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    About Us

    Empower's mission is to transform the lives of youth, adults, their families, and communities through the implementation of evidence-based practices, tools, and software. Our organizations all strive to achieve the same goal: producing consistently positive outcomes. With years of research on effectiveness, our approaches are scientifically proven to enhance the lives of those involved in the justice, child welfare, and mental health systems.

    Empower Team

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    Josh Glade

    Co-Founder and CEO

    Josh is committed to the quality implementation of our juvenile treatment programs. Josh has experience sourcing funding and executing strategic growth plans. He received his bachelor’s in business administration from Emory University and an MBA from Georgetown University.


    Logan Greenspan

    Co-Founder & Board Member

    Logan has a background in finance and operations. He received his bachelor's in business administration from Emory University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

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    Marc Benesh

    Chief Financial Officer

    Marc is the CFO for Empower Community Care and leads the finance and accounting function across all our brands. He is a CPA and received his MS & BS degrees in accounting from the University of Florida in 1996. He enjoys being outdoors playing tennis, snow skiing, boating and spending time with his family and friends.

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    Danielle Politi

    Chief Growth Officer

    Danielle, a psychologist by trade, leads the sales, business development, and marketing functions for the organization. She is passionate about the customer experience ensuring value is created throughout the entire customer journey. Danielle earned her BA in Psychology from Coastal Carolina University, Ed.S. in School Psychology from The Citadel Graduate College, and her Psy.D. in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking, experiencing new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.

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    Keller Strother

    Co-Founder & Senior Advisor

    Keller, also a Co-Founder of Empower companies MST Services and Evidence-Based Associates, has been a driving force in scaling the dissemination of Multisystemic Therapy. He holds a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and master’s degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Duke University.

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    Brenda Szumski

    Chief Operations Officer & Executive Director

    Brenda has spent her career working with children and families, the last 23 years with the MST model. She is passionate about improving the quality and accessibility of services available to families in communities. She received her MSW from the University of Denver and her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband, two sons and two dogs.

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    Dan Edwards

    Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives

    Dan is a clinical psychologist and implementation scientist who has enjoyed a 25+ year career training, consulting, and researching evidence-based practice implementation. He’s been part of leadership teams at both MST Services and EBA, and he looks forward to advancing conversations on behalf of Empower with innovative agency leaders who serve at-risk children, youth, and families. He holds a masters degree from Harvard University and a doctorate from the University of Florida.

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    Mikayla Berry

    Senior Marketing Manager

    Mikayla leads a range of strategic marketing initiatives across Empower's network of organizations. With a BBA in Marketing from The University of Houston-Downtown and a minor in Art and Design, she not only possesses an understanding of marketing principles but also a deep appreciation for creativity. Mikayla is dedicated to finding the best approach to link Empower's products and services with organizations committed to transforming the lives of those they serve. Outside of work, she enjoys art and comedy shows, live music, fitness, and spending time with friends, family, and her three pets.


    Courtney Chapman

    Operations Manager

    Courtney oversees the organizational processes at Empower, implementing policies and strategies to improve productivity and efficiency levels across the various entities. She received her BS in Business Administration from the College of Charleston. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and vacations that involve a beach.

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    Becca Ford

    Inside Sales Representative

    Becca has worked in public education for over 15 years as a teacher, administrator, and school counselor. She is a great communicator and empowers others by listening, understanding, and creating solution-focused plans. Becca earned a BS in Education from Midwestern State University. She acquired her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Lamar University where she also completed the principal certification program. Becca is married and has three children. She enjoys traveling, reading, entertaining, playing games and spending time with family and friends.


    Malaysia Guzman

    Inside Sales Representative

    Malaysia holds a Bachelor's in Psychology from UC Davis and a Master's in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. With experience as a Program Coordinator, Rehabilitation Specialist, Diversion Counselor, and school-based therapist, she understands client needs deeply. She enjoys traveling, hiking with her dog Mya, and embracing beach serenity. Committed to promoting the program's transformative benefits, she uses communication skills and understanding of family dynamics to empower families and foster growth.


    Nancy Hill

    HR Manager

    Nancy is responsible for planning, coordinating, and evaluating the various services, policies, and programs for Empower's HR department. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Appalachian State University and has a wide range of experience in Human Resources, Office Administration, and Information Technology. She enjoys running, listening to audiobooks, and spending time with family and friends.

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    Ruby Howard


    Ruby is the Accounting Manager for MST Services, an Empower organization. She received her BA in Accounting from Dillard University (New Orleans) and her Master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Ruby loves spending time with her 3 grandkids, and she enjoys reading and shopping.


    Randy Hurst

    IT Manager

    Randy oversees the technical operations and data security throughout the organization. He attended Southern Union Community College and Western Governors University for a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He and his family live in Lagrange, Ga where they enjoy spending time outdoors and on the water.


    Brina Joiner

    Operations Coordinator

    Brina Joiner is the Operations Coordinator for Empower Community Care. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville with a focus on Intercultural Communication. Since then, she has gained experience in various roles from program management to administrative support all in the service of children and families. Brina loves to hike and enjoy performing arts in her spare time.

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    D'Ree Kelley


    D’Ree has her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and was the Staff Accountant for MST Services from 2017 through 2019. She then transferred to Orbis when she moved from Atlanta to the beach with her new husband, Keith. She enjoys listening to all music, Zumba, hanging at the beach and boating on the weekends.

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    Levi Lewis


    Levi is the Senior Accountant for Empower. He completed his undergraduate at the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor’s in Accounting and obtained his MBA with specialization in Finance from Louisiana State University. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking and loves getting to spend time with his dogs.


    Amanda Peck

    Marketing Specialist

    Amanda Peck is a Marketing Specialist with an emphasis on digital marketing functions. With a broad skill set in marketing, coupled with her diverse background in nonprofit and social impact organizations, she is committed to helping underserved communities thrive. She earned her B.A. from Luther College in International Studies and Spanish Language. Amanda enjoys volunteering, gardening, camping, hiking, and traveling with her husband and dog.


    Tasheanna Williams

    Marketing Specialist

    Tasheanna is the Marketing Specialist for Empower Community Care. With a journalism degree and a creative writing minor from California State University-Sacramento, she has a love of grammar, poetry, and books! When Tasheanna is not buried in a book, she loves spending time with her dog, hiking, and cooking.

    Organizational Leaders

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    Susan Burke

    Executive Director
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    Rick Parsons

    Deputy Director
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    Nicole Janer

    Senior Director
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    Michael Robbins

    Clinical &
    Research Director
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    Holly DeMaranville

    Communications &
    Events Director
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    Kellie Armey

    Senior Manager

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    Helen M. Midouhas

    Senior Manager

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    Annie Niermann

    Senior Manager

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    Carolyn Webster-Stratton

    Founder & Program Developer
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    Bernie Centeio

    Adaptation Director
    MST Services

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    Michelle Dean

    Team Support Services
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    Lori Moore

    Network Partner Support
    Division Director
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    Laura Shortt

    Clinical Resources
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    David Robinson

    CEO &
    Director of Assessment
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    Alexander Stringer

    Chief Operations Officer
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