OUR TEAM

 
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Denise Leonard, MS, LPC
Executive Director
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Denise holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.  She did her internship at the Olalla Center, and upon graduation obtained a position as a mental health counselor at the Lincoln County Health and Human Services office.  After two years she decided to return to Olalla.  Now with 8 years experience and after serving as Clinical Director and Pegasus Program Manager, Denise is now Executive Director. 

 

Denise believes that everyone has the power to make positive changes within themselves.  She employs an eclectic therapeutic approach with an emphasis on supporting clients as they discover tools and develop skills to accomplish their goals.  Denise enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, horses, and all their animals.  She has enjoyed living on the Oregon Coast since 2003.

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Diana "Dee" Russo Teem
Development Director
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Dee brings 25+ years of leadership and public administration experience from nonprofit, higher education, and public sectors to her role at Olalla Center.  Passionate about supporting vulnerable and marginalized people, Dee serves on the boards of the Oregon Relief Nursery Association and Child Development Network; and the IHN-CCO Health Equity Committee and Lincoln County Community Advisory Council; Linn-Benton Health Equity Alliance; Oregon Health Authority Community Partner Collaborative; OHA COVID-19 Response Task Force; Lincoln County Latino Community – Building Back Better; Inter Agency Planning Team and Lincoln County Crisis Outreach Planning Team.
 
Earlier in her career, Dee worked in youth services at Hale Kipa, Hawaii, residential treatment at St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, Wyoming, and Developmental Disability Services at Venture, Inc., New York.  She worked in executive leadership for Community Services Consortium (CSC), Big Brothers Big Sisters and Goshen County Economic Development, where she oversaw functions such as resource development, communications, program development, project management and marketing. 
 
Dee is a former 2 term Oregon State Commissioner with Oregon Volunteers.  Received notoriety for the fastest growing mentor program in the nation in 2002.  Studied psychology, liberal arts and business at New York State University–Rockland, earned a BA in Political Science from University of Hawaii-Manoa, and completed graduate studies in Public Administration at the University of Wyoming-Laramie. 

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Belinda Goody
Operations Manager
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Belinda serves on Olalla Center's Executive Team as the Operations Manager.  Although she grew up on Florida's Gulf Coast,she is a native of Denver, Colorado who relocated to Oregon in 2007.  She holds BS degrees in Business Management (Marketing) and in Geoscience (Meteorology), plus dual AS degrees as a Paralegal and in Weather Technology.  She is a retired Air Force Veteran of 22 years who has worked in and for many levels of government and also as a private consultant around event planning in the nonprofit sector.  Belinda also successfully founded, cultivated, directed and transitioned her own nonprofit to new leadership.  Her greatest strength lies in her organizing skills.  She has a keen ability to identify areas for improvement and then create processes to streamline workloads and strengthen organizational functionality.  Belinda has a passion and appreciation for history and culture of all kinds and in all forms (i.e. language, music,dance, food, art, etc.)  She also loves to travel!

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Katherine Barnhart
Administrative Specialist
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Kattie has been with Olalla since 2021, serving as an Office Assistant before becoming Olalla's current Administrative Specialist. Prior to working with Olalla, Kattie worked with adults and children with disabilities for 5 years in addition to working with seniors in a care facility for 8 years. She is a single mom of three with a love for the outdoors, Kattie's hobbies including spending time with her horses, painting and reading.

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Kaylee Leonard
Office Assistant
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Before joining Olalla Center, I worked as a Press and Insertion Assistant at the Newport News Times. In 2022, I graduated from Newport High School and will be attending Oregon Coast Community College in the fall on the Oregon Coast Scholars scholarship with the eventual goal of becoming an Architectural Engineer. I am thrilled to be working at such a community-based organization. 

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Korayma Llumiquinga Lapham
Communications Specialist
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Korayma serves as the Communications Specialist for the Olalla Center.  They were inspired by the work their father was doing in the Lincoln County community through the Olalla Center and decided it was time to get to work too.

