Kim Melhorn: MS, Certified School Psychologist
Kim Melhorn is the founder and has served as the Director of Child First Family Services since 2011. Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Master degree in Clinical Psychology, and obtained her certification as a School Psychologist from Millersville University. Kim has worked as both an urban and suburban School Psychologist for public schools since 1992 and currently continues to work in a public school district in Lancaster County. Kim also worked as a drug and alcohol specialist for 11 years and was previously a certified addiction counselor. As a School Psychologist, Kim has been responsible for psycho-educational evaluations, risk assessments, and ADHD evaluations. Kim also has participated in crisis management teams in York, Adams, Franklin, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties. Other responsibilities have included conducting anger management assessments and anger management groups approved by the Lancaster County Courts and Adult Probation. At this time, in addition to supervising visits, Kim specializes in reunification therapy and co-parenting counseling. In addition, she is a mediator and a member of the Central Pennsylvania Collaborative Law mental health specialist in divorce/separation. Kim also has conducted custody evaluations as well. Kim is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists, Supervised Visitation Network, and Central Pennsylvania Collaborative Professionals.
Danielle Rogers: MS, NCC, LPC, Certified School Counselor
Danielle earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lock Haven University and her Master of Science in Counselor Education from Marywood University. Over the past twenty-plus years, Danielle has worked with elementary and middle school populations in both rural and suburban areas. Danielle focuses on working with school-age children and adolescents to reduce anxiety and depression, develop coping skills, support the mediation process, understand brain development, improve emotional regulation, prepare for school and career readiness, and assist youth with grief and divorce/separation concerns. Danielle has facilitated supervised and therapeutic visitations, reunification therapy, and co-parenting counseling. She has received training in Mental Health First Aid, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Trauma-Informed, Domestic Violence, Divorce, Attachment, and the Student Assistance Program. Danielle currently holds membership in the American School Counseling Association (ASCA), the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA), and Lancaster County School Counselor Association (LCSCA).
Angie Gornish: MA, Certified School Psychologist
Angie has almost 35 years of experience in the field of Special Education. Angie obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Penn State University in 1985. She taught Multiple Disabilities, Life Skills and Emotional Support classes in residential, school-based and center-based programs for fifteen years. Angie and her husband owned and operated a personal care home for young men with intellectual disabilities for ten years, as well as provided foster care, respite and shared living services for both adults and children with disabilities for approximately twenty years. After obtaining 21 graduate credits in Clinical Psychology from West Chester University, she went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and certification in School Psychology from Immaculata College in 2001. Angie has worked as a school psychologist with students with a variety of intellectual, emotional/behavioral and learning difficulties for the past twenty years. In her current position, she has conducted evaluations, taught social skills groups, counseled individual students, conducted functional behavioral assessments, developed behavior programs, and collaborated and consulted with teachers and other team members. Angie is certified in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Techniques, is a member of the crisis team, and has been trained to be a Ropes Course and Adventure Based Learning Facilitator. She is looking forward to providing services to help families to reach their full potential.
Mariann Cackovic-Soto: M.Ed, Certified School Counselor
Mariann is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a Bachelor of Science in Social Service and Psychology and a Master of Education from Millersville University in School Counseling. She has been working as a supervisor of visits including therapeutic visits and is a facilitator of the Nurturing Parenting Program. Mariann has worked in family and children services as a counselor as well as a school counselor in the public school system. In addition, she also worked in special education classrooms with children with autism, emotional difficulties, and learning disabilities. She has facilitated social, self-esteem, and separation/divorce groups. She enjoys working with diverse families to include parenting education, guidance, and setting up support systems to increase parental success.
Audrey DePiante: BA, MS
Audrey’s educational background includes a BA in Child Development from Kaplan University and a Master of Science in Human Services and Organizational Development from Purdue University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Human Services from North Central University. Audrey supervises visits including therapeutic supervised visits and facilitates the Nurturing Parenting Program with families. She has spent time working with families from various income, educational and cognitive backgrounds. She prides herself in being able to empathize with families in their situations and helping them work through the rough parts to obtain their ultimate goal of reunification with their children. When human beings experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. Audrey’s great passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience. She helps clients who include children, adults and families, to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe.
Brittany Thomas: BS, MS
Brittany has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University, a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology from Purdue University and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Psychology from Liberty University. Brittany provides both supervised and therapeutic supervised visits which at times entails providing brief therapy to improve the relationship between the family member and child(ren). She is also a facilitator of the Nurturing Parenting Program and assists parents in improving parenting skills. Brittany Thomas has spent the last 10+ years expanding her knowledge and experience in criminal justice, psychology, and health. She began her career in 2014 as Probation Officer working with juveniles and their families in the community. In addition to this role, she is a certified Crisis Intervention Team Officer for the County of York and specializes in the Youth Level of Service Assessment.
Dana Godfrey: M.A., Certified School Counselor
Dana earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Family, Child Counseling from the University of San Diego, California. Dana provides both supervised and therapeutic visits in addition to facilitating the Nurturing Parenting Program. Dana worked as an adult and child grief therapist with a hospital affiliated hospice in addition to working with brain-injured children as a behavioral specialist in the private practice setting. During this time, she pursued her passion of working with children and families while continuing her education in K-12 Pupil Personnel Services at the University of San Diego. Dana has over 20 years of school counseling experience working with children and adolescents in diverse school settings providing individual counseling and support groups. Dana is trained in QPR Suicide Prevention, Mental Health First Aid, Restorative Practices, Safe Crisis Management and Critical Incident Stress Management. Dana assisted families as a Strengthening Families facilitator and has taught career education, mental wellness and drug and alcohol prevention to children in the classroom setting. She is an active member of the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association.
Melissa Thomas: BA, MS
Melissa is a graduate of Temple University and the University of Phoenix with both her BA and MS in Psychology. She currently supervises visits and therapeutic supervised visits that include being a facilitator of the Nurturing Parenting Program. Over the course of the past 22 years, Melissa has worked with both children and adults in various supportive capacities, helping people to overcome many of the obstacles they encounter. Melissa has worked as an Adult Education Instructor, Youth Advocate Counselor, Intensive Case Manager, Operations Manager, and Caseworker.
Mena Rodriguez: MS, Ed.S., Nationally Certified Bilingual School Psychologist
Who provides Spanish and English psychological services. Mena earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and Applied Psychology from Albright College and earned her Master of Science degree and her Education Specialist degree in School Psychology from Millersville University. Mena is a member of the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP). She has worked as a Bilingual School Psychologist in a large urban district since 2019. As a Bilingual School Psychologist, Mena is responsible for supervising visits through our supervised visitation center, conducts psycho-educational evaluations in both English and Spanish, risk assessments, small group and individual intervention, along with many other mental health related services. She provides counseling services in both English and Spanish to adults, adolescents and children. Mena utilizes a variety of traditional therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Mena is passionate in helping others achieve their goals in a respectful and supportive manner.