Check out our incredible staff members that make Bacon Street Youth and Family Services the awesome place it is!
Kimberly L. Dellinger, M.Ed., Executive Director
Kim Dellinger came to Bacon Street in February 2015. She is thrilled to be able to work with such a dynamic and dedicated group of prevention and treatment professionals and is eager to work with the greater Williamsburg community in growing the services that we provide for teens and their families. Kim is originally from Arizona and did her undergraduate work at Northern Arizona University in history/social studies education after which she continued on to graduate school at James Madison University and graduated in 2003 with her Masters of Education degree in College Student Personnel Administration. Kim has worked in substance abuse prevention with teens for the past 10 years and is passionate about empowering youth and families to lead healthy and successful lives. A relatively recent transplant from Vermont, she’s enjoying being closer to family and friends in Virginia. She and her husband Scott have twin daughters, Kaylee and Claire who are in Fourth Grade at J. B. Blayton Elementary School. In her free time she loves gardening, reading, hiking, and is passionate about Broadway musicals and the arts.
Kelly Toth, Executive Assistant
Kelly Toth is our new Executive Assistant and started with Bacon Street the first of November, 2018. She has lived abroad in India and the Philippines for the past 10+ years but is originally from Hampton and has lived in Williamsburg for 30+ years.
She has two daughters, Christin and Rachel, who attend high school at Walsingham Academy. Raising them is the most important role she has ever been blessed to have. Kelly is an avid runner, loves gardening, and being at the beach.
Janelle Price, Office Manager
Janelle brings her passion for helping young people to her position as Office Manager. With a husband who is also in the helping field as a counselor, Janelle knew she wanted to find a home in a place such as Bacon Street. Janelle received her Associate in Business Administration from the Sawyer Business School and is currently working towards her BA at Walden University. Her blended family includes five children ranging from ages 9 – 20, one dog, two cats, two roosters, ten hens, and two ducks! Although there isn’t much time left for just relaxing, Janelle loves to read, crochet, and cake decorating whenever she isn’t chasing animals and kids or being a dedicated employee.
Stephanie Wills, Development Director
Stephanie was part of Bacon Street from January 2017 to March 2018, and came back in September 2018 as the Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator. Recently she was promoted to the Director of Development and we are thrilled to have her in her new role! She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Human Development Family Studies. She is a military wife and mother of two teenagers. She says they love to laugh, enjoy listening to audio books by a fire, enjoying anything outdoors, and that it has been her greatest endeavor and honor to learn and grow in the context of marriage and motherhood. Her hobbies and interests include creating beautiful memories with families and friends, and capturing them through photography. One of her most favorite hobbies is infant photography.
Hope Brocious, Marketing and Special Events Intern
Hope has been the Marketing and Special Events Intern since May 2018. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications from Penn State University World Campus. This internship with Bacon Street drew her in because it combines several things she is passionate about: addiction and mental health awareness, and advertising/communications. She lives in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. Almost all of her free time is spent working, studying, and spending as much time with her family as possible.
Allison Jarvis, Development and Prevention Intern, Old Dominion University
Allison Jarvis volunteered at Bacon Street before becoming an intern for Development and Prevention in 2019. She graduates this spring from Old Dominion University with her BS in Human Services. Bacon Street appealed to Allison because of their community outreach with the adolescent population. She also has an interest in substance use disorders and mental health concerns. Allison values her time with her partner, their 13 year old son, and their rescue dog and cat. She enjoys cycling and being outdoors, traveling, and the arts. Allison is excited to combine her years as a teacher and paraprofessional with her internship experience as she continues her educational and professional journey.
Dr. Lynn Bañez, LPC, Ph.D., Clinical Director
Our Clinical Director, Dr. Lynn Bañez, comes to Bacon Street with an extensive background in the field of mental health with over 20+ years of experience as a counselor educator and clinical practitioner. Dr. Bañez held her own practice in CT where she counseled individuals, couples, and families. She has experience counseling people struggling with substance abuse and underlying issues, such as trauma, as well as helping the people who love them. Committed to providing quality mental health services, Dr. Bañez integrates the use of Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. She is dedicated to advocating for and educating consumers of mental health services in order to help obtain the best services for themselves or their loved ones.
