Dr. Laurie Harrier
Executive Director: Dr. Laurie Harrier, LP, LSSP, NCSP
Dr. Laurie Harrier has 12 years of experience working as a LSSP (Licensed Specialist in School Psychology) in various districts in the north Texas area including Arlington, Lewisville, and Denton ISD. Within the school setting she was responsible for group and direct counseling, social skills interventions, evaluations for various disabilities, and consulting with teachers and parents. She developed and ran a summer camp for children with social challenges. Dr. Harrier is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Texas. She has created, and is the Executive Director, United through HOPE, a north Texas based 501c3 nonprofit. Dr. Harrier also has a private practice in the North Texas area that focuses on neurofeedback and neuropsychological evaluations.
Dr. Harrier has also completed the following Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) classes and earned the accompanying credentials: Director, Job Skills Trainer (JST), Job Placement Specialist (JPS), and Vocational Adjustment Trainer (VAT), Supported Employment (SE), and Autism Endorsement (AE), and can also complete Environmental Work Assessments (EWAs). Dr. Harrier often acts as an advocate in IEP and 504 meetings for her families. She has partnerships with various universities to supervise interns and practicum students, and her sites are often used for field experience and volunteer options for various disciplines. Throughout her training Dr. Harrier has focused on the developmental, biological, behavioral, and neurological underpinnings to various disabilities and disorders, and strongly believes that a varied and open minded approach leads to better understanding and generalization of skills. She has published and spoken at various conferences on social skills programming, executive function challenges, and generalization approaches in the school setting. To contact Dr. Harrier at email email@example.com
- Samantha Tharp
Advisor for Transitioning Into Adulthood Programs
Samantha Tharp graduated in December 2019 from the University of North Texas with a Bachelors degree in Rehabilitation Studies with a double minor in Addictions and Counseling. She is planning on attending graduate school to become a Registered Play Therapist. She is currently working in the area of transition with a focus in job placement and retainment. Samantha has a passion for aiding in the development of children helping them succeed. Samantha joined the UTH team in August 2019, as an undergraduate practicum student.
- Lisa Lujan
Lisa Lujan is an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Arlington in the Social Work department and is in the final stages of achieving her BSW. Upon graduation, in May 2020, she plans to obtain her LBSW and attend graduate school to obtain her Juris Doctorate. Upon completion, Lisa aims to work with juveniles who are captured in the justice system. She currently works full time assisting individuals who are transitioning between careers. Lisa is devoted to helping people realize their personal and professional goals. She has previous experience working in the preschool environment and with elementary aged children involved in afterschool programs. Lisa is a mother and has a furry family of two she enjoys spending time with. Lisa joined the UTH team in August 2019 and is currently supervised by Dr. Harrier, Andrea Mason, LMSW, and her UTA University assigned supervisor.
- Shuqueta Thomas
Shuqueta Thomas is currently enrolled at Abilene Christian University working towards her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Argosy University in 2016. Shuqueta plans to obtain her LMFT at the end of her current program. She has a passion for working with families and individuals in an effort to help them thrive socially and in their everyday relationships. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. Shuqueta joined the UTH team in January of 2019 and is supervised by Dr. Laurie Harrier, Don Zablosky, LPC-S, LMFT-S and her ACU assigned university professor.
- Joselin Zambrano
Emily Rodriguez is an undergraduate student at the University of North Texas where she is majoring in Rehabilitation Studies and minoring in Psychology to receive her Bachelor’s in Science. Once she graduates in May 2020, Emily plans to attend graduate school to obtain her Master’s in Occupational Therapy, with a specialization in Pediatrics. She has several years of experience working in various children’s programs, with ages ranging from 3 months old to 12 years old. In her free time, she also appreciates volunteering with both children and adults with disabilities. Emily will be joining the UTH team as an undergraduate practicum student in January 2020 and is currently supervised by Dr. Harrier and her UNT assigned supervisor.
- Alyssa Eilerman
Alyssa Eilerman is currently enrolled at the at the University of Texas at Arlington working towards her Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Children and Families. She received her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas in 2016. Alyssa has always had a passion for working with children and helping them be successful in their community. Professionally, Alyssa has five years experience working with adolescents in the juvenile justice system. Alyssa joined the UTH team in August of 2019 as an internship student and is supervised by Dr. Laurie Harrier, Andrea Mason, LMSW, and her UTA assigned university professor.
