Mark Heinbockel, MSW
MSW – University of Pittsburgh | BA in Social Work – Elizabethtown College
Mark is a nonprofit leader and development professional with a wide range of experiences supporting youth, families and older adults through education, health and human services. He is a proud husband and father. Mark enjoys music and singing, attending shows and watching sports. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) XXVI.
Jennifer Regester, LCSW
CLINICAL DIRECTOR / LICENSED COUNSELOR
BSW – Carlow University | MSW – University of Oklahoma
Jennifer’s diverse experience includes: Individual, Marital, Family and Group and Community engagement, Medical ICU Trauma, Substance Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, Working with the Homeless and Director of Counseling & Master’s Level Intern Supervisor.
Lauren Burke, LCSW
MSW – Case Western Reserve University | BSW – University of Findlay
Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has diverse experience working with children, adolescents and adults within a variety of family dynamics and settings. Her background in nature-based therapy and ecosystemic structural family-based therapy has influenced her way of practice.
Lauren utilizes an integrated, strength-based therapeutic approach while emphasizing the interconnected nature of the mind, body and spirit. Her aim is to empower clients on a journey of self discovery and healing, so they can create the life they want.
Danny Churchill, LCSW
MSW – University of Pittsburgh | BS in Psychology – University of Pittsburgh
Danny has experience with teens, young adults and adults in individual and group settings. Specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to treat depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, grief and loss.
Jennifer Galvez, LCSW
MSW – University of Pittsburgh | BSW – University of Pittsburgh / Advanced Academic Standing
Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the field for the last 29 years. She has worked in a variety of settings, including residential programs, inpatient hospital settings, and partial. Within these contexts, she has provided individual therapy, family work & group processing.
Jennifer has a down-to-earth approach (peppered with humor) and seeks to foster a sense of emotional safety for her clients where they can be totally authentic participants. She views the therapeutic relationship as a partnership, built on trust and mutuality. Jennifer doesn’t view her clients as “patients” but rather experts of their own life experiences.
She takes a strengths-based, holistic approach with her clients to create a space for healing and growth. Her “tool-box” is varied to include Family Systems Theory, Developmental Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Client-Centered, Crisis Intervention, Problem-Solving, Task-Centered, and Narrative Therapy.
Jennifer loves anything that has to do with nature. She has had her garden featured in a local neighborhood publication and on Phipps Conservatory’s “Galleria of Gardens” webpage. She resides locally with her family and pets.
“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” -Brene Brown
Kristen Olson-Gaia, LSW
MSW – University of Pittsburgh | J.D. – Duquesne University | BA in Communications and Theater – Duquesne University
After completing two years of internship at Anchorpoint, Kristen is now on staff full-time as a licensed social worker. She finds her purpose in helping clients struggling with grief in its many forms, and she enjoys facilitating our Living Through Grief spousal loss support group.
Kristen’s experience includes providing individual, family, and group counseling services for adolescents and adults in a variety of settings.
She utilizes an integrated approach to therapy from many different models, such as cognitive-behavioral, acceptance and commitment, solutions-focused, and psychodynamics. Kristen is also a certified telehealth service provider.
Jay Sperling, MSEd, LPC
MS.Ed in Community Counseling – Duquesne University | Pgh Institute of Mortuary Sciences | BS in Psychology – University of Pittsburgh
Jay is a Licensed Funeral Director and Professional Counselor. He created the Living Through Grief program and has been facilitating groups for over 20 years. His unique position and experience as a funeral director and counselor provides guidance to families during, and after, a loss has occurred. He has been recognized for his past volunteer work at The Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children and their Families. He enjoys educating people that grief is a part of life, and it should be embraced to help memorialize the lives of very special people who have died.
Andie Spevetz, LPC
MSPC – Carlow University | BS – Clarion University
Andie brings her no nonsense, client-centered approach to her roles as an individual therapist and group leader. She runs the Single Mom’s CARE group, the ADHD Parent Support group and Social Skills group; as well as developing new programs and community connections. Her background is in certified peer support and community mental health.
Andie’s approach to therapy include cognitive and dialectal behavioral therapies, reality based and solution focused interventions.
