Our Team

Amanda Lamberti, MA, NCC, LPC, CPCS
Clinical Director

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Angela Saravia, MS, NCC, APC

Bilingual Therapist



Angela has an M.S.  from the Mental Health Counseling program and B.A. in Psychology from Georgia State University. She enjoys working with children and youth through play therapy, processing family dynamics, and personal growth.  She has lived in Atlanta, GA, San Fancisco, CA, Costa Rica, and El Salvador. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places.

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Angelica Arevalo, MA
Bilingual Therapist

[picture & bio coming soon]

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Brittany O'Bryant, MS, LAPC, NCC
Therapist


Brittany graduated with a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University. She is also an alumna of the University of North Georgia with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Gender Studies. Through her past work experiences and internship experience, Brittany developed a passion for working with survivors of sexual trauma. Brittany believes that an emphasis on multiculturalism is vital in counseling thus she continually seeks to develop her competency in inclusive, trauma-informed care. Brittany enjoys exploring new cities and spending time with her loved ones. 

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Cindy Wilson
Director of Development



Cindy is CCHH’s Director of Development. Her primary responsibilities are Community Outreach, Fundraising, Marketing and Public Relations. Cindy has a degree in Business Administration from the University of North Georgia. She was a career banker in Gainesville for 30 years, but in 2010 she decided it was time for a change and embarked on a new career in the Non-Profit world. Cindy is married and has lived in Gainesville for 34 years.    

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Dorsey Danielson
Administrative Coordinator



Dorsey does many jobs at CCHH. She answers phones, takes care of client needs, handles CCHH's social media, plans events - she even changes lightbulbs and makes coffee. She has mean coloring skills and can make great imaginary cakes at the kitchen in the lobby. She's also prone to breaking out in song and often has her nose stuck in a book. Dorsey is a Gainesville native, married, and has four furbabies: three cats and a dog.

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Ellis Jones, LPC
Therapist



Ellis is an Associate Professional Counselor. He is originally from Griffin, Georgia. He earned his B.A. degree in Communication and Rhetoric Studies from Oglethorpe University in 2011. He earned his M.S. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University in August of 2013. Ellis began as an intern at the Children’s Center for Hope and Healing in August of 2012. He currently works as a therapist in Victims Services helping children and adolescents of all ages. The majority of Ellis’s experiences are with children under the age of 13. In his spare time, Ellis enjoys running and weightlifting. He has been involved in martial arts for several years prior to working as a therapist.

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Kara Coats, MS, LAPC, NCC
Therapist



Kara is a graduate of the University of North Georgia with a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She also earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Kara knew she wanted to join the field of counseling after completing her undergraduate internship at the Crisis Center in Birmingham working with suicidal clients. Kara also has experience working with children and families in the home and school settings. Kara enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and hiking with her husband and crazy puppy, Dawson. 

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Kristie Ledbetter, APC, NCC
Therapist



Kristie graduated with an M.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Georgia in May, 2015. She also has a B.S in psychology from North Georgia College & State University which she received in May, 2012. She began her journey at the Children's Center for Hope and Healing in May of 2014 as an intern, quickly developing a passion for working with children and women survivors of sexual abuse and trauma. Kristie is a native of the metro Atlanta area. She enjoys hiking, yoga, and trying out new restaurants with her husband. Previously a ballerina, Kristie loves finding any excuse to dance.

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Sam Shoemaker, LPC
Executive Director



Sam received a BBA in Banking and Finance from the U. of Georgia. He completed his graduate work at the U. of South Alabama and has a MS in Clinical Psychology. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Sam has over 25 years of experience in the Mental Health field with extensive work with children, adolescents, and families. He spent 17 years at the Georgia Outdoor Therapeutic Program where he served as State Director. He has also held positions as Clinical Director at a therapeutic boarding school, worked in private practice, and assisted with the development of an alternative school for elementary students in Clarke County. He has years of experience presenting seminars and workshops for divorcing parents as well as workshops for mental health professionals. Prior to coming to the Children’s Center for Hope and Healing he held the position of Deputy Director at Avita Community Partners.