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About Us


THE CENTER for Child and Family Services, Inc. has been in operation since January, 1999. The Center has earned an outstanding reputation in the community, by providing quality service, compassion and reliability.





Mission Statement

The mission of The Center for Child & Family Services, Inc., is to provide high-quality, therapeutic, community-based services to adults, children and families. It is our philosophy that each individual and family system is unique, and if they are willing to work together with us, as a team, they can improve their situation by utilizing their own circumstances, skills and talents.




1aboutushs Elizabeth M. Parchoc, LCSW - Elizabeth has over 15 years experience in the in-home service field as a counselor and administrator. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from VCU in 1992 and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in child and family therapy. Elizabeth opened The Center in January 1999. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management, as well as her many years experience working in the business community, have served her well in operating this successful company. She was born and raised in Detroit and has lived in Richmond since 1981. She attributes her personal and professional success to her hard work, focus, passion, and faith. Elizabeth also takes pride in her wonderful twin daughters, Emma and Sophie. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and playing with her dogs.


erin-boyleErin Boyle, MSW – Erin received her Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in May, 2009. She has worked as an intern throughout her schooling in various aspects of the social work field. During these internships she has provided counseling on an individual and group basis to children and teens. In her free time, Erin enjoys traveling, photography and kayaking.

Christopher Christian, BS - Chris started with The Center in September 2005. He graduated from Virginia State University in 1997 with a BS in Health and Physical Education. He has several years’ experience working with at-risk youth, which includes areas of substance use, anger management, independent living, and sex offender treatment. Chris is a personal trainer and enjoys assisting people reach their fitness goals. His hobbies include reading, weight lifting, drawing portraits, and coaching wrestling.

Meredith Clark, BS – Meredith holds a BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech. She comes to The Center with extensive experience working with children and families. Meredith has worked as a School Social Worker and in residential treatment and therapeutic foster care. After living in Washington, D.C. for a few years, she has returned to Virginia where she feels most at home. In her spare time, Meredith enjoys spending time with family and friends and doing home renovations. 

Chris Griffith, BSW - Chris graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. He has worked in a variety of social work fields and with a variety of client bases. Chris started with The Center in September 2006 and works in both the in-home and mental health support programs. In the near future, he plans to continue his educational studies at VCU. Chris enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking, camping, auto and motorcycle racing. He is a supporter of animal adoption and rescued a retired racing greyhound ten years ago.

Sterling Hines, MSW – Sterling started at The Center in December 2006. He has a Bachelors in Social Work and received his Masters in Social Work from VCU in 1993. He has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. He worked for many years with children in foster care and has experience with residential independent skills and other community based programs. His commitment to his cases and the community is evident in both is work and volunteer activities. Sterling enjoys exercising, going to the movies, and providing music for church functions.

Christopher Jenkins, MSW - Chris holds a Bachelors in Communication Arts & Design and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as a certificate in Youth Ministry Studies. His academic honors include membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Chris’ considerable experience includes working with children, teenagers, college students, and parents in a range of settings and facing a variety of challenges. Chris started with The Center May, 2006. He has volunteered in church mission work, including spending time in Haiti. Chris is an Eagle Scout and enjoys art, gardening, listening to music, and the outdoors.

Alyse Jeter-Harris, MSW – Alyse received her bachelor’s degree in Social Science/Sociology from Claflin University and a Masters of Social Work from VCU. She has extensive experience in group therapy, individual therapy, crisis intervention, placement services with foster care homes and adoptive families. In her spare time, Alyse loves to do water aerobics, travel, and read.

Philip Jones, Jr., BS - Philip received his BS in Sociology from Virginia Tech in 2006 and is currently enrolled in the Counselor Education Graduate Program at Virginia State University. He is involved with the Youth and Young Adult Ministries at his church and has worked with children and families in several different capacities. Philip has been involved in church missions work, including spending time in Honduras. He enjoys traveling, sports, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends. Philip is an optimist who looks for the best in every situation and attempts to utilize this philosophy in his love for counseling.  

Tyree Prince, BS – Tyree graduated from VCU in 2001 and has been working with at-risk youth for several years in community-based and residential programs as a residential counselor, team and program leader, and program director. He has been with The Center since November 2004. He enjoys working with youth and wants to make a difference in young people’s lives. Tyree enjoys sports and playing video games in his spare time. He hopes to pursue a Master’s in Social Work.  

Stacey Talley, QMHP - Stacey started with The Center in November 2004 and is one of our Senior Counselors in the in-home program where she uses her outstanding skills with clients and families and in conducting assessments. Stacey has extensive experience with children and families in both the public and private sector. She has worked in therapeutic foster care, day treatment, community-based programs, individual and group counseling. Stacey lives with her husband, Marcus, and their Shih-Tzu, Tigger. She enjoys working in her yard, traveling, and listening to music. Stacey also enjoys cooking and adding to her kitchen collections.

