Staff

Project 180 Leadership

Jennifer Packard, LCSW

Jennifer Packard, LCSW

Project 180 Director

Jen Packard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with nine years of experience. She is the Director of Project 180 and a Clinical Supervisor, trainer, and therapist at CHRIS 180. Ms. Packard is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT),trained in the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) Framework, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and The Seven Challenges. In addition to these evidence-based models, Ms. Packard practices from the paradigms of interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, and mindfulness-based psychotherapy. She incorporates play and art therapy principles and techniques in her work. Ms. Packard earned her BFA in Contemporary Dance from University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 1999 and earned her MS in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2008.

Anne Kagi

Anne Kagi

Project 180 Grant Project Manager

Anne Kagi has a background in organizational development, program evaluation and community outreach. With Project 180, Anne manages process improvement for school-based data collection and compliance with federal grant reporting. She also supports budget oversight, evaluation of trauma-focused programming, and monitoring progress towards grant goals and objectives. 

Working with agencies that support children, youth and families, Anne has guided nonprofit teams through needs assessments, strategic planning, and grants management. She specializes in helping organizations find effective ways to include the people they serve into decision making and implementation planning. Anne earned a Masters in Public Administration in 2011 from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University while working at the Central New York Community Foundation. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College, where she discovered a passion for outdoor leadership while guiding groups on wilderness journeys. Anne works remotely from Seattle where she lives with her husband and 2 children.

Melissa Robinson Graves, LMFT

Melissa Robinson Graves, LMFT

School-Based Therapy Program Manager

Melissa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 18 years of experience serving children, adolescents, adults and families in community, school and private settings in Florida and Georgia. She has extensive experience developing programs in private, non-profit and government sectors, managing multi-million dollar budgets, and implementing start-up of system change. She has worked extensively in mental health, juvenile justice and child welfare systems including positions with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Interagency Directors Team, a workgroup of the Behavioral Health Coordinating Council. In 2015, Melissa joined CHRIS 180 as the Director of Training where she led efforts to educate social service professionals and educators on understanding and implementing trauma-informed care practices at the individual and organizational levels. In 2018, she became Director of Strategic Initiatives, executing and sustaining external and internal strategic initiatives such as school-based mental health services, addressing community trauma and employee engagement/recognition activities. Melissa earned her BA in Psychology from Georgia State University and her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University.

Brittney Walters, LCSW

Brittney Walters, LCSW

Clinical Director of CHRIS Counseling Center, CHRIS 180

Brittney joined the CHRIS 180 family in 2017 and brings a diversified background of Mental Health experience to the team. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She obtained both her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development and Master of Social Work at the University of Georgia. Brittney has broad experience in treating children, adolescents, and adults of all ages and has worked with a range of diverse populations as well as within various levels of care. Prior to joining the CHRIS 180 team, Brittney worked for several years at a local Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility as Unit Director and Clinical Program Manager. In those roles, she was responsible for supervising the long-term care and treatment of approximately 60 children with both acute and chronic psychiatric disorders, complex trauma backgrounds, and co-occurring developmental disabilities. Brittney has also worked extensively with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through her work at various Community Service Boards, Brittney’s passion for community-based mental health became self-evident. It is her goal to continue to work with underserved populations and to dedicate her life to breaking down barriers and increasing access to mental health services for all individuals. As Clinical Director at CHRIS 180 Counseling Center, Brittney is honored to work with a robust team of Clinical Supervisors, Therapists, Community Support Individuals, and Administrative Staff. She aims to ensure that individuals receive the most effective and highest quality mental health services both in the clinic, as well as in the community.

ARC Consultants and Trainers

Margaret E. Blaustein, Ph.D.

Margaret E. Blaustein, Ph.D.

ARC Co-developer and Consultant

Margaret E. Blaustein, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist whose career has focused on the understanding and treatment of complex childhood trauma and its sequelae. With an emphasis on the importance of understanding the child-, the family-, and the provider-in-context, her study has focused on identification and translation of key principles of intervention across treatment settings, building from the foundational theories of childhood development, attachment, and traumatic stress. With Kristine Kinniburgh, Dr. Blaustein is co-developer of the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) treatment framework (Kinniburgh & Blaustein, 2005), and co-author of the text, Treating Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Fostering Resilience through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2010). She has provided extensive training and consultation to providers within the US and abroad. Dr. Blaustein is currently the Division Director for Trauma Training and Education at The Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA, and is actively involved in local, regional, and national collaborative groups dedicated to the empathic, respectful, and effective provision of services to this population.

