Dewayne Brown – President
Mr. Brown is a retired Master Sergeant from the United States Army Special Forces. He is a community organizer and has over nine years of experience as President of a non-profit organization, which he founded. He has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a second major in Substance Abuse Counseling. Mr. Brown has two years of experience working in a Residential Treatment Facility as an LPCA (KY).
Dr. Sharon Sirmons, LPC – Founder & Treasurer
Dr. Sirmons has earned two doctorate degrees-Psychology and Criminal Justice. She maintains her active clinical counselor license in four states (GA, FL, AL, TX). She has over 15 years of experience working in mental health facilities, during which she managed her own private practice employing six other therapists, has served as clinical director in several larger facilities, and has met the requirements as a Qualified Clinical Supervisor in the State of Florida. Dr. Sirmons’ focus is on treating traumatic experiences that interfere with people’s ability to successfully interact in society.
Eileen Lundy, RMHC – Secretary
Mrs. Lundy is a Registered Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida, earning her Master’s degree in Mental Health and her undergrad degree in Psychology Military Resilience. She has served on multiple non-profit boards, to include Deep Adventures Ministries and the National Kidney Foundation. Mrs. Lundy currently provides discharge planning at Honey Lake Clinic and has begun her own counseling private practice.
Jacob Conger, Vice-President
Mr. Conger currently serves on the Board of Directors as a vested member with a desire to learn the functions of the non-profit in order to carry-on the vision of helping to assist those in need. Mr. Conger worked two years at Honey Lake Clinic, advancing up to the Building and Grounds manager. He uses his talents and abilities to teach others with everyday life skills.
Emmilee Cassell – Vested Member
Mrs. Cassell earned her Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Ashford University in order to strengthen her skills and knowledge as an office administrator. She worked as the office administrator of a growing counseling private practice for five years. Having young children, Mrs. Cassell has a strong aspiration to see families strengthen and become the backbone of America’s communities.
Karla Walker – Esq.
Mrs. Walker is an Attorney at Law in Valdosta, Georgia. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Mercer University. In addition to being an active member of several prestigious organizations, Mrs. Walker is the Youth Pastor at Path Church of Restoration and Deliverance. Mrs. Walker has extensive experience in working on committees and non-profit boards that seek to improve the lives of young adults.
Karen Friedman – Vested Member
Karen Friedman, MSW is an administrative social worker who specializes in program development, systems creation, licensure, accreditation, and compliance. With over 30 years’ experience in the Human Services field ranging from direct care to administration, Karen’s overarching desire has been to create systems that yield usable solutions. This passion has resulted in a career geared towards learning and accrual of a diverse skill set, including Behavior analysis, website development, animation, American Red Cross Instructor trainer, policy development, and the creation of an online learning management system. She has a passion for continuous quality improvement and compliance activities that maintain a safe and effective organization. Karen is currently providing training, licensure, and accreditation services for several mental
Fred Earls, EdD
Director of Communication
Dr. Earls leads the communication and public relations strategies for New Foundations. He holds a MA in corporate communication, and an EdD in education leadership. He is a college educator of communication, and along wtih his wife, Danita, is active in the Valdosta, Georgia, community.