Michael Walker, BA - Michael has been with The Center since September 2003. His past experience includes supervision/counseling for adolescent males with behavioral and emotional deficits, as well as mentoring. He is also a “Straight Talk” Planned Parenthood Facilitator. Michael is a native of Richmond and received his Bachelor’s from VCU in 2002. When he is not working, he spends a great deal of time with his family. He keeps and maintains several aquariums as his “stress relieving” exercise. His goals for the future include continuing his education, traveling, and exploring various personal ambitions.

deondra-whitlockDeOndra Whitlock, BS – DeOndra received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from VCU in 2008. DeOndra has years of experience in being a leader, mentor, and counselor to at-risk youth. Her experience includes domestic violence, residential, and being a court advocate for abused and neglected children in the inner city. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, history, and learning about different cultures.


Gary Anderson, M.Ed. - Gary has 30 years experience as a school psychologist in the Virginia public school system. While serving as a certified mediator, he practiced court ordered custody mediation. Gary initiated and chaired the largest (1,500) one-day workshop organized by The Virginia Academy of School Psychologists to promote a statewide initiative encouraging parents to read to their children. Real Aloud Virginia, Inc. and Read to Them, Inc. came into being from this conference. Gary is Co-Coordinator of the National Association of School Psychologists special interest group (325 members) for reading. He and his wife recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary and have four grown children and three grandchildren. Gary completed his second full Iron Man race on November 7, 2005.

Dwayne Blankenship, BS – Dwayne is a graduate of Radford University. After more than 20 years in both business management and training, Dwayne has decided that counseling is his life’s calling. Dwayne is currently enrolled in the graduate program for Social Work at VCU. He has worked in several adult groups supporting various members of the local community and has extensive volunteer experience providing individual and group counseling. Dwayne and his wife, Gwen, are both actively involved in their home church in multiple roles. In his spare time, Dwayne enjoys listening to music, reading murder mysteries, and playing Wii games. He is also an avid movie buff.

john-dwyerJohn Dwyer, BA – John received his Bachelor of Arts degree from State University of New York at Albany in 1992. John has over 10 years of experience in providing supportive counseling to children, teens, and families. He truly believes that with proper support every individual can achieve a fulfilling, meaningful life. In his spare time he spends time with his wife caring for their three children. The family enjoys sports, going to the movies, and eating out together.

Bill Finch, MS - Bill started with Center in March 2007. He holds a Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Bill has 23 years experience teaching special education and 9 years of in-home counseling experience. Since his retirement he has dedicated his efforts to helping special need youths and adults outside of the public school setting. Bill enjoys taking care of his family farm.

Babette Kressmann-St.Pierre, BS - Babette graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Rehabilitation Services. Babette has extensive experience working with adults and children as a mental health counselor in an in-patient psychiatric setting and as a foster care case manager. Her hobbies include reading, swimming, and hiking. During her free time, Babette enjoys being with her husband and their three children.

Kathleen Meyers, BS - Kathleen has a degree in Recreational Therapy, with a minor in Psychology, from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has over 25 years work experience in the medical field, adult mental health, long-term care, at-risk youth, and low-income/high-risk families. She has been married for 28 years and has two children, one in college and one preparing for college. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys visiting with family and friends, reading, antiquing, decorating, water sports, and vacationing in the mountains.

Katy Parrish, MSW - Katy received a Master of Social Work degree from VCU in 2006, when she started with The Center. Her experience includes working with children, families, and those with mental illness or substance use problems. She has been an active volunteer in several community-based organizations and has been an organizer and group leader for family group retreats. Katy enjoys yoga, reading, activities on the river, and playing with her two cats, Molly and Violeta.

Velisa Pierce-Oliver, BS – Velisa has a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has experience as a counselor for clients with mental retardation, co-facilitator for parenting classes and was a residential counselor for clients with disabilities and psychiatric disorders. Velisa enjoys music, singing, visiting new restaurants and museums, and writing.

Carla Renner, MSW - Carla earned her degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska. She started with The Center in October, 2004. She has worked with children in residential settings including Boys Town, USA and volunteered with a drug crisis hotline. She also has experience facilitating treatment groups for adults with dual diagnoses (mental illness and substance abuse), and providing life skills training to mentally disabled adults. Carla is a certified Red Cross instructor. She recently received her MSW from VCU. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, basketball, reading, and playing the flute.

April Smalls, MA - April has varied experience as a case manager and counselor in the public and private sector, including a psychiatric hospital. She received a BS degree in Psychology at Clemson University and a MA in Counseling at Webster University. April is currently pursuing a PhD in Counseling Studies at Capella University. April and her husband have a daughter, Kelsey, and a son, Jayce. She enjoys reading, traveling, playing poker, and taking Kelsey (who placed 12th in her age group in the Virginia competition) to gymnastics competitions.

Lisa Taylor, QMHP - Lisa is working on her Associates Degree in Nursing and has over 12 years experience in the Human Services area, including at-risk youth and adults with mental retardation. She has been an Alternate Teaching Parent and a Residential Advisor in supervising and counseling youth in life and daily living skills. An important aspect of her life is family and serving her community. Lisa serves as a mentor to several youths and an advocate for youth in the foster care system. In addition, she is a committed and dedicated vocalist and has performed in a variety of events.

