Meet Our Students

Graduating Class of 2014

Betsy BryanHi, my name is Betsy Bryan, and I am originally from Jefferson, Ga. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Studio Artand a minor in Child and Family Development. I choseVSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of its emphasis on systemic theories and modalities, which suited my own thoughts and ideas of how therapy should be conducted. Therefore, I felt as though this program could help me become the therapist that I wanted to be. The thing I love most about this program is the sense of support and encouragement that has been developed not only with the faculty and students of the program, but also with the Valdosta community. It has truly felt like a home away from home.

Ebony IheanachoHi, my name is Ebony Iheanacho. I am from Baker, Louisiana. I graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Child & Family Studies and a double minor in Business Administration & Sociology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of its outstanding faculty and one-of-a-kind mental health clinic (FamilyWorks). What I like most about the program is its eclectic teaching style and collaborative approach to health care.

Jordana PriceGreetings All! My name is Jordana Price. I am originally from a small town in Idaho. I graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor's in Child & Family Sciences and a minor in Psychology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because I fell in love with the idea of helping others through talk therapy and want to utilize my professional training as an MFT to change the lives of children throughout America. What I like most about the program is the diversity in courses the faculty and most of all my cohort!

Jenny JollyHi, my name is Jenny Jolly, and I am native to the South Georgia area. I graduated from VSU with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies concentrating in Sociology, Psychology, and Women & Gender Studies. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because it provides hands-on learning and does not focus heavily on the distribution of psychotropic drugs. What I like most about this program are the professors and my colleagues. They each play a part in challenging me to become a better therapist and an all-around better person.

Dontea Mitchell-HunterHello! My name is Dontea' Mitchell-Hunter. I am from the beautiful Seattle, Washington, but have been living in Atlanta, Georgia for 7 years. I graduated from Spelman College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I made the decision to go to VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy Program ultimately because the program offered their students so many resources. My favorite thing about the program is the intensive preparation to excel in this chosen career.

Anthony PotterHi, my name is Anthony L. Potter and I am from Boston, Massachusetts. I graduated from Morehouse College with degrees in French and Psychology. I choseVSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of the postmodern and relational approaches to therapy. What I like most about the program is the cultural sensitive and systemic lenses applied throughout the curriculum and therapy.

Jessica MogerHello, my name is Jessica Moger. I am from Lanesboro, Minnesota, and I graduated from the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of the unique clinical emphasis and practicum experience, the student-run clinic, and the friendliness and care shown by the professors before and after accepting admission. These also happen to be the things I continue to value most about this program.

Kelly BroylesMy name is Kelly Broyles and I am originally from a small town just outside of Athens, GA. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia. I chose tocontinue my schooling in the field ofMarriage and Family Therapy because I have always been passionate about listening to the stories of people who feel unheard. The principles behind Marriage and Family Therapy, and the systemic theories that drive the program here at VSU were attractive to me because of the way we think about people, and the emphasis that is placed on the relational nature of life in this program. I love the clinical nature of this program because it allows me to put those ideas into practice.

Joshua WatersHello! My name is Joshua Waters. I graduated from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA in May 2012, with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Human Relations. VSU was my first choice for a graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy, and the idea of not living with sub-arctic winter weather in Iowa sounded really appealing for a change! My favorite aspect of the program is the close-knit "family" that is created when a fresh group of 25+ like-minded and driven students come together with the same goals and passion to help others; I love these people!!!

Jennifer LingHi, my name is Jennifer Ling. I am from New York City and I graduated from Syracuse University with a double major in Marketing and Management. I choseVSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because I wanted to explore different cultures like the south while en route in becoming a marriage and family therapist. What amazed me about this program was how it has shifted the lens of which I view situations towards a much more postmodern point of view.

Brittany JohnsonMy name is Brittany Johnson and I’m from Riverdale, GA. Prior to attending VSU, I graduated from Albany State University with a BA in Psychology. I chose this program because everything is student-run and hands on. This hands-on approach has provided me with a broad range of experience that I don’t think I would have obtained from another program.

