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Meet Our Special Team! Our Key Personnel is your guide to answers, help and information regarding your application process and the placement of our Special Children. Each one of our personnel have qualities that lend to the making of ESP and the on-going development of our Professional Parent Model (PPM). There are many avenues for Therapeutic Foster Care and we will be choosing carefully in order to provide you, our Extra Special Parents all the guidance available.
 

ADMINISTRATION


Michael Gasper, MSW – Executive Director (mgasper@espva.org)

Michael Gasper is the Executive Director of Extra Special Parents. Mr. Gasper has been working in child welfare for over 15 years. Mr. Gasper has worked in inpatient hospitals and has experience working for the Department of Social Services within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Gasper was the Director of Program Development for a series of diagnostic group homes. Prior to this, Mr. Gasper was the Director of the Virginia office for a national Christian foster care agency.

Mr. Gasper co-founded Extra Special Parents in 2006 and under his guidance and leadership has expanded the vision of Extra Special Parents to providing community based services in the state of Indiana. Mr. Gasperís passion has been lessening the damaging impact of child and adult psychopathology on the family by advocating for and providing responsible treatment.

Mr. Gasper has served on the Board of Directors for Project WORD, a non-profit organization in Northern Virginia serving citizens with special needs. He has also sat on the Board of Directors of the Franklin Pierce College Alumni Association. In 2012, Mr. Gasper has been named a ďLeader of ConscienceĒ by Franklin Pierce University for his professional accomplishments. Mr. Gasper has been recognized by Richmondís Style Weekly as a ď2013 Top 40 under 40Ē award recipient for his contributions to the Richmond community.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Franklin Pierce College and a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a specialization in Administration, Planning and Public Policy, and Child Welfare. Mr. Gasper also serves as an Adjunct Professor for Richard Bland College and serves as a field instructor with VCU School of Social Work.


Quintasha D. Brown, MSW- Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer (qbrown@espva.org)

Quintasha Brown is Extra Special Parentsí Deputy Director/COO. She began her tenure with Extra Special Parents as a Case Manager in June 2008 and advanced to Senior Case Manager, and then to the position of Assistant Director of Clinical Services. Quintasha is currently the agencies first Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer. She brings to ESP passion and extensive experience working with adolescents. She believes that every young person can be successful if given the essential resources, support, and opportunity. Quintasha has worked with children and families at the YWCA of Richmond as a Hotline Specialist, at the crisis shelter for women and children victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Quintasha holds a Bachelorís of Science in Psychology and a Masterís of Social Work both from Virginia Commonwealth University. Quintasha also holds a certificate in School Social Work. She did her field practicum with the Richmond City Public Schools at the Adult Career Development Center, as well as with the Richmond Department of Social Services. She also served as School Social Worker with the Henrico County Public School system working with elementary and high school populations.


DeShanda Artis, MSW, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services   (dartis@espva.org)

DeShanda Artis is the Director of Clinical Services with Extra Special Parents. She comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience working with children and families. DeShanda has worked for Henrico County Public Schools as a school social worker completing special education assessments, providing support and outreach services to children and families, and addressing truancy. DeShanda also worked for Richmond Department of Social Services (RDSS) for eight years as a foster care social worker and foster care social work specialist. During her time at RDSS, she worked with children and families regarding reunification, chaired a child advocacy group, and finalized many adoptions. DeShanda worked for Richmond Department of Justice Services in their Youth and Family Engagement Division providing clinical supervision over their home-based services unit. DeShanda has also provided clinical supervision for intensive in-home and mental health support agencies.

DeShanda holds a bachelorís degree in Sociology and Music from University of Virginia, and a Masterís degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also holds a certificate in School Social Work and a License in Clinical Social Work.


Megan Evans - Director of Branch Operations (mevans@espva.org)

Megan Evans is the Director of Branch Operations and the Interim Regional Coordinator Megan has worked in the human services field for over 35 years in a variety of settings, and was a therapeutic foster parent herself. She served as Executive Director of a county wide Vermont family services organization, providing prevention and intervention services for families with young children, and pregnant and parenting teens. Megan has worked directly with children and youth diagnosed with developmental and mental health challenges. Megan currently oversees the children and families in the Southwest portion of the Commonwealth and provides assistance to our Mount Crawford office as well.

Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Specialty in Special Education from Curry College. Graduate level coursework includes Family Systems, Early Childhood Special Education, and Leadership/Community Development. 


Amy Lucy Ė Director of Business Operations (aparrish@espva.org)

Amy Lucy is the Director of Business Operations for Extra Special Parents.  In this role, Amy is responsible for Invoices, Purchase Orders, Medicaid billing, and numerous other tasks. Prior to joining ESP, Amy worked as a Child Care Secretary for another therapeutic foster care agency, Administrative Assistant/Volunteer and Events Coordinator for Historic Hopewell Foundation and as a Tour Guide for several locations throughout Virginia.

Amy holds an Associateís in Science from Richard Bland College and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Longwood University.


Abigail Schreiner, MSW - Policy, Planning, & Community Relations Manager
(
aschreiner@espva.org)

Abigail Schreiner, MSW, is Extra Special Parentsí Policy, Planning and Community Relations Manager.   Abigail is passionate about raising awareness of foster care in the community and advocating for policies that improve the child welfare system.

Abigail holds a Masterís of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Before working with Extra Special Parents, Abigail worked for six years with families and children in a church setting. Abigail also volunteers in the community through Church Hill Activities and Tutoring, is on the leadership team for Needle's Eye Ministries' Young Professionals group, and is in the 2014 class of the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute.


Jill A.F. Gasper, PhD, LCP Ė Psychological Assessment Coordinator
(
jgasper@espva.org)

Dr. Gasper is the Psychological Assessment Coordinator for Extra Special Parents.   Dr. Gasperís area of expertise include: co-parenting interventions for divorced parents and psychotherapy with children, adolescents and family. Dr. Gasper also has great interest in diagnostic assessment and screening.

Dr. Gasper received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cornell University. She received her Masters of Science in Child Clinical Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Gasper is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.


Kelly Britt, PsyD, LCP, CSOTP Ė Licensed Clinical Psychologist
(
kbritt@espva.org)

Dr. Britt has worked with children, adolescents, and families for over twelve years.   Areas of expertise include: diagnostics, sexualized behavior and mood disorders.

Dr. Britt received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and Masters of Science and Doctorate of Psychology from Florida Tech. She completed her internship training at Eastern Virginia Medical School with an emphasis on Neuropsychological and Forensics. Dr. Britt is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider.


RICHMOND OFFICE


Toni Collins, MS, CSAC - Assistant Director of Family Services
(
tcollins@espva.org)

Toni is currently Assistant Director of Family Services with Extra Special Parents.   She and is a board member for both The Central Virginia Partnership on Youth and Rural CSA. Tone strives for positive outcomes for children and families have always been her passion.   

Toni holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland and a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a certified substance abuse counselor and has worked in challenging clinical settings to include Richmond Cityís methadone clinic, and both out- patient and residential drug treatment facilities. She worked as a case manager with the Alcohol Safety Action Program and served as a juvenile probation and parole officer with the 11th District Court Service Unit. For ten years she directed the Comprehensive Services program for Powhatan County.


Shelby Ward, MSW - Assistant Director of Clinical Services (sward@espva.org)

Shelby Ward is the Assistant Director of Clinical Services with Extra Special Parents.   Shelby brings to ESP a passion and experience working with children and families in a variety of settings. Shelby believes that through advocating and education, children and families can thrive to achieve their goals. Prior to coming to ESP, Shelby worked with homeless youth and their families and provided Truancy Liaison services for Richmond Public Schools during her field practicum with Richmond Public Schools Homeless Education Program. Shelby also worked with families and children through CARITAS Homeless Shelter by facilitating parenting classes, support groups, and coordinating tutoring and mentoring for the children. In addition, Shelby worked as a project assistant on several grants through Virginia Commonwealth University by providing support and early literacy education to teachers and families of preschool children attending Richmond Public Schools Head Start programs. Shelby also completed a field practicum with Extra Special Parents.

