Gretchen Garber 
LCSW VTMHI Clinical Supervisor

Gretchen has over 10 years of solo private practice experience working with individuals and couples. Additionally, she has worked in inpatient and non-profit outpatient settings providing direct therapeutic services, case management, crisis intervention, and resource and referral to a wide range of populations including domestic violence survivors, people without homes, persons with severe mental illness, veterans, and under or uninsured persons. Her graduate research, career, and the populations she enjoys working with most are centered around people who suffer from the effects of trauma and incorporating a variety of therapeutic interventions to alleviate symptoms, including EMDR. Her career began in the non-profit free clinic sector providing both direct and programmatic services and her work with VTMHI will once again combine those focuses to serve the individual and community at large.  

Dr. Lakesha Roney, Ed.D. LPC

Dr. Roney is a long-time advocate for counselors in the Commonwealth. She has a rich experience in outpatient counseling services, consulting, trainings, and clinical supervision. As a Clinical Supervisor, she helps organizations with the growth of their clinical and program development and provides clinical supervision for residents in counseling and interns.

Dr. Roney serves as an Executive Board member of the Virginia Counselors Association (VCA) and is the current Treasurer and Co-Chair Racial Justice and Diversity Committee, working to promote the counseling profession by supporting, empowering, and advocating for the diverse needs of all counselors in Virginia. She is the owner of a Richmond-based private practice, Inner Self Counseling and Consultation LLC, and is an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University.

Dr. Roney holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia State University, Master of Education in Counseling from Virginia State University, and a Doctor of Education Counseling Psychology Concentration in Education and Supervision from Argosy University.

Sydney Kirwan

Sydney Kirwan
Volunteer Engagement and Education Liaison

Sydney is currently completing a master’s degree in School Counseling at George Mason University and is passionate about expanding access to care and serving diverse populations. Previously, she worked at George Mason to develop college access programming and provide campus visit experiences for K-12 students who are underrepresented in higher education. Sydney earned a B.S.Ed. in Youth and Social Innovation from the University of Virginia. She also studied Spanish Linguistics at UVA and combined her interest in the Spanish language and culture with her love for travel by teaching English in Spain prior to starting her master’s degree.   

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Denise Hall
Director of Clinical Services

Denise is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a nationally certified counselor (NCC), a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC), and a member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. She is currently the Clinical Coordinator in VCU’s the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling in addition to her work with VTMHI. Over the last 30 years, Denise has worked in clinical positions within the addiction and mental health field that include both public and private mental health and substance abuse systems. She has maintained many joint collaborations with community partners. Interests include motivational interviewing, internal family systems, appreciative inquiry facilitation, interdisciplinary learning, trauma-informed care, and clinical supervision.

Denise has 20 years of experience in the provision and modeling of MI skills and evoking participant interest in advanced skill building. She was one of the authors of Motivational Interviewing Assessment: Supervisory Tools to Enhancing Proficiency published by NIDA in 2006. 


Ellen Costlow
Clinic Liaison and Operations Director, VTMHI 

Mara Servaites
Executive Director 

Robin Cummings
Deputy Advisor for Strategy and Quality

Johanna Henz 
Project Manager 

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