Jennifer Leggour, Psy.D
Dr. Jennifer Leggour, an Ocean City native, Psychologist, and proud wife, mother, and grandmother. She graduated from Stephen Decatur High School and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Salisbury University, her Doctor of Psychology Degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola College in Baltimore, after finishing a pre- and post- doctoral placement at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Leggour has practiced as a Psychologist for twenty years and has been at Worcester Youth and Family for the past eleven, serving as the Clinical Director for eight of those years, managing a team of 7 therapists. While she has always valued the science and study of human behavior, she came to be just as passionate about humanitarian efforts and the essence of giving back to the community. Dr. Leggour found that Worcester Youth and Family was the organization where both were possible. It is with great pleasure that she has now become the Executive Director of Worcester Youth and she is looking forward to supporting the organization and its entire vision and mission.
Debbi, artist at heart, was born in Pittsburgh PA, and attended the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She traveled internationally to London, England and Rimini, Italy teaching platform work to her colleagues in the salon industry. She has a strong background in project management and volunteer service with non-profits in the Eastern Shore for over 10 years. Her experiences in life have utilized nature and environmental interests along with the emergence of art to be used as healing components in her everyday life.
Her diverse skills and interests within the community will benefit Worcester Youth and Family at various levels.
The Communications Coordinator is responsible for administrative tasks that include preparing press releases, attending marketing forums, photographing events, checking in clients, recording donations in the donor database, coordinating the usage of the community rooms, and other various office administrative tasks. As a member of the Worcester Youth and Family team, the Communications Coordinator also works with the marketing team planning and organizing events and fundraisers.
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 is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker having earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Salisbury University. She has experience working in the residential setting, inpatient setting and outpatient clinic setting on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Past job experiences include working at Go Getters, Lower Shore Clinic ACT and Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Her background experience has included Depression, Bipolar, Schizoaffective, anxiety disorders, Schizophrenia.
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
The CASA Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for advocating for the best interests of children in the child welfare system. The Volunteer Supervisor is also responsible for training volunteers and providing ongoing technical assistance and advocacy support for volunteers as well as developing and implementing volunteer recruitment, evaluation and retention strategies. As a member of the Worcester Youth and Family team, the CASA Volunteer Coordinator also works with the marketing team planning and organizing events and fundraisers.
Family Connections Systems Navigator
The Family Connections Systems works with families in immediate financial need. Providing navigation thorough the web of resources in our community, such as food, clothing, or specific needs. The ultimate goal is to build upon family’s strengths to be self sufficient. Family Connections offers the Career Assistance Program (CAP), which connects young people with resources for careers. Based on the individual's strengths and personal interests, staff are trained to help candidates find pathways for employment. Assessment tools are provided to help make the evaluation complete, based on capability and preference.
Youth Programs Coordinator
The Youth Programs Coordinator oversees programming and implementation of adolescent programs. Strengthening Adolescent Girls with Education and Support (SAGES) and Strengthening Adolescent Boys with Education and Resources (SABERS) are programs for youth in 7th and 8th grade. The Berlin Youth Club (BYC) is for youth ages 6-11 who reside in the town of Berlin. The Youth Programs Coordinator organizes cultural, educational, and social activities for the youth throughout the year. The Coordinator also organizes youth activities for various town events, coordinating the use of volunteers. The Youth Programs Coordinator is responsible for grant writing, program budgeting and office duties. As a member of the Worcester Youth and Family team, the Youth Programs Coordinator also works with the marketing team planning and organizing events and fundraisers.