Leadership & Staff
Brent Lemon, LCSW
Brent Lemon, LCSW
Brent Lemon is the President of KVC West Virginia. He currently oversees administration of programming and program implementation. He works closely with Directors and staff members to increase productivity and program outcomes. He also collaborates with community partners, building alliances and advocating for needed services for children and families in the state of West Virginia. Mr. Lemon came to Croney and Clark (now KVC Kentucky) in August of 2000 as an IMPACT Plus Clinician. Through the years, he has worn a number of hats and worked with each program in the agency. His favorite part of his work in the agency is the design, development and final implementation of projects. His best days at the agency are when the projects and initiatives come to fruition. Whether it is Chart Online or a newly funded program, he enjoys being an active participant in creating positive change in the organization.
Erin Keltner, LICSW
Erin Keltner, LICSW
Acting Regional Director for Raleigh, Kanawha, Wyoming areas
Erin Keltner started with Croney and Clark, Inc. (now KVC Kentucky) as a practicum student in August 2004. Since then, Ms. Keltner has worked as a case manager and clinician in the Intensive In-Home Services and IMPACT Plus programs, was the Director of IMPACT Plus and then the Director of Development, Training, and Quality Assurance. Ms. Keltner also assisted KVC Kentucky in first becoming accredited by The Joint Commission in November 2010. Ms. Keltner started working in West Virginia in 2011 and is currently acting as the Director of Permanency in addition to her Vice President duties.
Ms. Keltner graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Transylvania University in 2001 and her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky in 2005. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Kentucky and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in West Virginia.
Kristi Ferrell, L.S.W.
Kristi Ferrell, L.S.W.
Kristi R. Ferrell, Director of Permanency and Marketing, has been employed with KVC West Virginia since August 2001. Prior to KVC, Kristi was a Regional Director with Action Youth Care.
Kristi received a B.A. in Business Education from Marshall University in 1988. She completed a Master of Arts degree in Business Education from Marshall University in 1992. Prior to beginning her social work career, she taught high school for six years in Logan County. Kristi was instrumental in beginning the foster care program in Logan, Mingo and Boone Counties.
She resides in Man, in Logan County, WV, with her husband Eddie and son Brent.
Sara Wyer, M.A., Licensed Psychologist serves as a Regional Director at KVC West Virginia, where she supervises the staff of the Jackson, Kanawha, and Roane office areas. Sara also provides clinical supervision to Supervised Psychologists on the KVC team, and enjoys the opportunity to staff cases and meet with clients, foster families and community partners to ensure that quality services are provided.
She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from West Virginia Wesleyan College, and then her Master of Arts degree in Clinical and Child Psychology from Marshall University. With previous experience in assessing early childhood development, having worked in both the community mental health and private practice settings, and having served as a contract psychologist for several years, Sara joined the KVC team full-time in 2007. Sara is a lifelong resident of rural West Virginia and resides with her husband and three daughters.
Erin Osborne, L.G.S.W.
Erin Osborne, L.G.S.W.
Erin Osborne, MSW, LGSW is the Director of the Safe at Home program. She has worked in the social work field for eleven years.
Ms. Osborne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH in 1999. She received her Master of Social Work degree in 2006 from New York University in New York, NY. Ms. Osborne has provided direct care as a Family Service Specialist with KVC and as a therapist with KVC and other agencies. Her therapeutic experience has been serving those diagnosed with severe mental illness (all ages) and adolescents with intellectual disabilities both in NY and WV. Ms. Osborne has worked as a clinical supervisor/manager in residential settings targeting adults and adolescents with mental illness and developmental/intellectual disabilities in WV for five years. Most recently she opened a residential program for adolescents with dual diagnoses (MH/ID) which began providing services in 2008.
Lori Meredith is the Director of Mercer, Raleigh, and Wyoming areas. She is a graduate from Lindsey Wilson College with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and an Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor (ALPS).
Lori holds degrees from Marshall University and Concord University. She formerly was a Principal in Wyoming County and enjoys working with children and families. Her greatest achievement is her two children, Matthew and Staci.
Michelle Cooper, Regional Director has been with KVC for almost 5 years. She began as a therapist and Supervised Psychologist, moving to Supervisor and now Director. Michelle works with therapists and case managers to provide therapy and other needed services to our families as well as support to our foster parents. She continues to work to improve productivity and moving into new initiatives and programs with our staff.
Michelle has over 21 years of experience in various roles, serving children and families. Before coming to KVC, she worked with adolescent girls in a residential treatment facility and has experience working with domestic violence victims. She has also worked as a case manager, providing in-home services to children, adolescents and families. Most recently, Michelle worked as a Supervised Psychologist providing psychological evaluations, individual and family therapy in a variety of settings.
Michelle attended Marshall University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. She is a Supervised Psychologist and will soon complete her last step to becoming a Licensed Psychologist. Michelle is also a licensed Social Worker.
Catherine Buckland has been with KVC since June of 2016. After serving as a Community Resource Specialist for two years, Catherine took on the role of Human Resource Specialist. She thrives being around compassionate, caring co-workers who are committed to making a difference in the lives of children and families.
Catherine is the proud mother of three children, one son in-law and two beautiful grandchildren. Her hobbies include hiking, riding motorcycles, going to the beach and spending as much time with her grandchildren as she can. Growing up with a father in the Air Force has led Catherine to become an avid world traveler.
