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.
Jennifer Daley, Development Director
Bio coming soon!
Hope Brocious, Marketing and Special Events Intern, Penn State University
Hope has been the Marketing and Special Events Intern since May 2018. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications and a Certificate in Fundraising and Advancement from Penn State University. This internship with Bacon Street drew her in because it combines several things she is passionate about: addiction, mental health awareness, and 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.
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
Ana Boise, Clinician
Bio coming soon!
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.
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.
Katie Howlett, Clinician
Katie received her BSW Bachelor of Social Work from VCU and went on to earn her Master of Arts in Community and School Counseling from Regent University. During that time she held several internships affording experiences from inpatient psychiatric units to school counseling and micro and macro-level services. Katie is currently a full-time school counselor but has signed on as a PRN therapist with Bacon Street to further her career and obtain her LPC. Katie most enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include exercise, hiking, boating, paddle boarding, surfing, and snowboarding when she can.
Lucia Abbott, Clinician
Bio coming soon!
Rachel Smith, M. Ed., Clinician
Rachel Smith 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.
Whitney McLellon, Clinician
Bio coming soon!
Erin Ellis, M.S., Prevention Director
Erin Ellis is a Williamsburg native who returned to the area in 2003. A William & Mary alumna, Erin spent ‘college retirement’ in Jackson Hole, Wyoming , and later served as Assistant Dean of Students at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. She earned her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, and is accruing hours as a Resident in Counseling at Bacon Street in addition to her role as Prevention Director. Erin is excited to be a part of Bacon Street, which is providing her the opportunity to ‘give back’ to this great community.
Allison Jarvis, Grants and Prevention Coordinator
From volunteer to intern to the Grants and Prevention Coordinator, Allison Jarvis has called Bacon Street her home since September of 2018. She graduated in May of 2019 with her BS in Human Services from Old Dominion University and has plans to continue her educational journey. Bacon Street appealed to her because of their wide-spanning community outreach efforts focusing on the adolescent population. She also has a specific interest in substance use disorders and mental health concerns. Allison values her time with her partner and their teenage son as well as their rescue dog and cat, Ringo and Cricket. She enjoys cycling and being outdoors, traveling, and the arts in all of its forms. She values her community and is an Ambassador to the Virginia Capital Trail. Allison is excited to be a permanent part of the Bacon Street family and is looking forward to expanding both personally and professionally within her position here.
Anthony Bowman, Prevention Assistant
Bio coming soon!
Mary Beth Hughes, Prevention Assistant
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. She has especially enjoyed facilitating the Strengthening Families Program and becoming certified in the Mindful Schools Curriculum. 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 teaches elementary school, but 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.
Shane Sheffield, Prevention Assistant
Shane has been with Bacon Street since December 2018. He started as a Prevention Intern and recently moved into the role of Prevention Assistant. The internship opportunity, along with his passion to empower youth and promote positive perspectives, is what brought him to Bacon Street. Shane attended school at Thomas Nelson Community College and currently attends Old Dominion University. Shane and his wife, Sarah, have two children, Andrew and Madison. His hobbies and interests include dirt bike racing, cars, camping, and hiking.
Alina Selnick-Escobar, Prevention Intern, College of William and Mary
Alina is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Educational Studies from the College of William and Mary. At school, she spends her time either at the gym working as a personal trainer, or outside enjoying the weather with friends. In her free time she loves to hike, kayak, and cook. Alina is excited to join the Bacon Street team and deepen her understanding and appreciation for community-based prevention programming and health education.
Ashlynne Mullis, Prevention Intern, College of William and Mary
Ashlynne is a rising junior at the College of William & Mary studying Sociology. She heard about BSYFS through a friend of hers and was immediately drawn to the prevention-based programming that Bacon Street provides because of her background in a Health Education & prevention group on campus, HOPE. Additionally, she loves working with children and has always considered being an elementary school teacher, and so she jumped at the opportunity to be around kids all summer long! One fun fact about her is that she has a one-eyed black cat named “Kitty,” (he’s the best).
