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DEC. 20 - Union Mission Announces New Hires for “No Wrong Door for Help” Program

Union Mission recently added five new staff members for Parent & Child Services’ “No Wrong Door for Help” program.

Daniel Beam as a therapist has been hired as a therapist. In his new position, Beam will work with child, adolescent and adult populations suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues.

“By joining the team at Union Mission, I believe I can better serve the people who really need our help the most,” he said. “I am honored to be a part of their overall mission.”

A Savannah native, Beam attended Savannah High School and graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University with a B.A. in Music. He is also a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary located in Fort Worth, Tex., where he earned a Masters in Church Music. He subsequently attended Argosy University and received a M.A. in Professional Psychology. He has been a licensed therapist in Georgia since 2004 and received a Master Addiction Counselor license in 2006 from National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).

Over the past five years, Beam has served as a group counselor for juvenile and adult sex offender treatment groups in both Savannah and Hinesville. Prior to that, Beam served as a Baptist minister, a ministry resource consultant with the Georgia Baptist Convention, a teacher at Bethesda Home for Boys and a therapist for individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues.

“We are delighted to have Daniel join us here at Union Mission,” said Terry Cassidy, vice president of Behavioral Health Services at Union Mission. “He is one of those special individuals who was born to help others.”

LaRonda Jenkins was hired as a case manager. In her new position, Jenkins will work with at-risk youth and adults suffering from mental health issues.

“I have a tremendous respect for the programs Union Mission provides our community,” said Jenkins. “There are many individuals this program can help and is helping every day. I’m delighted to be a part of such an important organization.”

Jenkins received her B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in Child and Family Development, from Georgia Southern University in 2006. She is a certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner through the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. Her past experience includes working with at-risk youth and adults suffering with varying degrees of mental illness, as well as serving as a supervisor to a mental health residential program and day treatment service program.

Currently, Jenkins is attending Argosy University and will receive a M.A. in Industrial Organizational Psychology in December 2011.
“We are excited to welcome LaRonda to our team at Union Mission,” said Terry Cassidy, vice president of Behavioral Health Services at Union Mission. “She will help provide care for youth and adults in our community who are truly in need.”

Kelly Murphy has been hired as a therapist. In her new position, Murphy will work with children, adolescents and adults offering outcome-oriented therapy in family and individual settings.

“Helping families who are struggling with various issues is a true honor,” said Murphy. “I am pleased to offer my guidance to those taking advantage of Union Mission’s No Wrong Door for Help program.”

Murphy received her master’s degree in Counselor Education and Community Counseling in 2010. That same year, she was granted her license as an associate professional counselor by the state of licensing board of Georgia and became a nationally-certified counselor with the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Murphy came to Union Mission as an intern in July 2009 and has worked with multiple individuals and families inside their own homes, providing resources and skill-building services, including parent training. Her experience includes both voluntary and court-mandated teen and adult clients.

“Kelly truly understands what Union Mission is all about,” said Terry Cassidy, vice president of Counseling Services. “We are delighted she chose to continue the amazing work she has started with our organization.”

Donna Hermida, R.N., has been hired as a psychiatric nurse. With 10 years of psychiatric nursing experience in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, she will work directly with clients experiencing a range of psychiatric conditions.

“I enjoy all aspects of nursing, including working with such an upstanding organization such as Union Mission,” said Hermida. “I truly believe in the No Wrong Door for Help program, which provides health services to those in desperate need in our community.”

Hermida earned a degree in Nursing from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 1998 and has extensive experience with psychiatric issues.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to bring Donna aboard our team at Union Mission,” said Terry Cassidy, vice president of Counseling Services. “She will help nurture a very important program at Union Mission and our clients will benefit greatly from her vast experience and caring manner.”

Union Mission’s Center for Counseling is a comprehensive community-based behavioral health center serving adults, adolescents & children. The program is nationally accredited and provides services designed to assist individuals, families and youth in meeting life's challenges through the delivery of affordable, high-quality care.

Diane Gores has been hired as a case manager. In her new position, Gores will help treat patients, including both adults and children, who have been diagnosed with mental health illnesses.

“Working with individuals suffering from mental illness requires an intense amount of dedication and love of humankind,” said Gores. “I am happy to offer both of those qualities to the individuals Union Mission helps on an ongoing basis. I hope to make a lasting contribution to this wonderful organization.”

Gores received her B.A. in psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. Her past experience includes working as a community mental health case manager for mentally ill adult and child patients, as well as dual-diagnosed individuals and parolees.

Gores is due to graduate with a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2011.

“As always, we are thrilled to have someone with Gores’ love of people and counseling skills join us at Union Mission,” said Terry Cassidy, vice president of Counseling Services. “There is not a doubt in my mind that she will make a wonderful member of our team and help us offer the quality care these people deserve.”

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