CAPS: Meet Our Staff

CAPS staff members include fully licensed professionals, postdoctoral psychology fellows, and administrative staff.

CAPS provides training opportunities for postdoctoral psychology fellows seeking licensure and advanced students in psychology, counseling and social work.  These early career professionals and trainees provide counseling to clients and practice under the supervision of a licensed clinician.


Sandrine Bosshardt, Ph.D.

Sandrine BosshardtTitle: Psychologist
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quote: “There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask ‘What if I fall?’ Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” ~e.h
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: Spending time with friends and family makes me happiest. My family is far away, so when I spend time in The Netherlands, I make sure it’s all quality time! I also love the smell, sound, and feel of the ocean. I love to travel. Music (listening to and making music) is super important to me. And last, but certainly not least, animals are the healers of all souls!


Shannon Bowles, Ph.D.

Shannon BowlesTitle: Psychologist
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
What Led Me to Become a Therapist: My process definitely was not linear. A combination of personal and academic experiences over time led me to the pursuit of a career as a psychologist.
What I do for Self-Care: My partner and I schedule periodic road trips.


Heather Buffington, MBA

Heather BuffingtonTitle: Operations Manager
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Personal Motto: Above all else guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: Spending time with my family.

 

 


Liz Cheely, LCSW

Liz CheelyTitle: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
What I Like Most About UGA and the Surrounding Community: I love that Athens is a small town but also has so many opportunities. Athens has good food, music, sports, outdoor activities, etc. so I can always find something interesting and exciting to do. As a UGA graduate I have lived in Athens for quite a while now and feel lucky to call it home!
What I do for Self-Care: For self-care I enjoy reading, crocheting, baking, being with my family and friends, and Georgia football (Go Dawgs!)


Al Clarke, Ph.D.

Al ClarkeTitle: Psychologist
My Pronouns: He/Him/His
Favorite Quote: In my mindfulness work with students, I appreciate the words of Ram Dass to “Be Here Now” and the initial words of the Serenity Prayer written by Dr. Reinhold Niebur, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: When not working at CAPS, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and outdoor activities including hiking, bicycling, running, swimming and playing golf.


Tracy Clements

Tracy ClementsTitle: Administrative Associate II
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
What I Like Most About UGA and the Surrounding Community: How passionate everyone here is about Georgia Bulldogs Football!
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: Camping with friends and family, gardening

 


Tricia Coghlan, LCSW

Tricia CoghlanTitle: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quote: “We can do hard things.”  - Glennon Doyle
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: I love spending time with my family and friends when I’m not at work. I also enjoy being outdoors, reading, and playing with my dog.

 


Raquel Cole

Raquel ColeTitle: Administrative Assistant II
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quote:
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work:

 


Hannah Craswell, LCSW

Hannah CraswellTitle: Behavioral Health Care Manager, Blue Clinic
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: My happiest moments are spending time with my husband and daughter, watching my daughter experience new things for the first time and enjoy her life (she’s one and a half!).
What I do for Self-Care: My self-care involves routine and being present for each of those activities: coffee in the morning, walks with my family in the neighborhood, taking care of all the flowering plants in my yard.


Mike Creech, LCSW

Mike CreechTitle: Behavioral Health Care Manager, Green Clinic
My Pronouns: He/Him/His
Favorite Quote: “No matter where you go, there you are.” – Buckaroo Banzai
What I do for Self-Care: Martial Arts Training (Krav Maga, Filipino Kyusho); Reading - mostly things that are NOT related to therapy or self-improvement because that gets overwhelming; Artwork- iron-on T-shirt stuff, glue gun projects, and random fabulous things; Exercise in general, including lifting weights, calisthenics, very slow jogging (trudging); Numismatics and exonumia; and Cooking.


Randi Davis, BA

Randi DavisTitle: Office Coordinator
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quotes: “Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” - Roy M. Goodman and “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: I am happiest when I am spending time with my kids and family. We enjoy playing family board games, going for walks, playing outside, and being creative. I also enjoy the moments where I can appreciate the quietness of outside and read a book, do yoga, and spend time with friends.


Krista Garrett, Ph.D.

Krista GarrettTitle: Psychologist
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Personal Motto: Be honest, be kind, and be true to yourself.
Favorite Quotes: It’s hard to pick one. Here’s two of my favorite quotes that I think pair well together. The first I learned about through a former client; the quote is by Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” The second is by Brené Brown, “Perfection is not the same thing as striving to be our best. Perfectionism is not about healthy achievement and growth; it’s a shield.”


Maggie Gibbs, LMSW

Maggie GibbsTitle: Case Manager
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quote: “We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: I am most content when I’m holding a cat or tending to my small garden of plants. I’m still lacking the ever elusive “green thumb,” but I enjoy the process nonetheless.


Dawn Healy, LCSW

Dawn HealyTitle: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quote: “Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” – Brené Brown
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: Spending time with my friends, my pets, and my family.  Whenever possible being outside or doing something creative brings me the most joy.


Casey Heermans, LCSW

Casey HeermansTitle: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quote: “Things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” - Pema Chodron
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: When I’m not working, I’m happiest being outside, playing with my dogs, and catching up with friends and family who live far away. I’m almost always working on a creative project of some kind, usually with mixed results. And I love working on puzzles. Puzzles are so underrated.


Jennifer Hester, LCSW

Jennifer HesterTitle: Associate Director of Outreach & Collaboration, Interim Co-Director
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quote: “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” – John Wesley
What I do for Self-Care: Above all, spending time with my 2 children is where I find the most joy. Also, being outdoors is incredibly grounding and restorative for me; I love hiking and fishing as well as just sitting still in nature. Exercising and maintaining a regular sleep schedule are also essential for me.


