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Riverside Family Support
Our Staff

Carrie Landis, LCSW, MAT
Director
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To meet the community's growing needs, Carrie Landis founded Riverside Family Support to continue providing necessary educational services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Carrie has a master’s in social work with a concentration in clinical social work. In addition, she holds a bachelor’s degree in education as well as a master’s in teaching. Carrie has over twelve years of combined experience in educational settings and the social work field. Before clinical work, she worked with children in the public school system and provided community-based services to families, children, and adolescents. Carrie is passionate about biological reunification and the importance of family preservation. Carrie supports clients with a strengths-based perspective and a humanistic approach. She strongly believes in the impact of attachment and utilizes that lens with individuals and families. She works to connect community members with services that will further support their journey through trauma, depression, anxiety, and other related struggles.

 

As a licensed clinical social worker, Carrie provides therapeutic services to adults and children. In addition to therapy, she provides mental health assessments for children and adults. She is a trained EMDR clinician and specializes in attachment-focused EMDR. With expertise in attachment disorders, ADHD, and executive function coaching, Carrie provides specialized support tailored to each individual's needs. Furthermore, Carrie provides court-ordered parental capacity and custody evaluations. Her qualifications include an advanced forensic social worker certificate with specialized training in evaluation writing, child welfare advocacy, and trauma-informed service provision for justice-involved populations.

Carrie provides a safe space without judgment for every client and offers unconditional positive regard. She seeks to combine her years of experience and education with empathetic understanding to empower clients to make positive changes within their lives. If you want to speak with Carrie directly or schedule a therapy consult, email her below. 

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Taylor Wolfe,

BSW 

Assistant Director

Taylor Wolfe became the Assistant Director of Riverside Family Support  in 2021 to support the growing agency in expanding upon services provided to families in the Shenandoah Valley.

Taylor holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from James Madison University. Taylor has provided community-based services to families in the area since 2016 and has greatly enjoyed working directly with families in home, office, and community settings. 

 

Taylor’s work centers on agency management and development with consideration to how the supervisory role aids in preventing worker burnout. She is passionate about biological family reunification and the preservation of families. She feels it is crucial to utilize the perspectives of client families and hear the direct experiences of youth in care to continually advocate for and improve client outcomes.  

 

Taylor is excited about the opportunity to continue to grow and develop services at Riverside Family Support to meet the diverse needs of our clients and community. 

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Claire Foerster,

BS

Youth & Family

Specialist

Claire Foerster joined Riverside Family Support to continue pursuing her passion for helping families. Her interests include supporting families and individuals learn healthy communication styles and form relationships, find productive outlets for coping with stress, & break cycles of poverty, abuse, & addiction.

 

Claire has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, with a special focus on recidivism prevention. She has a variety of experiences with individuals in the Valley. Claire has worked for various social work, domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy, and public safety agencies over the past seven years. These years of experience included the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Communications Center, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Department of Social Services, as well as the Collins Center & Child Advocacy Center. 

Claire believes in meeting people where they are, however they are, and helping them feel empowered to make & maintain positive changes while understanding their own trauma responses. 

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Hannah Gautier, BSW

Youth & Family

Specialist

Hannah joined Riverside Family Support to continue her passion for mentoring youth and supporting families in the surrounding community. 

 

Hannah received her Bachelor's in Social Work from James Madison University. While obtaining her Bachelor's degree, Hannah worked as an intern at Riverside Family Support from 2021 to 2022 to understand youth and families in the area.

 

Additionally, Hannah interned for James Madison University's Valley Scholars program working directly with first-generation middle and high school students across the Shenandoah Valley to further their higher educational journey.

 

Hannah hopes to provide a safe space for all individuals struggling with personal challenges and empower clients to advocate for themselves. She wants to promote self-determination within clients in order to set and clarify attainable goals.

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Samantha Schutz

Youth & Family

Specialist 

Samantha Schutz joined Riverside Family Support to continue her passion of building a strong community as well as advocating for children and their families.

