Offering services in both Pennsylvania and Georgia, LRJ Foundation’s team of knowledgeable and caring professionals provides licensed outreach to students grades 3-12, teacher in-services, and college classes as well as to other various community groups.
Ms. DeSousa attended and graduated from Marywood University in December 2010 with her Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling. She successfully passed the PA State Licensing Board Exam and the National Counselor’s Exam resulting in her National Counselor Certification and Pennsylvania state licensure. She maintains a private practice located in Clarks Summit working with adolescents and adults, and also belongs to Marywood’s faculty teaching graduate level counseling courses and supervising counseling students. Since 2013, she has worked with the LRJ Foundation as a presenter and affiliated therapist. She has experience presenting countless seminars focused on mental health education and suicide awareness and prevention aimed at high school and middle school students and staff, as well as the general community.
Vanessa White Fernandes is a licensed professional counselor with more than thirty years of experience in the field of mental health. She has worked with children with emotional disturbances; children and adolescents in foster care; college students; and families at high risk. Ms. White Fernandes currently works for a managed care organization that serves persons on Medicaid in Pennsylvania, to oversee and fund their mental health and drug and alcohol services. Ms. White Fernandes is also a certified trainer in programs related to assessing and managing suicide risk, and the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning persons. She has been a lead presenter with the LRJ Foundation since 2013.
Dana Fortunato graduated from Marywood University in 2010 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Scranton in 2015. She successfully passed her certification exam and graduated a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) that year, as well. She has experience working with both high school and college-aged students through her previous employments as a Youth Program Coordinator with United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania and as a Mental Health Counselor at Keystone College. Dana is currently a Mental Health Professional in a local high school, serving through the Community and School Based Behavioral Health program. She also has plenty of experience creating and implementing psychoeducational programs targeting adolescents and young adults in the community. Dana has been a presenter with the LRJ Foundation since the Fall of 2016.
Sarah attended and graduated from Penn State University receiving her Bachelor of Science in human and development and family studies with a minor in psychology and received her Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marywood University in 2017. Sarah passed the Nationally Certified Counselor exam (NCC) and the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (CCMHC) in 2016. Sarah works at the Counseling/Student Development Center of Marywood University where she counseling college students, helps to coordinate and assist in the implementation of various outreach programs; co-manages the university’s alcohol and other drug program, and co-advises the Peers Educator program. Sarah has experience working with clients struggling with substance abuse, eating disorders, and variety of other mental health issues. Sarah has experience conducting research on a variety of mental health topics and has presented at regional, state, national, and international conferences. Sarah has been with the LRJ Foundation since 2016.
Kelly Rava-Osborn earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Wilkes University in 1997 and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Marywood University in 1999. Ms. Rava-Osborn’s diverse and unique experiences began with her graduate studies in London. There, she advanced her knowledge base through Toynbee Hall under the direction of Robert LeVallient, renowned Social Worker and founder of Stepney Children’s Fund. While in London, Ms. Rava-Osborn worked extensively with inner city children who experienced violence and/or abuse. Counseling included building self-esteem and resiliency, teaching coping skills and awareness.
Additionally, Ms. Rava-Osborn attained a Special Education Certificate from National University in La Jolla, California and spent several years teaching both elementary and high school in the Anaheim Union High School District and Saddleback Valley Unified School District public schools system.
In 2008, she returned home to Northeastern Pennsylvania to be near family and served as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant for Scranton Counseling Center working daily with children diagnosed with Autism, mental health issues, and/or emotional problems. Outside of her professional pursuits, Ms. Rava-Osborn is the mother of three vibrant children and owns a home embroidery business. Kelly has been a presenter and Community Outreach manager for the LRJ Foundation since February 2017.
Wanda holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Georgia State University and recently retired from a 20-year teaching career, where she taught children in Kindergarten through fourth grade. She earned her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University in 2013 and for several years worked as a therapist/assessor with a CORE services provider. Wanda has experience working with children and adolescents dealing with abuse, anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, and behavior issues. Wanda currently works in a private practice setting and continues to help children, adolescents, and their families through individual and family therapy, parent skills training, and social skills groups. Wanda joined LRJ foundation as a presenter in Fall 2016.
Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Kennesaw State University and has her LMSW license in the state of Georgia. In the past, she has worked with victims of domestic violence as well as adults with dual diagnoses on an intensive outpatient basis. Currently, Jennifer works at a Behavioral Health hospital completing assessments, conducting family sessions, and facilitating psychoeducational and process groups. She also works in a private practice setting helping adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, anger issues, family conflicts, self-esteem, personality disorders and more. Jennifer joined the LRJ Foundation as a presenter in early 2017.
Education: Bachelors of Arts from University of Cincinnati in English Literature. Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.
My career in helping people began years ago working with the Department of Family and Children’s Services where I conducted children and family assessments, worked with families in the foster care system to restore safety and life balance while providing community based counseling to children and families. Staying true to this desire, I became a dedicated licensed counselor with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Since becoming a full time professional counselor, I’ve served in a variety of settings but serving children, adolescents, adults, couples and families is my passion. Helping families develop strong communication and resolve conflicts is an important part of my counseling work. I am skilled at counseling in a group setting for adolescents dealing with self-esteem, social interactions, depression and anxiety. I also have a heart for couples seeking pre-marital, marital enrichment, affair recovery, separation and divorce. She had been a presenter with the LRJ Foundation since Fall 2016.