Staff

Carrie Landis, MSW, MAT

Director 

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In an effort to meet the growing needs of the community, 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 ten years of combined experience in educational settings and the social work field. During this time she has worked with children in the public school system and has provided community-based services to families, children, and adolescents. As a supervisee in clinical social work, Carrie provides teletherapy. She has a broad range of experience with individual therapy, family therapy, and psychoeducational services. 

 

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. She utilizes evidence-based education and curriculum while creating differentiated treatment plans that support each client with the learning modality that suits them.

 

Carrie provides a safe space without judgment for every client and offers unconditional positive regard. Carrie seeks to combine her years of experience with empathetic understanding to empower clients to make positive changes within their lives.

Taylor Wolfe, BSW

Assistant Director

Taylor Wolfe joined Riverside Family Support as the Assistant Director in 2021. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from James Madison University. Taylor has provided community based services to families in the area for the past six years and has greatly enjoyed working directly with families in the Shenandoah Valley.

 

Taylor’s work has a focus on agency management and development with a focus on how a supervisory role aids in preventing worker burnout. She is passionate about biological family reunification and preservation of families.

 

Taylor feels it is important 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 for 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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Kim Wright, MA

Youth & Family Specialist

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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.

Jessica Arey, BS, QMHP-C

Youth & Family Specialist

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 her 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 and 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 and 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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Claire Foerster, BA

Youth & Family Specialist

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

 

She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, with a special focus on recidivism prevention.

 

Claire has worked for various social work, domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy, and public safety agencies over the past seven years, including Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Communications Center, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Department of Social Services, and Collins Center & Child Advocacy Center. 

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

Rachel Stone, MSW

Youth & Family Specialist

Rachel Stone is an intern with Riverside Family Support, she hopes to continue learning more about social work and the Harrisonburg community. Rachel received a Bachelor's degree in General Anthropology from James Madison University and is currently attending the University of Southern California(USC) to pursue her MSW.

Rachel has experience caring for vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, from her work at nursing homes in Southern VA. Rachel is very passionate about people and enjoys making connections with everyone.

 

Rachel views herself as an advocate for mental health and hopes to have a positive impact on those she is able to work with in the social work field. 

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Whitney Miklos, MSW

Supervisee in Clinical Social Work

Whitney currently has openings and does not take insurance.

For more information about self-pay rates, out of network

benefits and our therapy fee sliding scale,

please contact Whitney at the link below. 

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Whitney is a Supervisee in clinical social work and provides teletherapy to residents of Virginia. She graduated from Bridgewater College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in social work. She then received her master’s degree in social work from Tulane University with a concentration in clinical services. Throughout her time at Tulane, she worked with both undergraduate and graduate students at Loyola University in the New Orleans Campus to provide individual therapy, crisis intervention, psychoeducation, and other support services to students in need.  Whitney has continued to provide a wide range of therapeutic services over the last five years in varying community settings, alternative-school placements, small agencies and a local private practice.

Whitney has experience working with individuals who are exploring identity, experiencing difficult life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQ+ related needs, and burnout prevention. She honors the unique needs of each individual and believes it is important to tailor treatment accordingly. Whitney often uses components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness practices, psychoeducation, and other evidence based modalities to better inform treatment.

 

She strives for her clients to achieve success through empathetic understanding of each client and unconditional positive regard. Whitney is passionate about creating a positive and affirming space where meaningful change can occur. 

Whitney Miklos is a Supervisee in Clinical Social Work and is working towards licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Virginia.

She works under the supervision of Alison Moats, LCSW. She can be contacted at (armoats14@gmail.com) or by phone at (540)746-3340.  

Kara Comer, BS

Youth & Family Specialist

MSW Intern

Kara Comer graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Virginia.  Kara is a current student in the Masters of Social Work program at

Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

Kara has extensive experience on the prevention side of child welfare. She feels passionately about working directly with adolescents who struggle with delinquent behaviors and/or mental health issues.

 

On a more macro level, Kara is interested understanding and addressing the systemic issues in child welfare on the local and statewide scale.
 

Lauren Sherman

Youth & Family Specialist

MSW Intern

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