Jon Ebert, Psy.D.

Jon Ebert, Psy.D.

ARC Trainer and Consultant

Dr. Ebert is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive clinical and consultation expertise in the assessment and delivery of services to children and families who have experienced traumatic stress and mental health challenges. Dr. Ebert is Director of the Vanderbilt Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody (COE) which is part of a statewide network funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee to improve the public health by enhancing the quality of services provided to children in or at-risk of entering the Tennessee child welfare or juvenile justice systems.

School-Based Therapists and Community Behavioral Specialists

Paul Chapman

Paul Chapman

Community Behavioral Specialist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Paul Chapman is a graduate of the University of West Georgia where he majored in Business Management. He Credits his 7 years of working at his alma mater, Charles R. Drew Charter School, for manifesting his passion for access, second chances, and education for children and adults who are working to overcome trauma. Paul served as an after-school assistant at Charles R. Drew Charter School for three years and later as a team lead with Charles R. Drew’s college readiness program, C.R.E.W. Teens for four years. Before beginning his work as a Community Behavioral Specialist at Chris180, Paul worked as a S.E.L. coach at Wesley International Academy where he used play to transform school culture and create a safer atmosphere for the communities he served. Through his work, Paul seeks to pay it forward and positively impact the communities of metro Atlanta.

Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith

Community Behavioral Specialist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Kyle Smith began working with Chris 180 as a Community Support Individual in 2017. He currently serves as a Community Behavioral Specialist at Thomasville Heights Elementary School in Atlanta, GA. He is truly dedicated to assisting families and clients in group work, one on one sessions, and athletics to ensure they have the necessary behavioral coping skills to succeed in and out of the classroom. Kyle has previously worked with children and families at Youth Villages in Douglasville GA, and various schools in the Northeast Region of New York City and Connecticut.

Kyle earned a degree in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University in 2008. In his Senior year he and group of peers Co-founded the Man Enough Support Group, in efforts to build strong young men for the future. He was also student athlete while attending CCSU playing football ,and running track. He was a 2nd team All-American his Sophomore year in football. Kyle now is a devoted father and husband. He resides in Ellenwood GA with his wife and four children.

Allison Bienenfeld, APC, NCC, CCMHC

Allison Bienenfeld, APC, NCC, CCMHC

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Allison is an Associate Professional Counselor who practices from a trauma-informed approach with children, adolescents, families, and adults. She approaches her clinical work from a strengths-based and client-centered perspective and enjoys working with individuals as they access their creativity as a vehicle for insight and change. She focuses on relationship-building to foster a sense of safety in the session, using conversation, expressive arts techniques, ARC, and EMDR to walk alongside clients working through concerns related to trauma, grief, loss, and attachment. As a trainer, Allison takes a hands-on approach and encourages participants to take an active and reflective role in their learning.

Malavika Pai, LAPC

Malavika Pai, LAPC

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Malavika Pai is a LAPC, serving as a school-based therapist for Luther J. Price Middle School.  Mal completed her undergraduate degree at Florida State University and her Master’s Program at Clemson University. She has experience providing therapeutic services to students and their families in academic settings from pre-kindergarten to the collegiate level. Mal strives to create a positive, safe, and nurturing environment for those whom she works with.

Niti Patel, M.S.

Niti Patel, M.S.

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Niti Patel is a school-based therapist at Thomasville Heights Elementary School. She is working towards becoming a marriage and family therapist. Originally from Georgia, Niti decided to come home after completing her master’s program at Nova Southeastern University in 2018 and her undergraduate program at the University of South Florida in 2015. She is passionate about collaborating with youth and advocating for those who have yet to find their voices or given the opportunity to speak up for themselves. Niti has worked with different populations, and has truly enjoyed her time providing services to children in the school system and families dealing with transitions. In her free time, Niti tries to travel to new places – so far she has gotten the chance to visit close to 20 countries.