Dr. Bañez received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University as well as her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her areas of concentration in her doctoral program were in Group Work and Multicultural Counseling. In her personal life, she shares a passion for Pokemon with her daughter who is currently attending graduate school in Japan. Dr. Bañez is a part of her church’s bell choir, and she also sings and chants in Latin in a small acapella ensemble in the church’s Schola Cantorum. When she’s not ringing and singing she relaxes by playing video games and watching TV, including anime, manga, and Dr. Who. Dr. Bañez is excited to join Bacon Street in helping our community’s youth and their families.
Romina Abawi-Wooten, M.A., CSAC, NCC, Lead Clinician
Romina completed her BA in Psychology from George Mason University and her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health from Argosy University. Romina is currently a Resident in Counseling and working towards completing licensure requirements. Romina became a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in 2011 and a Nation Certified Counselor in 2017. Romina has working with Adolescent and Adults in both inpatient, outpatient and school settings to address Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. Romina has a passion for working with middle and high school age group, to empower and evoke change in a healthy, nonjudgmental space. Romina is bilingual, fluent in Farsi and understands the importance of guiding clients down their own path. In her free time Romina enjoys high intensity interval training, running and exploring Williamsburg
Ariel Tal, Clinician
Ariel’s love of working with families brought him to Bacon Street as a clinician at the end of 2018. While attending William and Mary to complete his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Ariel heard about the Bacon Street’s reputation and was interested in becoming a part of an agency where he could apply his areas of study. Having come from a large family of two brothers and one sister, Ariel understands the importance family can play in a therapeutic setting. He feels lucky to be able to call his own siblings his best friends. Ariel enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction and has a passion for nature and all living things. Playing sports and being active is another favorite pastime for him. Ariel feels strongly about the power of meditation and mindfulness, and enjoys sharing this passion with others.
David Gosling, Clinican
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Glodeliz “Gigi” Rodriguez, M.S., CSAC, Clinician
Gigi Rodriguez joined the Bacon Street team in September 2018. She became a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in 2014 and is a resident in counseling in Virginia working towards completion of licensing requirements. Gigi has been working with individuals with addiction over 10 years in outpatient and inpatient settings. Her educational background includes a Master’s of Arts in International Studies from East Carolina University and a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She is also fluent in Spanish and will be able to provide support to Spanish speaking individuals.
Billy Sincoskie, CSAC-A, Clinical Intern, Old Dominion University
Billy joined Bacon Street in the fall of 2016 as a prevention intern and continued into the role of clinical intern in the fall of summer of 2017. He obtained his CSAC-A in 2018 and is working toward his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and his CSAC at Old Dominion University. Billy has been a part of the Bacon Street team for 2.5 years, and has recently taken on the role of UDS Coordinator for the agency. In his free time he’s usually studying, shopping for new awesome Adidas shoes, more studying, playing with his son Xander, studying, taking long walks on the beach with his lovely wife Christina.
Katherine Kernus, Clinician
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Erin Ellis, M.A., Prevention Director
Erin Ellis is a Williamsburg native who returned to the area in 2003; she earned a B.A. in German, minor in Sociology, from the College of William and Mary in 1997. Erin spent ‘college retirement’ time in Jackson Hole, Wyoming after graduation, and was later hired as a German teacher and Assistant Dean of Students at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. At Episcopal she was given the opportunity to coach, teach, and counsel high school students in a boarding school setting, and served as Dorm Head and Assistant Head of Residence Life. Erin moved back to Williamsburg after her daughter Audrey was born in order to spend more time with family, where her family grew to include her son Adam and daughter Heidi. She began her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Capella University, and is currently moonlighting as a volunteer chauffeur, professional grilled cheese chef, part time Algebra and times tables tutor, subpar maid, and scheduling coordinator. Erin is our new Prevention Director and is heading up our prevention team for the agency. Her responsibilities will include school and community-based prevention programming and activities. Erin is excited to be a part of Bacon Street, which is providing her the opportunity to ‘give back’ to this great community.