Erin Higgenbotham, Ph.D.

Erin HiggenbothamTitle: Psychologist
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quote: While I have many, I love this one - “For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
What I do for Self-Care: Self-care is a very important part of my life and I engage in several ways. I spend time with friends and family. I bake. I hike with my dog. I meditate and take time to intentionally unwind. I listen to music and can often be found dancing around my house. And I spend time near and/or in water. Growing up near a lake, I find that one of the most restorative things I can do.


Ellen House, MD

Ellen HouseTitle: Staff Psychiatrist
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Personal Motto: “There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” - Fred Rogers
Favorite Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  - Maya Angelou


David Lester, C.A.

David LesterTitle: Clinic Assistant to the Psychiatrist
My Pronouns: He/Him/His
Personal Motto: The choices I make drive the way I feel, and I choose to be happy.
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: When not at work saving lives, I enjoy riding the open road on my motorcycle.


Wanda Moon

Wanda MoonTitle: Administrative Assistant
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Personal Motto: You always have a choice. You can be a victim or a survivor. I choose to be a survivor.
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: I am happy when I am taking a hike with my grandchildren and see them enjoy nature.


Jan Nodine, PMHCNS-BC, APRN

Jan NodineTitle: Clinical Nurse Specialist
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Personal Motto: “Have courage, and be kind.”
What Led me to Become a Psychiatric Nurse: I became a psychiatrist nurse to help bring quality of life to someone that is suffering.
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: I love spending time with my family and pets.


Savanah Porterfield

Savanah PorterfieldTitle: Administrative Associate
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quote: “you do not just wake up and become the butterfly – growth is a process” – rupi kaur
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my dog and hiking.


Lauren Pucci, Ph.D., LCP

Lauren PucciTitle: Psychologist
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: Well, since it’s pretty much my life dream to be a mermaid, I am happiest when I am by and/or in a body of water. On hot summer (heck, even spring and fall) weekends, you can regularly find me either at the pool or Lake Hartwell. It’s no Lake Michigan, but it does the trick.
What I do for Self-Care: I practice self-care in a variety of ways. Sometimes it’s being intentional with how I schedule things, setting boundaries and saying “no” (this is a big one!), spending quality time with friends, or going outside to get some fresh air and sunshine. Letting loose on a dance floor every now and then is also pretty necessary for me. But I never forget about the basics – regular meals, hydration, and 8 hours of sleep does the mind/body good.


Kevin Rowland, LMSW

Kevin RowlandTitle: Case Manager
My Pronouns: He/Him/His
Favorite Quote: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that, within me, there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: When I’m not working, I am happiest spending time outdoors with my family.


Jennifer Sisco, DPN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Jennifer SiscoTitle: Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Practitioner
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quote:
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work:

 


Tammie Scruggs

Tammie ScruggsTitle: Administrative Assistant
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Personal Motto: Don’t put off today what you can do tomorrow.
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: I am happiest gardening, traveling, and spending time with my family.


Austin Shedden, Psy.D.

Austin SheddenTitle: Psychologist
My Pronouns: He/Him/His
Personal Motto: Be purposeful in what you do and remember to show yourself kindness and compassion along the way
What I do for Self-Care: I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I value relationships and meaningful connection with others. I’m also a huge sports fan and enjoy attending sporting events.


Stevie Stigler, MA, LPC, NCC

Stevie StiglerTitle: Licensed Professional Counselor
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Personal Motto: Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imaged.
Favorite Quote: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis


Alicia Talbird, LCSW

Alicia TalbirdTitle: Behavioral Health Care Manager, Gold Clinic
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Personal Motto: The motto I strive to live by, but often fall short, is to show up fully and invest my energy in everything I do. In my work, in my relationships, in my personal growth, I want to always give all of myself to that task and walk away knowing there was nothing more to be done.
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: I’m happiest on a winter weekend in Georgia with my family and friends that includes holiday prepping/celebration, football, outdoor brunch, playing outside with my son and partner and an awesome evening on my deck with a fire in my fire pit.


Ash Thompson, MD

Ash ThompsonTitle: Staff Psychiatrist
My Pronouns: He/Him/His
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: Gardening
What I do for Self-Care: Exercise

 

 


Arial Treankler, Psy.D.

Arial TreanklerTitle: Associate Director of Clinical Services, Interim Co-Director
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: I am happiest being around family, friends, and puppies! I gain energy from being active, enjoying nature and supporting others.
What I do for Self-Care: Strange, I know, but yardwork is my self-care. There’s something satisfying about working hard and seeing beautiful results, plus I get to be outside with my pup.


Monica Williams, Ph.D.

Monica WilliamsTitle: Assistant Director for Training
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Personal Motto: “You can always choose again.” I think in life we can feel “locked” into decisions we have made. For me, I’ve learned that I can always make another choice. I may need to manage the consequences of the first choice, but I am never tied to a decision that no longer serves me. I forgive myself and make another choice.
What I do for Self-Care: Self-care is very important and for me it’s important to have a variety of activities designated as self-care. Some of the self-care activities I engage in are: yoga, walking, spending time in nature, specifically near bodies of water, journaling, reading books (currently reading ‘Children of Virtue and Vengeance’ by Tomi Adeyemi) listening to neo-soul music, playing with my nephew’s daughters, and taking on home projects. I also love to travel!


Fengkan Zhu, Ph.D.

Fengkan ZhuTitle: Psychologist
My Pronouns: He/Him/His
What I’m Happiest Doing Outside of Work: I enjoy reading and watching books and documentaries about history.
What I do for Self-Care: Cooking and hiking are my favorite self-care activities.