Our Staff

Administration

Melissa Grove

Melissa Grove

Executive Director

Melissa Grove, M.S., LPC, Executive Director, has a background in Geri-Psychiatrics, Supported Housing, and Mental Health management. Ms. Grove has worked with Legacy since 1992 and opened and managed Legacy Founders Cottage since its inception in 1996. Prior to her position at Legacy Counseling Center she managed a sixty bed psychiatric unit for ADAPT of Texas, Inc. Other experiences include working with clients with schizophrenia, emotionally disturbed children, alcoholic Mescalero Indians, adults with retardation, terminally ill elderly and Haitian families. She has done research on the computerized DSM program, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for Veterans, and attachment disorder. A therapist herself, Ms. Grove mans the 24 hour a day suicide crisis line for Legacy.

Angela Huddy

Angela Huddy

Director of Development

Angela Huddy, BA, Director of Development, graduated from the University of North Texas, Public Affairs and Community Service Department studying Nonprofit Management in May of 2013. Prior to returning to school, she had a 12 year career in Human Resources in the Retail & Restaurant Industries. During her career transition, she served on several charitable boards including World Vision/Women of Vision and DCHAS. She first volunteered with Legacy at the 2014 Grace Project Women’s Conference and began as Director of Development in June of 2015.

Tammy McCormack

Tammy McCormack

Office Manager

Tammy McCormack, Office Manager, received her Nursing Assistant Certification in April of 2004, and began volunteering at the Legacy Founders Cottage, before being hired as a Nurse Assistant in October of that same year. Tammy worked at the Cottage from 2004 until May of 2011, when she was promoted to Office Manager at the Legacy Counseling Center. Tammy brings to this position an extensive secretarial background spanning over twenty years. Tammy also has a ministry where she speaks at Church Youth functions across the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, educating youth from 13-18 years old, as well as their parents about HIV/AIDS.

Counseling

Bob Roton

Bob Roton

Clinical Director

Robert P. Roton, Jr. (Bob), M.A. LPC-Supervisor, Director of Counseling Services, received his Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Amberton University in Garland, Texas and his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M in Commerce, Texas. In addition to managing the daily operations at Legacy, Bob provides individual, couples, and group psychotherapy for adults. His experience has been helping adults with depression, grief & loss, life transitions, anxiety, gay/lesbian, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and career issues. Bob’s previous counseling work experience includes providing counseling services to service men and women and military families coping with the many challenges of the military life; substance abuse counseling at Baylor All Saints Hospital in Ft. Worth; counseling and case management services at Dallas Mertrocare Lancaster Kiest Clinic. He describes his therapeutic style as compassionately confronting and encouraging. Bob helps clients make healthy choices to reach their goals through a collaborative working relationship. Prior to launching his career as a LPC, Bob spent 25 years working in management for software vendor companies where he managed development, technical and implementation teams.

Peter Wilkins

Peter Wilkins

Therapist

Peter Wilkins LCSW, earned his Master’s in Social Work in December of 1999, and immediately assumed the position of Lead Therapist on the Behavioral Medicine Unit of Garland Community Hospital. When that facility closed in 2002, Peter brought his skills to Timberlawn Mental Health Services in Dallas. At Timberlawn, Peter spent a year working on the Adolescent Unit before moving to the Dual Diagnosis, and ultimately, the Trauma Program. During this time, Peter completed the required supervision and testing to obtain credential for the title of Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In addition to his duties as staff therapist on the Trauma Program, Peter began seeing clients on an outpatient basis in private practice. Peter joined the staff at Legacy Counseling Center in the summer of 2006, where he continues to provide therapy services to individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS as well as private clients. Drawing on his years at Timberlawn, Peter specializes in the fields of trauma recovery and dual diagnosis clients. In his seven years at Legacy Counseling Center, he has helped numerous clients to overcome a wide range of problems that stood in the way of their own happiness and well-being.

Derek Adleta

Derek Adleta

Therapist

Derek Adleta, Psy.D., LMFT, has been counseling diverse populations for many years. Dr. Adleta treats adolescents and adults living with symptoms that include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, substance abuse, grief, stress, conflict and a multitude of other issues. Upon completion of his higher education in California, Dr. Adleta counseled in the Los Angeles area at Open Paths Counseling Center and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center mental health clinic. Upon relocating to Texas, Dr. Adleta worked for Mansfield ISD where he provided crisis and short term counseling at eight schools to K-12 students and their families. Currently, while providing counseling at Legacy Counseling Center he also has a limited private practice. Dr. Adleta currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mental Health America of Greater Dallas. He is also a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Counseling Association and Dallas Metro Counseling Association.