- Kayla Johnson
Kayla Johnson is an undergraduate student at the University of North Texas Majoring in a Rehabilitation Studies with a minor in criminal justice. Once she receives her Bachelors in May 2020, Kayla plans to pursue her masters degree in Rehabilitation at the University of North Texas. She has had a passion for helping others since her younger days and knew that she wanted her career to revolve around that as well. Kayla joined the UTH team as a practicum student in January 2020 and is under the supervision of Dr. Harrier along with her UNT university assigned supervisor.
Chelsey Thatcher, LPC, NCC
Chelsey Thatcher, MS, LPC, NCC graduated from University of North Texas with a Masters in Counseling specializing in Play Therapy and received her BS in Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. Chelsey is pursuing her Texas requirements to become a RPT (Registered Play Therapist). Chelsey is also enrolled in the Texas A&M Special Education Masters Program where she is pursuing her masters in Special Education and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). Chelsey strives to be able to adapt her skills to help the varying family and child needs to become an effective integrated BCBA/LPC/RPT.
Chelsey has an incredible amount of energy and passion for children, especially those with special needs. She combined her passion and goals together in the Child Relational Therapy class UTH offers which is designed to adapt the traditional CRT for those families with a special needs child. Chelsey joined the UTH team in January 2016 as a volunteer, completed her master’s internship with UTH, and in October 2017 transitioned to an LPC Intern again underscoring her dedication to the field.
Chelsey has also completed the following Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) classes and earned the accompanying credentials: Job Skills Trainer (JST), Job Placement Specialist (JPS), and Vocational Adjustment Trainer (VAT), Supported Employment (SE), and Autism Endorsement (AE). Chelsey is able to also conduct ABA therapy under the supervision of the BCBA assigned supervisor provided by Hoomhouse.
Mi’Kala Thaphina is an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Dallas and will graduate in May of 2020 with her Bachelor’s in Supply Chain Management. Upon completion of her degree, she plans to join the Navy as a prospective Supply Officer. Outside of school, Mi’Kala serves as a Logistics Coordinator at her local church where she leads individuals to recognize that they are loved, valued, and believed in. She is very intentional about living a life of faith and purpose. Mi’Kala joined the UTH team in December 2019 as part of the UT Dallas Jindell OutREACH program’s community experience requirement, and is supervised by Dr. Harrier and her UTA university assigned supervisor.
Kristin Chitty is an undergraduate student with Texas Woman’s University. She plans to graduate in May of 2020 with her Bachelor of Science in Health Studies with a concentration in Community Health. Following graduation, she will pursue a certification to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Eventually, she will pursue a Master’s Degree, but for now she hopes to gain additional knowledge to improve the overall health of the community. Kristin has worked as a budget coordinator with a local home builder, and is looking forward to this new adventure/career change. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, travel, read, and cuddle with her fur babies. Kristin joined the UTH team in December of 2019, and will be supervised by Dr. Harrier and her TWU assigned supervisor.
Madelyn Lyster is an undergraduate student at Texas Woman’s University, Denton, and is in the final stages of achieving her BS in Health Studies. Upon graduation, in May 2020, she plans to obtain her CHES certification and attend graduate school to obtain a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. Upon completion, Madelyn will work with organizations in her community to improve individual’s mental, physical, and social health. She has previous experience working with children, being a retail manager, and property management. Madelyn loves to spend time with her fur friend, Snoopy, and go on walks. Madelyn joined the UTH team in December 2019 and is currently supervised by Dr. Harrier and her TWU assigned supervisor.
Donna Forster is currently enrolled at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), working towards her Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Donna graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2013. Donna has always had a passion for helping others, especially families and children. Professionally, Donna retired from the State of Texas as a mediator with the Texas Department of Insurance. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. Donna joined the UTH team in December 2019 for her graduate practicum experience and is supervised by Dr. Laurie Harrier, Andrea Mason Davis, LMSW, and her UTA assigned supervisor.
- Don Zablosky
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S
Andrea Mason Davis
Andrea Mason Davis
Social Work, LMSW