Meet The Team

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Guy Strawder, LMFT, MHA, MLS (ASCP)

Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Retired)
Principal
Revelations Counseling & Consulting, LLC


Guy Strawder is a principal with Revelations Counseling & Consulting with 30 years of operations, policy and leadership experience within the federal healthcare sector, Military Health System, and support for other Government agencies.

Guy is a licensed marriage and family therapist at Revelations Counseling & Consulting in Stafford, Virginia, where he applies family systems theory and interventions for individual counseling to treat anxiety, depression, and addictions, and also to resolve relational problems in the counseling of families, couples and adolescents (13+ years and older). He also incorporates complementary interventions from Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Existential Theory. As a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army with prior combat deployments, Guy frequently counsels military service members, veterans, and their families regarding adjustment disorders, acute stress, post-traumatic stress, and other mental health issues. Guy also frequently works in co-therapy sessions with his wife, Joanne, to counsel couples and families. Joanne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and also a practicing therapist at Revelations Counseling & Consulting.

In addition to his current counseling practice, Guy also provides professional consulting to several client organizations in the following market areas: clinical services delivery; mental health counseling services; health information technology; military family quality-of-life services; veteran social services; career transition and employment; wounded warrior care; and support to one of the country’s largest academic medical centers. His previous commercial sector experience includes assignment as a lead corporate executive for one of the nation’s largest occupational health services firms, and vice president for a consulting firm in the National Capital Area where he was responsible for the oversight of several Department of Defense (DoD) health programs.

Before his retirement from the Army in 2006, Guy was Director of TRICARE Prime Operations, the agency responsible for providing healthcare to enrollees in the Defense Department’s managed care health plan. From 2001 to 2004, he was the senior military advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) where he assisted in strategic medical planning for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, interagency planning for the nation’s defense against chemical and biological terrorism, and health plan administration and benefits design for the nine million beneficiaries of the TRICARE health plan. Guy served with the 82d Airborne Division and commanded the largest medical company in the XVIII Airborne Corps during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and he was also an operations and intelligence officer for the planning and execution of numerous contingencies, including Operations Golden Pheasant (Honduras and Nicaragua) and Just Cause (Panama). Due to his diverse experiences from military service, public service, and private sector assignments, he was invited in 2007 to present conceptual solutions to the President’s Commission on the Care of America’s Returning Wounded Warriors (Dole-Shalala Commission).

Mr. Strawder has published and contributed to numerous articles related to military medicine in journals that, include Joint Forces Quarterly, Proceedings, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and Army Logistician. He is the recipient of three Telly awards and an international videographer award for his work on training and education films sponsored by the DoD. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Southwest Asian Service Medal (2), the Multinational Force and Observer’s Medal, and several other campaign medals. He has also earned the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

Guy was born into an Army family at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the son of a Vietnam War combat veteran who retired as a Command Sergeant Major after 27 years of service. Guy and Joanne now reside in Stafford, Virginia where they still enjoy the company of their three awesome daughters—Samantha, Mandy, and Lexi. In addition to a Master of Arts in marriage and family therapy from Liberty University, he also holds a Master in healthcare administration from the University of North Carolina, and he is a resident graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. He is a certified medical laboratory scientist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and a board-certified healthcare executive with the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Joanne Strawder, LCSW, MSW

Principal
Revelations Counseling & Consulting, LLC


Joanne is a licensed clinical social worker at Revelations Counseling & Consulting in Stafford, Virginia, and completed her master’s degree in social work at Virginia Commonwealth University.

As a principal of Revelations Counseling & Consulting, Joanne has more than 30 years of professional experience in mental health with specific qualifications in case management, partial hospitalization programs, foster care, geriatric care, and crisis intervention and trauma treatment. Prior to joining Revelations, Joanne served for nine years as a social worker for Stafford County Public Schools, and often served as an advocate in cases presented before the Special Education/Family Assessment and Planning Team.

As a life-long social worker, Joanne primarily uses solutions-focused therapy, but also integrates cognitive-behavioral and family systems interventions into her practice. Her prior experience with multiple populations enables her to work with clients from early childhood to older adulthood.

As the spouse of a retired US Army commissioned officer, Joanne has also had the privilege of leading Family Readiness Groups for unit commands during extended deployments. Joanne is a participating TRICARE provider, and she often works with military service members, veterans, and their families to treat adjustment disorders, acute stress, relational issues, and post-traumatic stress. Her husband, Guy, is a licensed marriage & family therapist at Revelations, and they frequently work in co-therapy sessions with couples and families.