Korayma spent many of their years growing up in Lincoln County, right between the salty Pacific Ocean spray and the dense rain forests of the Coast Range.  They come from a bilingual (Spanish and English) and multicultural household where there was always good music and delicious food.  They graduated from Newport High School in 2019 with an Honors Diploma, a valedictorian medal, and a Seal of Biliteracy.

Korayma is currently a sophomore at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota where they are majoring in Spanish and Music with a minor in Theater.  When Korayma isn’t working or in class, they’re usually singing in the shower, drinking piping hot tea or hanging out with their friends.

 
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Alex Llumiquinga
Arcoíris Cultural Program Manager
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My name is Alex Llumiquinga.  I was born in the country of Ecuador.  As a teenager I left Ecuador, to travel around countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Australia performing traditional Andean music.  I moved to the US in the year 2001.  For many years I worked as a full time musician to support my growing family.  A few years ago, I was given the opportunity to work for the LCSD as a bilingual tutor with K-2 students.  Currently I work part-time for the Migrant Education Program and the Olalla Center as an OHP Outreach Coordinator.  My job provides me the opportunity to have a direct connection to the Latinx and Migrant populations in Lincoln County.  I am committed to helping the community and being there when they need me.  My goal is to make a difference in people's lives and empower them so they can be the change in the future. 

 
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Alex Guevara, CHW
Community Health Program Manager, Community Health Worker (CHW), Certified Medical Interpreter
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My name is Alex Guevara and I was born in Ecuador.  When I was young, I was given the opportunity to travel to the United States and I learned about cultural sensitivity.  I am bilingual, I am fluent in Spanish and English.  In 2016, I was given the opportunity to assist our community in medical and dental insurance enrollment.  This opportunity taught me that the need of our families was greater than only health insurance.  Each family lives with other needs, lack of knowledge on how to access services, and barriers to access these resources.  This gave me a purpose and motivation to learn about community resources and services available to help families and connect them with agencies, programs and resources to meet their needs.

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Alex Llumiquinga
Community Health Worker (CHW)
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My name is Alex Llumiquinga.  I was born in the country of Ecuador.  As a teenager I left Ecuador, to travel around countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Australia performing traditional Andean music.  I moved to the US in the year 2001. For many years I worked as a full time musician to support my growing family.  A few years ago, I was given the opportunity to work for the LCSD as a bilingual tutor with K-2 students.  Currently I work part-time for the Migrant Education Program and the Olalla Center as an OHP Outreach Coordinator.  My job provides me the opportunity to have a direct connection to the Latinx and Migrant populations in Lincoln County.  I am committed to helping the community and being there when they need me.  My goal is to make a difference in people's lives and empower them so they can be the change in the future. 

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Jessica Denio, MS, QMHP
Day Treatment Program Manager, Therapist
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I grew up in Scholls Oregon, a small town in Hillsboro, Oregon.  I attended Western Oregon University and received my Bachelor's in Psychology.  I earned my Master's of Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona.  I received 3 years of course work in theoretical modalities, psychopathology, multicultural matters, psychometric testing, and ethics.  I had 3 individual yearlong placements including an adolescent inpatient placement, outpatient child facility, and a geriatric neuropsychology testing facility.  I worked for 3 and a half years as a child and family therapist for Trillium Family Services at the Children’s Farm Home.  I currently work as the weekend center supervisor for the same facility.

 

I believe that every behavior serves a purpose and in order to understand challenging behaviors, we must look at their function.  What benefit has that behavior served in the past and how can we create adaptive behaviors that fill that same function.  I draw my therapeutic practices from an eclectic variety of modalities.  I utilize techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving, and Attachment Theory.

 

Midwestern University for Masters of Clinical Psychology 

Western Oregon University for undergrad BA in Psychology

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Sandy Kittel
Day Treatment Administrative Coordinator
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Sandy joined the Olalla Center Team in November 2020 as Olalla Center's Office Manager.  She knew from the start that she wanted to cross train to become a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA), and work with children.  July 2021 Sandy had the opportunity to join the Day Treatment team in a new role, as the Day Treatment Administrative Coordinator and take her love of organization and match it to her love of working with children.  Sandy is now looking forward to the training and day to day work to become a QMHA!

