Centered for Life Team
CEO, Life Coach and Pastoral Counselor | firstname.lastname@example.org |
Steve is a graduate of Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, TX in the area of Recreation and Religion. He worked in sales for Best Lock Corporation from 1985 to 1994 in both Denver and Kansas City. From 1994 to 2006, Steve and Debby were on staff with Athletes in Action and the world headquarters for Campus Crusade for Christ. Then from 2006-2010 Steve was the Associate Pastor at St. Simons Community Church. He provided oversight to the adult ministries which included: Group Life, Assimilation to Church Life, Pastoral Care, Hospital Visitation, Weddings, Funerals and many other vital parts of church connection. Steve provides pastoral counseling with individuals and couples at Centered for Life. He also provides spiritual leadership for community ministries. Steve, along with Debby does marriage workshops and Private Marriage Intensives (PMI) for individual couples.
Debby Temmer, LPC
Clinical Counselor, Clinical Director| email@example.com |
Debby is a Licensed Professional Counselor certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She is an honors graduate from Cincinnati Christian University. Debby received advanced training in group therapy as well as marriage and family therapy. She has had the privilege of being trained by Larry Crabb in the area of spiritual direction, and soul care. She has also attended extensive training workshops on healing from depression, anxiety, and stress related issues. She has advanced training with Pia Mellody in regard to codependent behavior and significant abuse issues that began in peoples family of origin. Currently, Debby works with adults providing individual, couples and family therapy. She also enjoys investing in women and couples through weekend retreats, couples intensives and speaking at women’s events, which expedites their soul care. Debby has been in private practice since 2005 and is a member of the American Association for Christian Counselors. In 2016, Debby completed training in EMDR therapy and is certified in EMDR Therapy practice.
Stephen D. Hendrix, LPC, CADC II
Clinical Counselor, Alcohol & Drug Counselor | StephenH@CenteredforLife.com
Stephen Hendrix has been a strategic partner with Centered for Life since 2014 when he and his wife, Shelley, moved to SSI. He joined our staff in February 2019, bringing his 20 years of experience working with men, women and adolescents in both a counseling setting and in residential mental health facilities with him. Additionally, he is a trained and certified Prime for Life instructor and addictions specialist.
Stephen offers marriage counseling, crisis and trauma counseling, substance abuse and addiction therapy, individual therapy, PTSD therapy, groups and classes, and more. Stephen is available for speaking engagements on a limited basis and enjoys teaching and speaking alongside of his wife, Shelley, as often as possible. The Hendrixes serve alongside of Steve and Debby Temmer offering intensives for couples and families as well.
When he isn’t counseling or teaching, you’ll usually find Stephen enjoying our beautiful coast with his wife, Shelley, relaxing on his porch or cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs.
Kailey Temmer, LMSW
Kailey graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with an undergraduate degree in Social Work. She went on to receive her Masters of Social Work, specializing in mental health from the University of Cincinnati in June of 2011. Kailey joined the CFL team in the fall of 2013 after completing a year and a half with The Children’s Home Of Cincinnati. Her focus with the children and teens is working through childhood trauma and developing emotional stability and management through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She also enjoys using various methods of play therapy which enhances the process of learning emotional control. In 2016, Kailey completed training in EMDR therapy and is now certified as an EMDR specialist.
Laura Morrison, MSW
Clinical Counselor* | Laura@centeredforlife.com
Laura graduated with Bachelor in Psychology from Georgia Southern University in 1997, Masters in Clinical Social work from Savannah State University in 2001, and holds a License in Master Social Work. She is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. She worked at Gateway Behavioral Health in Brunswick for several years; experience includes helping individuals with chronic mental illness through individual and group therapy, case management, women in residential programs, inpatient hospitalization and outpatient care. Through her personal journey of grief and loss as well as healing, Laura’s desire is to help bring awareness and insight to individuals so they can walk out of unhealthy habits, difficulty coping with life’s stressors and difficult relationships into peace, health and healing.
