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Our Team

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Dr. Darreon Greer, Sr., Ph.D

Therapeutic Style:

I am a person-centered therapist at my core. I believe it is vital to provide an atmosphere of unconditional positive regard, empathic understanding, and genuineness (authenticity) for each person that I am fortunate to work with. I also believe exercising cultural humility is important in keeping the needs of the person as well as the respect of their psychosocial background at the forefront, to assist them through the process of therapeutic change.

 

Supervision Style: 

I utilize a strengths-based approach to hone in on and refine the holistic development of the evolving supervisee. A healthy equilibrium of support and challenge are key factors that will assist the supervisee in being open to collaboratively discuss their growing edges yet give them the confidence that they are competent in the process of being a social change agent.

 

Professional Interests:

My professional interests include optimal psychosocial well-being of African-Americans; areas/issues related to college students; populations of ethnic origin; at-risk/developmental youth and families; social advocacy and juvenile justice; the promotion and prevention of mental health disparities through interventions aimed at building resilience (GRIT) with ethnic minority youth; Group Processes; Diversity/Cultural Humility Issues.

 

Educational Background:

I earned my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science-Kinesiology from Arkansas State University. I earned my master’s degree and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University (TSU), Nashville, TN. Interesting to note, TSU is one of two public Historically Black Colleges and Universities to house an American Psychological Association (APA) program in Counseling Psychology. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Counseling and Wellness Services within the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University.

 

Personal Interests:

My immediate family is my main personal interest. I enjoy simply being in their presence and being an integral part in helping my children flourish. I enjoy reading, catching up with family members, and intentionally emitting positive energy into the world.

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Our Services

• Behavioral Health Treatment

• Mental Health Treatment
• Substance Use Treatment
• Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment
• Case Management
• Prevention Management

• Individual, Group and Family Counseling

• In-Home Counseling
• Telehealth Services

• Behavioral Health Treatment

• Mental Health Treatment
• Substance Use Treatment
• Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment
• Case Management
• Prevention Management

• Individual, Group and Family Counseling

• In-Home Counseling
• Telehealth Services

Our Services

Core Value Statement

Every individual deserves an opportunity to receive comprehensive care to be healthy, happy and whole beginning with our children.

• Comprehensive and Equitable Care

• Respect
• Whole Family Support
• Community
• Collaboration
• Faith

Guiding Principles

Our Partners

• Childcare Centers

• Public Schools
• Charter Schools
• Afterschool Programs
• Detention Centers

Core Value Statement

Every individual deserves an opportunity to receive comprehensive care to be healthy, happy and whole beginning with our children.

To be the leader in high-quality mental, emotional and behavioral healthcare and wellness with a focus on ensuring equitable care in the most under-deserved communities.

Our Vision

Our Mission

To ensure every preschooler and adolescent receives the available resources and services to meet their mental and behavioral health needs.

Our Partners

• Childcare Centers

• Public Schools
• Charter Schools
• Afterschool Programs
• Detention Centers

Manicka Thomas, LISW

Manicka is the Owner and Clinical Director of Kindred Connections Therapy Center (KCTC), a private practice where she works with African American children, youth and families impacted by trauma. She is a trained EMDR therapist and she helps clients process distressed or traumatic memories. KCTC was awarded the 2018 Agency of the Year Award by NASW (National Association of Social Workers) Ohio. Manicka held previous adjunct faculty appointments at Central State University and Sinclair Community College, teaching Introduction to Social Work and Cultural Competence in a Diverse World.

Contact: MThomas@wandrcenter.org

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Vonciel M. English, QMHS

Vonciel M. English, best known by her clients as "Coach V," is dedicated to helping individuals find their purpose and supporting them through life's challenges. As an HR professional and owner of Perfect English Development Solutions, Vonciel has over 25 years of experience. She has trained hundreds of employees and currently works with underserved and at-risk populations. Her unique skill set includes nonprofit case management, workforce development, adult education, and life and transition skills coaching. 