Cornelius Martin

Cornelius Martin

Therapist

Cornelius Martin, LCSW-ACP, worked as a hospital social worker with Dallas Southwest Medical Center for two years where he provided medical social work and case management services to community residents in an inpatient setting after having been regional director for 3 years for Continuum Healthcare Systems. Now with Legacy Counseling Center since 2004, Cornelius acts as a therapist to HIV+ individuals who need intensive outpatient care and /or substance abuse treatment. Bringing in is knowledge as hospital social worker Cornelius is able to provide education and support to individuals at the center and in his private practice.

Jo Anne Spears

Jo Anne Spears

Therapist

Jo Anne Sheehan Spears, LCSW, has been working as a clinical social worker since 1985, seeing a varied group of clients in Houston and Dallas. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Austin and her Master’s degree from the University of Houston. She is currently working as a social work manager for the Baylor Health Care System in hospitals across the Metroplex in the Caring Hearts volunteer program. She also maintains a private practice as well as seeing clients at Legacy Counseling. Some specialties of hers are Women’s issues, post adoption issues, rape crisis, incest recovery, HIV+ issues and coping with chronic medical conditions. She also deals with depression, anxiety, self-esteem and couples counseling to improve communication. In Houston, she worked at Catholic Charities in adoption and foster care and in Dallas she has worked at the Southern Methodist University’s Women’s Center as well as the Baylor Hospital System providing counseling, guidance and leadership to people and programs. She loves clients who are willing to work hard to change their lives and their behaviors and firmly believes that laughter IS the best medicine.

Gail Atwater

Gail Atwater

Therapist

Gail Atwater, LCSW-Intern, received her B.S. in Psychology from Duke University and her MS in Social Work from UT Arlington. She has facilitated support groups with Cancer Support Community of North Texas, VITAS hospice, and My Guardian Angel for children affected by grief and loss and also managed the Early Stage program at the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Dallas. She has a background in research at Duke University Medical Center and has also done adjunct teaching at the UT Arlington School of Social Work. Gail brings her over 20 year interest in helping individuals in recovery to Legacy in supporting the Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse program as well as seeing individual clients.

Dustin Cobb

Dustin Cobb

Therapist

Joseph Dustin Cobb, LCSW, is a therapist at Legacy Counseling Center in Dallas, Texas. Dustin received his Master of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2012, and his Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Mississippi in 2005. Dustin has experience and training in medical social work, dual diagnosis case management, and HIV/AIDS-related issues. Dustin has worked with clients on a diverse spectrum of topics: the LGBT community, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, life stages, attachment issues, alcoholism, individuals living with disabilities, and advocating for equal rights. Dustin is excited to use his knowledge and that of his colleges to better assist clients in empowering their lives.

Stephen Potter

Stephen Potter

Therapist

Stephen Potter, LCSW, has over 40 years of providing clinical, supervisory, teaching, and consultation services to clients and agencies. He has worked at UT Health Science Center, Richland College, provided supervision to two Family Violence programs, and spent 20 years in clinical private practice. His hobbies/avocations include metal and fused glass sculpture.

Juan Herrera

Juan Herrera

Therapist

Juan Herrera, M.S., LPC, NCC, is a bilingual therapist at Legacy Counseling Center, he received his Master of Science in counseling from Texas A&M-Commerce and his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish form the University of North Texas. He has over 18 years of experience working in the education field. Nine of these have been serving as a counselor with Irving ISD, providing guidance, crisis counseling, and brief counseling to adolescents and their families. Other experiences include working for Community Partners of Dallas in conjunction with Child Protective Services, where he currently facilitates a Spanish-speaking group for non-offending parents of children victims of sexual abuse. Juan also has past experience provided individual counseling to LGBT youth, through his internship at Youth First Texas. He is also a member of the Texas Counseling Association, Texas Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling and Dallas Metro Counseling Association

Nina Chappell

Nina Chappell

Therapist

Nina Chappell, LPC Intern, supervised by Robert P Roton Jr. LPC-S, has spent the last twenty-three years working in the healthcare field concentrating on physician and hospital reimbursement, and for the last ten of those years, specifically in the area of staff development and management. In her management role, she serves as a mentor and counselor to staff to ensure that they achieve their personal goals as well as that of the organization. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at California State University Dominquez Hills and her Master’s in professional counseling at Amberton University. She also completed her LPC Practicum at Intown Counseling and Education Center where her focus was on couples, women, and adolescents counseling.

