Meet Our Team


Dawn Chillon, Ph.D, LPC : Executive Director

Dawn Chillon, Ph.D, LPC

Executive Director

Dawn is a nationally recognized trauma specialist in the treatment of children with severe behaviors with over fifteen years in the counseling field. Her expertise in early childhood trauma, survival behavioral patterning in adolescents and attachment repair in foster and adopted children has made her a sought after conference speaker to both state and private agencies. She is the Founder ofThe Attachment and Trauma Institute and The Foundation for Family Healing. The Attachment and Trauma Institute provides Specialized Attachment Assessments, Out-patient Counseling, Intensive In Home Counseling, and trainings to schools, state and non-profit organizations. The Foundation for Family Healing is dedicated to providing national training, education, lectures and two day workshops to both parents and professionals nationally on the impact of trauma. These trainings have proven to improve disruption rates of children in care leading to permanency within the family unit through a given understanding of the impact of trauma, effective intervention strategies, permanency planning and reform strategies.

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Joyce Carter, LPC : Director

Joyce Carter, LPC


Joyce received her bachelor’s degree with a focus on Therapeutic Art and Music from Virginia Commonwealth University and master’s degree in Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia. She is currently working on her PsyD dissertation at California Southern University with a focus on positive psychology and mindfulness for burnout prevention in mental health professionals. Joyce has 19 -years of experience working in the mental with field with children and adults who have experienced trauma. She has worked in a variety of areas to include residential, private day school, case management for a local community services board, early intervention, intensive in-home counseling, mental health skills building, individual, family and group counseling, and day treatment. These positions have included both direct care and supervision roles. For fun Joyce enjoys long-distance running, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.


Beth Hextall : Quality Assurance Manager

Beth Hextall

Quality Assurance Manager

Beth has worked in the Office administration field for over 25 years. Beth, for thirteen years she worked in the school system. She relocated from WI in April of 2013 and assumed the position of Quality Assurance Manager in May of 2013. She has always taken much delight in being able to serve the community using her administrative talents. Beth and her husband have been married for thirty years. They have three children and three grandchildren. Beth and her husband have served as Pastor’s for the past twenty-five in which they have been blessed.