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Reilly Rice, BS, QMHA, MA-Intern
Intake Coordinator, Skills Trainer, MSW Intern 
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I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies, concentrating in Prevention and Intervention Sciences from Colorado State University in 2016.  After graduating, I served with AmeriCorps' Colorado Reading Corps program for one year before moving to the Oregon Coast, where I worked as a Mental Health Specialist at Samaritan Health Services for a year.  I started working as a Skills Trainer and Relief Nursery Program Coordinator for the Olalla Center in 2019, and have worn several hats in the Outpatient program since then.  I am currently pursuing my Master of Social Work degree through Portland State University and completing my Generalist Field Placement with Olalla. In the summer of 2021 I relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, and am grateful to continue to work and intern with Olalla remotely. 

 

Colorado State University - Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences

 

Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon - QMHA

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Kirsten Ríos 
Skills Trainer Intern
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Kirsten Rios gained her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University and is currently a Dance/Movement Therapy intern.  She is studying at Pratt Institute’s Creative Arts Therapy Low-Residency Program.  She moved to the Oregon Coast in 2016, where she worked as the Family Support Coordinator at Neighbors for Kids for four years, which is where she first learned about the work that the Olalla Center.  She was intrigued by the incredible and dedicated work that the Olalla Center does for many of the children and families within the community and feels honored to be interning with such a prestigious facility.

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Dr. Jaimie Page, PhD, LCSW, RYT, QMHP
Outpatient Services Coordinator, Mental Health Therapist
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I grew up in San Diego California in both rural and beach communities.  I love the outdoors, travel, and creativity.  I have practiced in California, Hawaii, New York, and Texas.  

 

As a teenager, I developed a strong passion for serving others, and have now been practicing social work for over 30 years.  I earned my undergraduate social work degree at San Diego State University (1989); my Master's degree in social work at the University of Hawaii (1991) with an emphasis on community mental health; and my Ph.D. in social welfare at Stony Brook University in New York (2004), with an emphasis on anti-oppressive social welfare policy and social services.  I am a registered trauma-informed yoga teacher and a certified Trauma Care & Counseling practitioner through the University of Buffalo's School of Social Work.

 

I have worked in a variety of roles in the social work field and am currently working as a therapist at Olalla. My interests are working with adolescents and adults with mental health and/or addiction issues.  I integrate REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), Somatic Experiencing (R), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) techniques into my practice as well as yoga, creativity, mindfulness, and meditation.  My approach to working with others is based on respect, partnership, a focus on client strengths and attention to developing internal and external resources helpful in creating a meaningful and more peaceful life.

 

San Diego State University- Undergraduate degree in Social Work

University of Hawaii- Master's degree in Social Work

Stony Brook University in New York- Doctorate in Social Welfare

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Reilly Rice, BS, QMHA, MA-Intern
Intake Coordinator, Skills Trainer, MSW Intern 
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I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies, concentrating in Prevention and Intervention Sciences from Colorado State University in 2016.  After graduating, I served with AmeriCorps' Colorado Reading Corps program for one year before moving to the Oregon Coast, where I worked as a Mental Health Specialist at Samaritan Health Services for a year.  I started working as a Skills Trainer and Relief Nursery Program Coordinator for the Olalla Center in 2019, and have worn several hats in the Outpatient program since then.  I am currently pursuing my Master of Social Work degree through Portland State University and completing my Generalist Field Placement with Olalla. In the summer of 2021 I relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, and am grateful to continue to work and intern with Olalla remotely. 

 

Colorado State University - Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences

 

Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon - QMHA

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Sophia Stewart, MS, QMHP
Outpatient Counselor
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I graduated from the University of Idaho with my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology in 2013.  I have worked with a variety of populations in the mental health field, including felony probation and parole internship during my undergraduate education, in-home behavioral support and skills training for youth with developmental disabilities, and working as a skills trainer and crisis support for adults with severe mental illness.  My experiences led me to work towards my counseling degree through Walden University.  I am currently working with Olalla Center as an outpatient therapist providing individual counseling for adults and teens, primarily via tele-mental health.    

