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Meet Our Staff


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

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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.

Holly Johnson, M.D.
Medical Director, SA-IOP Program 

Holly has nearly 30 years experience in various Family/General Practice settings with 8 years in addictive medicine focusing on opiate dependence.  Her practice philosophy is providing support and information so that patients can create the life they want.


William Carter, Ph.D., QMHP 
Coordinator, SA-IOP Program

Bill has over 30 years experience in the counseling business and has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Penn State.  He has come out of retirement to help coordinate the Empowering Families SAIOP.  He has extensive experience in recovery-based treatment and 12-step programs and understands how to achieve enduring recovery without relapse.


Brandon Hoffman, MA, Resident in Counseling
Clinical Coordinator

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Brandon Hoffman is our Clinical Coordinator.  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-AC
Mental Health Support & Intensive In-Home Counselor - Charlottesville Office

Torey is a graduate of Old Dominion University. 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 MHSS and IIH services in the Culpeper and Charlottesville areas.  She is also working towards her Master's degree in Human Behavior. 


Diana Dyer, MA, QMHP-A
Mental Health Support 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.


Karen Fox, M. Ed, QMHP-AC
Mental Health Support Counselor - Culpeper Office

Karen has a Masters of Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Early Childhood Special Education.  She is a retired Special Educator who has worked with children and families in schools, homes, clinic and community settings.  She loves working in homes and community the best, as it is the natural environment of the client.  Karen has also worked for Rappahannock Radian Community Services as a supervised and independent living apartment supervisor and a case manager.  Her last position was with Healthy Families, a home visiting program for pregnant women and new parents.  Karen believes that everyone has strengths within them that can used to help them meet their goals.


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. 


Thomas Parker, MAEd, QMHP-C, MT-BC 
Intensive In-Home Counselor - Charlottesville Office

Thomas Parker is a Charlottesville native and graduate of Radford University where he earned his Bachelor of Music (B.M.) and minor in psychology.  While at Radford he studied music therapy and became a board certified music therapist (MT-BC) in 2004.  Since then he has worked in hospitals, clinics, schools and just about everywhere with almost every age group.  He also has experience in Therapeutic Day Treatment, Mental Health Support and group therapy.  Over the years Thomas has fronted a few bands and continues to write songs while always on the lookout for others who enjoy creating new music or just want to jam!     


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

Brandon is a graduate of Virginia State University.  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. 


Dillon Regan, BS, QMHP-AC
Mental Health Support & 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 & SA-IOP Counselor - Charlottesville Office

Phyllis Rende is formerly from Kansas City, MO where she earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Webster University.  She worked for several years with adults and adolescents with dual diagnosis and substance abuse issues. She is currently working with youth in the school system to help them overcome challenges and achieve their full potential.


Alberta Ross, BA, QMHP-AC
Mental Health Support 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.

Paul Scott, MA, QMHP-AC
Mental Health Support & Intensive In-Home Counselor - Culpeper Office

Served in the US Army National Guard as a Combat Medic and US Coast Guard as a Petty Officer and Boarding Officer.  Graduated from Mt. Olive University in Mt. Olive North Carolina with a BA in Criminal Justice in 2012. Graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia with a MA in Human Service Counseling in 2014. Over 11 years experience in mental health serving both adult and adolescent populations.  Served as a Licensing Specialist for Foster Care, Vocational Specialist and Team Lead for Vocation, QP, QMHP-C and QMHP-A.


Allegra von Studnitz, MA, QMHP-AC
Mental Health Support & Intensive In-Home 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 Support 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 Support Counselor - Culpeper 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.


Daniel Yeboah, BS, QMHP-C
Intensive In-Home Counselor - Charlottesville Office

I am a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Human Services.  As an undergraduate, I completed my internship at Hope House Foundation, which caters to individuals with intellectual disabilities.  We assisted these individuals with assimilating themselves into the community and providing behavior support.  While completing my internship, I realized the passion I have towards helping people with mental and intellectual disabilities.  I worked for Hope House Foundation following my internship as a direct support staff.  After graduating in August 2016, I worked with Family System II as Qualified Mental Health Professional.  During this time, I provided counseling and behavioral support to the adult population.  I am currently employed by the Empowering Families Program where I’m providing counseling and behavior support to at-risk children and their families.  Other experiences include volunteering at For Kids, which offers shelter to homeless single parents.




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