 

Samantha obtained her bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.  After college, Samantha pursued a career in law enforcement. Most of her time as a LEO was spent responding to mental health and domestic calls for service. She later became a crisis negotiator and was involved in several major crisis negotiations in the Northern Virginia area.

Samantha's main goal is to make sure people know that they do not have to face their problems alone. She believes that strong families build strong, healthy communities. Every individual is unique and Samantha believes in focusing on a person's strengths instead of dwelling on their past or weaknesses. Samantha is thrilled to be a part of the Riverside team and she is most excited to work with struggling teens and their parents. 

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Barbie Jenkins

Youth & Family

Specialist

Barbie Jenkins joined Riverside Family Support to continue her passion of helping youth and their families to become successful members of the communities they live in.  Barbie has her BS Degree in Management and Organizational Development and her AAAS Degree in Mental Health and Human Services from Blue Ridge Community College.  Barbie is also licensed to teach Family and Consumer Sciences, Business & Information Technology, and Middle School Social Studies.  Barbie has worked in a variety of community-based settings and has served as a Children's Services Coordinator for a domestic violence shelter, a juvenile probation officer, a mental health case manager, and has spent the last several years teaching life skills as a Family and Consumer Sciences Educator.  

 

Barbie believes in equipping the people entrusted to her care with the skills and confidence to be productive, to learn they can be successful, and to be a positive and encouraging support in their lives.  Barbie believes that every person is capable of leading the best life for them, and she enjoys providing the support they may need in some areas to achieve their personal level of success. 

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Isa Martell Bonet,

BS

Youth & Family

Specialist

Bio coming Soon

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Alex Jensen

Therapeutic Mentor

Bio Coming Soon!

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Jessica Arey,

MSW

YFS Clinician &

Supervisor

Jessica joined Riverside Family Support to continue pursuing her passion for helping children and families feel empowered to lead their most fulfilling lives. Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Education with a concentration in Substance Abuse Prevention and is currently pursuing a master’s in Social Work with a concentration in clinical services. She has provided a range of community-based services to families and children of all ages over the past 7 years. Jessica has served her community as an educational specialist, Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Crisis Intervention Team Trainer, foster parent educator and has many years of experience as an Intensive In-Home provider. 

Jessica feels it is important to utilize an individualized & strengths-based approach to meet the specific needs of each client. She has a passion for supporting cohesion in families to promote positive relationships. Jessica finds joy in supporting families with education & connection to community resources to achieve a sense of overall stability. ​ Jessica is excited to provide a benevolent and empowering space for education and growth within Harrisonburg, Rockingham, and the surrounding counties.

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Rachel Kauffman, MSW

Youth & Family

Clinician

Rachel Kauffman (née Stone) joined Riverside Family Support in order to work closely with the community and advocate for their different needs.

 

Rachel has experience working with the elderly from her work at nursing homes as a CNA. She served as a Youth & Family Specialist and MSW intern at Riverside from 2021-2022, she gained experience working with youth, parents, and families as a parent educator and therapeutic mentor.

 

Prior to Rachel's involvement in social work, she worked in human resources and spent a lot of time assisting with employee crises and relations. Rachel received her Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from James Madison University and recently graduated from the University of Southern California with her Master's degree in Social Work. In the future, Rachel is looking to pursue a License in Clinical Social Work. 


Rachel's main priority as a social worker is to make a positive difference in whatever way she can. Rachel is an advocate for mental health and hopes to bring joy to the lives of those she interacts with. 

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Kayla Alexander,

BA

Youth & Family

Specialist

Kayla joined Riverside Family Support to pursue her passion for working with children and families.  

 

She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from George Mason University, with minors in Information Technology and Psychology.  She is currently working towards her Master’s of Social Work degree and School Social Work Certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

Kayla believes every person is capable of growth and success.  She has personal experience working with children with mental health difficulties and focuses on a strengths-based and empathic approach to her interactions.

 

Kayla is excited to work as a Youth & Family Specialist with Riverside Family Support and finds joy in supporting and advocating for the needs of each family.

