Meet Our Team

Tiffinie Carroll
Managing Partner
Stacey Bass
Managing Partner
Wayne Hart
Freda Taylor
Assistant Executive Director
Hollie Grayson
Clinical Director
Caitlin Coop, LCPC
Clinical Director
Gloria Latsu
IT Manager
Wade McLaughlin
Care Coordination Program Director
Clinton Brown
PRP Program Director

Bobbie Nnodim, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP- BC
Medical Director

Bobbie Nnodim is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a holistic approach to understanding and enhancing well-being through assessments and interventions involving positive psycho-social characteristics with diverse ranging from children to geriatric populations. Her focus is on the individuals, listening carefully to their concerns and making them the focus of clinical attention without ignoring their broader subjective and cultural experiences. She is interested in developing effective therapeutic alliances with patients and their family members while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries.

She has strong clinical skills, enhanced by excellent communication skills. Her pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic treatments are based on evidence-based practice in the communities she serves, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, spiritual beliefs, or lifestyle. She empowers others to be active partners in their whole health and well-being.

Bobbie, a Chatham University graduate of Doctors of Nurse Practitioner, began this journey as a compassionate healthcare provider two decades ago as a Staff Nurse at Sheppard Pratt Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center, and a charge nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Baltimore, MD, managing complex medical, psychiatric cases. Bobbie is a skilled educator and patient advocate. 

Deborah Adedeji, CRNP
Medical Director

Deborah Adedeji is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse Practitioner who is enthusiastic about caring for patients. She collaborates with patients across the lifespan and other providers. She provides holistic care to patients with good listening skills and culturally sensitive care. Empowering patients in self-care management to maintain their health and well-being and reduce chronic illnesses. Connecting patients to the resources in their communities to manage their health. Continues to support the patients and educate them in health maintenance strategies.

Kimberley Shalenko, LCPC-S
Clinical Supervisor

Kimberly Shalenko is an experienced leader with an extensive background in developing and implementing strategic vision for diverse teams and growing organizations in clinical mental health and other service industries. Highly skilled in leading complex projects and managing budget, compliance, and personnel matters with a proven track record of accomplishment. Ph.D. candidate for Global Leadership and Change with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health. Licensed as an LPC in Pennsylvania and Colorado, as well as an LCPC in Maryland, equipped with the capacity to provide supervision to clinicians across all three states.

Rodney Lomax, LCSW-C

Rodney Lomax is a Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) therapist with Empowering Minds Resource Center. He is a Morgan State University alumnus and is experienced in a variety of clinical settings. As a youth, at age 12, he was adversely impacted by the murder of his father. This experience, along with other challenges in his life, was the catalyst for him to become a change agent.

Rodney has provided therapeutic services to diverse populations in urban educational systems, community-based outpatient programs, and inpatient behavioral health. He uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused, and Holistic approaches to assist individuals and families with learning and cultivating skills that promote healthier lifestyles. These tenets foster healing within the individual, family, community, and society. His goals parallel the agency’s mission, which is to provide resources and skills to marginalized individuals who typically are reluctant to seek services. Echoed are the sentiments of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.”

Eli Persing, LMSW

Eli has been a Social Worker for 10 years. He was lucky enough to take some time away from his direct practice for a few years to be home and raise his kids but he is happy to be back doing his favorite work, which is working directly with people in the community.

Eli has a vast array of professional and personal experiences that he employs to help guide his approach to therapy. From his time leading expeditions for Outward Bound and using experiential and nature-based learning to build individual self-confidence and resilience, to interning at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Outpatient Community clinic working with families to access their best selves, Eli has always taken a person-centered approach to treatment, believing that building trust and establishing a safe and trusting rapport lays the foundation for a successful treatment dynamic.

Eli believes firmly in the benefits of talk therapy and will always take the time to celebrate the “wins” no matter how big or how small.

Kianna Laing, LMSW

As a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), I am dedicated to providing compassionate and effective therapy to individuals struggling with various mental health challenges. With a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and experience working with at risk youth, those involved in the juvenile justice system, and military Veterans. I specialize in working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, and self-image concerns.  

My therapeutic approach is grounded in evidence-based practices, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-based interventions. I believe in creating a safe and nonjudgmental space where clients can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, while empowering them to develop coping skills and strategies to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. Therapy is an effective tool that I believe all people can find useful when facing day to day or difficult situations. Some of the benefits include feeling emotionally equipped to face challenges, changing ineffective behaviors, adjusting life outlooks, strengthening self-confidence, and coping with adverse symptoms. As a clinician, I am committed to providing culturally sensitive and affirming care to all individuals. I strive to foster a collaborative therapeutic relationship based on trust, empathy, and respect.

In addition to my clinical work, I am actively involved in military social work and am pursuing a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree that focuses on urban populations and communities. I am passionate about staying current with the latest research and developments in the field of mental health to ensure that I am providing the highest quality of care to my clients.

