Jennifer Leggour, Psy.D
Dr. Jennifer Leggour is an Ocean City and Berlin native, and has been a Clinical Psychologist by trade for the past 20 years. She graduated from Stephen Decatur High School and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Salisbury University. She then obtained her Doctor of Psychology Degree from Loyola College in Baltimore, after finishing pre- and post- doctoral placements at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Leggour has spent over half of her career at Worcester Youth & Family; first as a clinician, then as Clinical Director. Since January 2020, she has assumed the role of Executive Director, and truly enjoys giving back to the community. Dr. Leggour is proud to be part of an amazing agency and support the community where she grew up.
Morgan Chandler joined our team October 19th as Behavioral Support Specialist. Morgan is about one year away from obtaining her LGPC (Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor) certification and aims to join the clinical team at Worcester Youth and Family upon receiving her license. In the meantime, she will have the primary responsibility of helping with the Mentoring program and secondary role of filling in for administration.
Morgan has lived on the shore for over 15 years and has loved every bit of it. She graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) with a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She enjoys being out in nature, walking the trails at Pemberton Historical Park, making soap and quilts, and spending time with family.
Morgan has worked as the Guest Services Manager at Hampton Inn & Suites in OC; Co-Occurring Therapy Intern at Eastern Shore Psychological Services; Graduate Assistant at UMES to Dr. Leslie Santos and Dr. William Talley; and Psychological Testing Intern at the Child and Family Center. She is excited to start a new adventure here at Worcester Youth and Family.
Behavioral Support Specialist
Lotoya Jones began with Worcester Youth & Family on October 19th as our new Communications Coordinator.
Born and raised in Delaware, Lotoya is a wife and a mother of 3 teens and 2 dogs. Serving in ministry and running her own Thirty-One business, Lotoya enjoys making connections and encouraging others. She enjoys reading, spending time outdoors and with family, and singing.
She has always found herself working with youth. Graduating from Sussex Technical High School, Lotoya thought she would forever be a childcare provider. However from there she found herself taking courses in Psychology with a dream of one day becoming a counselor. She has worked as a Patient Servicer Representative for TLC, now Chesapeake Healthcare and PRMC, which is now Tidal Health, of Salisbury, MD. In 2014 she landed a job as a Youth Advocate at Children & Families First of Delaware, where she later became a supervisor in their Therapeutic Group Home in Seaford, DE.
Lotoya is excited to be a part of the team at Worcester Youth & Family Counseling Services, serving the youth and families of Worcester County.
The Communications Coordinator performs administrative duties as a front desk receptionist as well as running social media including Facebook and Instagram. Communications Coordinator is also responsible for maintaining our website, writing press releases, take photographs and video, sitting on the marketing committee, promoting brand awareness, and serving as public relations liaison.
Billing & Insurance Specialist
The Insurance and Billing Specialist credentials the clinicians for licensing requirements with insurance companies, keeps insurance contracts up to date and processes billing for counseling services. As a member of the Worcester Youth and Family team, the Insurance and Billing Specialist also works with the marketing team and provides administrative support.
The Accountant is responsible for processing insurance claims, accepting client payments, issuing checks to creditors, creating budgets and financial reports, and payroll processing.
Caryn Horn, LCMFT
Caryn Horn has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Masters of Arts in Clinical, Counseling Psychology, specifically with a concentration/specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy. For over 10 years, Caryn has provided individual, couples and family based therapy with much of her training in Philadelphia, the “home” of family therapy. She functions in an eclectic manner within her therapy sessions, finding it most important to meet each client where they are. Although Caryn works with most populations, her specialty is in couples and families, promoting healthy relationships and attachments.
Jackie Hirsch, LCSW-C
Jackie Pisani earned her Master of Social Work from Salisbury University. She has experience working with children, adolescents and young adults in group and individual settings. Jackie has experience with family therapy as well. Jackie utilizes a mindfulness based approach and has completed a certificate for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens. Jackie’s background experiences include ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and behavioral problems. While Jackie is open to various ages, her primary population is teenagers.
