Meet the Team
Kimberly Jones, LPC-MHSP, Clinical Program Director
Kimberly Jones is the clinical program director and supervisor of trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT) at Compass Intervention Center. Kimberly is a certified national TF-CBT therapist, holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degree in counseling and is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Counseling Education program at the University of Memphis.
Her clinical background includes providing in-home services to children and adolescents, working with victimized women and children and addressing case management issues for clients. Kimberly’s passion is to help, not only children and families, but the whole community understand the impact of trauma from an individual and global perspective.
Vanese Griffin, Ed.S. – Education Director
Vanese Griffin is the education director. She received her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from LeMoyne Owen College, Master of Education in Administration from Trevecca Nazarene University and her education specialist degree in administration from Cambridge College, respectfully. She holds a specialization in administration, planning and supervision and holds a teacher license in multiple states.
Professionally, Vanese has taught for the former Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools and K12 Inc. She has served as a lead teacher, master teacher and special programs manager in a district of over 2000 students. She has also served as an adjunct instructor in the education department at her alma mater, Lemoyne Owen College. She also serves as the education director for McDowell Center for Children.
Vanese joined Compass in April of 2017.
Devin Cobb, BSN, RN – Director of Nursing
Nurse Devin received his Associates Degree in Nursing Science at Northwest Community College in MS, in 2017. He received his Bachelors Degree in Nursing Science at the University of Memphis in Spring of 2021. Since beginning his career he has worked in a variety of settings including Intake in adult behavioral health, and the Director Of Operations for an outpatient clinic. He enjoys the ability to make a positive impact in such an important time in our patient population. He enjoys spending his time off traveling to new places.
Jordan Jones, ADON, RN – Assistant Director of Nursing
Nurse Jordan received his Associates Degree in Nursing Science at Northwest Community College in MS. Jordan spent the beginning of his career building his nursing skills working with the elderly population. He joined the Compass team in 2019 because he saw the opportunity to expanding his nursing horizons. Jordan enjoys getting the opportunity to engage with patients from a variety of backgrounds. He spends his free time making pottery.
Victoria Strickland, LMSW – Outpatient Program Director
Tory manages the outpatient department at Compass which includes an onsite PHP and IOP program as well as an offsite day treatment program in the community. Tory is an LMSW that received an undergraduate and graduate degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Tory has 8 years of experience in the mental health field and has worked in a variety of settings including specialized crisis with adolescents and their families and emergency response team for a psychiatric hospital. Tory has a passion for building relationships and being an advocate for children and their families. Tory loves being a part of the team at Compass and enjoys finding new and innovative ways to encourage and reach the children that we serve.
Sandra Newcombe, Director of Admissions
Sandy joined the Compass clinical team in May 2018 after graduating with a Master in Social Work from The University of Memphis. Sandy also holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She has several years of experience advocating for children and adolescents both in the school and juvenile justice systems. Not only interested in advocating for her individual clients, Sandy has published articles advocating for juvenile justice reforms and facilitated workshops informing adolescents of their rights.
Motivated to help children and families thrive and to address the underlying reasons for legal issues, Sandy pursed a degree in social work with a focus on adolescent and family trauma treatment. During this time, Sandy was awarded a grant funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services to promote cultural humility within social work practice in Shelby County. Sandy has received training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in Schools. She incorporates her training and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy into her personal treatment philosophy.
Working at Compass allows Sandy the opportunity to pursue her passion, helping adolescents and families thrive, while combining both her legal and clinical experience. Sandy loves working at Compass and seeing the positive progress our adolescents and families make through the course of treatment.
OUTPATIENT PROGRAM CLINICAL STAFF
Zachary Becker, Therapist
Zack Becker joined Compass Intervention Center in 2019. He joined the outpatient program and is currently working with the patients in day treatment program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling from Mississippi State University.
Zack brings experience from working with individuals in a residential treatment setting primarily focused on dual diagnosis disorders. He has served as a clinical manager that supervised the treatment milieu and Dialectical Behavior Therapy program.