Shelby holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Lynchburg College and a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Shelby is working to pursue her licensure in clinical social work.


Valerie Beiring, BSW - Case Manager / Quality Assurance Coordinator
(
vbeiring@espva.org)

Valerie is a case manager and quality assurance coordinator for Extra Special Parents.   Valerie has worked with youth with emotional and behavioral diagnoses for 8 years and has a plethora of knowledge and skills working with Sexually Reactive Youth (SRY), children with Autism, and terminally ill and medically fragile children. Valerie is a passionate advocate for all children, especially those without a voice. Valerie also has extensive experience in research. Valerieís role as the Quality Assurance Coordinator is vital to ensuring all records are in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.

Valerie holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently obtaining her Masters of Social Work graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University as well.


Tim Lisagor - Placement Coordinator (tlisagor@espva.org)

Tim Lisagor is the Placement Coordinator for Extra Special Parents  Tim brings extensive experience working in family dynamics. He has worked individually with at risk children and collaboratively with families in crisis. With his experience and education Tim offers a keen insight into personal motivations and perspectives specifically related to successful family interaction.  

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Mary Washington College and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tim has completed three years of graduate study toward his Masterís degree in Counseling Psychology.


Casey Fillion, BSW - Case Manager (cfillion@espva.org)

Casey Fillion is a case manager with Extra Special Parents  Casey has knowledge and skills working with troubled youth and adolescents. Prior to joining ESP, Casey did her internship at the Richmond Department of Social Services working with troubled youth and families on the Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT).

Casey holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University with a minor in Psychology. Casey plans to pursue her Master's in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Tahir Mack, BHS - Case Manager (tmack@espva.org)

Tahir Mack is a case manager and therapeutic mentor with Extra Special Parents  He has a plethora of experience working with disadvantaged youth and their families. Tahir has worked as a Behavioral Specialist for over two years both in the school setting and in after school programs. While working as a Behavior Specialist, Tahir has facilitated psycho educational groups and therapeutic individual counseling sessions with a large variety of youth both male and female ages 5-17. Tahir also has experience responding to crisis situations and provided home stabilization during his time working as an Intensive In-Home Counselor for three years. Tahir's time in the field has required him to learn the most effective ways to provide verbal de-escalation, collaborate with public school staff and administrators, link clients and their families to community programs and resources, and communicate the needs and concerns of his clients to law enforcement officers and court officials.

Tahir holds a bachelor's degree in Human Services with a minor in Sociology from Old Dominion University.


Catherine J. Mills, Psy.D. - Case Manager (cmills@espva.org)

Catherine Mills is a case manager with Extra Special Parents.   Catherine Mills has experience working with children and their families, as well as adults. Catherine completed her post-doctoral training at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) with Virginia Commonwealth University Health System where she provided therapeutic services to children and adolescents in an acute hospital setting, providing individual therapy, family therapy, and case management services. She has a passion for working with all people but especially children and families.

She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from North Carolina Central University. She then completed her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology (the schools involved in the Consortium Program include the College of William and Mary, Norfolk State University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Old Dominion University).


Rachel Lott, BSW - Stabilization Counselor (rlott@espva.org)

Rachel Lott is a stabilization counselor with Extra Special Parents  Rachelís areas of expertise include: behavioral intervention development and implementation, utilizing art as a medium to assist children who have experienced trauma, and leading teen groups in assessing and gaining realistic independent living skills. Prior to working with ESP, Rachel interned with the Virginia Department of Social Services, where she assisted licensing specialists in auditing files of child placing organizations and residential facilities. Prior to this, Rachel was the Arts and Crafts Director for Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp, where Rachel originally combined her extensive knowledge of art and child psychology to assist children.

Rachel holds a Bachelorís Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Lexie OíNeill, Administrative Assistant (loneill@espva.org)

Lexie is the Administrative Assistant in the Richmond office.   Lexie has experience in the mental health field as well as customer service. Lexie worked as a relief counselor for a local department which she found both challenging and rewarding.
Prior to joining ESP, Lexie worked as an office manage for a private company.