Elizabeth ShahidHi! My name is Elizabeth Shahid and I'm from Birmingham, Alabama. I graduated from The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) with a bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies. I choose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because I love the structure and process of the program in preparing me for becoming a therapist. What I like most about the program is the systemic and postmodern perspective. Everything I've studied makes sense to me and has changed my life outside of therapy for the better.

Kim LenzHi, my name is Kim Lenz. I am from Valdosta, GA. I graduated from VSU with a BA degree in Philosophy and a minor in Psychology in 1991. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because I had an opportunity to come back to school, and I wanted to pursue therapy because that is what I'd always wanted to do. What I like most about the program is the people; the faculty and students; they are AWESOME. I have never felt such a bond with fellow students ever in a school environment as I do with the ones in this program.

Jocelayna HowardHi, my name is Jocelayna Howard. I am from Fort Lauderdale, FL. I graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor's, as well as a Master's degree in Family and Child Sciences. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because it was close enough to drive home and was affordable with a graduate assistantship. What I like most about the program is the helpfulness of everyone. There is always someone to talk to, living out the purpose of this profession.

Lindsay ScarpateHi, my name is Lindsay Scarpate, and I am native to Valdosta. I graduated from Valdosta State University with a BA in History in 2003. I choose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of the experienced faculty and the program structure. The program is designed in such a way that students receive the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to practice as an MFT, as well intense, supervised training in the MFT field. What I like most about the program is the people; I love coming to class and work every day and being surrounded by other students and faculty that want me to succeed.

Shanae FarquharsonHi, I'm Shanae Farquharson, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Policy and Administration, specializing in Sociology. "Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained" Being from up north, Georgia has always fascinated me and I wanted to experience all the south had to offer. I choose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of the warm welcome I received from Dr. Kate Warner as well as believing the program coincided with my therapeutic orientation. What I like most about the program is the challenging, yet outstanding classes, the supportiveness of our faculty, and the wonderful client-centered work I have seen performed at the FamilyWorks Clinic. I am proud to say attending this program was the best decision of my life!

Katie MathewsHi, my name is Kathryn (Katie) Mathews. I am from/native to Florida but have lived in Georgia for many years. I graduated fromVSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and Sociology. I choose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because therapy can be such a rewarding pursuit for both clients and therapists alike. What I like most about the program is the opportunities we are give to network and begin building a career for ourselves.

Shan CroftHi, my name is Shan Croft. I am from Moultrie, GA. I graduated from Valdosta State University with Bachelors in Psychology. I chose VSU's Marriage Family Therapy Program because of its convenience. What I like most about the program is the welcoming atmosphere that is created by both the students and faculty.

Tony LangstaffHi, my name is Tony Langstaff. I am from Claremont, California. I graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of the real opportunities we are provided to work with those that need help through life's inevitable challenges.

Robin FidlerHi, my name is Robin E. Fidler. My hometown is Decatur, GA. I received a BA in Psychology. The desire to learn how to practice therapy from a relational way of thinking is what brought me to VSU’s Marriage and Family Therapy. My favorite thing about the program is the faculty dedication.

Riece HamiltonHi, my name is Riece Hamilton. I am from/native to Bossier City, Louisiana/Louisville, Kentucky. I graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.S. in Health Science, Concentration in General Wellness and a minor in Health Education. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of their way of thinking and the hands on aspect of the program. What I like most about the program is the Family we created!

Patrice CantrellHi, my name is Patrice Cantrell. I am from/native to Atlanta,GA. I graduated from Fort Valley State University with a BA in psychology. I chose VSU's because I heard great reviews from previous professors about VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program. What I like most about the program is that during the therapeutic process the professors allow each individual to develop their own voice as a therapist.

Shelley SmithHi, my name is Shelley Smith. I am from Valdosta, GA. I graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because I find being able to help others is very rewarding. What I like most about the program are the relationships I have formed with my professors and cohort. We have become a team that works together and helps one another get closer to our goal of becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Katie DeLoachHi, my name is Katie DeLoach. I am from Nashville, GA. I graduated from VSU with Bachelors in Sociology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because it was close to my family. What I like most about the program is the amazing professors and their passion to help everyone succeed

Graduating Class of Fall 2015

Julius RaineyHi, my name is Julius Rainey. I am from Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Arkansas with Bachelors in Psychology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because I wanted a program that wasn’t into pathologies, like Freudian concepts. What I like most about the program is the tremendous amount of support from both the second and fellow first years.