Kayla Sears, Prevention Intern, Northwest Vista College
Kayla received her Associates of Nursing Degree from Northwest Vista College in 2018. While Kayla’s main passion is Nursing, she enjoys hiking and traveling across the states with her husband. Her long-term career plan is to continue her education with a focus in microbiology and is hopeful for a career with the CDC. For now, she is thrilled to be working with the Bacon Street team and each person who contributes to making the name great.
Kerry Baumann, Prevention Intern, College of William and Mary
Kerry is a native of Richmond, VA, but currently attends the College of William and Mary as a rising junior. She plans to earn a BA in Public Policy. Her close friend Leah Dillard recommended Bacon Street, and she couldn’t be more excited to start working with the Prevention team. Bacon Street’s emphasis on community outreach and development is what really drew her to the position. At William and Mary, she is involved with Lafayette Kids, which partners with Bacon Street to provide mentorship programming to youth at a local subsidized housing development. She also volunteers at a local Early Head Start Center. In her free time, you can find her following current events on Facebook and Twitter (especially issues dealing with education, criminal justice, and social policy), playing volleyball, eating Thai food, and enjoying time spent with friends and family.
Madison Chestnut, Prevention Intern, Christopher Newport University
Madison is a senior at Christopher Newport University, majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a focus in Criminology, and minoring in Leadership Studies. She is a member of the Women’s Lacrosse team at CNU, which keeps her active and engaged on campus. She was born in Albuquerque, NM, but has spent most of her life in Northern Virginia. She is super excited to be working with Bacon Street!
Monica Fritz, Prevention Intern, College of William and Mary
Monica is a junior at the College of William and Mary and is a government and history double major. She became really interested in public health and Bacon Street after she studied healthcare in Cape Town, South Africa last summer. Monica loves iced coffee, playing card games, and is currently obsessed with the show Tuca and Bertie on Netflix. When she isn’t in class she likes to walk around Colonial Williamsburg to find the best spot to relax in. She loves her dog Jessie and hopes to (finally) learn how to cook for herself this summer. She is really excited to join Bacon Street and get to know all the wonderful people there.
Journey Home Project and Social Work
Stephanie Wills, Journey Home Project Director
Stephanie was part of Bacon Street from January 2017 to March 2018, and came back in September 2018 as the Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator and Development Director. Recently she was promoted to Journey Home Project Director 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.
Jennifer Stilgebouer, MSW, Lead Social Worker
Bio coming soon!
Kristen Setty, MSW, Clinician
Kristen joined Bacon Street Youth and Family Services in July 2019 as a Clinician working with the Journey Home Project. The opportunity for growth in clinical skills is what brought her to Bacon Street. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Christopher Newport University and a Masters in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University. She has been married for three years and has a son who will be two in November. She is a total foodie and enjoys cooking and baking. She says that her main joy is going on adventures with her husband and son. Their most recent adventure was to Smith Mountain Lake.
Retecka Bright, MA, Resident Clinician
Retecka joined Bacon Street Youth and Family Services in July 2019 as a Journey Home Project Clinician. She saw the opportunity to pursue her career goal to become a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as help individuals in her community through the unique program of The Journey Home Project. She received her Undergrad from Old Dominion in Human Services with a minor in Psychology and attended Grad School at Regent University’s School of Psychology and Counseling for Clinical Mental Health. She is married to Shawn, her exceptional husband of 18 years, and has two amazing children, Kearstin and Kaden. She loves to travel, read, and spend time with her family. Her professional motto is “Success is never final and failure never fatal. It’s courage that counts” by Winston Churchill.
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.
Paul Ormond, Social Work Intern, University of Denver
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.
Sarah Koski, Social Work Intern, University of Denver
Sarah’s desire to work with adolescents in the mental health discipline landed her an internship position with Bacon Street’s social work team starting in January of 2019. She has a BA in English Literature from Salem College and is currently a Master of Social Work candidate at the University of Denver. A resident of Richmond, Virginia for 20 years, Sarah’s family life consists of herself and her three daughters (ages 16, 18, and 20), their two dogs, and (the sole male in their house) Charles Wallace the cat. Sarah is a voracious reader and consumer of information. Her interests include history, philosophy, and current events. She is a self-described want-a-be foodie and enjoys dining out and cooking for her family. When not consuming words or foods, Sarah enjoys watching a good ol’ crime drama.
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.