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Profiling Our Amazing Staff During Social Work Month – Week Four Recap

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KVC West Virginia continues to honor its social workers during the month of March.  If you follow us on Facebook, you might have already seen these posts.  In case you haven’t, get to know our wonderful staff!

Bob Griffith has been a part of the KVC WV team since 1999, working as a CAPS and Family Service Specialist, Regional Clinical Coordinator for Region IV, and now also provides individual and family therapy for children in the Wyoming County area. Bob received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Concord University and master’s in counseling from Walden University. He holds his LSW and is pursuing his LPC. Bob works hard with his Region IV and state counterparts to find appropriate placements for children who need higher levels of care. He also works to bring children back home after being placed out of state.

Debbie Wells is a therapist and supervisor with KVC, and she has been an asset to our team for the past year and a half. She is currently the clinical supervisor for the Safe at Home program, which aims to help adolescents be successful in their local communities and reduce the risk of entering facilities. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience from working in substance abuse programs, hospital settings, and with children and families who have experienced trauma. She is always eager to learn new strategies for helping youth and families. She received her degrees in counseling and school psychology from Marshall University and West Virginia University and is a licensed social worker and licensed professional counselor. Debbie is beloved by clients and coworkers alike, and is a tremendously valuable support for her supervisees. You can always count on Debbie to see the positive aspects of any situation and provide a creative approach to a difficult challenge.

Brittany is the home finder for the Roane, Clay, Calhoun, Gilmer, and Wirt counties, working to recruit new foster families. Although she is the newest home finder to the team, she has blended in well by working to find homes in new and existing areas. Brittany is sensible, kind, and hardworking. She advocates for her families and stays well connected with the team. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Glenville State College and her master’s in social work from WVU. She also recently obtained her LGSW. Brittany has past experience in providing high level socially-necessary services and has worked in the field since 2010.

Tiffany Skidmore has been an employee with KVC West Virginia since 2001. During this time, she has held the positions of case manager, clinical team coordinator, and is currently a home finder for Cabell and Wayne Counties. Tiffany graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1998. She is currently working on her master’s in social work through the University of New England.

Wendy Jones is a case manager in the Jackson County KVC office. She received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from West Virginia University at Parkersburg. She is relatively new to the KVC family, but has long been a strong advocate for children and community partner in her work in the community and in the child welfare system, having also worked with the state Department for Health and Human Resources and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. She resides in Jackson County, where she has been a life-long resident. Wendy brings a sense of humor, thoughtfulness, clarity, and compassion to each of her cases, and her hard work is truly appreciated!

Kristi Ferrell has worked with KVC (formerly AYC) for 21 years. Kristi is currently the Human Resources Director of KVC West Virginia, as well as the Director of Foster Care Intakes. She provides a tremendous amount of support to all WV employees, and is always available to provide helpful advice and consultation. She is also responsible for coordinating the matching of youth with foster families in more than 150 KVC foster homes. In addition, Kristi coordinates KVC’s largest events, including the Resource Foster Parent Conference, the distribution of Christmas gifts to hundreds of youth each year, and various other fundraisers and programs. Kristi and her husband, Eddie, and son, Brent, are present at every KVC event, always there to show their support in every way possible. Kristi has a heart of gold and a sense of humor that contribute significantly to the family-like environment at KVC.

KVC West Virginia is so proud of our wonderful social workers and all that they bring to the field!  If you are interested in joining the KVC team, find out for information here.