After 13 years of being a stay-at-home wife and mother, Laura joined the CFL team in 2017. In 2018, Laura completed training in EMDR therapy and believes this technique to be a key to complete healing and wholeness.
*Laura is currently on an indefinite Medical Leave. Please join us in praying for her complete recovery. Thank you!
Megan DelaRosa, LAPC
Clinical Counselor/ Life Coach| firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Mercer University in 2009, Masters in Education from Mercer University in 2011, and holds a Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2018. She is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. In 2018, Megan completed training in EMDR therapy.
Megan started her professional career by teaching middle school and then began working at St. Simons Community Church as a youth pastor. She currently co-leads Beloved Ministries for Single Moms.
Megan first came to Centered for Life in 2011 as she received counsel from the staff after going through her own divorce. She understands the value and worth of receiving counseling and how it brings healing to our lives. She desires to help others experience healing in their own lives.
With a background in working with adolescents and single moms, Megan’s focus is to help women of all ages journey towards emotional health and well-being through the models of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Christ-centered therapy.
She is available for individual sessions, which are typically 50 minutes long. She also enjoys working with groups covering topics such as: boundaries, identity, and divorce care.
Communications Director, Life Coach | Crisis and First Responder |email@example.com
Shelley has been a part of Centered for Life since 2014 as a Strategic Partner with her husband, Stephen D. Hendrix, MA, LPC, CADC II who is now a clinical counselor on staff at CFL as well. Shelley is an author, professional speaker, groups facilitator and former TV Talk show host. The Hendrix’s desire to merge their gifts, experiences and talents together made possible this ministry relationship with CFL. Shelley serves CFL in the area of Communications, Marketing, Life Coaching, is a Groups Facilitator, and oversees our Community Connection Workshops. With her experience leading a non-profit ministry for women for nearly a decade, she brings with her a variety of gifts that serve CFL staff and friends well.
Shelley enjoys experiences that allow her to show her creative side, spending time with her husband and family here and in Atlanta, and riding her bike along our beautiful coastline.
Pat Taff, RN
Spiritual Direction & Grief Groups Facilitator, Crisis and First Responder | Pataff@comcast.net
Pat Taff has been married to the love of her life for 51 years. They have 2 children, Brian and Michelle. Sadly, they lost their 22 year old son, Brian, to suicide in 1992. It is with this experience through the depths of grief that Pat is well-equipped to facilitate our grief support groups here at CFL. Pat and Jim have resided on SSI for 13+ years and enjoy their family here: Michelle, Tim (“son-in-love”) and two fabulous grandchildren, Josh and Jamie. In addition to leading our grief groups here at CFL, Pat also serves on our Board of Directors.
- Bible Teacher with Christian Women’s Club, Women’s Aglow International, Precept Ministries, and Community Bible Study starting in 1981.
- RN, BS in Health Arts
- Retreat Speaker with a passion for women to know and follow the Lord, Jesus Christ.
- Program Director for National Alliance on Mental Illness for 7 years in Columbia, SC and Member of the Suicide Prevention Task Force in SC.
- Has co-led and led Suicide Survivor Support Groups since 1992.
- Trained as a Healing Prayer Minister at Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, FL.
Bobby and Joanie Galasso
Spiritual Mentors, Crisis and First Responders
Bobby and Joanie met in college and married on November 17, 1973. They have 3 married children and 16 grandchildren and were in full-time ministry for 43 years of their marriage and have just recently retired. Now they are enjoying a new season of their lives here on St. Simons Island, where God has brought them to reside on March 5, 2016.
In their own words…
“We are thankful to be here among a beautiful community of people who welcome us into their lives and challenge us to go deeper in our walk with God. We have come through the brokenness of Bobby’s clinical burnout and Joanie’s subsequent clinical depression, thankful to be alive and together through it all. We give all the credit to our God for without Him we would not be here and we would not have joy and hope and love in our hearts. He has restored us, redeemed our losses, and has shown us a better way to live. And we still have so much to learn!
