March is Social Work Month! In recognition of the inspiring and often challenging work that social workers do, we would like to introduce and recognize some of the special social workers in our KVC family. These posts were originally shared on our Facebook page, and we’re recapping them here so that everyone knows how much KVC West Virginia appreciates its social workers!
Mital is our newest case manager in the Raleigh/Wyoming offices. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Charleston and her master’s in psychology from Marshall University. Mital has worked in the community health, hospital, juvenile detention, and developmental fields before coming to KVC. She received her social work license in 2015. Mital is funny, thorough, and down to earth. Our team enjoys her easygoing spirit and her ability to easily engage families. We are thankful to have Mital as a part of our KVC West Virginia team!
Tommy Redden is a lifelong resident of Wyoming County, WV. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Concord College in Athens, WV. He then started his social work career as a Counselor/Case Manager with Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center. He later received a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Marshall University. Upon completion of his master’s degree, Tommy provided therapy and psychological evaluations to both children and adults. Tommy then became Regional Clinical Coordinator at Action Youth Care, Inc. (which later became KVC) where Tommy has worked with children and families in varying capacities since 2001. Tommy currently serves as Home Finder for the Raleigh and Wyoming County KVC offices and is primarily responsible for the certification and licensure of resource foster parents.
Toby Spiker, M.A., LSW recently joined the KVC team, primarily working in the Roane and Jackson offices. He received his bachelor’s in psychology from Fairmont State, and his master’s in clinical psychology from Marshall University Graduate College. He has worked as a Licensed Social Worker since 2003, having worked with the addictions, chronic mental illness, hospital and outpatient populations. Toby is completing diagnostic intakes and providing therapy services for children, teens, and adults. He is also working toward licensure in psychology. Toby is an asset to the team!
Lori is the Home Finder for Jackson, Wood, Wirt, and Ritchie counties. She has been with KVC since 2011 and has her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She has been a Licensed Social Worker since 2002, when she worked as a CPS and APS worker with Wood County DHHR. Lori is a high-spirited woman who loves getting to know new people and help families become foster families. She is always on the go and busy advocating for children and families. In addition to her home finding duties, Lori has also completed numerous adoptions for her foster families. She thoughtfully sends thank you notes to community members for those who advocate for children. Please join KVC in thanking Lori for being such a great social worker!
Becky James is a case manager in the Roane KVC office (serving Calhoun, Gilmer and Clay Co. areas, as well). She is relatively new to the KVC family, although she brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge about the child welfare system. Becky owned her own daycare for nine years, has previous experience as a case manager working with children and adults, and has worked at Gilmer Co. DHHR over the past several years. She loves spending time with her children and three grandchildren, and her kindness, compassion, and strong work ethic make her an invaluable part of the team. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the children and families of West Virginia, Becky!
KVC West Virginia is proud to honor these social workers for Social Work Month. Thank you, staff, for all of your hard work in helping the families of West Virginia.