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 as special projects coordinator, and assisted in the development and opening of the Center for Well-Being in 2016. She began her career in 2009 with school and home based case management, community connections efforts, as well as clinical experience with health providers in hospitals and community clinics throughout Maryland and Tennessee. Jerica earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Hood College, and Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Social Work. Jerica is a Maryland Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Social Work supervisor. She exudes excitement, tenacity, and determination to develop programs that change lives.

Melanie Grimmer, Care Coordinator

Melanie has several years of experience working in the mental health field including years of case management. She came to the clinic in 2018 and has since become an essential factor in promoting positivity and an open minded approach when it comes to working with any and all clients. Melanie has graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Frostburg State University. She continues her education through regular online trainings and conferences. Melanie is dedicated to providing excellent care coordination and linking clients with the resources that best fit their needs

Kacy VanWestenberg, Administrative Assistant

Kacy has over 17 years of experience in the mental health field as an office coordinator in an outpatient mental health clinic. She has a vast knowledge of psychology and the inner workings of a successful clinic. She is passionate about supporting others and helping people grow. Kacy is determined to help people succeed, and comes to the Center with a can do attitude.

Melissa Phillips, LCSW-C, Therapist & Clinical Supervisor

Melissa has worked in a variety of programs providing mental health services to children, adolescents and adults. She has experience serving consumers with mental health and substance use disorders. She has worked in prevention of out of home placements of children, and family reunification She specializes in trauma based work and has specialized training in trauma treatment to include: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy and EMDR. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She has been practicing Social Work for 30 years. Melissa is passionate about keeping families together and building strong relationships between parent/s and children. She enjoys doing family therapy and likes working with all ages. She believes in the resilience of people and their ability to heal from trauma and achieve success in their lives.

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.

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.

David A. Washington, LCSW-C, LCADC, Therapist

David has worked in the criminal justice field for close to two decades as a counselor. He had been instrumental in establishing trauma-specific services around the country for various organizations. David has been in the field of substance use disorder treatment since 1989 and worked for The Johns Hopkins Hospital Program for Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies and The Department of Behavioral Health for the state of Maryland. He is also a Harm Reduction Practitioner and Peer Recovery Supervisor.

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.

Luca Hawkins, LGPC, Therapist

Luca is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor with a demonstrated history of working in the mental health community. She has completed her Master's degree focused in Mental Health Counseling/Counselor from Walden University. She specializes in working with those who have depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder; as well as members of the LGBTQ community. Her passion and experience is working with school age children and adolescents. She has completed training in several interventions including: rational emotive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and exposure therapy. She has completed extensive training in self-mutilation, suicide assessment and treatment of symptoms with safety planning.

Heather Smith, LGPC, Therapist

Heather is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC). She has a Master of Science (MS) from Hood College and received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education (BA) from Shepherd University. Heather has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of issues including anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorders, and other adjustment difficulties. She uses a strengths-based approach and values highly the client-therapist relationship to elicit change. Heather also has had additional training in trauma-informed interventions and specifically enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, and individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community who struggle with transitional life difficulties

Chrystal DeWolf,LCPC, Therapist

Chrystal, an Army veteran, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries, from Emmanuel College, and Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Her past experience includes working with individuals and families from ages 3 to 63 in a community mental health center, and school aged children in area public schools. Chrystal works alongside clients to identify their strengths while incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness techniques to promote change within clients.

Krista Healy-Schaefer,LGPC, Therapist

Coming Soon!

Brenda Taylor, Administrative Assistant

Brenda Taylor has over 30 years’ experience as Administrative Support in both the business and medical realms. She holds an Associate’s degree in both Medical Secretary/Assistant and Health Information Technology. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Electronic Health Records. She has a passion for helping people in all walks of life.

Kerry Fair, Intern

Kerry joined San Mar in the fall of 2015 and is the Neighborhood Partnership Coordinator for Bester Community of Hope. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Service Administration with a minor in Business from Eastern Connecticut State University and will complete the Master of Social Work program through Salisbury University in the spring of 2020. Kerry is passionate about supporting families and has over 20 years experience providing in home and group based parent education and support.