Jack E Barr Center for Well Being


  • Family Counseling
  • Child & Adolescent Counseling
  • Parenting Skills
  • Anger Management
  • Drug & Alcohol Addiction
  • Depression
  • Conduct & Behavioral Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Grief & Loss
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Domestic Violence
  • Psychological Assessment
  • School Based Therapy
  • Behavior Modification and Training for parents/caregiver and children
  • Psychiatric Medication Evaluation
  • Play Therapy
  • Medication Assessment & Monitoring

Our Staff

Ira S. Lourie, M.D., Center Medical Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Lourie has provided diagnostic and medication services, to children and adolescents in therapeutic group homes and foster care programs at San Mar since 2002 and in other Western Maryland community programs since 1995. He began his career over 40 years ago at the National Institute of Mental Health, where he worked for 20 years helping states and communities in developing programs for the most troubled children and youth. The book he wrote with Karl Dennis, Everything is Normal Until Proven Otherwise, about Wraparound Services has been a best seller in the child mental health field.

Jerica Washington, LCSW-C, Director

Jerica joined San Mar in the fall of 2015. She exudes excitement, tenacity, and determination to develop programs that change lives. Jerica has over 8 years’ experience working with adults and families, specializing in working with pregnant and postpartum adolescent girls and women. She received her Bachelors in Social Work from Hood College in Frederick, MD and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work. She is trained in trauma systems therapy and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

Melanie Grimmer, Care Coordinator

Melanie is determined and motivated to help educate the community on mental health and help shift the dynamic to a more positive outlook. She comes to San Mar with several years of case management experience within the mental health field. She is currently pursuing her masters degree and plans to utilize her education and experience to be part of the clinic’s ongoing success.

Ellen Savoy,LCSW-C, Therapist

Ellen has over 30 years of experience working with San Mar and specifically with children and families. She worked with the Treatment Foster Care program for 25 years. Other experience includes being an adopting mother and a foster mother.
The past three years Ellen has been a part-time therapist with Safe Harbor Christian Counseling. She is prepared to use a scriptural approach to life challenges with anyone showing a desire to do so.

Debra Ambrose, LCSW-C, Therapist

Debra has been providing clinical services to children and families for over 25 years. She is committed to and has received training for trauma informed care and also has early experience with crisis intervention. Debra earned her Bachelors of Social Work degree from McDaniel College and her Masters of Social Work degree from West Virginia University.

Christina Negrete, LCSW-C, Therapist

Christina has practiced clinical social work for 37 years.  She is recently retired from Frederick County Public Schools where she served as a school-based therapist providing clinical services to students and families in a public alternative school.  She has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families in domestic violence, mental health, child welfare, and developmental disabilities settings.  Her interest in community health brought about her desire to earn a Master's degree in health education form Penn State University in 2005.  She is a yoga teacher.  She developed a specialization in mind/body medicine and teaches mind/body practices which facilitate stress management, self-care and wellness.  ​

Romayne Gross, LCPC, Therapist

Romayne is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She has a Master of Arts (MA) in General Psychology and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Dietetics from James Madison University. She has experience in community mental health and hospital settings with a range of individuals varying from severe mental illnesses to mild adjustment disorders. She has experience providing psychoeducation, individual, and group therapy for adults, adolescents, and children. Romayne believes in an integrative, holistic, and strength-based approach that incorporates all aspects of wellness.

Kim Coppola, LMSW, Therapist

Kim received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and received her Bachelors in Child and Family Studies from Ohio University. Her past experience includes providing therapy in the home, school and community settings with children, adolescents, and adults. Kim works from a strengths' perspective while incorporating concepts from cognitive behavioral therapy. Kim is passionate about working alongside clients to achieve their mental health goals.

Luca Hawkins, LGPC, Therapist

Luca is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC). She is currently working on her LCPC license. She has an Associates in business (2006), a Bachelors in Psychology (2012) and a Master's in mental health counseling (2016). Luca can work with all ages but her passion and specialty is adolescents. She has experience with individuals who struggle with anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar, low self-esteem, and individuals from our LGBT population. She has attended seminars, workshops, and lectures specializing in adolescents. She loves being able to help people and prefers a casual and non-clinical approach. Luca has experience with several types of interventions and will choose the one that best fits each individual client.