Julie McLemoreMy name is Juli McLemore. I am from Cordele, GA. I graduated
from Valdosta State University with a BA in Psychology. What I like amost about VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program is the focus on appreciating diversity.

Shannon JohnsonHi, my name is Shannon Johnson. I am from /native to Jacksonville Florida. I graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Biology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because it embracesand admires diversity and teach you how to look at life from a different perspective. What I like most about this program is the relational approach that it stands by when interacting with various clients.

Amber AlbrittonHi, my name is Amber Albritton. I am from Albany, GA. I graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University with a B.S. as a double-major in Political Science and Psychology. I actually began my graduate school academic career in the VSU Clinical/Counseling program a year ago. Dissatisfied,, when I learned about the MFT program, I decided to make the switch. I love the program for the sense of family and belonging exhibited by the professors and students!!

Danesha DeloatchHi, my name is Danesha B. Deloatch. I am from Atlanta, Georgia. I graduated from Valdosta State University, May 2013, with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and an African-American studies Minor. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because the faculty truly care about their students as future therapist and as individuals.What I like most about the program is the diversity as well as the relationship among the entire faculty and student population.

Keri FeoleHi all, my name is Keri Feole. I am from Warwick, Rhode Island. I graduated from the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Art Therapy/Creative & Fine Arts. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of the hands on clinical experience with Family Works and the systemic approach! What I like most so far about the program is the friendliness and willingness for others to help each other out!

Lauren CloudHola! My name is Lauren Cloud. I'm a Valdosta native. I went to Furman University, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Concentration in Women's and Gender Studies. I chose this program because of its practice-based approach. That is also what I like most about it. I definitely don't feel like I will leave this program feeling completely unprepared for client contact.

Matt TapperHi, my name is Matt Tapper. I was born Maryland, where I spent the first 18yrs of my life. Then, nine hours away from home, I attended and graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a BS in Psychology. I've chosen VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because I believe that with proper training, I can utilize my potential and be a benefit to society and those around me. What I really like most about the program is the constant intrinsic growth and kind-hearted individuals involved.

Nicole AlersHi, my name is Nicole Alers, and I'm from the small town of Oviedo, Florida. I graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in Studio Art and Psychology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of its reputation and location as I hope to one day work in North Florida and South Georgia. What I like most about the program is how friendly and encouraging all the students and faculty are.

Praysha MaloneHi, my name is Praysha Malone. I am native to Conyers, Georgia. I graduated from Valdosta State University with aBBA in International Business Management. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because I am naturally curious about other cultures, lifestyles, and perspectives. What I like most about the program is the unique opportunity it provides me to meet people and become a part of their story, while simultaneously enhancing my own. 

Shae McCainHi, my name is Shae McCain. I am from Statenville, Georgia. I graduatedfrom Valdosta State University with Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of the program's commitment to diversity and the expertise of the faculty. What I like most about the program is the"family" atmosphere and the therapeutic services the program offers to benefit the members of surrounding communities.

Tiesha HowardHi, my name is Tiesha Howard. I am from Albany, GA. I graduated from The Unsinkable Albany State University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of the very welcoming staff, proximity to home, and of course, the Family Works Clinic. What I like most about the program is the relationship established between the Faculty and Students. The faculty doesn't assert their position, but there is still a level of decorum maintained.

Amber CollinsHi! My name is Amber Collins, and I am from Commerce, Georgia. I graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of the program's emphasis on diversity and the beautiful weather and campus in Valdosta. What I like most about the program is the experience I get of learning how a clinic runs from working in Family Works. 

Ashleigh StevensHi, my name is Ashleigh Stevens, and I am from Valdosta, GA. I Graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of the highly respected program. I feel confident that this program will prepare me to be the best Marriage and Family Therapist that I can be.

