Meet Our Mental Health Team

Our Management Team

Thomas C. Cook, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer 

Hayley I. Porter. Psy.D.

Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer
Licensed Psychologist (MD)

Aruna Rao, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Board Certified Psychiatrist

Brandi Tanasescu, LGPC

Chief Financial and Strategic Officer

​Julia Kurisch, LCPC

Board Approved Supervisor

Chief Clinical Officer

Ian J. Bolland, LCPC

Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer

Jason Quarantillo, LCPC

Board Approved Supervisor 

Sr. Vice President of Training

Megan Spencer MHRM, SPHR

Chief People Officer

Molly Martin

mmartin@bpointwellness.com

(410) 800-2169 (ext5829)

Vice President of Operations

Kathryn DeRaffele, LCPAT, ATR-BC

kderaffele@bpointwellness.com

Board Approved Supervisor

Director of Clinical Services

Kimberly Maher, LCPC

kmaher@bpointwellness.com

Board Approved Supervisor

Associate Director- Telehealth

Jessica Hurst, LCPC

jhurst@bpointwellness.com

Board Approved Supervisor

Associate Director- Hunt Valley Office

Bethany Benson, LCPC

bbenson@bpointwellness.com

Board Approved Supervisor

Associate Director- School Program

Johanna Howe, LCPC​

 

Associate Director – Baltimore

Karen Layton, LCPC

 

Associate Director – Salisbury Office

Jayyidah Clarke, LCSW-C

jclarke@bpointwellness.com

Board Approved Supervisor

Associate Director- Telehealth

Kyle Jernigan, LCSW-CS

 

Associate Director – Harford & Overlea

Jennifer Haller, RN

Program Director of Wellness and Psychiatry Services

Lisa Foley

 

Director of Finance

Nate Christian

Director of Operations

Sarah Krieger

 

Director of HR and Business Operations

Linda Mayo

Director of Client Services

Billing Department

(410) 800-2169 ext 5639

Our Mental Health Treatment Providers

Providers are currently accepting new clients. Contact us at 410-800-2169, option 1, to schedule an appointment/referral

** Please note: All providers are currently providing Telehealth Services **

Olalekan Ajayi, PMHNP-BC

Position: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified From Walden University
Categories: Hunt Valley

Olalekan Ajayi is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who graduated from Walden University. He is a highly skilled professional with thirteen years’ overall nursing experience, five years in psychiatry before he went back to school and became licensed as a PMHNP. Olalekan’s experience encompasses a commitment to delivering exceptional, qualitative, and compassionate patient care to diverse and multicultural client mixtures.

He has a holistic understanding of psychiatric and medical techniques, processes, and the unique protocols of the Psychiatric-Mental healthcare delivery in outpatient settings, community, correctional health care systems, hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. The years of experience bring to fore proficiency in obtaining a history, carrying out a physical assessment, diagnosing, implementing treatment, and evaluating care outcomes while maintaining safety and promoting client dignity, respect, and in accordance with each facility’s policies and procedure.

Note: Mr. Ajayi works in the Hunt Valley Office, as well as provides Telehealth Services.

Olalekan Ajayi, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified From Walden University

Sara LaMonica, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Community Mental Health from McDaniel College
Categories: Hunt Valley

Sara is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with experience providing services to children, adolescents, and adults. Sara is passionate about working with teenagers and young adults navigating through life transitions and challenges.

She has experience in working with anxiety, depression, grief & loss, and ADHD. Sara utilizes a strengths-based approach and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in working collaboratively with clients to meet their goals. She hopes to partner with each of her clients on their journey to becoming the best and healthiest versions of themselves that they can be.

Note: Ms. LaMonica works in the Hunt Valley Office.

Sara LaMonica, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Community Mental Health from McDaniel College

Michelle Jolley, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University
Categories: Hunt Valley

Michelle is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She has been part of Balance Point Wellness, as an intern, for over a year. Michelle started her journey as a Healthcare Leadership Coach, receiving her Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University certification.

She looks forward to integrating her counseling and coaching skills to work with clients on finding balance and self-acceptance while removing barriers.