John Trimble, III, Ph.D. - John started with The Center in March, 2006 and is a strong proponent of the holistic approach to counseling. He has earned a B.S. in Psychology, a Ph.D. in Sports Psychology, a M.S. in Sport Leadership/Management, and an A.A. in Religion. John holds National Certifications from NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association) as a Self-Defense Instructor, Mental Skills Trainer, and Mind/Body Instructor. He has plans to obtain other National Certifications and State Licenses to further his education and experience. John is a Veteran of the Armed Services where he served as an Airborne Ranger in the U.S. Army. John loves sports and continues to play volleyball, softball, and basketball in his spare time. He enjoys helping youth and their families to become more understanding of each other and develop healthy remedies to common situations and/or problems.

Rashika Wallace, MSW - Rashika’s background experience includes life skills advocate, assisting in the development and enhancement of parenting skills, and communication and social skills. She has worked with The Center since November, 2005. She graduated from VCU with a BS in Psychology and recently completed a Master’s degree in Social Work there. She is the mother of two young boys. She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.

Beth Washabaugh - Beth graduated from Radford University in 1999 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. She is currently finishing her Masters Degree in Psychology and expects to graduate in 2010. Beth's background includes work with at-risk youth as well as adults with various psychological disorders and/or physical disabilities. Beth lives in Chester with her husband, their two children, and their two dogs and cat. In her free time, Beth enjoys spending time with her family, going for long hikes along the river, and working in the children’s ministry at her church.

Annette Williams, QMHP – Annette has years of experience working with adults and children with mental illnesses and other developmental disabilities in residential and community settings. Annette believes that the foundation of success in one’s life is support and she is grateful to have the opportunity to contribute as a counselor. She enjoys traveling, relaxing to soothing music, and comedy. Annette is currently pursuing her BS in Psychology.

Kim Wingfield, BA - Kim has a B.A. in Sociology from Virginia State University and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in History at Virginia State University. She has considerable experience working with children, families, and adults including day treatment services. She enjoys reading and spending time with her friends.



Sandy Goolsby, LCSW (Mental Health Support Program Manager) – Sandy has been a counselor for 17 years and has extensive experience working with children and families. She received a BS in Psychology from VCU in 1991, a MSW in 1995 and became a LCSW in 1997. She is a licensed clinical social worker has past experience as a case manager, counselor, and truancy officer for students and at-risk youth. She has done intensive in-home services and has done assessments for the Supreme Court of Virginia for mental health hearings. She has over 30 years experience working with the homeless. Her other areas of expertise include ADHD, anxiety disorders, stress management (for both clients and counselors) and domestic violence prevention. Sandy has a very smart 22-year old son, a wonderful fiancé, and 2 beautiful Pomeranians named Lambchop and Porkchop. Her hobbies include yoga, T’ai Chi, nature walks,
reading, and lunch with girlfriends.

Cathy Jacocks (Administrative Secretary) - Cathy has worked as an administrative staff member in the In-Home service field for over 18 years and has been with The Center since November 2005. She enjoys interacting with professionals as well as with our families and staff. Cathy’s friendly personality is the first thing you’ll hear when you call The Center. Cathy is very close to her three grown children (a daughter and two sons). Her hobbies are reading, music, and traveling to the Outer Banks, where she has been vacationing since she was a child.

Monica Mastro, AS (Administrative Manager) - Before coming to The Center as the Administrative Manager in July 2005, Monica had 9 years experience in the public sector, including a CSA office. She received her Associates Degree in Accounting from Richard Bland College in 2000 and plans to continue her education in Accounting. Monica is responsible for the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable functions of The Center as well as Human Resources and Payroll. She currently lives in Prince George County with her husband, son, and 5 cats.

Dana Carter Redfern, MSW (In-Home Program Manager) – Dana has considerable experience working with children and families in community based programs, residential placements, and day treatment. She has also served developmentally disabled and traumatic brain injury population in social work positions. She received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 and earned a Masters of Social Work Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit in 2006. Dana is an avid reader, a huge basketball fan (Go Heels!), and loves to spend quality time with family and friends.


Recognizing our most senior staff with an anniversary and engraved plaque for their commitment and service to The Center!

Steven Edwards, MA, Valued Employee since July 2003

Michael Walker, BA, Valued Employee since September 2003

Carla Renner, MSW, Valued Employee since October 2004

Stacey Talley, QMHP, Valued Employee since November 2004
Tyree Prince, BS, Valued employee since November 2004

Monica Mastro, AA, Valued Employee since
July 2005

Chris Christian, BS, Valued Employee since September 2005

Cathy Jacocks, Valued Employee since November 2005

Rashika Wallace, MSW, Valued Employee since November 2005
John Trimble, PhD., Valued Employee since March  2006
Chris Jenkins, MSW, Valued Employee since
May 2006
Katy Parrish, MSW, Valued Employee since
May 2006

Chris Griffith, BSW, Valued Employee since September 2006


Summer ’08 Staff Cookout



2008 Christmas Party



Inauguration Day with President Obama

"Sharing the Moment"



Open House '09 - Fiesta!



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