Our Staff

Mark Neese, LCSW, BCBA

Co-Owner/Co-Founder

Mark has been in the helping profession for the past 40 years. This includes being a therapist and counselor.

Mark has spent the past decade developing tools to work with Senior Adults and started SilverStrong as a program of True North Counseling to address their needs. Mark is a Certified Personal Trainer with The American Council on Exercise (ACE). In addition, he is a Senior Fitness and Functional Aging Specialist with ACE. He has a specialty in Weight Management from ACE and has a certification in Holistic Nutrition from the American Fitness Professionals Association.

I love my job!! I love helping people and their families! It’s a wonderful experience helping teenagers and their families find peace.

I also have a passion for working with Senior Adults or Active Agers as I call them! I’m an Active Ager and I love sharing my experiences and studies with other Senior Adults!”

MY FAVORITE PLACES:

  • Cedar Ridge, Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • The Jefferson forest
  • Artist Way, Death Valley
  • Any Fourteener in Colorado
  • San Francisco

MY FAVORITE BOOKS:

  • Lonesome Dove, McMurtry
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bryson
  • Harry Bosch Mystery Series, Connelly
  • The Obesity Code, Fung
  • Bob Arnot’s Guide to Turning Back the Clock

Hank Buckwalter, LCSW, Executive Director

Principal Clinician

Hank has experience empowering various populations throughout his 8+ years working in mental health. This includes working with teens, adults, individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities, families, and brain injury survivors while implementing Evidence-Based Practices.

“I love how I’m able to make a difference in the lives of people that need and ask for help. I also highly enjoy meeting and working with individuals in order to improve their lives so they can flourish and reach their potential. The dynamic is amazing and no day is the same!”

MY FAVORITES:

  • Book: The Lord of the Rings Series
  • Album: Pink Floyd’s Pulse
  • Hero: My Grandfather, Bud Lomell
  • Superhero: Wolverine

MORE ABOUT ME:

  • My Interests: Many!
  • My Superpower: The ability to do household chores.

Jennifer Schinke Kendrick, Clinical Director

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Indiana
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Kentucky

Jennifer Kendrick has been in the helping profession for almost 20 years. From her first job assisting asylum- and refugee-seekers, to her time working with people who experience domestic violence and sexual assault, to her current position working with people with disabilities as a behavioral therapist, Jennifer has used her experience as a licensed clinical social worker and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist to join with clients in helping them create “a life worth living.” She supervises both social workers and MFTs in Kentucky and Indiana. Jennifer is also a grief doula with specialized training in pregnancy and infant loss.

“I love earning the right to be influential in people’s lives and watching them create amazing, lasting change! Being a witness to growth in therapy is a remarkable privilege, and I’m so thankful that I get to do it every day.”

MY FAVORITES:

  • Book: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Book: Tell Me Lies by Jennifer Crusie
  • Album: Joni Mitchell’s Blue
  • Place: St. Kitts & Nevis

WHY YOU WANT ME ON YOUR TRIVIA TEAM:

I have an endless supply of facts about medical history and female superheroes! Sometimes, both topics together!

Sharonda Tunstull, MSW

Associate Clinician 

Sharonda has mentored and worked with children, teens, and their families from various backgrounds for over 7 years. Sharonda has instructed parenting classes and led motivational groups with teens and young adults. She currently works with adolescents with developmental and intellectual disabilities who struggle in the classroom setting as well as outside. Sharonda is presently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work.

“I love helping people find their true purpose in life so they can reach their full potential. To see someone grow and soar because of the hard work and dedication they’ve put in brightens my day.”

MY FAVORITES:

  • Book: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Song: Clean by Natalie Grant
  • Activity: Reading and Attending Concerts
  • Animal: Giraffe
  • Place: Starbucks

Patrice Elmore, MSW

Associate Clinician 

Patrice has worked with children of all ages and their families over the last 6 years in various settings. She has worked in before-and-after-school programs, summer camps, and most recently a transitional shelter as a child and family advocate. Through these opportunities, she has gained experience in mentoring, facilitating groups, and planning activities.

“I want to become a therapist because providing individuals with resources to become the best version of themselves as well as being a friendly face along the journey is more rewarding than any salary.”

“I love working with people especially in this field because I enjoy being a part of a person’s story, even if it is only for a brief moment. And, while professionals may hold a wealth of knowledge, there is a lot that can be learned from people we work with!”

