Jennifer Gobble - MA, LPC, CEO & FOUNDER | Support Systems, Inc.
Jennifer is a licensed LPC in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is currently working on her Doctorate at Liberty University. Jennifer has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years. Her first experience with the myriad problems of mental illness was within her family as her older brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia while in junior high school and her family spent many years trying to help, support and comfort him. Countless days spent at mental health facilities and hospitals provided little relief as her brother continued to struggle on a daily basis, never able to live a productive life. The smell and impersonal nature of hospital waiting rooms and the daily struggles encountered by her brother still resonated with her and is at the core of her passion and desire to assist this population in living a better and more productive life. Jennifer’s goal is to expand mental health services in South West Virginia through her personal and professional knowledge, expertise, and connections throughout the community. Jennifer feels that the lack of personal resources, availability of mental health treatment and services are major contributing factors of so much crime and tragedy in our society. Jennifer believes that Medicaid is not sufficient as the only funding source for these much-needed services and both community and in-home services are key in the overall treatment of the mentally ill community.
Dianna B. Parrish - LPN/LCSW | Mary Baldwin University
Dianna Parrish is a Student Advisor/Adjunct Professor for Social Work at Mary Baldwin University. Her main goal is to teach and train young Social Workers to love Social Work as much as she does. She has an extensive experience in the Mental Health field as a therapist where she provided therapy and treatment for a non-profit agency, Family Service of Roanoke Valley for over 14 years. During that time, she counseled individuals and groups for adult survivors of sexual abuse and trauma issues, court order substance abuse treatment and was the Coordinator of the Drug Court Program. In Community Based Programs, she created and wrote policy for Mental Health Support Services and Intensive In-home Programs. As the Clinical Director, she provided over site for multiple programs in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Craig & Franklin Counties. In addition, she has taught Social Work classes for both Radford and Mary Baldwin University’s for both BSW and MSW students. Her training included Critical Incident Debriefing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy which she has used in facilitating multiple groups to heal trauma issues by alleviating depression and anxiety symptoms. She has taught life skills to enhance relationships and to assist the mentally ill to function and live in the community. She also served as the Chair on the Catawba Local Human Rights Committee for two terms until 2015. She has lived in Vinton most of her life, graduated from William Byrd High School and married for 43 years with an absolutely adorable dachshund as a companion. She has the unique experience of providing services from a medical background since she has been a Licensed Practical Nurse for 42 years and from a social work base for over 22 years.
Kayla Gobble - Executive Director | Project Support, Inc.
Kayla has recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Tech with a degree in Psychology and a degree in Fashion Merchandising & Design. She wishes to continue her education in the following years by getting her Masters in Professional Counseling at Liberty University. As the director of Project Support, Kayla oversees the organization as a whole and works on marketing, creating events, and fundraising. After being surrounded by the mental health field for a good portion of her life due to her mothers career, Kayla became very passionate about the case as well. Her dream is to grow this organization so that it can support hundreds of people who are struggling with mental health issues, but who may be unable to access beneficial treatment programs and services. Everyone deserves the chance to fight back against mental illness and with this program, we as a society can work to make that happen.
MaryEtta Rice-Way - MSW, LCSW-E, Developmental Specialist | Support Systems, Inc.
MaryEtta went back to school to seek a teaching degree but soon realized that Social Work was her passion. She has a degree in Early Childhood Development and owned her own daycare while attending Mary Baldwin University at Roanoke’s Downtown Higher Learning Center. It was there that she decided to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. While finishing her internship at Good Samaritan Hospice, MaryEtta decided to obtain her Master’s Degree. She was accepted to Radford University’s competitive Advanced Standing program completing a 2 year degree in one year. MaryEtta has worked at Support Systems as a Mental Health Professional since 2014 and loves helping adults with mental health issues feel like active, productive members of the community. When people experience trauma or chronic mental illness, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. MaryEtta’s greatest passion is helping people to find healthy perceptions of themselves so they can feel complete, whole and safe in their daily lives. MaryEtta writes grants and does fundraising for Project Support. She believes that there is a lack of support for individuals who suffer from mental health issues in our community and is dedicated to making our Community Needs Project a huge success.
Tammy Solari - MS, QMHP-A&C | Owner and CEO of United Support Services, LLC
Tammy earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Radford University and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice/Counselor Education from Radford University. Her career began in law enforcement in 1995. She accepted a Social Work position in Roanoke City investigating Adult Protective Services and Child Protective Services complaints for almost 5 years. Her passion for helping others continued as she accepted employment with the Virginia Department of Corrections as a Clinical Substance Abuse Social Worker in an all-male prison facility. Tammy worked as an Intensive In-Home Counselor, Mental Health Supports Manager and was Lead Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor before she and her husband opened United Support Services in 2008. With over 23 years of experience in human services, counseling and mental health business management. Tammy is the owner and CEO of United Support Services serving residents in Roanoke, Bedford and surrounding locations. Tammy’s passion for helping others is the foundation of United Support Services. Helping clients maintain independence and stability in their homes, schools and communities is her mission and her company motto of “People Helping People”
emphasizes the structure and goal of United Support Services. Tammy has volunteered at Roanoke City Public Schools (HOSTS) Program, Disabled American Veterans, and is a proud supporter of the local chapters of the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association and the Wounded Warrior Project. Tammy is honored to be a board member for the AWARE Foundation, Inc. that educates communities on the dangers of predatory violence and provides advocacy and direction for the families and communities burdened by unspeakable tragedies of the missing, endangered and murdered. Tammy is a strong advocate for quality mental health services for children and families. She has worked diligently to improve mental health services, poverty, crime and substance abuse treatment to many cultures in the community she currently resides in and the community where she was raised and attended school.
Jorden Herald - Payee Benefits Representative | Project Support, Inc.
Jorden grew up moving every two years due to her father’s job. After settling into Salem, she graduated from Glenvar High School and Arnold R. Burton Secondary School. She went on to Bluefield College on a full scholarship to play softball. She has been the Payee Benefits Representative for close to four years now for Project Support. She started out with only 25 payee clients and currently has around 50 payee clients. The payee program was designed to help people in the community manage their Social Security and/or Disability benefits through the Social Security office. She has helped several people in the community get out of debt, pay their cars off, and helped them maintain a healthy and stable home environment. Jorden also plans and organizes all of Project Support’s fundraisers. She has successfully raised money through several small fundraisers including, a Paint Night, Kroger Plus Club, Amazon Smile, A Christmas Shopping Extravaganza, Cornhole Charity Tournament, Funds2org Shoe Drive, Back to School Event, Buffalo Wild Wings Dine in Night, Chipotle Fundraising Night, and a raffle where Project Support gave away Virginia Tech Football tickets, an Otter Box gift card, and a signed football from the Washington Redskins. She also helped plan and manage our Country Soul Concert Event that featured a national country music headliner and two regional bands, as well as food trucks. In her spare time, she likes to play softball, attend church at Parkway Wesleyan, and spend time with her family.