Karla Ward Executive Director

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Karla Ward is the Executive Director of New Beginnings and is responsible for guiding the organization while overseeing its clinical and educational programs of the agency as well as grant writing and fundraising.

She is past Chair of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs and is Chair for the Program Implementation Committee that oversees the statewide initiative of the Green Dot Program. She is part of Impact 100 serving as a focus group co-chair and a 2020 graduate of Leadership Owensboro.

Karla has been with New Beginnings since 1998, when she joined the organization as Community Educator.

Karla earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education from Western Kentucky University in 1994.

Julie Campbell Assistant Director

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Julie Campbell is the Assistant Director for New Beginnings and is responsible for managing the business and accounting functions of the agency. In addition, she presents community education programs and covers the crisis line when the need arises.

She is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the Tri-State Payroll Association.

Julie has been with New Beginnings since 1999 and has twice briefly served as interim director for the organization.

Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Murray State University in 1995 and a Masters of Business Administration from Murray State University in 1997.

Ronda Howard Prevention Coordinator

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Ronda Howard is the Prevention Coordinator for New Beginnings and is responsible for educating high schools and the community on violence prevention, as well as guide the prevention education programs for elementary and middle schools.

She is a member of the of the Program Implementation Committee that oversees the statewide initiative of the Green Dot Program and is the Chair of the Daviess and Henderson County Community Prevention Teams that plan community level activities for high school students.

Ronda has been with New Beginnings since 2007, having spent the previous years as an elementary school teacher. Ronda earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University in 1994.

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Rebecca Roby Clinical Coordinator

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Rebecca Roby is a Clinical Coordinator for New Beginnings and is responsible for providing educational and individual therapy to those affected by sexual victimization. In addition, she provides medical and legal advocacy to survivors of sexual assault. Rebecca is trained in EMDR, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Child-Centered Play Therapy.

Rebecca has been with New Beginnings since 2009.

Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Brescia University in 2005 and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville in 2006. She earned a Certified Social Work License in 2006 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2011.

Tara Gann Clinical Therapist

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Tara Gann is a Clinical Therapist for New Beginnings and is responsible for providing therapy services for clients of all ages in Henderson, Union & Webster counties.  In addition, she provides medical & legal advocacy to survivors of sexual assault and conducts crisis, educational & family sessions.

Tara has been with New Beginnings since 2007.  She earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Brescia University in 2004 and a Master of Science in Social work from the University of Louisville in 2005.  She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2011.  Tara has been trained in EMDR and utilizes CBT & child-centered play therapy for individualized treatment of clients.

Emalee Deel Clinical Therapist

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Emalee Deel is a Clinical Therapist for New Beginnings and provides therapy services for children and adults in need in Henderson and Webster Counties. She provides crisis intervention, trauma treatment, education, and as-needed services for secondary survivors (family/partners, etc.). Emalee uses a variety of prescriptive techniques suited to each individual and is trained in EMDR, NARM, SSP, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Child-Centered Play Therapy as well as a variety of other techniques proven to be effective with trauma recovery.

Emalee is also a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (2018) and often offers yoga practices as an additional tool for recovery as this has been proven to be highly effective in helping survivors reach their goals and improve their quality of life and wellbeing.

Emalee obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Indiana in 2008. She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2013. She has been at New Beginnings since 2011.

Jennifer Francis-Gehring Clinical Therapist

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Jennifer Francis-Gehring, LCSW is a Clinical Therapist for New Beginnings and is responsible for providing educational and individual therapy to those affected by sexual victimization. In addition, she provides medical and legal advocacy to survivors of sexual assault. Jennifer is trained in EMDR, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Child-Centered Play Therapy. 

Jennifer is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Jennifer has been with New Beginnings since 2016. 

Jennifer earned a Bachelor's of Psychology and Sociology in 1998 from Bellarmine University and a Master of Social Work from Spalding University in 2003. 

Crystal Wall Prevention Educator

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Crystal Wall is the Prevention Educator for New Beginnings.  She is responsible for the Play It Safe program and Internet Safety program for elementary schools.