Robin Atkinson is a Training and Development Specialist for KVC West Virginia. She has 21 years experience in the behavioral healthcare field and began her career working with the MRDD population and at-risk families. In 1998, she was appointed as a Therapeutic Foster Care Coordinator with Action Youth Care. She began her employment with KVC in 2001 as a Family Service Specialist.
In 2003, she was appointed as Foster Care Coordinator for a five-county area. She worked on recruitment and retention of foster homes in this area. In 2016, she was appointed as the Training and Development Specialist for KVC, West Virginia. Today she supervises over the foster care intake team, develops and presents training curriculums for foster parents and staff and assists the foster/adoptive care team in numerous tasks. She conducts monthly orientation training for new staff and oversees most training regiments.
In 2009 and 2012, KVC honored Ms. Atkinson with the Leader of the Year award from the Alliance for Children Conference. Ms. Atkinson holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Marshall University and Master’s of Social Work with the specialization in Community Organization & Social Administration practice from West Virginia University. She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the state of West Virginia.
Lori Hesson is a Home Finder and Adoption Worker serving the Jackson KVC office in Ripley, WV. She works with Resource Foster and Adoptive parents in Jackson, Wood, and Wirt counties. Lori grew up in Jackson county and graduated from Ravenswood High School in 1987. She then began attending WVU-P and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education; multi-subjects K-8 in 1994. She has continued to work on her Master’s Degree an has 30 hours in Special Education.
Lori enjoys helping and serving others in the community, and therefore she began her journey into the Social Work field in 2002. Lori has been a Licensed Social Worker for 16 years. She began as a Child Protective Service Worker in 2002, and she moved on to the Adult Services Unit as a Social Services Worker II and an APS Supervisor. Lori has always enjoyed working with children and families, and she began working at KVC in 2011 as a Team Leader. After a transition, Lori became the Home Finder for the Jackson and Roane KVC offices in 2012. Lori now lives in Wood county with her family.
Marsha Messer is a lifelong resident of Mingo County. She attended Marshall University graduating in 1997 with B.A. She has been a Licensed Social Worker since 2002.
Marsha began as case manager for AYC in 1999 and continued for KVC in 2001 as a case manager until 2010 when she was promoted to the position of Home Finder
Brittany Sponaugle is a Home Finder for Gilmer, Roane, Calhoun and Clay Counties. She has worked for KVC for 3 years certifying foster parents. In addition, she is certified to do adoptions and is one of the trainers for our Trauma Systems Therapy training.
Brittany graduated from Glenville State College in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science with a concentration in Psychology and Sociology. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from West Virginia University in 2012. Prior to coming to KVC, Brittany worked in the mental health field with the homeless population and also as a Family Education Specialist, working with biological families who had their children removed from their care.
She resides in Gilmer County with her husband, two kids and their dog, Madison.
Leah Williams has been employed with KVC West Virginia since July 2011. She currently works as a Home Finder but has held many roles over the years, including Administrative Assistant and Permanency Case Manager. Leah has been an active member of the Holiday Heroes committee for many years, helping to provide Christmas gifts for all children in KVC West Virginia care.
Leah received her Regents Bachelor of Arts in May 2012 and Masters of Social Work in May 2018, both from Concord University. Prior to her social work career, she worked in hospitality management.
Stephanie Brown is a Home Finder and Adoption Worker serving Kanawha and Boone County areas. Stephanie graduated from Concord University with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree in 2014 and has been a Licensed Social Worker since 2014. Stephanie is currently working on her Master of Social Work Degree through Concord University and will be done in December of 2018.
Stephanie has a background of Child Protective Service as well as Home Finding. She also has volunteer experience working in the social services through donating time at homeless shelters and more. Stephanie enjoys training, raising awareness of foster care and being part of the solution to certify more foster parents to help the number of children in care daily.
Danielle Owens, Home Finder, has been employed with KVC West Virginia since November 2016.
Danielle grew up in McDowell County and graduated from Iaeger High School in 2009. She moved to Bluefield, WV and attended Bluefield State where she studied Accounting. Danielle’s passion for social work began in 2011 when she started working for ResCare caring for the mentally disabled. She knew she wanted to advocate for the people. In 2012, she moved to Athens WV and transferred to Concord University changing her major to Social Work. Danielle graduated from Concord University in 2016 with her Bachelors Degree in Social Work; she plans to return to pursue her Masters Degree.
Danielle resides in Raleigh County with her son, Kruz.
Amy Templeton is a Home Finder and Adoption Specialist serving Mason, Putnam, and Lincoln Counties. Amy graduated with her Bachelors of Social Work from West Virginia State University in 2007.
Amy has been employed with KVC since November 2016. Before KVC, Amy worked for WVDHHR as an adoption specialist for 9 years. Amy has always enjoyed working in foster care and especially loves the happy endings with Adoptions. Amy resides in the country of Mason County, where she was raised, with her daughter, Autumn.
April received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from the University of Maryland University College in 2006. She began her career in social work in 2007 as a Child Protective Services Worker and spent over 6 years providing case management services to children and families in both Kanawha and Wayne Counties.
April enjoys working to improve the outcomes of foster children by supporting, advocating for and developing resilient foster families. She loves to see children thrive in loving homes with the safety, health, happiness and permanency all children deserve.
April resides in Fort Gay, in Wayne County, WV, with her husband Earl and their three children.
Toby received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Fairmont State College. He began his career as a case manager and later started working at KVC as a therapist for the Jackson and Roane teams. After a year with the company, he was asked to become a supervisor for Jackson, Roane and Lincoln counties.