Jeni Willenzik, LAPC

Jeni Willenzik, LAPC

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Jeni is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor and a school-based therapist at Scott Elementary School. She completed her master's program at Johns Hopkins University, and her undergraduate studies at Tulane University. Jeni has worked in schools in different capacities for five years. She began her career as a first grade teacher and has provided school-based therapeutic services for children and adolescents of all ages. Jeni is passionate about incorporating trauma-informed practices in schools and loves working with children and their families. She is incredibly excited to join the Project 180 team this year!

Adam Nguyen, LMSW

Adam Nguyen, LMSW

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Adam is an LMSW and school based therapist at Usher-Collier Elementary. He earned his B.S. in Public Policy at Georgia State University and his MSW at DePaul University. Adam is passionate about addressing barriers to mental health services and providing services where families can access them. In his work, Adam focuses on building relationships based on transparency and collaboration. In his free time Adam enjoys cooking, biking, and making music.

Jamie Hunn, LMSW

Jamie Hunn, LMSW

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Jaime Hunn is an LMSW with 8 years of experience working in the mental health field. She is a therapist, trainer, and operations manager at CHRIS 180. She is in the process of becoming certified in TF-CBT with plans to specialize in CSEC. She is also trained in providing SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescence Responding to Chronic Stress) group therapy and Love 146’s Not A Number group therapy for youth; this group informs youth about the concept and risks associated with human trafficking, aspects of healthy relationships, and develops safety planning specific to sexual victimization. Jaime has a history of working in s Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility and Crisis Stabilization Unit, specializing in adolescent males that experienced developmental delays. She is passionate about policy and social justice with experience in supporting bills that aim to promote increased access to services and fair wages for people of color and women. She also has experience implementing a GED program in a local shelter for youth experiencing homelessness that identify as LBGTQ. She earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major of psychology and criminology at Missouri State University and her master’s degree in social work with an emphasis on community partnerships from Georgia State University.

Netta Cohen, LMSW

Netta Cohen, LMSW

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Netta Cohen is an LMSW who has been working as a therapist at Chris 180 since 2017. She completed her graduate degree at Smith College School for Social Work. Originally from Israel, Netta started her career in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) as a Sergeant training soldiers with criminal records. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and her approach is influenced by Person Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, and Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework.  Over the past decade, Netta has worked with diverse populations, ranging from young adults with physical disabilities to LGBTQ people, victims of domestic violence, and people diagnosed with HIV/AIDs.  She lives with her wife, son and Goldendoodle in Decatur, GA.

Emily Rider, LMSW

Emily Rider, LMSW

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Emily Rider is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) serving as a school-based therapist for T.H. Slater Elementary School. Emily completed her undergraduate degree and Master’s of Social Work Program at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She has experience working within the school and in non-intensive outpatient settings providing therapeutic services from ages 4 to 26. Emily is passionate about working with youth, their families, and overall de-stigmatizing mental health stereotypes. In her free time, Emily enjoys hanging out with her dog Lolli.

Lindsay M. Mitchiner, LMSW

Lindsay M. Mitchiner, LMSW

School Based Therapist at CHRIS 180, Atlanta GA.

Lindsay M. Mitchiner is the school-based therapist at Thomasville Heights Elementary School. Lindsay graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 and began her journey in community based work in Richmond, VA & Washington, DC.  She completed her graduate degree at Columbia University, Teachers College in 2016. Lindsay has been committed to supporting and empowering underrepresented youth and families. Before joining Project 180, Lindsay worked closely with organizations such as the Mental Health Association of New York City, Girls for a Change Inc., Youth Consultation Services and Perspectives Psychological Resources. Lindsay is passionate about challenging stereotypes that exist around mental health among minority groups and uplifting her community.

Evaluation Team

Dimple Desai, M.S.W.

Dimple Desai, M.S.W.

Evaluation Team, Steering Committee

Dimple Desai is a research associate II at the Georgia Health Policy Center supporting research and evaluation efforts within the Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health. Her areas of interest include program development as well as coordinating research and evaluation studies. She has significant experience in providing training and technical assistance to public health agencies and national grantees and expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research. Desai’s current projects include evaluation of multiple school-based mental health service initiatives, and supporting Georgia’s contributions to SAMHSA’s System of Care Expansion.