Meet Our Students

Graduating Class of 2015

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.

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 chose VSU'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. 

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!

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!

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 most 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 embraces and 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 FamilyWorks 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 18 years 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 graduated from 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 FamilyWorks 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 FamilyWorks.

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 with a 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 Psychology from 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 B.A. 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

amanda davisHello! My name is Amanda Davis and I am from Waycross, Ga. I graduated from VSU’s Langdale College of Business with a Bachelors’ degree in Marketing.  I chose VSU’s Marriage and Family Therapy program because I am adamant and passionate about the subject of the program. I have a strong desire to instill hope in people and to help them improve their relationships with others. With VSU’s MFT program I can intrinsically feel that my career will be making a positive impact on others. One thing I like most about the program is that from the very start you get to claim the professional identity of a therapist by working in the student clinic, participating in community outreach, and observing cases. 

angela paggettHi, my name is Angela Paggett!

anna williamsHi, my name is Anna Williams!

Annisa BowersGreetings! I'm Anissa Bowers, born and raised in the "Peach State of Georgia." I'm thankful for the opportunity to serve in the United States military and I look forward to serving as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Brianna BrownHello, my name is Brianna R. Brown and I am from Montezuma, Georgia. I am a graduate of Georgia Southwestern State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Therapy Program because it helps students to find their own therapeutic voices. I knew I would obtain the appropriate hands-on training and experience here to be a successful professional in the MFT field. Dr. Warner's warm and sincere welcome into the program helped me to see the genuine interest of how much the program was sought on not just impacting others’ lives but also students' lives. What I like most about the program is learning about relationships through systemic approaches that coincide with the program's intriguing curriculum.

Brittany McleodHi! My name is Brittany Mcleod. 

Cassia CapersHello, my name is Cassia Capers and I am from Nashville, GA. I completed by undergraduate degree here at Valdosta State University in which I majored in Psychology. Helping others and seeing change in people has always been a passion of mine. I chose Valdosta State University's MFT program because I loved the school as an undergraduate and I wanted to continue to pursue what I love doing. After exploring their website and talking with previous MFT graduates, I was convinced that this program was for me.

Christina VrandopuloHi! My name is Christina Englehart Vrandopulo and I am a Valdosta native. In 2008 I graduated from Valdosta State University with a BS in Psychology. I chose the MFT program because of the outstanding reputation of the program and it's faculty members. What I like most about the program is the sense of being surrounded by a highly educated but very personable faculty. Upon completion of the program I feel confident that I will have acquired the necessary skills to move forward in the MFT community.

Elizabeth IrazarryHi! My name is Elizabeth Irizarry and I am from Live Oak, Florida. I graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. I chose to study Marriage and Family Therapy because I want to help empower individuals, couples, and families. I want to help people find their voice and make positive changes in their life. I chose to study at VSU because of the program’s philosophy, emphasis on diversity, and passionate professors.

Erica ArambuloMy name is Erica Arambulo and I am from Douglas, Georgia. I graduated from Georgia State University in Atlanta with a bachelor’s in Psychology. My first choice was Valdosta State University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program because of the program’s mission to actively train and prepare students to succeed in the profession upon graduation and for the respect the program has within the community. What I like the most about the program is the opportunity to put into practice what we learn in class on to a clinical setting.

Evelyn AdeifeGreetings, my name is Evelyn Adeola Adeife. I was born and raised in Nigeria, residing in Dallas, GA. I graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Global Studies. I have two minors in Applied Psychology and Black Studies. I chose VSU's MFT program because of its philosophy, FamilyWorks, and the fact that the program is accredited by COAMFTE. What I like most are the great therapeutic environment and the endless opportunities we get to work closely with our professors. Most importantly, I am certain that when I graduate from this program, I will have the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to be The Preferred therapist for my clients.

Jallissa Heston-EliasHi, my name is Jallissa Heston-Elias!