Sarah Trocki, NCC
MA in Clinical Mental Health – Waynesburg University | BA in Psychology – Waynesburg University
Sarah is a National Certified Counselor who brings a unique perspective through her years of work in the foster care system. She has experience with children, families and court-involved individuals, and she understands the need for stability and support within the family unit.
Sarah’s approach to therapy focuses on meeting the client’s needs based on their current life situation. She implements a wide range of techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, to promote growth and healing while challenging clients to reach their goals. Her own spiritual journey motivates her to serve both her clients and the surrounding communities.
Amber Walczyk, LPC
MS.Ed Clinical Mental Health Counseling + School Counseling Certification and Licensure – University of Dayton | BA in Psychology – Oakland University
Amber is a Licensed Mental Health and School Counselor committed to treating children and adolescents in the community. She has 5 years of clinical experience in an array of settings, including school, child outpatient, youth partial-hospitalization, and juvenile-detention.
Amber has a special interest in the pediatric population with issues surrounding adjustment, anxiety, inattention, trauma, anger, and school problems. She uses a variety of treatment approaches including CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, and Motivational Interviewing. Amber likes to focus on the individual needs of each client and believes that everyone should have a safe space to process life’s challenges. She strives to provide an environment to which clients feel empowered while working toward therapeutic goals.
Ashley Whitaker, NCC
MA in Clinical Mental Health – Messiah University | BA in Psychology – Carlow University
After completing a year of internship at Anchorpoint, Ashley is now on staff full-time as a certified counselor. She has diverse experience working with people of all ages and backgrounds but has a deep passion for those struggling with grief and trauma. Ashley is currently a facilitator for a spousal loss support group and is actively pursuing training in EMDR therapy.
Ashley utilizes a person-centered approach, integrated with strength-based perspectives. She pulls from a variety of techniques, such as solution-focused, CBT, and DBT. She is also a certified telehealth provider.
associate director of operations
BA in Professional Writing – La Roche University
Haley is a source of support to anyone in the Admin office on any given day. She uses her writing background to help with development initiatives, fundraising and outreach.
Haley is a former volleyball player, and after retiring her jersey, she became a volleyball coach to instill the love she has for the game into the next generation. She also has a passion for the nonprofit world, wanting to provide others with services they truly need.
Emalee Sekely, MS
marketing and grants manager
MS in Digital Media + BA in Multiplatform Journalism & Public Relations – Duquesne University
Emalee is a content creator and communications professional specializing in writing, graphic design, and video production. She’s always enjoyed storytelling and creating, and she’s very grateful to get to use those skills to help reach those in need of mental health support. Emalee’s favorite title is “aunt” to her nieces and nephew, and when she’s not living in Adobe Suite, you can probably find her at a puzzle or trivia night with her dad and siblings.
Rebecca Freyvogel, MEd
TUTORING PROGRAM MANAGER
BS in Elementary Education – Indiana University of Pennsylvania | MS in Reading Education – Slippery Rock University
Rebecca is thrilled to begin her first school year as the Tutoring Program Manager at Anchorpoint. She has worked for over 15 years as an educator in a variety of roles including: classroom teacher, Reading Specialist, ESL teacher, coach and tutor.
Rebecca is a proud mom to two sons. When she’s not working, she can usually be found playing paddle tennis, listening to music, reading, or enjoying one of Pittsburgh’s many great restaurants!
Jim Ogle (President)
Financial Services Recruiter (Retired)
Matt Glunt (Vice President)
Team Leader, Accounting, Nova Chemicals
Brian Hardy, CPA (Treasurer)
Owner, Hardy & Co. LLC
Rose Adams (Secretary)
Manager, Human Resources, ATI
VP, Office and Retail Brokerage, Colliers International
Rev. Bill Dambach
Pastor, North Hills United Presbyterian Church
Marketing Professional (Retired)
Director of IT, Microbac Laboratories
Real Estate Agent, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services
Jeffrey J. Gmuer
Banking Manager (Retired)
Enterprise Account Executive, Databricks
W. Aaron Mickens
Vice President, Operations & Development, Three Rivers Youth
Ronald M. Pusic
Advertising Specialist, CBS Radio
Kaitlyn Tunney Redmond
Treasury Management Officer / Assistant VP, PNC
Director of Nursing Education, Grove City College
Psychologist, Bureau of Disability Determination
School Counselor (Retired)