MY FAVORITES:

  • Book: Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Anima: Turtles
  • Activity: Traveling
  • Food: Spaghetti
  • Album: Jackson 5 Christmas Album

Amanda Velez, LMFT

Associate Clinician

Amanda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has provided behavioral support and mental healthcare to the Kentuckiana community for 4 years. While Amanda’s educational background is in Social Work and Couples and Family Therapy, she has a post-graduate specialization in Anxiety Disorders and OCD. Amanda has a wide range of clinical experience that includes working with survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault, adjustment disorders, grief and loss, anxiety disorders and OCD, marital dissatisfaction, and family matters.

Amanda enjoys providing person-centered, compassionate care for children and adults and believes deeply in helping individuals achieve their personal goals. Amanda’s approach to mental healthcare is humanistic, focusing on the person’s inherent worth, strengths, and aspirations.

“Even as a young person, I’ve always known that I wanted to be a therapist. I’ve always wanted to help people to the best of my ability. It truly is a gift to be allowed to travel beside someone on their healing journey and witness the growth and change that lets a person fully live their life.”

MY INTERESTS:

  • Cooking and baking—I make the BEST chocolate chip cookies
  • Gardening
  • Learning how to crochet
  • Snuggling with my cats

My Guilty Pleasure:

Binge-watching cooking shows and cheesy horror movies.

My Favorite Book:

“The Book of Lost Things” by John Connolly

Allison Meyer, CSW, MSSW

Associate Clinician

Allison has been working in the helping profession for approximately the last 5 years. She has previously worked with college students in a counseling center setting and served adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as a direct service provider for over the last two and a half years. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and recently graduated with a Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work. She currently works as a behavior support specialist and mental health therapist for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in addition to providing psychotherapy to adults and children.

“My favorite part of being a therapist is seeing people reach their goals and succeed. I love seeing people embrace who they really are and become comfortable in their own skin.”

FAVORITE ACTIVITIES:

  • Watching Movies
  • Reading
  • Running
  • Going to Concerts
  • Crafting
  • Telling/Hearing Puns

Rachel Eichberger 

Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

Rachel has spent the past 8+ years advocating for individuals through awareness, coaching, and education. She continuously focuses her compassion and empathy for clients towards healing during times of uncertainty and trauma. As she transitions into the next phase of her career, she is excited to join with clients in exploring how their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors can drive growth and inspire change. Rachel’s background includes working with survivors of sexual assault, trafficking, and abuse. She is passionate about providing individualized care for children, teens, and adults with diverse backgrounds.

“Throughout my career I’ve always been driven to help those around me through some of the toughest events in their lives. I am continuously inspired by clients and their resiliency. I believe everyone has strengths within themselves that can be brought to the surface and utilized to identify opportunities for change across thoughts, feelings, and actions.” 

MY INTERESTS:

  • Traveling – I love exploring new places and meeting new people. I am always curious and looking for exciting, edgy experiences off the beaten path.

  • Cooking – I feel food is an amazing gateway to learn about cultures and share experiences, I feel relaxed and also energized when creating unique dishes to share.

  • Quality Time – I love blocking out time to spend with my friends and family so we can share a meal and lots of laughter.

My Favorites Right Now:

Books Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste NG | Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, Anthony Bourdain

Music Artists – Margo Price | Bruno Mars | Brandi Carlile | Queens of the Stone Age | Edith Piaf

Louisville Restaurants – Barcelona Bistro | La Bodeguita de Mima | Varanese | Tacos la Esperanza, a delicious food truck

Zoe Avery

Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

Zoe is currently attending University of Louisville for Couples and Family therapy and has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Murray State University. She provides services to individuals, couples, and families, with an emphasis on inclusivity and valuing diversity. She has a special interest in helping clients struggling with grief, self-esteem, depression and anxiety by using a person centered, collaborative approach to sessions. 

“I truly value the opportunity to work with all people and help them improve their lives and relationships! The client therapist relationship is invaluable, and I appreciate the opportunity to work with people every day and see their growth over time.”

My Favorites Right Now:

Books – The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Animal – Tiger

Album – Rumors by Fleetwood Mac

Movies – Lady Bird, Little Women, Pride and Prejudice

THE LAST THING I BINGE WATCHED:

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