Our Board Members

Tia Walbridge is a community leader, political figure, farmer, photographer, veterinary specialist, Girl Scout leader, carpenter, and affordable housing property manager. She is deeply invested in maintaining the rural beauty, culture, and community of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which she demonstrated by buying and preserving one of the oldest operating farms in western Loudoun County in 2012. In addition to her farm, she started a small business in 2013 in the Shenandoah Valley, buying and preserving historic homes in the City of Winchester and maintaining them as affordable housing. Mrs. Walbridge is a community servant dedicated to maintaining active traditional agriculture in the Blue Ridge. She is always striving to be a positive representative for the Democratic Party in her community.

Chantelle DiLorenzois a partner with The Geller Law Group and serves as the chair of the firm's estate planning and probate practices. She counsels clients through probate and guardianship proceedings and provides legal representation for trust administration. From wills that appoint guardians for minor children to complex trusts, Chantelle is focused on ensuring that clients understand their personalized documents and how they work, not only during life but also after death. Chantelle is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she focused her studies on health law and bioethics. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and is an avid college sports fan.

Craig James is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner and Master Addiction Counselor working in outpatient private practice where he provides individual and group therapy to individuals, families, and couples who may be experiencing mental health, substance use, or process addictions problems.  As the Co-Owner of Insight Into Action Therapy, he is the Director of Operations with the responsibility of ensuring the daily functions of the practice’s two office locations.  This includes clinician orientation and development, marketing and business development, maintenance of the computer management system, and financial accounts.  In addition Craig works with the local courts, schools, and Loudoun Chamber of Commerce.  Finally, Craig is a local and national speaker on topics of alcohol moderation, mental health, substance use disorder treatment, parenting, and emotional indulgence. He is also on the board of the Virginia Region Association of Addiction Professional. 

Elise Perier-Sweeney

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board

 

My journey as a mother of three and a grandmother of four has always had me very active in the community and taken me down the path to want to serve those in recovery.  In addition to being one of the founders of Safe Haven Recovery/Dandelion Meadow, I am currently acting Group Service Representative with Nar-Anon Winchester, and I was previously involved with Purcellville Celebrate Recovery, where I worked with the Landing Program which serves young adults.  I am currently on the Loudoun County re-entry program committee, which works with the local jail system. My goal is to provide a place for women to help them break the cycle of substance use and begin the cycle of healing.  By sharing my passions for the outdoors, gardening, and the arts (especially quilting), my goal is to help the women learn marketable skills while at Safe Haven Recovery/Dandelion Meadow. Hope lives here.

Joshua Cagney holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Business Law from Ohio University.  He also holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where he has completed post-graduate work in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership.

Mr. Cagney is the Chief Operating Officer and one of the founding partners of New Paradigm Recovery, LLC – an intensive outpatient program focused on the treatment of alcohol and substance use disorders – located in Tysons Corner, Virginia.  He previously worked as a graduate assistant and instructor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program at The Chicago School.  He has worked as an Intensive Behavioral Therapist working with juveniles diagnosed with developmental disabilities and traumatic abuse histories and has served as a not-for-profit Program Director in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. 

He is a council member for the Loudoun Re-entry and Advisory Council, and currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the non-profit organizations Dandelion Meadows and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Northern Virginia.  He is invited to speak regularly on issues ranging from substance abuse and recovery to the collateral consequences of criminal sentencing. 

He resides in Loudoun County.

 

Board Secretary

Reverend Ashley Allen is the Celebrate Recovery Pastor and Online Campus Pastor of
Floris United Methodist Church. Ashley loves and cares for two special redheads, her
13-year-old niece Makaila and 3-year-old long haired dachshund Lucy. She received
her Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2013. Her first love is music
which ultimately led her to her call to ministry in 2007. Ashley is passionate about caring
for the least and the lost and empowering women on their journey. Ashley also serves as the board secretary.

From the very beginning Sahar has concentrated on service to others: she was awarded undergraduate degrees in Management, a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology.  Sahar has earned clinical certificates in areas ranging from acupuncture detoxification to ASAM (American Society Addiction Medicine), in addition to being a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor Supervisor (CSAC-S).

Sahar has worked with clients in a variety of environments including inpatient, outpatient, and in therapeutic communities.  She is passionate about the opportunity to work with individuals and families struggling with addiction and serves as the Program Director for Sandstone Care in Reston, Virginia. She also sees clients in private practice, in addition to consulting with New Paradigm Recovery, in Vienna, Virginia.

She is committed to a comprehensive and holistic approach to clinical care, and enjoys the same philosophy of self-care, engaging in yoga, meditation, and quality time with her friends and family. She is a resident of Loudoun County.

Executive Committee 

Elise Sweeney

Co-Founder & Chair

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Stephanie Gumm

Vice Chair

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Ashley Allen

Ashley Allen

Secretary

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Rick Landry

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Board At Large

Joshua Cagney

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Kelly Decker

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Chantelle DiLorenzo

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Sahar Givpour

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Craig James

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Tia Wallbridge

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ABOUT US

A women's recovery home with a heart centered community support system for empowering survivors of substance use to develop a life of purpose and balance.

CONTACT

Dandelion Meadow

PO Box 1282

Purcellville, VA 20134

 

dandelionmeadow2grow@gmail.com

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