Kelly Beeseck, LCSW-C
Kelly Beeseck earned her Master of Social Work from Salisbury University. Kelly has experience working with adults in the residential, inpatient and outpatient clinic settings on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her specialties include trauma, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and grief. Kelly has post-masters degrees training in trauma informed care, EMDR, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and Non-Abusive Psychological and Physical Intervention (NAPPI) . She utilizes a relaxation and EMDR based approach while encouraging and supporting the self-determination of clients. Kelly’s primary population is adults while she is open to working with ages 8 years old and older.
Courtney Herring, LGPC
Courtney Herring is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor, earning her Master’s in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Clinical Counseling from Capella University. She has history working with children, adolescents, and adults in group and individual settings. Courtney’s background experiences include: autism/developmental disabilities, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse, ODD, depression, anxiety, trauma and attachment disorders. Courtney’s approach is eclectic, as she finds it crucial to meet client where they currently are, build a relationship and safe environment for clients to process and encourage positive growth. While Courtney is open to work with any age group, her primary populations include adolescents and adults.
Madi O’Malley, LGPC
Madi O’Malley is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor having earned her Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University with a dual concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. She uses, primarily, a person-centered approach while incorporating cognitive behavioral techniques, trauma processing techniques, and dialectical behavioral interventions. Madi is passionate about multicultural and LGBTQ + counseling. Madi works with most populations having experience in play therapy, adolescents and teens, adults, and couples.
Jerrona Smith, a native of the Eastern Shore, residing with her husband of 24 years, two daughters, a son in law, a precious grandson, and top that off, with her most precious Yorkieshon fur baby.
A graduate from Delmar Sr. High school, who attended the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s in Human Services Management. She then proceeded to Wilmington University, where she earned her Master of Business Administration, concentrating on Organizational Leadership. Jerrona spent many years traveling from destination to destination through deployments and transitions with her family, while her husband served in the US Navy. Her last part of the “Navy journey” was in Groton Connecticut, where she was introduced to the CASA program. She volunteered many years working with and advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children in the court system, allowing her insight the importance of the CASA program.
In Jerrona’s spare time, she enjoys leisurely walks along nature trails with her grandson. Engaging in her amateur photo skills, pursuing to take it all in. From the warmth of the sunshine, sounds of wildlife in the brush, the smells relative to the Eastern Shore, and as many visuals that she can capture. A tool she uses frequently to create balance, nature and life. She then takes it back to home sweet home where she releases her creative juices, allowing them to freely flow into her interior design skills. She feels allowing creativity and nature as one of her healing tools, which has been very beneficial to her well-being.
She is thrilled to join the team at WYFCS, with a strong voice to advocate for those who cannot otherwise speak for themselves. It is her desire that Worcester County Youth and Family’s CASA Program be that beacon of light for the children, families and the community we serve.
CASA Program Director
The CASA Program Director oversees the day to day operations of the program and ensures that Lower Shore CASA is in compliance with National CASA and the various grants that support the program. The Director is responsible for meeting the needs of the courts and making sure the children the program advocates for are receiving the appropriate services. The Director is responsible for community outreach and recruiting, screening and training new CASA volunteers. As a member of the Worcester Youth and Family team, the CASA Program Director also works with the marketing team planning and organizing events and fundraisers.
CASA Volunteer Coordinator
Bonnie is responsible for the direct supervision of volunteer advocates. This includes the coordination of volunteer activities; all aspects of case management; and assisting in recruitment, training, and retention of volunteers. She is so passionate about the CASA program that she is relocating from PA to support and promote court appointed volunteer advocacy. Bonnie earned her degree in psychology from Millersville University. Twenty-two years later, with a desire to give back to the community, she made the decision to serve with AmeriCorps VISTA as the marketing and outreach coordinator at CASA of Lancaster County. At the end of her service year she was offered the position of administrative and recruitment assistant. “I welcome the opportunity to continue supporting the invaluable work of volunteer advocates. Every day they are championing for the child’s best interest,” she said. Eventually, Bonnie will be joined in Maryland by her husband John, Basset Hound Dexter, and house cat Harvey. Their son, Kelson, graduated from Earlham College in 2018 and is currently living in Philadelphia.