Kevin Deam, Therapist
Kevin earned his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2016 and his Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Memphis in 2020. He has experience working with adolescents in both mental health and dual diagnosis capacities. Kevin enjoys working with adolescents, and is passionate about breaking the cycles they may find themselves stuck in and helping them reorient towards the paths of self-determination and self-improvement. He is excited to join the dedicated team of therapists at Compass Intervention Center.
Cynthia Johnson, LBSW/MSW, Therapist
Cynthia Johnson, LBSW/MSW has 17 years of experience in working with the geriatric population, 2 years of working with hospice patients/grief counseling, and 2 years of experience in adult mental health. She received a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree in 1999 from Delta State University and a Master’s of Social Work degree in 2017 from University of Memphis. Cynthia uses the holistic approach to therapy with aspects of CBT. Cynthia is a team player and she is looking forward to providing exceptional mental health services to the adolescents and their families here at Compass Intervention Center. Cynthia is an author several Christian books/devotionals. She enjoys spending time with her two children, reading and writing.
CasSandra Brown earned her Bachelors of Professional Studies with a minor in Public Administration from the University of Memphis in 2004 and her Masters of Arts in Professional Mental Health Counseling from the University of Liberty in 2015. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in both the mental health and emergency medical capacities. CasSandra has had the privilege of serving clients in the medical setting across all social classes during her 23 years of service in the medical field. She practices a patient centered approach focusing on cognitive behavior therapies. CasSandra is devoted to providing exceptional care to the adolescents at Compass Intervention Center. CasSandra loves working with the team at Compass Intervention Center and holds a deep appreciation for excellence in teamwork in the mental health setting.
Paul Clein, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Paul Clein received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1990 and completed his residency training in general psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. While at Johns Hopkins, he was chief resident of his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training. Paul has been published numerous times and is board certified in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry.
David Struble, MD
Dr. David Struble received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1996 and completed his residency training at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, where he was chief resident of his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training. David also served as chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Keesler AFB Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. He is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and licensed in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.
Ross Collins Jr., MD
Dr. Ross Collins Jr. received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed his residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Ross has been in private practice for over 20 years in the Shelby County, Tennessee area with specialized experience in chemical dependency. Dr. Collins is board certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.
Jeff Lowrey, MD
Dr. Jeff Lowrey received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed his residencies at the University of Tennessee and the Campbell Clinic. Jeff is board certified in ambulatory medicine and a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is licensed in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.
Lisa Cox, DNP, APRN, FNP
Dr. Lisa Cox received her doctorate in psychiatric mental health nursing from the University of Tennessee. She has experience working as a nurse practitioner in psychiatry managing medication in inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization programs.
She is a group facilitator for the Tennessee Professional Assistance Program. Lisa is certified as a family psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, certificate of fitness as a family nurse practitioner, RN multistate licensure, and APN TN licensure.
Sarah Vogelfanger, DNP, FNP, PMHNP-BC
Sarah Vogelfanger graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi and received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner.
Sarah is a member of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and is ACLS- and BLS-certified. She joined Vogelfanger and Struble Clinic in 2017 and provides psychiatric services including psychiatric evaluation and medication management for children, adolescents and adults.
RESIDENTIAL CLINICAL STAFF
Terri Sweet – Residential Program Case Manager
Terri Sweet started volunteering at adult aftercare groups at Lakeside Behavioral Health System in 1988 and became an official employee in the adolescent residential program in 1992. She worked at Desoto County Alternative Center in Mississippi from 1995 to 2010, at which time she joined the staff of Compass Intervention Center.
Terri has a degree in rehabilitation counseling in education. She enjoys the varied nature of her work and her interaction with other departments. Her position gives her a clear picture of how the facility works as a whole and how dependent each department is on the others.
Amanda Chain, Therapist
Amanda Chain has been working at Compass since 2016, where she completed an internship prior to becoming a full-time therapist. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Memphis.
Her treatment philosophy centers around learning and a systems approach. Amanda believes that because every client is unique, not every client can be supported the same way. Her goal is to be the client’s advocate and better understand their pattern of learning and coping and the patterns impressed on them by family and environment. Every child can acquire the behavioral skills to become a successful adolescent with a bright future.
Amanda enjoys Compass because of the supportive staff and overall positive environment. She likes coming to work every day to build therapeutic relationships and see the children grow socially from activity engagement.
