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    Meet Our Team

    Meet Our Team

    • Danielle Andrews, MA, LCMHC, CFTP
      Danielle Andrews, MA, LCMHC, CFTP
      Executive Director
    • Bri Anicetti
      Bri Anicetti
      Admissions Director
    • Stacy Barnard
      Stacy Barnard
      Director of Marketing & Business Development
    • Emily Smith, MSW, LMSW, LCSWA
      Emily Smith, MSW, LMSW, LCSWA
      Primary Therapist
    • Maureen “Mo” Fitzgerald
      Maureen “Mo” Fitzgerald
      Program Manager
    • Morgan Stafford
      Morgan Stafford
      Staff Development/Adventure Specialist

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    Danielle Andrews, MA, LCMHC, CFTP
    Executive Director

    Before pursuing her passion for helping people move forward in their life journey, Danielle Andrews began her career in the business sector, gathering over a decade of experience. During this time, she worked in the Chicago suburb’s corporate landscape specializing in effective mediation strategies, labor and employee relations, leadership development, collective bargaining, and employment law. As she climbed the corporate ladder, Danielle realized that her role became less about relationships and working with people and more about blueprint conflict resolution and policy. She decided to go back to school to add on to her bachelor’s in psychology. In 2010, she received her masters in counseling (LCMHC) from Naropa University in Boulder, CO, with a concentration in wilderness therapy. Her studies brought her to Western North Carolina, where she became a primary therapist for a young adult recovery program specializing in addiction, trauma, and PTSD. From here, Danielle accepted a position to develop an aftercare program for Solstice East graduates and their families, one of the first programs of its kind. In 2015, Danielle joined Solstice East full time as its first Aftercare Specialist. Since then, she has helped hundreds of families on their path to transitioning home.

    Danielle has astutely combined her experience in conflict resolution, systemic change management, and counseling, among other areas of knowledge, into enthusiastically working with adolescents and their families. In 2020, Danielle became the Director of Transitional Services for Solstice East and its sister program Journey Home East. Beyond her expertise in post-treatment aftercare, Danielle also specializes in addiction, anxiety and depression, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), borderline personality disorder, and attachment issues. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, Somatic Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She is Certified as a Family Trauma Professional (CFTP).

    When she’s not providing support for students at Solstice East and Journey Home East, Danielle can be found enjoying outdoor activities like mountain biking, snowboarding, and tennis, or visiting with friends and family. She is an avid learner and continues to seek fulfillment through personal growth and education. One of her favorite pastimes is sipping tea on her front porch in the company of her rescue dogs.

    Bri Anicetti
    Admissions Director

    Bri graduated in 2009 from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Bri moved to Asheville after a year of backpacking internationally. Bri intended to stay in Asheville only temporarily but quickly fell in love with the mountains and her Solstice family. Bri started with Solstice as a Mentor and then Team Manager before moving into the Residential Director role. She feels both pride and gratitude to be a part of the growth and healing she’s seen in students and their families during her time at Solstice. In her free time, Bri is often getting as much of the outdoors as possible. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, biking, and running.

    Stacy Barnard
    Director of Marketing & Business Development
    Stacy first began her career in mental health at Solstice East as one of the first direct-care staff in 2012. She devoted 6 years to the program, working on both the residential and administrative teams and ultimately finding her passion in admissions and marketing. In recent years, Stacy has worked as the Admissions Director in a variety of settings including a young adult wilderness therapy program, transitional living program, and most recently a therapeutic boarding school.
    Emily Smith, MSW, LMSW, LCSWA
    Primary Therapist

    Emily graduated with her Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. She moved from this midwestern state to the beautiful and sacred mountains of North Carolina after a long-time passion for supporting young people on their journeys of self-discovery in natural healing spaces. She gained her tenure in this work from working in wilderness therapy treatment settings, proudly embodying a number of roles throughout her time. As she climbed the professional ladder, Emily began to hone her work with young people toward a focus on identity development challenges and complex trauma. She realized that the self-discovery journey for young people is plagued with experiences of both systemic and episodic trauma and drew from her experience with unique and expressive modalities to “get to the roots” of the young people she was working with. Thinking “outside the box” is something that Emily enjoys and feels that it is essential in effectively collaborating with young people to achieve their goals. She utilizes a variety of experiential modalities such as expressive arts therapy, Brainspotting, somatic experiencing, and Trauma Centered Trauma Sensitive Yoga to name a few. Emily believes that the key to a healthier future is healthier relationships. She focuses on conflict resolution, trust based relational interventions, and the value of a felt-sense of safety in relationship to guide the work. When she isn’t on the job Emily is often found doing something creative, whether it’s being in the outdoors with her family and animals, tending to her garden, working on her latest home renovation project or baking a pie.

    Maureen “Mo” Fitzgerald
    Program Manager
    Bio Coming Soon!
    Morgan Stafford
    Staff Development/Adventure Specialist

     

    Morgan started her career with the Solstice programs in 2017, shortly before graduating from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology, with a double minor in Biology and Neuroscience. She enjoys supporting and guiding young people in their healing through healthy lifestyle choices and relationships, adventure, and artistic expression, and strongly believes in the lifestyle of “being who you needed when you were younger”.

    Morgan brings over 8 years of experience working closely with adolescents and young adults with varied backgrounds in family dynamics, socioeconomic background, gender, and sexual orientation to Journey Home’s leadership team. She believes strongly in incorporating healthy lifestyle choices such as emotional regulation skills and social skills and utilizes mindfulness techniques, expressive arts, and SMART goals as tools for clients to incorporate practical life skills that will empower them and enable their continued success after treatment.

    She has a strong passion for music, plays the cello, and is always interested in the local musical happenings. In her spare time, Morgan teaches high school level art to foster her love for art therapy. When she’s not teaching, Morgan enjoys finding time for personal projects and side passions between her graduate school classes, spoiling her litters of foster kittens, and checking things off of her extensive bucket list.