleterious effects through individual and group therapy, speaking opportunities, and being a part of the process of therapists, spouses and friends being able to engage well with its aftermath towards increasing restoration and freedom.

Jan Keny, MS, LPC

Jan Keny utilizes her 30-plus years of experience assisting children, adolescents and adults. Through her counseling, she focuses on anxiety, trauma recovery, reunification/reconnection therapy and more. 

Leigh Norwood, LCSW, MSW

Leigh Norwood is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 14 years in the field. She has worked in both public and private settings applying her skills of assessing, diagnosing and treating a broad range of mental health disorders. Ms. Norwood is trained in TF-CBT and utilizes this as a means in which to help her clients resolve and manage complex trauma. She currently provides individual and group therapy to students at UNC Charlotte through Counseling & Psychological Services. She serves as the Referral Coordinator and MSW Practicum Supervisor there as well. Ms. Norwood is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at UNC Charlotte’s School of Social Work.

Michael Yonkovig, PhD, Psychologist

Dr. Mike Yonkovig is a licensed psychologist in private practice specializing in the treatment of dissociative disorders and complex trauma problems. He has been an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has taught professionals about trauma and dissociation issues at United Family Services in Charlotte, Charlotte Area Health Education Center, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a variety of professional gatherings. Dr. Yonkovig supervises many professionals learning how to treat this clinical problem utilizing a model he developed for trauma treatment that differs from most present day approaches. He has been a mental health professional since 1978 and is a member of many professional organizations within psychology, hypnosis and trauma treatment. He holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The Pennsylvania State University.

Sue Anne Wrenn, Psychotherapist, LCSW, BCD

Sue Anne Wrenn is a psychotherapist and Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She has been in private practice since 1988 after receiving her MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After years of working with adults, families and adolescents, she now treats only adults and specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her second specialty is Imago Relationship Therapy for couples. Clients with trauma or adverse life experiences are treated with EMDR therapy. Ms. Wrenn sponsors EMDR Institute’s basic trainings in Charlotte annually as well as some advanced EMDR trainings. She is a certified facilitator at the EMDR training and an EMDRIA approved consultant. 

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Strategic Partner – Social Work Solutions PLLC

George W. Appenzeller, MSW, practices in both the macro and micro social work fields. He co-founded System Wide Solutions in 1997 and established Social Work Solutions LLC in 2019. He is licensed as a clinical social worker and as an advanced macro social worker in NC, SC and VT. He is also licensed as an LPC and holds certifications as an ACSW and CSWM. In his research/evaluation role, Mr. Appenzeller has directed more than 350 federally-funded research and evaluation projects over a 48-year career. He has worked therapeutically with approximately 2,000 children and youth, largely those in therapeutic foster care placements, special needs adoption, and community and school mental health programs. His current professional focus is on preparing human service organizations and workers for climate change. He lives in Hillsborough, NC.

Sarah L. Meadows is a licensed social worker and has worked in substance abuse, as Training Director for the University of South Carolina Center for Children and Family Studies and as an independent consultant, trainer and evaluator.  Ms. Meadows began her career as a certified classroom teacher, then moved into directing the development of human services education programs for minority BSW students. Ms. Meadows has trained human services workers in many settings. She has been an advocate for women’s issues, supported the founding of a rape crisis center, helped to establish a women’s shelter and created woman-centered substance abuse services. She has provided therapeutic services to 2,000+ children in foster care, school mental health and other settings. She and Mr. Appenzeller are married and in 1997 co-founded  a macro practice together.

Special Project Task Force

Crystal Brooks is a holistic psychotherapist and manager of BeLight Holistic Psychotherapy & Wellness, PLLC. She holds a licensed clinical social worker certification in NC, FL, and NJ. Crystal offers an integrative approach to treatment integrating both traditional talk-therapy and non-traditional therapies such as: Heart-centered hypnotherapy, hypnosis, guided imagery and other complementary treatment approaches to facilitate healing, growth and maintenance of clients’ mind, body, and spirit. Crystal has over 8 years of experience in mental health working in schools (child study team), community settings, inpatient psychiatric hospital, and private practice settings; her current clients are adults representative of a range of cultures, backgrounds, and presenting issues. Crystal is continuing her advanced clinical training in Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy and Ecotherapy.

Outside of empowering her clients, she enjoys connecting with her family, friends, and nature, traveling, meditation, and dancing.

Rosolena Conroy, M.D completed her medical school and residency at the State University of New York at Syracuse.  Her more than thirty years of pediatric experience include general pediatrics, public health, pediatric hospital medicine, and child abuse pediatrics.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics with specialty certification in General Pediatrics and subspecialty certification in Child Abuse Pediatrics.  Her pediatric interests include preventative well-child care, acute and chronic illnesses of children, and the awareness, treatment, and prevention of child maltreatment. She is currently completing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is planning to use her unique set of skills as a pediatrician and mental health counselor to continue passionately caring for traumatized children and their families.

In addition to her passion for caring for children, she enjoys traveling, reading, taking long walks, and Oreo cookies.

Dr. Annelise Mennicke is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research focuses on promoting environments that are free from violence by developing and evaluating comprehensive, inclusive violence prevention programs. She is currently funded as Principal Investigator on a K01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine the effectiveness of Green Dot, a bystander intervention program, to prevent multiple forms of violence among high school youth who previously witnessed parental domestic violence.

Shital Patel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and former attorney who specializes in working with adults and older adolescents experiencing eating disorders, trauma, anxiety, and working with LGBTQ identities. She also focuses on helping students, lawyers, and other professionals around stress management, life transitions, work-life balance, career direction, and relationships. Shital is a therapist at Perry Counseling Healing and Recovery in Plaza Midwood and Uptown and is a volunteer, presenter, and public speaker. She enjoys sharing her story to also help others to make transformative life changes and advocating for community and workplace conversations around mental health, affirmative and inclusive practices.

Mollee Reitz is a nationally certified counselor and licensed clinical mental health counselor. She works as the Wellness Director at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte where she provides short term counseling, mental health and wellness educational opportunities, and advocacy. As a counselor, Mollee specializes in treating grief, loss, and trauma, particularly in children and adolescents. 

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