Tiffany Poole, Therapist
Tiffany received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Jackson State University. She went on to receive two master degrees from Grand Canyon University, one in Addiction Counseling and the other in Professional Counseling. She has 3 beautiful children who she loves spending time with. She enjoys working with children and making a difference in her community.
Tiffany Vann, Therapist
Tiffany Vann has four years of professional mental health experience and has a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her treatment philosophy integrates both humanistic and cognitive behavioral therapies. Tiffany enjoys Compass because she can be creative in therapy, believes the leadership displays a positive attitude and values the many opportunities for staff appreciation.
Stacey Weeks, Therapist
Stacy Weeks is a Masters-Level Social Worker who graduated from Union University and earned her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Social Work. She also earned a certification in the School of Work along with a Medical assistant diploma. She has experience working with families at a homeless shelter and case management experience with three-plus years in all populations. Not to mention, she was the Director of Social Services at a nursing home and possesses therapist experience working with for-profit and an acute hospital/ IOP/PHP. She thoroughly enjoys working as a Social Worker/ Therapist. Stacy is passionate about making a difference in others’ lives. She has always and continues to strive for better.
Trinicia Woods, Therapist
Trinicia received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work in 2015 from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. She then worked to earn her Masters in Social Work in 2017 at Union University. Trinicia spent her time as a master’s-level intern at Compass Intervention Center, where her desire to work with at-risk youth with mental health needs, grew exponentially. Trinicia returned to work with the very company that fueled her desire, Compass, in 2019. She has also been able to volunteer with multiple organizations under Memphis Leadership Foundation over the past 10 years, to further her connection to her community and those in need.
Katie Bruce, Therapist
Katie Bruce has been working at Compass since June 2021. She completed her Masters of Social Work at Simmons University and her undergraduate in Human Services with a minor in Sign Language at Northeastern University. Katie uses a strengths-based approach employing creative interventions to meet each client’s individual needs. Her desire is to help adolescents realize and reach their potential despite the trauma and unfortunate circumstances or poor choices they have experienced; Katie believes that with a positive support system and the right tools, children and adolescents are capable of great resiliency and achieving their goals. Katie enjoys working at Compass because of the team-based environment between staff members and she gets excited to see the clients make progress, apply their new learned skills, and challenge themselves, going outside of their comfort zone with peers and family to become the best version of themselves possible.
Claudeidra Taylor, Therapist
Claudeidra Taylor attended Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, where she received her Bachelor of Social Work in 2017. Claudeidra completed her internship at Mid Cumberland Community Action Agency from 2016-2017. Upon graduating, she returned to work for Mid Cumberland full time. Claudeidra enrolled in The Master of Social Work program at Middle Tennessee in 2018, and she completed one year before relocating to Memphis. Claudeidra transferred to University of Memphis, in 2019, and she completed the full time Master of Social Work program. While enrolled at UofM, she had the opportunity to complete internships with the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office and UTHSC Center for Developmental Disabilities. Claudeidra graduated in May 2021 with her MSW, and is on her way to obtaining her LMSW.
Darnisha Williams, Therapist
Darnisha Williams began working at Compass in 2021. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Mississippi State University and a Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mississippi College. Her treatment philosophy integrates narrative therapy with a person centered care and family systems approach. She believes every client has a different life story and journey. Her goal is help patients acquire the necessary skills to live successfully.
Dr. Michelle V. Wilson, Ed.D – Assistant Director of Education
Dr. Michelle V. Wilson is the Assistant Director of Education. She received her Bachelor of Science Cum Laude in Human Ecology Family Studies and Master of Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She earned her Doctorate of Education from Carson Newman University. She holds certifications for regular and special education, reading specialist, and educational specialist. As an educator for over 10 years, Dr. Wilson has proven to be effective with several dynamics of students, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders. Previously she worked for Hamilton County Schools, Memphis City Schools, and Shelby County Schools serving in many different capacities keeping her students best interest first. Dr. Wilson embraces the fact that each child is unique and it’s important to use each learner’s abilities as the leading factor for determining their educational journey. Dr. Wilson started with Compass in 2019 and also serves as patient advocate.