Choices For Life – Oklahoma
Meet Our Staff
CEO - President - Choices For Life Foster Care
My staff and I are proud to play a much needed role in helping children in the Therapeutic Foster Care system reach their goal of adoption or reunification. The growing need in this area of specialized care cannot be ignored and it is our goal to find a healthy home for each and every one of these children under our care. I have a great team of trainers and counselors, and I trust in their ability to serve our dedicated Treatment Parent Specialists and children.
Sara Riley, LPC, CPCS, RPT-S, NCC, MAC
President of Choices for Life Foster Care Inc.
Sara has been with Choices For Life of Georgia since 2009. Sara attended Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska, where she received her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. Sara is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia, a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Masters’s Addiction Counselor, Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider, and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS). She has obtained extensive clinical, assessment, and forensic experience while serving a multitude of culturally diverse populations for over 20 years. Sara has a passion for focusing on the needs of the community and working together to provide needed services through systemic collaborations.
Ashley grew up in the Oklahoma City area and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Early Childhood Education. After teaching for seven years, working with children faced with poverty, trauma histories and behavioral problems, she went back to school to obtain her Masters. In addition to teaching, Ashley also enjoys working with parents as an instructor for Smart Start’s Early Birds program and has been an instructor since 2010. Ashley taught for an additional two years before receiving her Master’s in Education with a focus on Professional Counseling from Oklahoma City University in May 2016. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oklahoma. She joined Choices for Life in August 2016 as a counselor working with children in Therapeutic Foster Care and foster families. Ashley enjoys working with this population and is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as several assessments.
Director of Training and Recruiting
Crystal has been working with Choices For Life since December 2013. She handles all of the training, recruiting and certifications for the state of Oklahoma. Crystal graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications from Southwest Baptist University. Prior to coming to Choices for Life she worked as a high school teacher and in sales. She loves working with families to get them through the training and certification process and loves that her job involves doing a lot of different things and that every day looks a little different. Crystal is a newlywed and lives in Norman, Okla., with her husband and two puppies, JB and Molly May.
John attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., and graduated with a Master’s in Social Work in 2018. While there, John began to work toward social causes whose goals were to help people and better lives. During his Master’s program, John interned at the Homeless Alliance of Oklahoma and the Diversity Center of Oklahoma, where he was a case manager and therapist. For a year after graduating, he worked with a consulting firm that provides information, including client voices, to communities fighting to resolve homelessness. John conducted research, staffed client focus groups and organized presentations. John joined Choices For Life in 2020 and enjoys working to help people, raise awareness on LGBTQ+ rights and work to help children have better futures.
After growing up in rural Oklahoma, Dustin moved to Weatherford to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He graduated from SWOSU in December 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting. After college, Dustin began his career working in public accounting and internal auditing. Dustin came to work as the Controller for Choices For Life in March 2011.
Linda has been with Choices For Life since November 2011. She graduated from Southeast High School in Oklahoma City and went to Oklahoma City Community College where she has the equivalent of an Associates in Mathematics.
Office Manager- Oklahoma City
Brittany graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology-Human Services in 2012. Through her internship she found a passion for the counseling field and helping others. She has worked as an administrator in this field for seven years and is always striving to learn more. She credits her skills to those who have mentored her and guided her along this journey. Brittany is married with a small farm of dogs and cats as part of their family.
Office Manager - Checotah
Reba has been with Choices For Life since September 2000. Her and her husband will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this December. They have two children and four grandchildren. Reba’s hobbies are watching HGTV, sewing and shopping. She loves decorating her home, but most of all she loves being Nana to her grandchildren and taking them places. Reba enjoys the everyday duties of her job and loves meeting the children when they come to the office. Her goal is to help them feel welcome. Reba is so happy to work for an agency that helps place children in loving homes, if only for a little while.