   
My approach to therapy is person-centered and integrates many theories because I see that each person is coming to therapy with their own unique strengths, challenges, and experiences.  In my spare time, I love to be in nature: hiking, backpacking, and finding peaceful spaces to read. I also spend time enjoying creative hobbies, spending time with animals, and enjoying time with family.

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Maygen Blessman, MSW, LCSW
Child and Family Therapist
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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 7 years of experience working with children and families for Olalla Center.  I have worked with children ages 3-17, adults of all ages, as well as natural, foster, and adoptive parents.  I have helped many people manage and overcome symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger,/resentment, physical, emotional and sexual trauma, behavior/parenting challenges, and more.  I have a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University and am licensed in the State of Oregon.  My clinical approach is eclectic, which allows me to design personalized treatment based on the individual strengths of each of my clients.  People are individuals so I believe their counseling should be as well.  Some of my favorite techniques utilize narrative therapy and mindfulness practices but that is not appealing to everyone.  I believe my job is to help identify what works for you to reach your personal goals and help walk the path toward healing with you.  

Boston University- Master's degree in Clinical Social Work

Oregon Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers- LCSW

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Denise Leonard, MS, LPC
Pegasus Program Director
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Denise holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.  She did her internship at the Olalla Center, and upon graduation obtained a position as a mental health counselor at the Lincoln County Health and Human Services office.  After two years she decided to return to Olalla.  Now with 8 years experience and after serving as Clinical Director and Pegasus Program Manager, Denise is now Executive Director. 

 

Denise believes that everyone has the power to make positive changes within themselves.  She employs an eclectic therapeutic approach with an emphasis on supporting clients as they discover tools and develop skills to accomplish their goals.  Denise enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, horses, and all their animals. She has enjoyed living on the Oregon Coast since 2003.

 
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Georgia Smith
Community Outreach Coordinator 
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Growing up in Idaho and spending most of my adult life in the mountains of Colorado, Utah, and California, it was easy to allow Lincoln County to be the next place I would call home.  I came to Lincoln City while traveling the coast and seeking my next adventure.  It was time for me to move on from the busy city of Sacramento California and find peace in a smaller community which allows me to create more opportunities for myself as well as those after me. 

Sacramento is where I found my passion for Gender Studies, Healthcare Advocacy, and Human Services.  While attending school at American River College, I wrote a paper titled, “My Name Was Travis Smith: The Importance of Recognizing Gender In American Institutions.”  That simple assignment catapulted me into being a guest speaker for intro to Sociology courses at Sacramento State and the Los Rios College District.  I advanced my community service while volunteering and doing a small internship with One Community Health.  My free time was spent assisting the local LGBT Center with AOD programs, facilitating support groups, and helping young transgender adults find housing.  I also hold a very strong place in my heart and efforts for populations living with HIV, as well as prevention. 

 

My personal life experiences of being from rural areas, transgender, in need of strong health care systems, and a lack in consistent housing has been the bridge to changing my career path.  I bring with me a firm passion for equality and resources.  My ideas and ability come from over a decade of event planning, managing, creating and executing training programs and driving sales as an executive in the cosmetic industry. 

 

I am excited and joyful to be at the Olalla Center with Project Bravery. It is an honor to use my experience and talents to “foster bravery, empowerment, and advocacy within LGBTQIA2S+ youth in our community.”

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Danielle Walsh, MA, LPC, NCC
Project Bravery Mental Health Therapist
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Danielle Walsh is a queer, non-binary, social justice-oriented therapist.  They have over ten years of experience providing effective, evidence-based psychotherapy services.  They hold a master's degree in counseling from Marymount University and are a graduate of the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program.