Jenna LeeHi, my name is Jenna Lee. I am from Conyers, Georgia. I graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of the hands on clinical experience you gain while working at FamilyWorks. What I like most about the program is the collaborative learning that takes place in the classroom along with the ability to openly communicate with the faculty.

Jessica HallmanHi, my name is Jessica Hallman!

Kathleen MacQuestonHi, my name is Kathleen MacQueston!

Kaylan HandHello! My name is Kaylan Hand. I am originally from Leesburg, GA but moved to Valdosta four years ago to attend my undergraduate studies as a Psychology Major. I chose the MFT program because of it's philosophy and all the diversity that I will be encountering. I chose VSU because I already knew it well, I was still close to family, and the MFT program here is one of the best around. I am someone who enjoys being at home reading a book or outdoors enjoying nature. I am very versatile and will try anything once to have the experience. I believe life is about adventure and finding out who you are through each experience.

Larry TurnerMy name is Larry Turner and I am from Valdosta. I earned two B.S. degrees from VSU; one in Marketing and the other in Management. I chose MFT because of how closely it resembles my own philosophy and core values. I chose this specific program because of its focus on therapy and the clinic.

Lauris EnglishHi, my name is Lauris English!

Logan BenitezHi, my name is Logan Benitez. I was born in Georgia, but have also lived in Nevada, California, and Arizona for some of my childhood. I finally returned to Augusta, Georgia where I finished my middle and high school years. From there I attended Valdosta State University where I obtained my B.A. in Psychology. I chose the MFT program for several reasons. They were very practical in a hands-on context, where the clinic is actually run by students, even starting during your first year so you get the idea of what it is to work in this particular field. The theories and concepts that this department holds are astounding and simply put, make sense. They give meaning to relations that sometimes you often ponder within “the real world”. These concepts can also challenge you though, which I feel leads to a better therapeutic experience in the end.

Madeline DaleHi, my name is Madeline Dale!

Michael TannerGreetings, my name is Michael Tanner. I am from Atlanta Georgia. I graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor's in Psychology in the spring of 2014. I chose Valdosta State University Marriage and Family Therapy program because I wanted to learn more about a field of study that discusses elements of Behavioral Psychology as well as Cognitive Psychology. With further research I stumbled upon the MFT program at VSU and made a few visits to see the campus, professors, and staff. Ever since then, I can tell that the faculty genuinely care about each and every student. The individualized attention received assist in the cultivation of only the best therapist MFT has to offer.

Nakia BrownHello, my name is Nakia Brown. I am originally from a small city in Florida. I graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor's of Art in Sociology and Anthropology. I chose Valdosta State’s Marriage and Family Therapy program because of its systemic approach to thinking and therapy. I also like the hands on clinical experience offered to help us grow and mature into great future therapists. This program offers a very diverse group of men and women to bounce ideas off of and receive positive feedback from, as well as having a friendly and dynamic group of experienced professors and therapists on staff.

Ndye SeckaHello, my name is Ndye Secka!

Ruth BrownHello! My name is Ruth Brown and I am originally from Brunswick, Georgia. I currently live in Thomasville, Georgia. I graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because of the relational and systemic approaches to doing therapy. What I like most about the program is the collaborative learning environment and the in-depth clinical training.

Sacha OlanHello! My name is Sacha Olan.

Sara ReedHello! My name is Sara Reed and I am a native of Hopkinsville, KY. I graduated from the University of Louisville with a BA degree in Philosophy with concentrations in Bioethics and Pre-medicine. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy Program because of the incredible philosophy and outstanding credibility. The professors really create an avenue for therapists to develop to their full potential. What I like most about this program is the professors and faculty. It is such a warm and welcoming environment for learning and growing.

Shannon CruzHello! My name is Shannon Cruz.

Stephen AllumsHello! My name is Stephen Allums.

Tia ButlerHi, my name is Tia Butler. I am a native from Valdosta, GA. I graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. I chose VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program because it embodies everything a MFT program should be like. What I like most about the program is the diversity but also the welcoming staff and student learning atmosphere.