Brandie Andrews, MSW, RSW, Director
Brandie Andrews is a registered social worker who has a clinical specialization in children and families. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is an evidence based intervention used to treat trauma and has shown benefit to improving symptoms related to anxiety, depression, and stress.
Brandiehas 14 years experience working directly with children, youth and adults in educational, mental health and rehabilitative settings. Brandie is a counsellor who has experience working with children, adults and families requiring support in the following areas: dealing with attachment disorders, co-parenting, grief around a new diagnosis, stress management, anxiety and depression. Brandie holds much enthusiasm and has a keen interest in working with individuals with severe behavioural disorders including those individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and FASD. Brandie works from a strengths based perspective and strives to empower and build capacity in the individuals and team that she serves.
Sonja Miller, MA, R.SLP, CCC-SLP, Director
Sonja Miller is a Speech-Language Pathologist with experience working with children, youth and adults with a variety of disabilities. Sonja has experience working within a multidisciplinary team and has facilitated child and parent programs. In addition, she has provided training sessions and presentations for conferences, in home support workers, educational teams and the community. Sonja has extensive experience in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder and severe developmental disabilities. She enjoys working with families and team members to create best possible outcomes.
Kent Hollingsworth, MA, CSFT, Associate Partner
Kent Hollingsworth is a certified solution focused counsellor and an approved clinical supervisor with over 20 years of counselling and consulting experience with children, adults, couples and families, agencies and school divisions. A 2-time presenter at the SFBTA North American Solution Focused Therapy Conference, his main areas of focus include family and couple counselling, grief, trauma, and loss, FAE and supporting individuals of all ages with neurodevelopmental challenges, including ASD, ODD and AD(H)D. He uses an empowering Response-Based Therapeutic Approach in counselling with those who have experienced violence, domestic abuse and trauma. A passionate and popular workshop presenter in the areas of Supporting Challenging Behaviors, Sol Foc Counselling, Grief and Loss, and Team Building, Kent and his wife are the parents of two wonderful children with developmental disabilities who have Fragile X. He is honored to provide Lethbridge and area residents with counselling and consulting services as a part of Key Connections' unique collaborative, multidisciplinary team approach.
Alisa Beddome, BSW, RSW
Alisa Beddome is a registered social worker who has vast experience in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities as well as severe emotional or behavioural disorders. Alisa has worked in a variety of settings and believes in creating an inclusive environment for individuals she serves in our community. She works from a strengths-based approach and believes in the power of collaboration. She is passionate about taking a holistic approach to best meet the unique needs of individuals and families to improve day-to-day functioning and quality of life.
Amanda Ward-Sutherland, R.SLP
Speech Language PathologistAmandaWardSutherlandKCC@gmail.com
Amanda Ward-Sutherland is a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist with experience working with children and adults with a variety of (dis)abilities. She completed her coursework and clinical experience at Dalhousie University. She has previously worked as an aide with children who have autism spectrum disorder. She has a passion for helping children and adults learn functional communication and increasing their quality of life. She is a proud member of the Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq First Nation community. She strongly believes in using culturally relevant practice when working with individuals from different cultural backgrounds and providing the best possible service. She is honoured and excited to be a part of the KCC team!
Bethany Mills, B.A., M.C., Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), Registered Provisional Psychologist #2405p
Bethany Mills has experience working in various developmental, educational, and mental health settings. As a result of these experiences, her practice is heavily influenced by a developmental, attachment-based framework. She has a passion for supporting individuals and families of all ages and compositions as they work towards achieving their goals. Bethany operates from a strengths-based, holistic approach with a focus on incorporating her clients’ culture, interests, and values into interventions utilized. She employs an eclectic combination of techniques based on best practices, drawing from narrative, cognitive behavioural, solution-focused, mindfulness, and expressive arts therapeutic modalities. Bethany is a strong advocate for working within the context of a multi-disciplinary team as she has witnessed the many benefits arising from a collaborative treatment approach. She is honoured to work with the KCC team to help meet the needs of the individuals and families she serves.
Briana Boron, M.A., R.SLP
Briana Boron is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with experience working with children and youth with a variety of (dis)abilities. She completed her degree at the University of Alberta and is happy to be working in the community she grew up in. She has experience facilitating child and parent programs. She has a passion for working with children and their families to help children reach their full potential.