Kamauria Acree, Prevention Assistant and HWYC Coordinator
Kamauria Acree joined the Bacon Street team in August 2018 and is delighted to work with such a passionate and dedicated team of professionals. Kamauria has a passion for improving the health and well-being of people, groups, and communities. This passion eventually led her across the Atlantic Ocean to pursue a Master’s Degree in Community Psychology at the American University in Cairo, located in Cairo, Egypt. After finishing her Master’s Degree in Egypt, Kamauria planted herself in Virginia and worked as a Project Coordinator for a Violence Prevention program for youth in the Hampton Roads area. In her free time, Kamauria loves to exercise, blog, and read while cuddling with her 10 lb. yorkiepoo.
Maria Reese, Prevention Intern, Christopher Newport University
Maria Reese joined the Bacon Street team in May 2018 as a Prevention Intern. She is a senior majoring in Sociology with a focus on Criminology and is also minoring in Psychology and Spanish at Christopher Newport University. Maria is passionate about assisting families and youth who are in need of help whether it be through building confidence and healthy life skills through Bacon Street’s curriculum or just being there for those individuals who simply need someone to care. She is thoroughly excited to be working with the amazing staff of Bacon Street! Maria calls Northern Virginia her home however, spends most of her time in Newport News due to schooling. In her free time, she is either busy with organizations she’s involved with at CNU, spending time with her friends while watching Netflix, going out on lunch/dinner dates, and exploring new places in the area.
Shane Sheffied, Prevention Intern
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Anthony Bowman, Prevention Intern
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Natasha Artis, Prevention Intern
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Chet Boutelle, Prevention Intern, Christopher Newport University
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Leah Dillard, Prevention Intern
Leah started as a prevention intern in February 2019 after her classmate and friend, Emma Heinze, raved about Bacon Street’s programs and staff. Leah graduated from the College of William & Mary in December 2018 with a BA in Public Policy and is spending the spring “semester” working around Williamsburg, studying for graduate school entry exams, and hanging out with friends. She also takes the occasional trip home to Richmond to visit her family, including her two younger brothers, her cat (King Tut) and puppy (Mocha). When she isn’t working or studying, Leah’s following the news (especially health policy discussions and changes), playing volleyball, watching documentaries (current obsession: cults), or trying out new restaurants and coffee shops with friends. She’s so excited to join the amazing team at Bacon Street, learn more about improving youth and family health on a local scale, and help make positive, sustained connections with families in the Williamsburg area.
Joanne Henk, Psy.D., Prevention Intern
Joanne is a caregiver, family member, and volunteer as well as a cancer survivor. As a Prevention Intern, her interests in Community Mental Health have been shaped through education and experience in yoga, volunteerism, outreach, and work in the public schools, in the field of acute and chronic mental health and addictions recovery. Her interests and experiences further include the mind/body/spirit connection, yoga and psychology as paths to health and wellness. She has achieved her teacher training in Yoga at the College of William and Mary here in Williamsburg, Va and has completed her Masters in Education at the University of Connecticut with an emphasis on learning, behavior, and social skills training. Joanne has achieved her PsyD from the Rosemead School of Clinical Psychology with additional emphasis on youth and families, having completed a predoctoral internship at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a postdoctoral fellowship in community mental health at the Child and Family Development Center in Azusa, Ca.
Emma Heinze, Prevention Intern, William and Mary
Emma joined Bacon Street in August 2018 as a prevention intern. She studies kinesiology at the College of William & Mary with a focus in public health and educational studies. Emma is passionate about the power of personal health, health education, and community development and is excited to be a part of an organization that works at the intersection of all three! Emma calls Atlanta, Richmond, and Williamsburg home and loves to run, read, drink coffee, and share meals with people she loves!
Mary Beth Hughes, Prevention Intern
Mary Beth Hughes joined Bacon Street to be part of the prevention team in October of 2018. She is thrilled for this opportunity to join the dedicated staff at Bacon Street as they work with children and families in our community. Originally from Albuquerque NM, Mary Beth has called Williamsburg home for the past 17 years. She graduated from Texas A & M with her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education; she later earned her master’s degree in Education, with an emphasis in math, from The University of New Mexico. Mary Beth has taught all ages of students and is passionate about helping young people reach their goals both academically and personally! When she isn’t visiting one of her three children, all in their 20’s and attending VT, FSU and CU, she enjoys running on the trails, reading and finding any excuse to be outdoors in the sunshine.