Note: Ms. Jolley works in the Hunt Valley Office and remotely providing Telehealth Services.

Michelle Jolley, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University

Leah Childers, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Categories: Hunt Valley

Leah is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Leah has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked with a wide range of individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, ADHD, self-esteem concerns, and more.

Leah believes that a strong therapeutic relationship is essential in successful therapy. Therefore, she provides a safe space for her clients to open up and be themselves while meeting them with empathy, compassion, and accountability. Leah works side by side with her clients to help them see their potential and help them gain insight into themselves, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and trust themselves as having the power over their healing. Her approach is eclectic and tailored to each client. However, she tends to use therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness the most. Leah is honored to be a part of your journey toward healing and self-growth.

Note: Ms. Childersworks in the Hunt Valley Office.

Leah Childers, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Charlotte St. Pierre, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board-Approved Supervisor Masters in Social Welfare from SUNY Albany NY
Categories: Hunt Valley

Charlotte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board-approved supervisor. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in various settings. Charlotte is an experienced clinician treating clients with ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders, and TBI. She believes that therapy must match the client’s needs, utilizing a strengths-based approach grounded in CBT and ACT. Charlotte views herself as an ally, helping the client leverage their thoughts, feelings, strengths, and resources to assist their growth and facilitate positive change in their lives.

Ms. St. Pierre works in the Hunt Valley Office.

Charlotte St. Pierre, LCSW-C

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board-Approved Supervisor Masters in Social Welfare from SUNY Albany NY

Eleeshabah B. Yahudah-Yisrael, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Categories: Hunt Valley

Eleeshabah is a Licensed Master Social Worker, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with her degree in Social Work. Eleeshabah is aware of the negative impact of some societal variables and is passionately focused on facilitating client success through meaningful and highly effective therapeutic interventions. She has been a social worker for the past nine years. Her specialty is Children and Family Health, and she has worked with children and families impacted by various morbidities and social disparities. Her work is grounded in the belief that every person can achieve success, given adequate support and tailored tools and resources.

Ms. Yahudah-Yisrael works in the Hunt Valley office.

Eleeshabah B. Yahudah-Yisrael, LCSW-C

Licensed Master Social Worker, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Andrew Harris, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical, Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.
Categories: Hunt Valley

Andrew Harris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2013. His schooling focused on the difficulties we encounter as we grow old. Since that time, however, he has worked in numerous settings and has experience with a wide range of clinical presentations.
Andrew enjoys helping Clients recognize that life can be tragic, messy, and overbearing but also beautiful, rich, and rewarding. He has received training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy and was a fellow at the Baltimore- Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. In addition, Andrew enjoys helping each client develop their own unique “type” of therapy to realize their full potential.

 

Mr. Harris works in our Hunt Valley office.

Andrew Harris, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical, Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.

Connor Bayley, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor from New York University
Categories: Hunt Valley

Connor is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) who earned her Master’s degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in the clinic and farm setting. Connor’s clinical experience includes helping clients with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ASD, trauma, and more.
Connor provides equine-facilitated therapy at our farm location and in-clinic and telehealth services. She describes her approach to counseling as integrative and holistic, utilizing a person-centered approach, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In addition, she believes in building a collaborative and supportive relationship with her clients to help them feel empowered in their own therapeutic journey.

Ms. Bayley works in our Hunt Valley office. 

Connor Bayley, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor from New York University

Our Support Staff

Marita Manna

Intake Coordinator – Baltimore

Laura Holland

Intake Coordinator – School-Based

Taylor Thompson

tthompson@bpointwellness.com

Intake Coordinator – Prescribers

Maggie Ryan

 

Program Manager of Equine

Hannah Frallicciardi

 

Compliance Associate

Matthew Christian

Operations Coordinator

​We look forward to you joining our family!

We are looking to hire dedicated clinicians and support staff for our practice! If you are interested in working for Balance Point Wellness, LLC, email a resume and cover letter to Sarah Krieger, Director of Human Resources, at skrieger@bpointwellness.com.

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