Office Manager – Ponca City
Angela was raised in a small rural Oklahoma town, attending school there from start to finish. She started her journey into the foster care field in 2001, joining the Choices For Life team in 2008 in the Ponca City office, as office manager. Angela enjoys being outdoors, gardening, fishing or simply relaxing on the deck appreciating nature. Her favorite times are family gatherings, enjoying each other’s company and being grateful for each moment shared together. “I will always do what I can to make a positive difference in the lives of children.”
Foster Care Staff
TFC Therapist – Sapulpa
Carol has been with Choices For Life for since June 2016. She has two children and five grandchildren and her hobbies include camping, traveling, gardening and cooking. She loves to spend time with her family and any day spent with her grandchildren is a great day! Carol loves working with children and one of her greatest feelings is seeing their hope restored.
Born and raised in Spencer, Oklahoma. Kentasia graduated from Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Tx, and received her degree in Kinesiology. Her hobbies include beauty, traveling, DIY, and anything by the pool. Kentasia has worked with children all her life and recently worked four years as a CPS worker. Previously having DHS involved in her life as a child social work has become a passion for Kentasia. She believes the work we do is important and she knows that we are making a difference in the lives of the children and families that we work with.
Clinical Director and Supervisor, Outpatient Program – Oklahoma City
Candace is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with an educational background in Mental Health. Candace graduated with a Bachelor’s in Sociology with an option in Chemical Dependency from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. Candace has been an LPC since 2005 providing individual, family and group counseling with young children, adolescents, adults and elderly with a variety of mental health issues. Candace has advanced training in Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has specialized in Play Therapy and trauma. Candace has been a clinical director with supervisory experience since 2005 in Therapeutic Foster Care and Outpatient Behavioral Health. Candace is also an LPC Board Certified Supervisor.
Chanika is a candidate for Licensed Marriage and Family. She received her Master’s in Marriage and Family at Capella in 2013 and also completed her Bachelor’s at University of Central Oklahoma. She is currently finishing up her licensure while also obtaining her certification in Play Therapy, TF-CBT and exploring ways to become Bilingual to provide services for our Spanish community. She has worked at CREOKS Behavioral Health Services for three years as an outpatient mental health therapist and at Choices for Life Foster Care for two years. She specializes in individual, couple and family psychotherapy and strives to encourage everyone to bring out the best version of themselves.
Chris graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors in Education and went on to receive her Masters in School Counseling from the University of Central Oklahoma. Chris is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate who works with children, teens, and adults. Chris has experience working with elementary and middle school children as both an elementary and middle school teacher and most recently as a school counselor in the Edmond Public School District. Chris is compassionate and caring and uses a non-judgmental approach, focusing on engaging her clients with positivity to help them achieve their goals for therapy. Chris uses a reality based and client centered approach.
Lavone is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oklahoma. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Mid-America Christian University in December 2014. She was inspired to pursue a career in mental health while getting her Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration. After doing a presentation on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder she discovered that many of her friends were active in the recovery efforts at the Murrah Building in 1995, and were still having issues dealing with the aftermath over a decade later. Lavone decided the best way to help her friends and others like them was to become a counselor. Lavone has supplemented her training as a therapist by volunteering with emergency management agencies. She successfully completed Camp Inferno in October 2015. Also, Lavone is currently the Historian and Trainer with the Oklahoma City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a Strategic Liaison with the Oklahoma County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), and a Team Leader with the Oklahoma Stress Response Team (SRT). She is also active in the Mid Del Amateur Radio Club where she assists with communications during severe weather, and other community events, including the Oklahoma City Marathon, Edmond’s Freedom Fest, and the Midwest City Veterans Day Parade.
Amanda is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Southern Nazarene University. Amanda is married with 3 children and believes that everyone can benefit from counseling in some way. Amanda’s clinical background involves working with adolescents, teens, and young adults. She has experience in trauma and prolonged exposure treatment, sexual and gender identity struggles, depression, anxiety, abusive relationships, grief, faith-based counseling, and experience with military veterans and their families. Amanda utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy to best fit her clients’ needs and offer them the best treatment possible.
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