Christina RackleyHi, my name is Christina Rackley. I am from to Perry, GA. I graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of the diversity of the faculty and their educational backgrounds. What I like most about the program is I get to interact with so many different individuals in the program, and I get to view situations and learn new information from a variety of perspectives that I might not have been able to see on my own.

Fitkeesha BeckfordHi my name is Fitkeesha Beckford. I am a native from New York, residing in Douglasville, GA. I graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because it embodies the very essence of what a MFT program should be like. What I like most about the program is the diversity but the opportunity for growth without judgment.

Kamala GlennHi, my name is Kamala Glenn. I am from/native to the island of Jamaica. I graduated from Northern Caribbean University with BS in Biology. I am currently finishing my final 12 credits in VSU’s Criminal Justice undergrad program. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because I have a desire to truly help people navigate through this maze called life. What I like most about the program is the camaraderie of both faculty and students alike.am is that everyone in the program grows close to each other and works hard to help each other out.

Stephen NorrisHi, my name is Stephen Norris. I am from/native to Valdosta, GA. I graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary witha Master in Divinity degree. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of the program's emphasis on a systemic/contextual approach to doing therapy. What I like most about the program is its culture of collaborative learning in which the students and faculty are academic and clinical partners in creating more meaningful and better functioning relationships among the people who live in South Georgia and North Florida.

Stefanie JacksonMy name is Stefanie Jackson. I'm originally from Neptune, New Jersey but more recently I come from Riverdale, Georgia. I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Fort Valley State University. I chose MFT with Valdosta State because I liked the program emphasis on diversity.

Tiffany AaronGreetings! I am Tiffany Aaron a native of Tallahassee, Florida. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in History. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy Program because of the programs emphasis on diversity and change. What I like most about the program are the opportunities to participate in a supportive and phenomenal learning/ clinical environment.

Tabitha McCoyHi, my name is Tabitha McCoy, and I am from Moultrie, GA. I graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because it best fit my own personal ideals and beliefs of what therapy should be, and how we as therapists should conduct ourselves to provide the most helpful and therapeutic environment for our future clients. What I like most about the program is the warm "family like" atmosphere, which I believe provides a strong base in which to build our own personal therapeutic practice from.

Maristella FriereHi! My name is Maristella Freire. I was born in Recife, Brazil. I received a BA in Psychology from the University of Joao Pessoa in Brazil. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of its reputation. What I like most about the program is the faculty.

Joy FieldsHi, I am Joy M. Fields and I am from Lithonia, GA. I graduated from Fort Valley State University with a B.A of Psychology degree with a minor in Criminal Justice in May of 2013. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program after a graduate student gave a presentation of "What It's Like to Be an MFT". The greatest thing about the MFT graduate program is the professors. There is always appreciation for a teacher who feels as if they are a student within the learning process.

Kiera WittsMy name is Kiera Witts and I'm from Williamsburg, Va. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychologyfrom Virginia Union University. I chose this program because I feel I would learn everything I need to know to be an excellent Marriage and Family Therapist. What I like most about the program is how passionate the professors are about their students being successful.

Daniel DothanHello, my name is Daniel Donathan. I am a proud, life-long resident of Valdosta. I graduated from Valdosta State University with BA in Anthropology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of a wonderful conversation I had with Dr. Kate Warner. What I like most about the program is that it allows me utilize my academic background, as well as my personal experiences equally.

Tomi OluwakoyaHi, my name is Oluwatomisin Oyinkansola Oluwakoya...but you can call me Tomi. I am from Lawrenceville GA and native to Nashville TN, daughter of Nigerian Immigrants. I graduated from VSU with a BFA in Speech Communication emphasis in Public Relations. I have a minor in Spanish and certification in Spanish for Professionals. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because it is a perfect fit for me as I continue my journey to being a whole woman, discovering her strengths and passions. What I like most about the program is the family atmosphere and the genuine care of the professors who from day one let us know that we are their colleagues and in no way are we inferior, we are all just learning.

 Welcome Graduating Class of 2016!

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