Danielle Olivieri, MSW, RSW, CPT
Clinical Social Worker, Certified Play TherapistDanielleOlivieriKCC@gmail.com
Danielle Olivieri is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and Certified Play Therapist. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is an evidence based intervention used to treat trauma and has shown benefit to improving symptoms related to anxiety, depression, and stress. She brings with her eighteen years of experience working directly with children, youth and families. She has been working in the field of human services for over twenty years supporting individuals in achieving their goals and advocating for individual needs. Danielle values collaboration with children, families and service providers to support families holistically. She addresses self-regulation and self-awareness, sensory difficulties, organization skills, behaviour and emotions, socialization, daily living and coping strategies through a variety of approaches based on best practice research and experience. Her main area of focus includes trauma, attachment, complex cases, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, family and child therapy. Children as young as three can be seen for counselling and benefit greatly through the use of Expressive Therapies such as Play Therapy. *Clinical Social Workers are regulated under the Health Professions Act in Alberta, are authorized to use diagnostic tools including the DSM-V, and provide treatment services that are income tax deductible and can be claimed under most extended health insurance policies.
Jackie Lea, CYCW
Program Development CoordinatorJackieLeaKCC@gmail.com
Jackie Lea has 20 years experience in the human services industry in Southern Alberta. Jackie’s experience has ranged from front-line service delivery, training, negotiating contracts, licensing and accreditation to program development and management. Jackie has worked collaboratively with Children’s Services, PDD, School Districts, post secondary institutions, numerous service providers and a network of local and provincial bodies to provide a continuum of care in our region. Jackie believes strongly in working as a team and is passionate about serving individuals and families to ensure the best outcomes and most meaningful quality of life.
Jenae Dunlop, MS, R.SLP
Speech Language PathologistJenaeDunlopKCC@gmail.com
Jenae Dunlop is a Registered Speech Language Pathologist with experience working with children, youth and adults with a variety of (dis)abilities. While completing her master’s degree at Portland State University, she developed a passion for empowering children and youth who stutter to learn self-acceptance and gain confidence.. Throughout her clinical experiences, Jenae enjoyed collaborating with a range of professionals to meet client needs from a holistic, strengths-based perspective, and she has a deep appreciation for multi-disciplinary teamwork. Jenae values open communication and collaboration with parents and caregivers, as she believes family plays an integral, important role in development and learning. Jenae is excited and honoured to join KCC’s team, and to provide service to families in Southern Alberta which is home for her!!
Karlie Puchala, B.A.
Aide Program CoordinatorKarliePuchalaKCC@gmail.com
Karlie Puchala graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Social Sciences degree and also has a diploma in Business Administration from Okanagan College. She has had the pleasure of working with children as an in-home aide with KCC since 2013. Karlie is excited to move into this new position as the Aide Program Coordinator. The connection that an aide is able to make with each child/family is a very rewarding and satisfying part of the role. Karlie hopes to continue making these connections and being part of the amazing team at KCC.
Mackenzie Becker, MSc., MEd., Registered Provisional Psychologist #2323P
Behaviour Consultant / CounsellorMackenzieBeckerKCC@gmail.com
Mackenzie Becker has a diverse background of experience in psychology and related fields. She has thoroughly enjoyed working in a myriad of environments, in various roles, and with many populations, and has been able to grow and learn from each experience. Mackenzie adopts a holistic and person-centered approach, emphasizing individually tailored treatments that meet the client where they are at. She values collaboration and shared decision making models that incorporate each individuals' strengths, preferences, goals and values into their treatment. Working within KCC's multidisciplinary team, Mackenzie feels honoured and excited to provide counselling and behavioural support for individuals with significant challenges, as well as for their families and other service providers. Ultimately, she aims to foster a sense of empowerment and to improve the quality of life for those with whom she works.
Randi Gammack, BCYC
Project I.C.E. FacilitatorRandiKCC@gmail.com
Randi Gammack has completed her Bachelors degree in Child & Youth Care from the University of Victoria and is excited to return to Lethbridge to continue her work within the community. Her experience has predominantly been working with the youth population, finding her in many front-line settings such as secure treatment, residential care, emergency shelters, and community centres. Throughout her journey Randi's passion for working with youth has remained strong and she is eager to be in the role of Project I.C.E. Facilitator. She is committed to building relationships with individuals and providing the compassion to best facilitate skill building and personal growth. Randi is grateful to be a member of such a diverse team of professionals and looks forward to her new role.
Virginia (Ginger) Shaw, M.A., R.SLP
Speech Language PathologistGingerShawKCC@gmail.com
Virginia (Ginger) Shaw is a Speech-Language Pathologist with extensive experience in supporting families of children with complex communication needs. She believes in the power of multidisciplinary teamwork, with the family and child/youth at the centre of the team. Ginger was the recipient of the Dean’s Medal for Rehabilitation Medicine at University of Alberta, and completed her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). In her 20 year career, she has chosen to work in settings that provide unique clinical experiences, such as the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research (Edmonton), and Getting Ready for Inclusion Today (GRIT Program, Edmonton). She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others, and loves to support successful problem-solving with families, children and youth, educators, community members and the team. Ginger is also a wife and mother of two teenagers, and is a farmer and Girl Guide leader.