Crystal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University in 2002.  She has been with New Beginnings since 2016.

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Crystal Newton Clinical Therapist

Crystal Newton is a Clinical Therapist for New Beginnings and is responsible for providing educational and individual therapy to those affected by sexual victimization in Ohio County. In addition, she provides medical and legal advocacy to survivors of sexual assault.

Crystal worked for New Beginnings for 11 years before changing her career to be a teacher at Owensboro High School.

In 2016, Crystal earned the Fonetta Elam award for Excellence in Clinical Supervision Service.

Crystal earned a Bachelor’s of Social Work in 1996 from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Louisville in 2000. 

Marcie Vooris Clinical Therapist

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Marcie Vooris is a Clinical Therapist for New Beginnings and is responsible for providing educational and individual therapy to those affected by sexual victimization in Daviess, Hancock, and McLean counties. In addition, she provides medical and legal advocacy to survivors of sexual assault. Marcie has been trained in EMDR and utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and child centered play therapy for individualized treatment of clients.

Marcie has been with New Beginnings since 2019.

Marcie earned a Master’s of Education from Lindsey Wilson College in 2014. She obtained full licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in 2017 and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in 2016.

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Rebekah Toney Prevention Educator

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Bekah first started with New Beginnings as a VISTA Member in February 2019, while also completing her Bachelors in Social Work practicum hours. She is a graduate from Western Kentucky University class of 2019.

Bekah joined the staff as a prevention educator in February 2020 and will implement Shifting Boundaries for the middle schools. She is also certified for Green Dot Community and High Schools.

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Megan Gross Advocacy Coordinator

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Megan Gross is the Advocacy Coordinator overseeing the advocacy and support group programming of the agency. Prior to taking this position, she served as the Community Engagement Coordinator. She is also a 2021 graduate of Leadership Owensboro and serves on the Ohio County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Community, Environment and Development from Western Kentucky University in 2018 and has been with New Beginnings since January of 2020.

Shannon McLimore Victim Advocate

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Shannon has joined the agency as Victim Advocate.  Shannon is responsible for providing legal advocacy for our clients and community trainings for professionals. Shannon holds a Bachelor degree in Criminology from Western Kentucky University.

Shelby Silsky Client Assistance Coordinator

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Shelby Silsky is the Client Assistance Coordinator at New Beginnings and is responsible for a variety of duties including, but not limited to, crisis counseling, assisting clients with paperwork, advocacy, outreach, and digital marketing. 

Shelby earned her BA in Media & Communications from the University of Sussex in 2016 and has been with New Beginnings since January 2021. 

Breanna Smith Prevention Educator

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Breanna Smith is the high school Green Dot Prevention Educator for New Beginnings and is responsible for providing Green Dot in our local high schools.

 

Breanna earned her Associate of Science degree in 2016 and was with New Beginnings for a year prior to re-joining the team in March of 2021.

Briana Willoughby Group Coordinator

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Briana Willoughby is the Group Coordinator at New Beginnings. As the Group Coordinator, she is responsible for the coordination and implementation of groups in the 7 county Green River Area Development District.

Briana earned her Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Psychology from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 2021.

Briana has been with New Beginnings since June of 2021.

Megan Jackson Systems Advocacy Specialist

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Megan Jackson is the Systems Advocacy Specialist. In her role as systems advocacy specialist, Megan assists victims throughout the criminal justice process by attending court proceedings, providing information regarding court procedures, as well as support for the victims. In addition to legal advocacy, Megan facilitates with local law enforcement agencies, court personnel, and health care providers to develop an integrated system of assistance for survivors. Megan received her undergraduate degree from Brescia University in 2014 and later obtained a Master’s in Social Work from Brescia University’s advanced standing program in 2017.

Kaitlyn Foster Community Engagement Coordinator

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Kaitlyn serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator for New Beginning. Her focus is on community outreach as well as volunteer recruitment, training, and retention.

Kaitlyn joined the staff in July 2021. Kaitlyn is currently pursuing her Bachelor's in Psychology and Neuroscience from Indiana University.