Kaitlin Hegwald, LCSW, Social Work and Journey Home Project Director
A new resident to Williamsburg, Kaitlin recently moved to the area from Baltimore at the end of 2018. Kaitlin joins Bacon Street as the Social Work and Journey Home Project Director where she will be an integral part in serving homeless and precariously housed youth on the peninsula. Kaitlin received her Masters of Social Work from Catholic University. After spending four years with the Baltimore City foster care system, Kaitlin sought to find a place where she could extend upon her experiences with children and families. Thanks to Bacon Street’s work with this population, she found her new home. As a military wife, Kaitlin values her time with her husband and their dog, Bailey. All three enjoy being outside and exploring new places. Colonial Williamsburg is especially of interest, and Kaitlin and her family are happily settling into their new surroundings.
Rachel Smith, M. Ed., JHP Clinician
Rachel Smith joins Bacon Street as a clinician for the agency’s newest service to homeless and precariously housed youth, the Journey Home Project. She attended William and Mary for both her undergrad and masters where she earned her BS in Sociology and her M. Ed. in Couples Marriage and Family Counseling. She has experience as an Intensive In-Home counselor, and her passion is helping kids. This passion extends to all ages where Rachel has taught preschool and worked in local daycare centers. Her real-life training for these jobs comes from spending time with her niece and five nephews. When she is not busy helping our community’s adolescents, Rachel likes to relax and watch Netflix or pick up the latest Young Adult novel. She also enjoys Do-it-Yourself projects, and her skills can be seen in our newest location in Gloucester.
Neill Cameron, Social Work Intern, Virginia Commonwealth University
Since August of 2018, Neill has worked with Bacon Street as a social work intern. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University for his undergrad in social work, and is currently pursuing his masters there in the same field. Neill spent just over a decade in western North Carolina before returning to his home city of Richmond where he resides with his wife and five boys between the ages of 11 months to 18 years old. After spending 25 years as a chef, Neill decided to shift gears towards helping adolescents and their families. Neill is passionate about skateboarding, and he brings this enthusiasm to his community in an effort to help adolescents find healthier outlets for coping with life’s challenges.
Sharnese “Nese” Coston, Social Work Intern, University of Denver
Sharnese has been a social work intern with Bacon Street since September 2018. She is a recent graduate of Old Dominion University and a current student of Denver University of clinical social work. She is excited to join our team because of the combination of working with youths, families, and addiction. Currently, she lives in Gloucester, Virginia with her family and pets. Most of her free time is taken up by school and playing with her over-energetic dog.
Amanda Davila, Social Work Intern, University of Southern California
Amanda Davila joined Bacon Street as a Social Work Intern in January 2019. She earned her BSW from the University of North Carolina in 2015, and is currently obtaining her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She has several years of experience working as a Family Service Specialist. Amanda prides herself in serving the community. She spends her free time with her husband of 14 years, two sons, and the family dog. They enjoy game night, traveling, and football. Amanda is excited to gain experience and sharpen her skills in the field of adolescents dealing with substance abuse.
Sarah Kosky, Social Work Intern
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Paul Ormond, Social Work Intern
Paul joined Bacon Street as a social work intern in January of 2019. His educational background includes a BA in philosophy and religious studies from Barton College and a Master of Divinity in theology and counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently working towards earning his Master of Social Work from the University of Denver. During his 18 years of service in the army, Paul was able to visit countless countries but his favorite place to be is home with his family and loved ones. Paul’s hobbies include reading, writing, cooking elaborate meals such as lamb gyros from scratch, and catching up on the latest Netflix series or horror flick in the movie theater.
Taylor Sexton, Social Work Intern, Virginia Commonwealth University
Taylor Sexton is a lifelong resident of Williamsburg. She began her internship with Bacon Street in January 2019 as a Social Work Intern. Taylor wanted to intern at Bacon Street because of her interest in the field of substance abuse coupled with her appreciation for the agency’s work and involvement in the community. She will earn her BSW from Virginia Commonwealth University, and plans on obtaining her Masters in Social Work. Taylor’s faith is very important to her, and she enjoys participating in her church’s activities. Other interests include visiting the mountains and hiking with her fiancé, and cuddling with their cat, Lily.