Her professional goals are to increase mental health awareness in underserved communities and cultures and change the stigma often associated with therapy. She feels strongly about empowering women, in particular, minority women and provide them with knowledge and strategies to become independent, self-sufficient leaders, so that they can accomplish their dreams, and lead successful and productive lives.

Alma Garcia

Alma Garcia

Therapist

Alma Garcia is a tri-lingual therapist (English, Spanish, American Sign Language). She was born and raised in El Paso, TX. She attended and graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1997 with a Bachelor in Social Work. She found her first social work job at the local rape crisis center. It was a work she thoroughly enjoyed and grew to be passionate about. She moved to Dallas in 2000 to continue her education. After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2003 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she immediately began working as a medical social worker.

As a medical social worker she discovered her enthusiasm for helping those who suffer with anxiety, depression, grief, childhood issues, and a variety of other life changes and transitions. She also found that she could successfully help patients with chronic health issues using similar techniques.

She specializes in the application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) principles in a very logical and meaningful way. She addresses how the mind works, what habits we hold on to and why and how to unlearn beliefs that are no longer useful. It is by understanding and being able to identify what does NOT work that we can move beyond them. Further, she will show you how to replace those thoughts and beliefs with those that can improve your outlook, improve your mood and your life, not only for the present moment but for the long term.

Also as a certified yoga instructor since 2011, Alma has successfully taken these skills (yogic breathing, mindfulness and simple yoga postures) in sessions to bring awareness of the mind/body connection and how that relates to general well-being.

Andrea Gonzalez

Andrea Gonzalez

Therapist

Andrea Gonzalez, LCSW, is an experienced therapist that has worked in mental health services for 10 years. Andrea’s mission is to empower individuals to live healthier and happier lives by helping them build on who they are. She works, together with her clients, to challenge the areas that might need change and enhance the areas that make them unique. She has worked in both hospital and outpatient clinical settings with individuals with social, physical and mental health issues, including diabetes, cancer, HIV, grief, and postpartum depression. Andrea received her Bachelors in Psychology from Baylor University in 2003 and Masters of Science in Social Work from University of Texas at Austin in 2008.

Founders Cottage

Brooke Nickerson

Brooke Nickerson

Director of Founders Cottage

Brooke M. Nickerson, MSW, Director of Founders Cottage, has nine years in working with individuals who are HIV/AIDS positive. Prior to becoming the Program Director at Legacy Founders Cottage Brooke started her career as a Medical Case Manager for Health Services of North Texas right out of undergrad. While working for HSNT she completed her Masters and was promoted to the Plano Site Supervisor where she managed the day to day tasks of an outpatient clinic and supervised other Case Managers and interns. Brooke is now the Program Director of Legacy Founders Cottage where she works with those individuals who are terminal and in the final stages of life.

Courtney Parish

Courtney Parish

Housing Services Coordinator

Courtney Parish, BA , Housing Services Coordinator, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Minor in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. While in undergrad, Parish interned at the Legacy Counseling Center and worked extensively on the Grace Project. After graduating, Parish spent a year in Columbus, Ohio doing an Americorp program called City Year, where she worked in an inner city school with 9th grade students on behavior, attendance, and academics. After she completed that program, she moved back to Dallas to rejoin the Legacy team as a staff member. Parish is a native of Cincinnati, OH.

Housing

Lisa Rand

Lisa Rand

Director of Housing Services

Lisa Rand, PhD (ABD), MBA, relocated to Dallas, TX from Milwaukee, WI. Lisa comes to Homebase for Housing with over 20+ years of experience working in non-profits organizations. She has worked extensively with emergency shelter programs, and transitional housing programs in the Dallas area, as well as youth programs. She worked as Associate Manager of Youth Programs with the Workforce Investment Board, as well as Director of Non-Residential Services at a domestic violence agency, overseeing the Counseling Program, Community Education Program, and our Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP). She is currently working on her PhD in Organizational Leadership and Management and received her Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Cardinal Stritch University.