Before her employment with Stafford County Schools in 2002, Joanne also worked at Mary Washington Hospital Snowden at Fredericksburg Mental Health Facility. At Snowden, she provided both case management and psychotherapeutic services for hospitalized adults and developed the initial assessment for patients referred to the emergency department for psychiatric care. She was also assigned to conduct both individual and group therapy counseling sessions for inpatient and partial hospitalization programs. Joanne also worked with the Prince William County Department of Social Services in their Foster Care unit in 1998 to provide case management and psychotherapeutic services for adolescents placed in the county’s foster care program. In this position she was responsible for consulting with the Department’s attorneys to present client case documentation for legal proceedings, and worked in collaboration with foster parents, mental health professionals, teachers, physicians, and law enforcement officials to assist clients in maintaining quality foster care placements in the community.

Joanne was raised in Prince Georges Country, Maryland, and after following her husband around the country for a 21-year career in the military, she and Guy are now settled in Stafford, Virginia where they immensely enjoy the company of their three awesome daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.


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Sam Solley, MHA

Director of Operations
Revelations Counseling & Consulting, LLC


Samantha (“Sam”) is the Director of Operations for Revelations Counseling & Consulting with responsibility for managing all activities that sustain the company’s counseling and consulting services delivery.

Sam is also an associate consultant to the company’s organizational clients, providing business development support, capture services, proposal assistance and technical writing.

Sam is an avid researcher and writer, and she began her professional career by earning her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at the University of Mary Washington. She later went on to earn her Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration at Saint Joseph’s University, with a particular interest in healthcare policy, informatics and electronic health records.

In her most recent position, Sam was the associate administrator at a multi-specialty ophthalmology practice responsible for the organization’s operational efficiencies, regulatory compliance, human resources management, marketing, provider relationships and referral management. She monitored daily operation and data quality in the use of the practice’s electronic medical records, and became the organization’s subject matter expert on CMS Meaningful Use attestation for all eligible providers. During this assignment, Sam also assisted in rebranding the practice and led the project management for expansion to a second office location.

During her undergraduate studies at the University of Mary Washington, Sam was a collegiate swimmer for the Eagles and an active volunteer with the Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters programs. She also completed her psychology senior internship with Edward E. Drew, Jr. Middle School where she greatly enjoyed the opportunity to provide counsel to young adolescents.

A true “Army Brat”, Sam was born at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and then bounced around the country during her formative years on multiple relocations with her parents and two sisters—which has inspired an enduring passion for travel and exploring.


Mandy Sharps, BA

Director of Administration
Revelations Counseling & Consulting, LLC


As Director of Administration for Revelations Counseling & Consulting, Mandy is responsible for the company’s administrative activities, maintaining insurance coverage and company policies, credentialing and empanelment of our licensed counselors, and managing compliance of clinical records. Mandy is also an administrative staff member at our counseling practice site where she completes intake interviews for new clients, maintains provider credentialing, facilitates medical coding, filing claims and billing, audits the practice site electronic health record, coordinates empanelment of therapists with insurance companies, and conducts appointment scheduling and referral authorizations.

Mandy has a prior background in healthcare patient services, with experience as a physical therapist assistant at an orthopedic and sports physical therapy practice in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Through working with patients of diverse backgrounds requiring various rehabilitative services, she discovered her passion for motivating and counseling her patients during their rehabilitation and recognizing the influence of psychological resiliency during their recovery process.

Mandy is an alumnus at the University of Mary Washington, graduating with honors with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She was selected in 2018 to present her research at the UMW Research and Creativity Day before the university’s Institutional Review Board on the topic of, “Is Current Health Care Policy Effectively Assisting Women Veterans?” Her near-term academic and professional plans include pursuing a Master of Social Work degree to become a licensed clinical social worker and a therapist with the Revelations team.

Mandy immensely enjoys spending time with her husband and three children in Fredericksburg, Virginia—Eden, Sage and Iris. When she is not looking after her daughters, she enjoys practicing yoga, which she hopes to one day incorporate into her therapy practices as a supplement to other meditation and mindfulness-based approaches.


James Kasten, LPC, NCC

Clinical Counselor
Revelations Counseling & Consulting, LLC


James is a licensed professional counselor at Revelations Counseling & Consulting. He earned his Master of Arts in Professional Counseling as well as a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University. Prior to pursuing his counseling degree, James spent time in the U.S. Navy, retail management, Christian education, and served in bi-vocational pastoral positions. James is currently working on earning his Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (Ed.D.), with a marriage and family counseling specialization from Liberty University.