We desire to live out of hearts that are open and vulnerable, totally embracing this life God has given us, and loving the people that God brings into our lives. We are blessed to be here, among you and we look forward to meeting you and living life with you here on this lovely Island.
From Joanie: I am blessed to be able to be able to volunteer my time during my retirement years on beautiful Saint Simons Island to Centered for Life and other ministries. The areas that make my heart come alive are being with my grandchildren for the special occasions in their lives and to just visit and “play” – reading books, enjoying the playground or just hanging out with them, and the opportunities to meet with people here in my community in one on one chats to share hearts over a coffee. I enjoy walking the beach, reading and living amid the beauty of this Island and being available to love and encourage people in whatever way the Lord God makes that connection for me.
From Bobby: I find myself working my garden spot by the airport 2-3 mornings each week at sunrise. I like fishing and long walks with Joanie and spending time with our grandkids (and their parents!) as much as possible.”
Client Relations and Administrative Assistant, Crisis and First Responder | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori became part of the Centered for Life team in August 2015 as our “Director of First Impressions.” Lori is in charge of the front office experience, and she helps keep things running smoothly at Centered for Life. She is married with five children and has lived in the Golden Isles for 17 years. She has served in her local church as a worship leader. Lori enjoys getting to see the transformation that occurs between the time an individual enters the office and when they leave, and she loves to see the Holy Spirit at work in people’s lives.
Mitzi joined CFL in November 2018. She and her husband, Salomon moved from Missouri in October to join the team. Mitzi and Salomon have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren (the light of their lives). They lived for 30 years in Blue Springs, Missouri and actively served & attended Crossway Bible Church. Mitzi serves in the area of Administration of finances/accounts payable/receivable and desires to use her gift of serving to further the various ministries here at Centered for Life.
M.S., Ph.D candidate, Neurofeedback Therapist
Georgia joined CFL in January 2020, and has been doing neurofeedback therapy since May of 2019.
She holds several degrees in biological sciences and nursing from College of DuPage, Triton College and Elmhurst College. She worked as a level one surgical nurse specializing in orthopedic and trauma cases at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill., Roper-St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, SC., and Grand Strand Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC.
In 2000 she and her family moved to St. Simons Island, Ga. where she became very involved with the community. Besides being a stay-at-home mom to her three children, she devoted many hours volunteering for several non-profit organizations, CASA Glynn, Latin American Resource Center (LARC), American Cancer Society (ACS), Y.W.C.A., Glynn Art (board member), and St. Simons Land Trust. She has also been very involved in her children’s school Frederica Academy (parents council and chairperson for several fundraisers) along with Clemson University. In 2002, she began art lessons with several well respected local artists such as Janet Powers and the late Jeanne Nelson Szabo where she studied still life art, landscapes, and abstracts for 6 years.
In 2011, she decided to return to school finishing her Bachelors in Psychology, followed by Masters in Science & Counseling and currently in the midst of her Ph.D dissertation with research on Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. In 2017, she joined the faculty at the College of Coastal Georgia as an adjunct psychology professor. In 2018 she was one of the nominees for professor of the year.
Her biggest passion and inspiration is spending time with her three children Creighton (22), recent graduate of Clemson University and currently at the Medical University of SC, Davis (20) University of Alabama, and Alex (17) Frederica Academy.
She is a strong supporter of counseling and psychotherapy and is indebted to her therapist for her well-being after suffering from situational depression while going through a divorce. In her free time she continues to paint for commissions and donations for fundraisers. Lastly, one of Georgia’s favorite hobbies is competitive fishing. She belongs to an all female fishing team with 3 of her good friends called the “Fishin’ Chicks” who have been competing together for nearly 9 years.