Amanda Snyder, BS - Mentor

Amanda is a Mentor with Extra Special Parents.   Amanda has experience working with children. Amanda was employed as a Therapeutic Mentor working with children in foster care. Some of Amandaís passions in life are making a difference wherever she can and anyway she is able. She thoroughly enjoys working with children and teens and helping them succeed in any goals they set for themselves.
 

Amanda holds a Bachelorís of Science in Psychology from James Madison University. Along with a General Education Associates Degree from John Tyler Community College and an Arts and Science Associates Degree from John Tyler Community College.


MT. CRAWFORD OFFICE

 

Kelley Owens, BSW - Case Manager (kowens@espva.org)

Kelley Owens is a case manager and therapeutic mentor with Extra Special Parents  Kelley has experience working with children and teenagers in a variety of settings. She has constructed and led mission trips that assisted in creating and implementing community resources for children and teenagers in Newark, New Jersey. Kelley has also gained experience from working with refugees, parenting and pregnant teenagers, homeless individuals, and facilitating group sessions. She completed her undergraduate internship as a School Social Work Intern with the Williamsburg-James City County Public School System.


Kelley obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work from Christopher Newport University with a minor in Sociology.


Kalia Madden - Administrative Assistant/Mount Crawford Office
(
kmadden@espva.org)

Kalia is an Administrative Assistant with Extra Special Parents.   Kalia has a number of years working with children and youth. Prior to working for ESP Kalia was a Lead Preschool Teacher for 8 years where she also shared Office Assistant responsibilities. Her passion for children is evident also in her time spent as a Youth Leader at her church and as a provider of private child care for several families.

Kalia attended Thomas Nelson Community College and Blue Ridge Community College. She also holds a certification as a Veterinary Assistant.


 

ROANOKE


Megan Evans - Director of Branch Ops / Interim Regional Coordinator
(
mevans@espva.org)

Megan Evans is the Director of Branch Operations and the Interim Regional Coordinator.  Megan has worked in the human services field for over 35 years in a variety of settings, and was a therapeutic foster parent herself. She served as Executive Director of a county wide Vermont family services organization, providing prevention and intervention services for families with young children, and pregnant and parenting teens. Megan has worked directly with children and youth diagnosed with developmental and mental health challenges. Megan currently oversees the children and families in the Southwest portion of the Commonwealth and provides assistance to our Mount Crawford office as well.

Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Specialty in Special Education from Curry College. Graduate level coursework includes Family Systems, Early Childhood Special Education, and Leadership/Community Development.


Mollie Rapp, MSW, LSW-Case Manager and Therapeutic Mentor
(
morapp@espva.org)

Mollie Rapp is a case manager and therapeutic mentor with Extra Special Parents.   Mollie has experience working with adults and children with developmental disabilities and emotional disorders in residential, recreational, and therapeutic settings. Prior to working at ESP, Mollie provided in home support services to adults and children with disabilities and she spent one and a half years in a leadership role at a residential camp for people with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges. Mollie also practiced therapy with individuals, families, and groups during her clinical field placement in graduate school. Mollie has experience providing services in the home and in the community with children, as well as knowledge and experience with a wide variety of developmental and physical disabilities and emotional and behavioral challenges. Mollie is very committed to providing the intensive support services needed in order to promote stabilization for foster families and children in care. 

Mollie holds a Bachelorís Degree in social work from Ball State University in Muncie, IN and a Masterís Degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, IL. Mollie is currently pursuing licensure in clinical social work.


Betsy Osborne, Administrative Assistant (bosborne@espva.org)

Betsy Osborne is an Administrative Assistant and Therapeutic Mentor in our Roanoke office.   Betsy is also a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, currently working with Healing Strides of VA in Roanoke. Prior to becoming a certified instructor, Betsy had 10 yearsí experience volunteering with programs that provided equine assisted therapies to children and adults with physical, cognitive, emotional, and personal challenges. 

Betsy has a Bachelorís of Arts in History and Politics from the University of Virginia.


 

 

       
 

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