 

Through her faith, she overcame mental illness and substance use disorders and is now in the process of completing her Peer Recovery Supporter certification. Vonciel received her M.S. in Human Resource Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, her B.S. in Business Administration from Central State University, and her certification in Mental Health First Aid.

Contact: VEnglish@wandrcenter.org

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Shantae Cook – QHMS

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Danielle McKenzie-Young

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Marcedes Powell – QHMS

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Alenia Shemo, QMHS

I am Alenia (Lena) Shemo, a social worker here at Wellness and Resilience Center. I have such a passion for working with the community in providing mental health services and social and emotional support to preschoolers. My goal is to improve their lives in any way possible. I previously worked as an assistant teacher at On Purpose Academy where I found my love and passion for working with children and families! Now I am back with my Associates in Social Work. I am so grateful and honored to be serving such amazing little individuals in our community! I have been a part of various different fundraisers and outreach programs to fulfill my passion to serve our local community here in Dayton, Ohio and strive to keep doing so. I am very excited to continue to learn and grow here at WRC!

Contact: AShemo@wandrcenter.org

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Jessica Mowen, Intake Specialist

I am Jessica Mowen, the Intake Specialist here at Wellness and Resilience Center. My role in the office is to help guide our clients through the intake process, along with scheduling and billing.  I’m always happy and excited to meet our clients and get them connected with the right provider for them. 

 

I’ve lived here in Dayton, Ohio, my entire life and graduated from Wright State University with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. As a mother of three and a firm believer that positive self-care and good mental health is a necessity for a successful and happy life, I’m honored to be a part of the Wellness and Resilience Center family. I’m inspired by the work we do here, uplifting and strengthening our community and its children. 

Contact: JMowen@wandrcenter.org

Courtney Jones, Family Advocate/QMHS

Courtney Jones is a certified Community Health Worker and serves as a Family Advocate at The Wellness and Resilience Center. Her Role as a Family Advocate is to build trusting relationships with clients and to connect those clients to the care/resources needed, by eliminating barriers and advocating for systemic changes along the way. Courtney obtained her CHW certification from Kettering College Spring 24.



Contact: cjones@wandrcenter.org

Natosha Jones, Family Advocate/QMHS

Natosha Jones is a dedicated and passionate Community Health Worker, whose journey has been fueled by a deep commitment to fostering community wellness and supporting families. Her role has consistently been centered around providing essential resources, building robust relationships with partnering organizations, and delivering impactful presentations that drive positive change. She is enthusiastic about leveraging her diverse experiences to continue making a meaningful difference in the lives of people and the broader community. 

Contact: njones@wandrcenter.org

Rachel Gilbert, Family Advocate/QMHS

Rachel works as a Family Advocate at The Wellness and Reslience Center. She is passionate about helping others reach their full potential in their personal and professional lives. She believes that failure is a side show parallel to success, therefore, she is a strong advocate for combating the lack of community resources needed to aid individuals in reaching their greatest heights.  Well acquainted with the community, socioeconomic determinants of health, methods for enhancing health and selfcare.

 

She is a fully ordained Minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) for over 20 years and currently serves as Associate Minister at Greater Allen AMEC. 

 

She has worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) trained volunteer representing the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected, ensuring that the children are in safe, permanent and thriving environments.

 

She is well educated with a Certification in Community Health from Kettering College, BS in Organizational Management from Wilberforce University, MDiv in Theological Supervised Ministry from Payne Theological Seminary, MBA & MPM both from The University of the Cumberlands, Ph.D in Christian Leadership from Liberty University.

 

Make God's Kingdom and his righteousness the most important concern in life. Matthew 6:33.



Contact: rgilbert@wandrcenter.org

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Heather Hughes, Nurse Practitioner

Heather M. Hughes is an advanced practice nurse who is board-certified as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (APRN, PMHNP-BC). She received her master’s degree in nursing from Walden University and her bachelor’s degree from Fortis College of Nursing. She is certified through the American Nursing Credential Center. She has over seventeen years of nursing experience in various medical settings. She has a passion for walking alongside individuals who struggle with mental health disorders.

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