Aretha Beckett

Aretha Beckett

Housing Specialist

Aretha Beckett, Housing Specialist, comes to Homebase for Housing with over 13 years of housing experience. She has worked with Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP), the Private Apartment Sector, Section 8, Public Housing, and Project Base Housing in the Dallas area. Her responsibilities for Home Base for Housing include being a point person for housing advocacy, housing information, referral services, housing research and assistance. She also updates the housing log weekly to expand our housing data base. Aretha, also serves as a bridge between HIV-housing and non HIV-housing providers, she will maintain relationships with existing housing programs and develop new housing options.

Gabrielle Harris

Gabrielle Harris

Master Leasing Case Worker

Gabrielle M. Harris, MSW, Master Leasing Case Worker, came to Legacy with a strong background in providing intensive case management services to individuals currently experiencing homelessness, as well as a variety of other issues including mental illness, substance abuse issues, formerly incarcerated, diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, domestic violence survivors & more. She has been a social worker since graduating with her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2008 from Texas A&M University-Commerce, preceded by the completion of her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2007 from the University of North Texas. Her past employers include Metrocare Services where she managed a 30-bed transitional housing program, and the Stewpot in Dallas, where she first realized that assisting individuals who are experiencing homelessness was her calling.

Johnny Lewis

Johnny Lewis

Housing Resource Specialist/Master Leasing Operations Assistant

Johnny Lewis has a extensive background working in the public arena, He has held position of Director of Activities, Supervisor for a outbound telecommunications service and road manager of a recording R&B recording artist. He is formally educated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has a passion to work with individuals who are currently experiencing difficulties in their lives by way of mental illness, substance abuse or homelessness. He is a Certified Peer Support Specialist and a license Recovery Coach by the Texas Association of Addicted Professional and a Peer Mentor. He has over 25 years working with the public in specialized groups working toward the advancement and upward mobility of those he serves. He is the proud father of two adult children and five beautiful grand children. Johnny motto is "if you keeping putting one foot in front of the other you will soon be walking through the door of prosperity and opportunity. Johnny current position of hire at Legacy is the Housing Resource Specialist/Operations where he gathers housing information in the community and compiles that data to be presented to the client that seek services from the Master Leasing Program. The Operations part of Johnny Position is to maintain the property units via operation manager, property management an clients. Also, provide adequate basic needs to insure the units are effectively in compliance with the policy govern by the Master Leasing Program through careful coordination with his team. Johnny’s community involvement is extensive as well, serving as a executive board member for the Texas Catalysts for Empowerment, and The Atlanta Dance Connection in which he is the official Dallas host for this company. Mr. Lewis also holds the title of Community Liaison for Safemed pharmacy located here in Dallas, TX.

James A. McClinton

James A. McClinton

Master Leasing Housing Coordinator

James McClinton, M.P.A., Master Leasing Housing Coordinator, graduated from the University of Kansas with his Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He also holds degrees in Criminal Justice, Mental Health and a minor degree in Psychology from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. Mr. McClinton began working at Legacy in May 2016 on a part time basis. His experience includes over 15 years working in the mental health field and affordable housing. He also is employed full-time at a local mental health agency in the Dallas area, which also includes duties involved with affordable housing. Mr. McClinton moved to the Dallas area in 2008. In Kansas, he began his mental health career at a state ICF/MR facility while attending college. He demonstrated an early passion for human behavior and development. He has held positions in mental health, including health services administrator, counselor, corrections manager, juvenile justice administrator and he served as President of the KS State Board of Nursing, as a Mental Health Board Member. Mr. McClinton served two terms as a Topeka City Councilmember and ultimately served as the first African American Mayor of the state capital. During such time he focused his mayoral energy on community development, including neighborhood improvement and affordable housing. Also during his term as mayor, Mr. McClinton hosted President George W. Bush in opening a National Historic Site, addressing a national audience with coverage by all the major news networks. After choosing to not seek elected office again, he worked as VP of Community Development in the private sector, providing and advocating for affordable housing in several states around the country. But his passion led him back to the mental health field, also including affordable housing, here in the Dallas community. His current duties include ensuring all housing units are in compliance and that clients who can pay rent, are doing so.