Danielle has a wide range of clinical interests, but is most passionate about providing culturally-informed mental health services to the LGBTQ+ community.  Danielle works with clients as they navigate coming out, trans- and homophobia, medical transition, and gender dysphoria.  They have specialized training and experience working with trauma survivors, grief and loss, sexuality, spiritual and religious issues.


As a therapist, Danielle works from a client-centered framework.  They believe that healing and growth can occur when a therapist builds a safe, trusting, supportive relationship with clients.  They believe that clients have the capacity to grow into their best selves when empowered, heard, and met with compassion.


Danielle seeks out opportunities to advocate for their community outside of therapy sessions.  They aspire to work with others to dismantle the unjust and oppressive systems that disportionately impact their clients' lives.

 
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Sharon Abercrombie, MS, QMHA
Relief Nursery Program Manager
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I have lived and worked on the Oregon Coast for just over 10 years. I earned my Bachelor’s in Criminology and my Master’s in Special Education from Southern Oregon University.  I’ve lived in Oregon my entire life and enjoy spending my time driving back roads so I can map the state. My background is in Children’s Behavioral Health where I worked for 7 years coordinating care for youth in Lincoln County to ensure they had access to supports and services.


I am excited to begin my journey as the Relief Nursery Program Manager and working with the team to grow the program. My approach is to honor the family where they are and work to support them where they want to be.  When I am not working, I spend my time with my family and our animals.

 

BS Criminology - Southern Oregon University


MS Special Education - Southern Oregon University


Infant Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate - Portland State University

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Benjamin Williams, MS, LPC
Walden Project Program Manager, Clinical Director
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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  I started at Olalla over 12 years ago when it was only a day treatment center in a large home in Toledo.  I started the outpatient program and worked to strengthen relationships with the Lincoln County schools.  I then began the Walden Project outdoor therapy program in 2016.  This program represents the more holistic way I view health.  This program adapted the 8-Shields Model for Mentoring into a mental health model.  Samaritan funded the start of the program as "an innovative approach to healthcare delivery" and have since rated it in their top 3 of programs they ever funded.  The program focuses on connecting youth and families to nature, while also building positive relationships in their lives and a sense of community here on the coast.  We are trying to blend much of this work into our other programs.  Working with the kids and families in the community who are in poverty, and slip through the cracks of the traditional healthcare system is what we do.  Their smiles and success are all the reward we need.

 

Oregon State University- Bachelor's of Science in Psychology

Walden University- Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 

Board of Licensed Counselors and Therapists- LPC

 
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Todd Embree, MS, LPC, NCC, CCMHC
Clinical Supervisor, Therapist
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I believe that the client’s own resources and the relationship between counselor and client are the biggest factors in creating therapeutic change.  I use Feedback Informed Treatment which involves routinely and formally asking for feedback from clients regarding the therapeutic relationship and whether progress is being made; and using the resulting information to inform and tailor what we do next.  This includes: working to enhance client resources that account for successful outcomes, using whatever approach best achieves successful outcomes, and using client goals and preferences to guide choice of therapeutic approach.  I also use Nature Based Therapy and the 8 Shields Model: 2 innovative methods that take place experientially in nature, and considers nature as a partner in the therapeutic process.  Their basic assumption is that nature has healing and recuperative resources that support healthy human development, and encountering these forces in an intentional way can promote mental health and well being. 

 

I hold a Masters of Science Degree in Counseling with an emphasis on Community Counseling and specialized coursework in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wyoming.

 

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (C2041) with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.  I am also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) with the National Board for Certified Counselors.

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Ta'Mara Sheeley, MA, QHMP, NCC 
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
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Ta’Mara graduated from Western Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology in 2012.  From 2012 to July 2021, she worked as a courtroom clerk for the Benton County Circuit Court.  Ta'Mara earned her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May of 2022 from Adams State University.  She was drawn to how passionate the Olalla Center staff is about working with children and the community and wanted to be a part of an organization dedicated to helping others.  When not learning or working at Olalla Center, Ta’Mara enjoys waterfall hikes, backpacking, kayaking the Willamette River, camping, and playing card and board games.  She also enjoys time with her dog.