Meet The Staff

Hello! My name is Marie and I would like to welcome you to
Journey of Hope!
Here is some information about my background:

In 1990, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from Saginaw Valley State University, where I also successfully played basketball for four years. My career began by performing alcohol & mental health assessments for the court systems, providing clinical therapy in a treatment program, and caring for patients in a closed head injury facility.

In May of 1993, I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University and worked as a School Social Worker for 13 years in a public school setting in Wayne County. My experience led to promotions of Assistant Principal Positions in both Livingston and Washtenaw Counties. I then completed a second Master’s Degree in the field of Education in 2010, as well as a K-12 Education Specialist Administrative Certification. From there I transitioned to a Principal Position for the Wayne County Adolescent Day Treatment Program, Director of Innovative Learning, and now I am a school administrator for Cranbrook Schools.

I have also presented at the National Model Schools Conference, the state of Michigan Association of School Social Workers, Wayne State University & Eastern Michigan University. Neuroscience brain research has been my passion for the past 10 years. I have over 30 years of experience in working with students and families. Some of my hobbies are boating, working out, technology, laughing & praying.

Hello! My name is Rebecca and I would like to welcome you to Journey of Hope!
Here is some information about my background:

I am a Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Michigan and I have been practicing for 25 years.

In 1993, I earned my Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University. I went on to receive my Masters in Social Work from Michigan State University in 1995, where I also earned my School Social Work Certificate.

My career began in Denver Colorado where I worked for five years as a medical social worker in a large urban hospital. I worked with patients admitted to the oncology, post-surgical, obstetric, transitional and emergency units. In 1999, I moved back to Michigan where I was hired as a school social worker at a day treatment program in Wayne County, where I have been employed for the past 22 years. I work with children/adolescents, as well as with their families, who have been identified as having a severe emotional impairment. In 2018, I was recognized as School Social Worker of the Year, Region A by the Michigan Association of School Social Workers. For 14 years, I have also worked part time in the field of substance abuse with adult clients.

My practice involves building a trusting and open relationships with clients through a holistic and evidenced-based approach. I utilize multiple therapeutic paradigms including, but not limited to, cognitive-behavioral and strengths-based techniques.

I have a strong background in mental health, parent coaching and behavioral modification. My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, addiction, ADHD, anger management, trauma/loss and relationships issues.

I look forward to our time spent together and to walking alongside you during this journey.