James has experience providing counseling for adolescents, adults, couples, and groups. Some of the areas that James has experience in are premarital counseling, marriage/couples counseling, relational restoration, internal and external boundary work, sex addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, Christian faith-based counseling, and Family-of-Origin issues. James is also a Nationally Certified Counselor. He has gained further training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and has completed the EFT Externship. He is also a certified facilitator of the PREPARE/ENRICH program as well as the SYMBIS program. These programs are proven tools that help premarital couples prepare for marriage, and married couples strengthen their marital relationship.


Hilary Towers, PhD, MS

Resident in Counseling
Revelations Counseling & Consulting, LLC


Dr. Hilary Towers is a Resident in Counseling at Revelations Counseling & Consulting. She earned her Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Divine Mercy University, and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at The George Washington University’s Center for Family Research in Washington D.C.  Hilary worked as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Psychology at George Washington University and served as project coordinator and research assistant, respectively, for two large behavioral genetic studies examining genetic and environmental influences on individual adjustment factors and relationships.

A non-resident scholar at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), Hilary’s work in behavioral genetics appears in a variety of academic journals and books, including Marriage and Family Review, International Journal of Behavioral Development, and Journal of Family Psychology. Her work on the subjects of marriage and divorce has also been published in an array of online journals, including: Public Discourse, Crux, CatholicVote, National Catholic Register, Ethika Politika, Institute for Family Studies, First Things, and National Review Online.

Hilary has been a guest speaker at the Catholic Women’s Symposium and invited to speak in media, workshops, and conferences on topics such as: “Cultivating Marital Commitment to Reduce Poverty”;  “Commitment as an Antidote to Moving On: The Role of Millennials in Reviving Lifelong, Faithful Marriage”; “Reviving Marriage: The Commitment Factor”; and “Marriage-Centered Communities: How to Build a Marriage Ministry in Your Parish.”

Hilary completed her counseling internship at Associated Clinical Services, a private practice in Springfield, Virginia. She is experienced in counseling children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Her clinical interests include premarital counseling, marriage counseling, sex addictions, trauma-related care, depression, anxiety, and spousal abandonment. Hilary’s primary treatment approaches are attachment-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, and existential, and she is trained to allow for the optional integration of religious or spiritual considerations into her therapeutic approach. Hilary is presently working toward certification in logotherapy, a clinical approach developed by psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl. She is a certified facilitator of the Prepare/Enrich program, an evidence-based approach to marital preparation and enrichment.

The mother of five children, Hilary and her family reside in Northern Virginia.


Ben Solley

Human Resources Manager
Revelations Counseling & Consulting, LLC


Ben serves as the Human Resources Manager for Revelations Counseling & Consulting, responsible for the personnel services support of our clinical practice as well as the staffing of our Health and Human Solutions federal program operations. Ben brings experience from his prior position as a supervisor for an international supermarket chain, and is responsible for all of Revelations’ recruitment and onboarding efforts, coordinating the company’s employer-sponsored benefits, providing guidance for employee professional development, ensuring company compliance with human resources state and federal laws, and always striving to provide a rewarding work environment for all of our employees to Discover Your Best.

As the son of a retired Marine, Ben spent his early years residing and traveling around the world as a result of this father’s military assignments. Ben’s personal understanding of the military community culture is evident in his passion about our company’s specialization to enhance the health and quality of life needs for our counseling clients, the US Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Program, and the Veterans Community Care Networks Program—and he takes pride in recruiting great employees who share this passion.

Ben still enjoys traveling, and especially visiting his mother and family in Australia, whenever possible. He currently resides in downtown Fredericksburg, with his wife, Sam and their two Carolina dogs—Carson and Evan. Among his many talents, Ben was also a professional cook, and he still enjoys trying new recipes with his wife and hosting dinner parties for family and friends.


Elijah Sharps

Administrative Assistant
Revelations Counseling & Consulting, LLC


As an Administrative Assistant for the Revelations Counseling & Consulting’s clinical practice, Elijah provides support for all the essential front office responsibilities that ensure our patients receive person-centered and timely access to care. This includes outreach for the initial intake of our new patients, coordinating appointments and referrals, managing patient accounts and accurate payments for services, and maintaining compliant clinical records. In addition, Elijah manages the supplies and maintenance of our facility, to ensure an efficient and safe working environment for both our employees and patients.

In addition to his responsibilities at Revelations, Elijah is also the sole proprietor of his own business that specializes in buying and selling vintage and antique items—he is a true visionary in finding items that have been neglected, and restoring them to a new creation. He leverages this business experience for Revelations through his natural fluency with customer satisfaction and advocacy for our patients to resolve any issue that emerges.

Outside of his daily duties at the practice and managing his other business ventures, Elijah is married and the proud father of three beautiful daughters—Eden, Sage, and Iris.