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Silvio Fina, LMHC
Coordinator, Mental Health Services

Phone: (850) 469-5405
Email: sfina@ecsdfl.us

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Kathryn Craven, LMHC
Mental Health Counselor, West Florida High School
Email: kcraven@ecsdfl.us

Amber Alexander

Amber Alexander, LCSW
Mental Health Counselor, Ferry Pass Middle School
Email: aalexander@ecsdfl.us

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Jennifer Little, LMFT
Mental Health Counselor, Success Academy
Email: jlittle2@ecsdfl.us

Jennifer Mark

Jennifer Mark, LMHC
Mental Health Counselor, Tate High School
Email: jmark@ecsdfl.us

Candace Maxwell

Candace Maxwell, LMHC
Mental Health Counselor, Washington High School
Email: cmaxwell1@ecsdfl.us

Cathleen Menda

Cathleen Menda, LMHC
Mental Health Counselor, Escambia High School
Email: cmenda@ecsdfl.us

Carmen Powe

Carmen Powe, LMHC-I
Mental Health Counselor, Pine Forest High School
Email: cpowe@ecsdfl.us

 Mark Rogers

Mark Rogers, LMHC
Mental Health Counselor, Pensacola High School

Email: MRogers1@ecsdfl.us

Melissa Williams

Melissa Williams
Confidential Mental Health Admin. Specialist

(850) 469-5414
Email: mwilliams14@ecsdfl.us

Silvio has been providing school-aged mental health counseling in Escambia and Santa Rosa schools  since 1992.  A licensed mental health counselor since 1997, Silvio has worked in high schools, middle schools and elementary schools.  He has also counseled delinquent youth, incarcerated adults, and was an EAP provider in private practice.  He has been directly employed by the Escambia County School District as the Coordinator of Mental Health Services since August 2018 as result of the expansion of school-based mental health owing to the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas tragedy. 

Education

Psy.D. coursework, Southern California University of Professional Studies. 

Master of Counseling and Human Development, Troy State University

Bachelor of Liberal Arts/Philosophy, The Ohio State University/St. Alphonsus College

Professional Certifications

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 1997.  FL Department of Professional Regulation. 

Qualified Supervisor, 2002, FL Department of Professional Regulation.

 

 

 

Kathryn has been providing counseling in a school setting for 4 years. Her experience includes: crisis intervention, school-based individual and group counseling, whole school grief counseling, and coordinating mental health based outreach initiatives. She is experienced in providing trauma-informed care and practices counseling from a mix of humanistic and cognitive-behavioral frameworks.

Education:

Master of Psychology, University of West Florida

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of West Florida

Professional Certifications:

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 2021.  FL Department of Professional Regulation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amber has provided mental health counseling since 2013.  Her experience includes: crisis intervention, school-based counseling, discharge planning, child protective services, and EAP services through private practice. Amber is passionate about families and helping them flourish in every way possible.

Education:

Master of Social Work, University of West Florida

Master of Administration, University of West Florida

Bachelor of Arts, Criminology, University of South Florida

Professional Certifications:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 2016, FL Department of Professional Regulation.

Certified Behavior Change Specialist, 2019, American Council on Exercise.

 

 

 

 

Jennifer has been providing individual and group counseling services for children, teens, young adults and their caregivers/families since 2014.  Jennifer likes to utilize an integrative, person-centered, and also trauma-informed approach to therapy in order to specifically tailor services to better fit each individual client/student’s needs. 

Education:

Master of Advanced Study in Marriage and Family Therapy, Arizona State University

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Arizona State University

Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development, Arizona State University

Professional Certifications:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 2019, FL Department of Professional Regulation. 

Qualified Supervisor, 2020, FL Department of Professional Regulation. 

 

 

 

Jennifer has been providing counseling services for children, teens, and young adults since 2004. She has experience working with youth in the juvenile justice system and experience working with families in the foster care system. Jennifer has extensive training and experience in providing trauma informed care and evidenced based treatments for those impacted by trauma.

Education:

Master of Counseling and Psychology, Troy State University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of West Florida

Professional Certifications:

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 2017. FL Department of Professional Regulation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candace has 10 years of experience in school-based counseling where she specializes in crisis intervention, adolescents, self-injurious behaviors, mood disorders, and family counseling. Candace also has an additional five years of private practice where she has specialized in adolescents, personality disorders, existential crisis, and couples counseling. She is a Level 3 trained Gottman Method couples counselor. Also, she has 15 years experience in training professionals and community agencies on self-injury in our schools and community, parenting skills, and social skills training using social media.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of West Florida

Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, University of West Florida

Professional Certifications

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 2007. FL Department of Professional Regulation

Qualified Supervisor. FL Department of Professional Regulation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cathleen has been a Licensed Mental health Counselor since 2013. She has experience working with kids and families who have experienced trauma. Prior to her employment with Escambia County School District in 2017, she ran a private practice where she specialized in issues related to Foster Care and Adoption.

Education:

Master of Counseling and Psychology, Troy State University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of West Florida

 

Professional Certifications:

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 2013. FL Department of Professional Regulation. 

Adoption Competent Therapist Certification, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carmen has been a Certified School Counselor in the Escambia County School District at both Brown-Barge and J.H. Workman Middle Schools since 2000. She is now employed with the Office of Student Services as a Mental Health Counselor at Pine Forest High School since September 2018.

Education:

Master of Counseling and Psychology, Troy State University

Bachelor of Science in Finance, University of South Alabama

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of Alabama

Professional Certifications:

Licensed Mental Health Counselor-Intern

Positive Behavior Intervention Support

Safety-Care Specialist

 

 

 

 

Mark has provided mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults since 2008. He has extensive training in trauma, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders.  A military background helps him to understand the unique needs of the family of our deployed military members.

Education

Masters of Science, Counseling and Psychology, Troy State University

Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, University of West Florida

Professional Certifications

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 2012. FL Department of Professional Regulation. 

Qualified Supervisor, 2017. FL Department of Professional Regulation.

ADHD-Certified Clinical Service Provider, , Institute of Certified ADHD Professionals

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa has been involved in the trauma field since 2006. She has worked in emergency communications, a confidential shelter for domestic violence survivors, an investigator for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, and a sexual violence advocate for minors and adults. She has been providing peer advocacy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence since 2013. Melissa has been employed by the Escambia County School District since June 2016.

Education

Master of Nonprofit Administration, Louisiana State University Shreveport