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Morgan Thomas

Youth & Family

Specialist

Bio Coming Soon

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Chelsea Jones

Therapuetic Mentor

Chelsea joined Riverside Family Support as a Youth Mentor to share her empathy and support with the youth and families in need in our community. Chelsea is passionate about advocacy and providing a safe space for all individuals and family units she works with.

Chelsea is working on her bachelor's in Health and Human Services at Western Governor University. Chelsea plans to obtain her QMHP while pursuing her Masters in Social Work to continue to work closely with families and individuals and use her voice to support clients who need an advocate. Chelsea has experience with administrative work in a counseling office along with mentoring and performing supervised visitation with families in non-judgmental environments.

Chelsea is dedicated to working with youth and their families to make an impact in their lives and promote positive change. She strives to use her supportive and compassionate approach to allow families to work closely together and succeed. She is also committed in guiding families down the path to repair and reunite. 

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Keri Jones,

BS

Youth & Family

Specialist

Bio Coming Soon!

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Kim Wright,

MA

YFS Staff Development Coordinator

Kim joined Riverside Family Support as an educational specialist to continue her passion for working with those in the community.

 

In addition to her bachelor’s degree in sociology, Kim has a master’s degree in human services counseling with a concentration in trauma and crisis response. She has worked in social work for over seven years for multiple agencies in Harrisonburg. She has experience working with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Department of Social Services (HRSSD) as well as the local court system.

Kim believes in finding creative solutions to the problems that families are facing. She is passionate about working to meet the unique needs of each family and empowering them to maintain change long-term. This involves a strength-based approach that identifies the positive aspects of the family while focusing to build on those characteristics. 

Kim is excited to be a part of Riverside Family Support. She is looking forward to utilizing her experience and passion while helping families remain intact.

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Cayla Riesen,

BS

Youth & Family

Specialist

Cayla Riesen joined Riverside Family Support to continue her passion of working with children as well as advocating for those in the community.

 

Cayla has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Longwood University. Cayla comes to Riverside with ten years’ experience as a classroom teacher, specifically third and fourth grade.  The majority of her time teaching was in Charlottesville City along with schools in the Rockingham community.

 

In Charlottesville, she worked at a Title 1 school with a diverse population and further realized her passion for working with children and families from various backgrounds and life experiences.  She finds joy in building those relationships and connecting families with education and resources to lead their most fulfilling lives. Cayla is excited to transition from the classroom to working with the whole family. She hopes to utilize her prior experience and passion to help families in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham communities. 

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Abigail Trimble,

BSW

Youth & Family

Specialist

 

Abigail is interning with Riverside Family Support in order to explore her interests working with children and their families.

Abigail studies Social Work at Mary Baldwin University and will be receiving her BSW in December of 2023. She has a long history working in childcare and has been in her current position as a psychiatric care technician for three years, working with children and adolescents experiencing mental illness and behavioral crises.

 

Abigail is passionate about serving children and families experiencing stress, mental health challenges, and behavioral struggles, with a specific interest in child development, trauma, and the way that trauma affects our brains and bodies.

 

Abigail’s long-term goal is to continue her education in graduate school and eventually become a children’s therapist.

 

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Denea Crull

Youth & Family

Specialist

Bio Coming Soon

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Courtlend Knight

Therapuetic Mentor

Courtlend joins Riverside Family Support as a Therapeutic Mentor. He has three years of previous experience as a Youth Mentor with the community. Courtlend also has experience in helping families through difficult times in public service. He is passionate about helping others and volunteers his time helping his community. Courtlend is always looking for new ways to help the people within his community. His friends always tell him that he doesn't meet strangers and that he knows everyone. His interests are to continue helping youth and families by promoting positivity in their lives. Courtlend feels that he has significant experience in this area of work and is excited to pass along what he knows to help others. 

 

Courtlend obtained his Associate in Applied Science in Administration of Justice, while obtaining his Associate Degree he focused on Substance Use Disorder and how it’s significantly impacting the local community. He has obtained certification in Crisis Intervention & takes pride in helping those in times of crisis. Courtlend has worked over eight years in public service and will bring a multitude of knowledge and experiences to his current role. 

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Jennifer Crookshanks

Youth & Family

Specialist

Bio Coming Soon!

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