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SHERRI ANN MECUM

Following an early career as a database programmer and web developer, Sherri Ann Mecum turned her attention toward the mental health field following her own personal experiences with mental health and drug addiction in her family. After earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Anna Maria College in 2007, she became a licensed mental health counselor in 2010 and, since 2014, has been the owner and executive director of the New Beginnings Wellness Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. New Beginnings provides mental health and substance abuse services for high-risk adults, adolescents, children and families, ranging from therapeutic monitoring to medication management. Ms. Mecum is proud to have built up an organization that provides quality mental health and substance abuse services

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Meleeka Clary

MELEEKA CLARY

An accomplished actress and psychologist, Dr. Meleeka Clary has excelled as a clinical psychologist with HMWP Psychology Counseling, LLC since 2020. She previously served as a counselor for a variety of organizations, including two homeless shelters. Drawn to a career in psychology after dealing with some personal struggles that lead her to seek mental health care for herself, she now specializes in working with developmentally disabled individuals and teaching communication skills. Her ultimate goal is to help these individuals feel more comfortable expressing themselves. When she isn’t working directly with patients, Dr. Clary often collaborates with her fellow professionals about the mental health needs of practitioners in the field and serves as a volunteer advocate for the Dr. Solomon Carter

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Ann Schafer

ANN K. SCHAFER

Holding considerable expertise in learning disabilities and personal growth methods, Dr. Ann K. Schafer began her journey at the University of California Davis, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1970 and a Master of Arts in educational psychology in 1978. She began her career as a professor with Sacramento City College and, in 1985, became the university’s learning disability program coordinator. That same year, she joined the Rosebridge Graduate School of Integrative Psychology, which later became part of Argosy University. Graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology in 1993, she opened a private practice in Sacramento and Sonoma, California, and became licensed as a clinical psychologist in 1996. Dr. Schafer is also certified as

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Alexandra Nagg

ALEXANDRA “ALLI” NAGG

Alexandra “Alli” Nagg, MS, LPC, NCC, was inspired to a career in psychology by her mother, who worked in adjudication for a psychiatrist. Her mother’s interest in psychology inspired her own and that, combined with her desire to help others, led her to settle on her career path by the time she was 12. First earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a double minor in sociology and women’s studies, from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she then completed an internship between 2001 and 2002 under the guidance of Dr. Carolyn Menta before achieving her Master of Science in professional counseling from Carlow University in 2008. In 2011, Ms. Nagg achieved her licensure as a professional counselor and is additionally

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DEDRA M. FORBES

Dedra M. Forbes is a behavior intervention specialist with Birch Family Services, where she has provided clients and patients a range of mental health and behavioral analysis services since 2019. Since childhood, Ms. Forbes felt called to help others as a medical professional. Initially, she had dreamed of becoming a pediatrician, but discovered her fear of blood when a school baseball game sent her to the hospital for stitches. Realizing that she could “never stand to see blood on a child” if she could not handle seeing her own injuries, Ms. Forbes sought out another specialty that would allow her to work with children and youths. Until her early 20s, Ms. Forbes had never considered studying psychology. Her first exposure

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Lily Smernou

LILY E. SMERNOU

After 30 years in the corporate world, Lily E. Smernou, PhD, turned her career path toward the arts to pursue her passion for photography, painting and drawing. Her art, which can be found on her website, combines her life-long love for aesthetics and imaginative narratives with the expertise in quantitative psychology that she cultivated throughout her earlier career to create deeply profound pieces that speak to the depths of human behaviors. It was her desire to understand what makes people behave in certain ways that drew her to the field of psychology in the first place, and she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North College Thessaloniki in Greece. Going on to matriculate at the University of Georgia, Dr.

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Alison Carter

LINDA ALISON D. CARTER

Linda Alison D. Carter, also known professionally as Alison Carter, published Rainbow Stargate 33 in 2022. Her book reveals a 20-year spiritual journey that worked quietly behind the scenes, and still drew hundreds of folks from all walks of life to participate. This amazing story is told with words and her award-winning photos. It includes how-to guides to support evolving to higher loving vibrations and living our best lives. Ms. Carter loves the spiritual side of life and is solidly grounded in the practical and professional aspects of life. As a Maryland State Administrative Officer for 20 years, she procured federal funding and administered creative projects that focused on and developed personalized, empowering community support for folks with severe mental

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Alice Michaelian

ALICE MICHAELIAN

Attributing much of her success to hard work and the large amount of reading she did, Alice Michaelian always knew that she wanted to be a psychologist. Moving out on her own at the age of 18, she completed a bachelor’s degree at Queens College, thus beginning her career as a teacher, a period of her life which she enjoyed immensely. She taught math and science for grades 4-7 at Croydon Country Day School in Jamaica Estates in Queens, New York, before joining Public School 86 in District 28 in Queens as a teacher for grades 1-6. In 1971, she was named Teacher of the Year for District 28. Promoted as a teacher and supervisor for the N.Y.C. Lab School,

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Kay Trotter

KAY TROTTER

Holding considerable expertise in child and adolescent therapy, equine-assisted mental health care, play therapy and parenting, counselor supervision, and business consulting, Kay Trotter, PhD, attributes much of her success to being self-driven in addition to being continually inspired to learn. It was this drive to learn that led to her attending college at the age of 35, while she served as president of K. Graphics, which she founded in 1989. Earning a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in sociology, cum laude, from Texas Woman’s University in 2000, she was inspired to focus her further education on child and adolescent health care following work with teenagers at a youth ministry. Matriculating at the University of North Texas, she

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PATRICIA HAMILTON SHOOK

Patricia Hamilton Shook, PhD, MA, BA, is a writer and clinical psychologist with more than three decades of expertise working with and on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. She has spent much of her career as a psychologist for the Department of Developmental Services, where she administers programming and assesses applications for services and court proceedings for appeals. Her work with the Department of Developmental Services extends to working directly with clients to administer IQ tests and other clinical evaluations as well as provide cognitive behavioral therapy sessions and create treatment plans. Dr. Shook’s initial interest in psychology was driven by her teenage experiences with clinical depression, inspiring her drive to understand the human brain

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