Whether you’re facing life transitions, relationship issues, or struggling with symptoms of anxiety or depression, I am here to support you on your journey towards healing and personal growth. Together, we can work towards creating positive changes and building a life worth living.

Phyllis Willis, LMSW

As a therapist with over 14 years of social work experience, Phyllis knows life can be difficult to navigate on your own. Phyllis’s therapeutic approach is one of compassion, authenticity, and connection. With that foundation, she helps her clients acknowledge, process, and heal from pain.

As a Maryland state-licensed Social Worker, Phyllis considers it an honor to help clients recreate stability and meaning in their lives. Phyllis has worked in both residential and community settings helping clients who struggle with severe mental health barriers. 

Phyllis focuses her efforts on policy and practice to advocate and assist these groups with life’s challenges. As a therapist, Phyllis specializes in grief and loss, depression, mood, and anxiety disorders. Through the use of evidence-based practices, Phyllis helps clients tap into their strengths to achieve their personal goals.

Renee Scott, LMSW

Renee Scott is a Licensed Social Worker who is currently a Therapist at Empowering Minds Resource Center. She has worked in the mental health arena for the last 13 years as an agent of change within dynamic and growing communities. She has provided strength-based, ongoing mental health services for youth, adolescents, adults, and families by supporting them in the role of Direct Service Coordinator and Therapist since becoming licensed in June 2022. Renee earned her Masters and Bachelor of Social Work degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. Where she specialized in addictions. She continues to feel connected to the community and is eager to facilitate, educate, advocate, and encourage healthy personal growth and achievement within the individuals in the communities she serves.

Franz Spillenger, LMSW

My name is Franz Spillenger (he/him) and I am a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW). I graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. As a Mental Health Therapist with Empowering Minds Resource Center, my main objective is to be just that – a resource! There are so many issues that people encounter, it can be difficult to manage them all: trauma, relationships, anxiety, depression, financial concerns, employment, intense emotions, and more. My approach to therapy is client-centered, strengths-based, and utilizes cultural humility (in other words, I recognize the diversity of human experience, how culture impacts us, and how we may have both similar and different experiences and perspectives). As your therapist, I want you to educate me on your life, because you are the expert on you! My interventions include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and mindfulness techniques. I have a substance use treatment background and am comfortable with a wide range of ages and demographics. I respect and affirm your sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, spirituality, and values. In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball, making music, watering my plants, and, oh yah, spending time with my family! Fun fact: I co-founded a small gourmet mushroom farm (ask me about mushrooms, they’re fascinating). Remember, life can be overwhelming, but there are tools to help us overcome our struggles. It all starts with the first step.

Dena Scott, LMSW

Let the challenges before you, provoke the power within” -Unknown

Hello, my name is Dena Scott, and I am a Licensed Master Social Worker. I believe that mental health is the beginning of self-awareness, through a journey of growth and healing. I have experience working with youth, adults, and families. I am passionate about empowering and uplifting individuals from all walks of life through a client-centered and strength-based approach. I enjoy assisting individuals define their strengths and build resilience in order to address personal life challenges and pursue desired life changes effectively.

My humble personality and lived experiences make me a relatable clinician. As a therapist, I counsel individuals who are affected by a variety of issues, such as trauma, anxiety, depression, and a lack of self-esteem. I will equip you with the skills and resources to manage these challenges while on your individual journey. I will provide you with support and encouragement to express your feelings and assist you with identifying your powerful self, personal beliefs, and values.

Rachelle Sappington, LCPC

As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, I believe treatment should be based on the unique individualized needs of the client. Therefore, I use a diverse blend of evidence-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Play Therapy Techniques, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. I have a diverse and progressive background supporting children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, behavioral difficulties, developmental disabilities, depression, school and relationship issues, stress, and life transitions.

My therapeutic approach is non-judgmental, respectful, open, honest, and collaborative. My goal is to cultivate an environment where individuals feel safe, seen, and heard, while fostering genuine and trusting relationships. I am passionate and dedicated to helping clients develop the tools needed to heal and live a life they feel is emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually fulfilling.

Valeria Ortiz

Valeria Ortiz-Torres was born in Tacoma, Washington. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park. She is currently attending the University of Baltimore as a master’s student in their Applied Psychology program. She is completing her internship at Empowering Minds Resource Center. Her goals are to become a counselor that specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and continue to work with children and adolescents. Additionally, she would like to gain further experience in other theoretical orientations within the field.

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OMHC Client Services
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Program Analyst
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HR Generalist
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Billing Specialist
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Financial Coordinator
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Billing Specialist
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Referral Coordinator
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Utilization Coordinator
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Building Maintenance
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Compliance Coordinator
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Client Services Coordinator
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OMHC Client Services
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Social Media Coordinator
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Outreach Referral Coordinator
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Transportation Driver
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Program Coordinator for Case Mangement