Kayla Freeman, LMSW
Kayla Freeman holds a Master of Social Work degree from Michigan State University, a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Saginaw Valley State University, and a Post Graduate Business Certificate from UM-Flint. While in graduate school, Kayla received specialized training in working with people who have experienced many forms of trauma and earned an evidence based trauma treatment certificate. She has extensive experience working with college students and people who have experienced foster care. Her clinical interests include treating depression, anxiety, and PTSD and incorporating mindfulness and holistic wellness approaches into mental health treatment. In addition to direct clinical work, Kayla also has professional interests that include teaching, training, and supervising other students and professionals at local, state, and national levels in the social work and mental health field. When off the clock, you'll find Kayla traveling to other states and countries, gardening, and attending UM sporting events with friends and family!
Brian Hopkins, LMSW
Brian has over 24 years of experience working in the social work field. Brian started his social work career working on the streets of Chicago and has worked in a variety of capacities over the years primarily working with children, adolescents, and families. Brian earned his Masters of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University in 2008 and has significant experience and training in working with trauma and substance/alcohol abuse.
Valerie Jackson, LMSW
Valerie Jackson, LMSW received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and received her Bachelors in Business Administration degree from Davenport University. She has over 25 years of experience working in the social work field servicing the geriatric, critical care and mental health populations. In addition, she has worked with many community agencies ensuring clients receive needed resources. One of therapeutic approaches she utilizes is encouraging self-care with her clients. Oftentimes, we take care of others, often neglecting ourselves! She enjoys helping and encouraging her clients to reach their greatest potential. Upon meeting Val, you will always be greeted with a smile!
Jenna Newton, LMSW
Jenna Newton holds a Master of Social Work degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Saginaw Valley State University. Jenna has 10 plus years experience working with grief and loss support groups and weekend retreat camps from children and teenagers who have had a significant loss in their life. Work history includes a therapist on the Behavioral Health Unit at Memorial Healthcare and a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Therapist at List Psychological Services. She also works as an adjunct professor at Baker College in the Human Service Department. Clinical interests include working with the wide variety of mental health concerns and helping others develop positive long term coping strategies. Jenna enjoys spending time with her 2 little boys, watching scary movies and attending any concert she can!
As the Administrative Assistant, Leanne helps to maintain the day-to-day functioning of the department by ensuring that students’ needs are met in a professional and timely manner. She does this by supporting clinical staff, managing the university’s Testing Center, and interacting with faculty and staff on behalf of the students.
Leanne wanted to share that “on a personal note, I enjoy the one on one interactions with our students and I appreciate the opportunity to assist and support them, both academically and socially.”