Meet Our Staff

 

Dr. Dan Price, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

DanPsy@aol.com

Dan has over 25 years experience as a Clinical Psychologist.  He has worked as an Individual and Family Therapist for over 25 years. He founded Empowering Families Program 22 years ago, and over the years the agency has been successful helping a multitude of individuals and families.  His experience ranges from an Individual Psychology Practice, Founding FACE, a Character Education Non-profit organization, to working in Psychiatric Hospitals, Community Mental Health Clinics, Public Schools, and working with Court Services and Social Services.  Dan's philosophy in treatment is about helping the individual obtain the positive changes in their lives by helping them empower their inner strength and mobilize their inner resources in overcoming obstacles, hurdles, and fears that have interfered in their growing to their full potential.  

Bridgett Price, Business Manager

Bridgett is the strength and character of Empowering Families Program, stridently fair caring and honest she manages the business side and provides structure and the model of professionalism for the organization.


Brandon Hoffman, MA, Resident in Counseling
Clinical Coordinator Charlottesville & Culpeper Offices

bphoffa@gmail.com

Brandon Hoffman is our Charlottesville and Culpeper Offices Clinical Coordinator, as well as, Mental Health Skill Building Counselor.  He has more than 20 years experience working in the social services field, including long-term residential, staff supervision, teen crisis intervention, and mental health support, among others.  He developed an interest in the social services field while studying psychology during his first year in college.  Brandon holds a Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. He has been working for Empowering Families Program since 2007. 

 

Torey Cosby, BS, QMHP-C
Therapeutic Day Treatment & Intensive In-Home Counselor - Charlottesville Office

Torey is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Shortly after graduating, Torey realized her love and desire to work with children. Torey began working in an Alternative Education setting, providing behavior support. Torey provides TDT services at Red Hill Elementary and is currently working towards her Master's degree in Human Behavior. 

Diana Dyer, MA, QMHP-A
Mental Health Skill Building Counselor - Culpeper Office

Diana is a Master's level Counselor.  She uses her many years of experience providing care and service in helping her Clients continue to live and grow in the least restrictive envirioments.

 

Jennifer Garrett, MS, QMHP-C
Therapeutic Day Treatment & Intensive In-Home Counselor - Charlottesville Office

Jennifer has a Masters degree in Childhood Education and Special Education and worked for the New York City Department of Education for over 14 years before moving to Charlottesville.  She also has experience working with at-risk children and adolescents in the academic and community settings. 

 

Courtney Hanna, BSW, QMHP-AC
Mental Health Skill Building & Intensive In-Home Counselor - Culpeper Office

Courtney received her Bachelor's in Social Work from Christopher Newport University.  She began working with Empowering Families Program as a counselor in May, 2016.  She provides a strong support system for her clients to help them continue to grow and succeed within their communities.

 

Toyeka Milam, MA, QMHP-AC
Mental Health Skill Building Counselor - Culpeper Office

Toyeka has a Masters degree in Human Services. She has more than 12 years of experience working in the social service field, including long-term residential care, therapeutic day support, inmate transitional services, in-home counseling, staff supervision, and program oversight. Toyeka has a personal passion in assisting clients with meeting personal goal that will improve their overall functioning. 

 

Brandon Payne, BS, QMHP-C
Therapeutic Day Treatment & Intensive In-Home Counselor - Charlottesville Office

Brandon is a graduate of Virginia State University with a B.S. in Physical Education.  From an early age, Brandon realized that he had a love and desire to work with children.  Brandon began working in Residential Counseling with adults with severe ID disorders.  He also works in the alternative education program at Louisa County Public Schools, providing behavior support.  Brandon provides TDT services at Crozet Elementary and in the future will be working towards his Master’s degree in school counseling. 

 

Summer Breeden Puopolo, BS, QMHP-C
Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor - Charlottesville Office

Summer Puopolo is a Charlottesville native. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh.  She started her career working with individuals with developmental disabilities and intellectual disabilities. Summer began working with Empowering Families Program as a therapeutic counselor in January, 2011. She works at Murray High School and has enjoyed her time with the staff and students. Summer and her husband live in the beautiful countryside of Albemarle County with their young son.

 

Dillon Regan, BS, QMHP-AC
Mental Health Skill Building & Intensive In-Home Counselor - Charlottesville Office

Dillon holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Business from Longwood University.  He worked with the STARS program as a residential counselor for at-risk boys before coming to Empowering Families.  He has been actively involved in mental health and disability services since college - as a member of Peer Health Educators, volunteering with the Special Olympics and as an intern at On Our Own here in Charlottesville.

 

Phyllis Rende, MA, QMHP-C
Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor - Charlottesville Office

Coming soon!

 

Alberta Ross, BA, QMHP-AC
Mental Health Skill Building Counselor - Culpeper Office

Alberta provides strong caring limits and support to her clients to help them succeed to become more independent functioning individuals in the community.

 

Alexis Ryan, MA, Resident in Counseling
Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor - Charlottesville Office

Alexis Ryan holds a Master's in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy.  For the past two years, Alexis has spent the majority of her time working with adolescents therapeutically.  She provides couples work, as well as individual counseling.  Alexis also specializes in addictive disorders and has worked in treatment centers in Los Angeles, CA as well as in Virginia.  Alexis is a person centered counselor, who is studying to become a certified AEDP clincian.  When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters on their farm. 

 

Allegra Von Studnitz, MA, QMHP-AC
Intensive In-Home & Mental Health Skill Building Counselor - Charlottesville Office

Allegra is an Intensive In-Home Therapist and has been working with children and families since 1989.  She received her Master's in Psychology from Antioch Univiersity in San Francisco and an ABD (all but dissertation) Doctoral Candidacy in Psychology from the Sorbonne in Paris.  In addition to her clinical skills, she is a Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Technician, and a Phelbotomist.  She utilizes a wide array of therapeutic techniques including non-verbal modalities such as art and sand tray therapy, and has knowledge of brain chemistry and related neurological function and dysfunction.  Allegra is trilingual in German, French, and English and has lots of children -- both 2 legged and 4 legged.

 

 
Ashley Walcott, BS, QMHP-A
Mental Health Skill Building Counselor - Culpeper Office
 
Ashley ​joined the ​Empowering ​Families ​Program in 2015.  Ashley brings creativity and resourcefulness to the program and community.  Over the course of her career, she has gained experience ​working at the local CSB, as a psychosocial advocate for one of their ​clubhouses​.  She also worked as a counselor at the ​Sunshine ​Lady ​House for ​the ​recovery-​crisis stabilization program​.  Ashley also brings managerial experience, after founding and directing the Milepost 18 support of the living program in Fredericksburg Virginia. Ashley ​received her Bachelor’s degree from Xavier Univ​ersity in New Orleans Louisiana.
 
 
Jade Woodward, BS, QMHP-A, QIDP-A
Mental Health Skill Building Counselor - Charlottesville Office

Jade is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor's in Psychology. She has a variety of experience in the social services field including, providing mental health services, working with adults with intellectual disabilities, and geriatric populations. In addition to her work as a Mental Health Skill Building Counselor, Jade currently serves as a volunteer at her local CSB and provides backup support services to adults with intellectual disabilities in a sponsored placement setting.  Jade provides a supportive environment to foster growth and independence for her clients.

 

 

 

Coming soon - other staff bios for the Charlottesville and Culpeper offices!