Choices For Life – Oklahoma

 

Meet Our Staff

Administration

Doug Fellrath

Doug Fellrath

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.

Ashley Wisdom

Ashley Wisdom

Executive Director

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.

 

Crystal Money

Crystal Money

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.

Mary (Penny) Cooper

Mary (Penny) Cooper

Supervisor for Sapulpa and Checotah

Penny attended Connors State College in Warner, Okla., and received an Associate Degree in Business Administration in 2001. She pursued her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work graduating in 2003 from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. While there she was a member of the National Association of Student Social Workers. Penny was accepted into the accelerated program at the University of Oklahoma and began her Master’s program in 2003 and graduated in 2004 with her Master’s in Social Work. She went to work for the Department of Human Services (DHS) where she worked for 6½ years. She continued her involvement in the National Association of Social Workers and served as a board member and branch chair in the Muskogee area for two years. During her tenure at DHS she worked in investigations, permanency planning and foster care. Penny joined the Choices For Life team in April 2011. She enjoys working with children and families and appreciates the opportunity to work in the new venue of the therapeutic area.

John Spangler-Day

John Spangler-Day

Statewide Recruiter/Trainer

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.

Dustin Newman

Dustin Newman

Controller

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 White

Linda White

Office Manager/Accounting Assistant

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.

Reba Godwin

Reba Godwin

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.

Angela Morgan

Angela Morgan

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

Melanie Cooks

Melanie Cooks

TFC Therapist – Oklahoma City

Melanie has been on her counseling journey since 2012 and has been with Choices For Life since October 2018. Her love for helping others has always been at the forefront and after choosing psychology courses during her electives, she decided that counseling was that path she wanted to take. Melanie was in the foster system at a very young age and was blessed to be adopted by loving parents who proved that good people exist, as well as taught her morals and values. As a child, she had wished she had someone to talk to who had similar experiences and presently she feels blessed to be that person for others. Melanie received her Associates of Arts in Business at the University of Phoenix, her Bachelor of Science in Management at the University of Phoenix, a Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Capella University, and she is currently completing the dissertation phase of her PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior at Capella University. While working on her undergraduate degree and some of her Masters, she was employed at a local substance abuse agency where she provided group and individual counseling and assessed individuals using the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) and the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI).

 

Carol Short

Carol Short

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.

 

Vickie Ellis

Vickie Ellis

Case Manager

Vickie Ellis is retired from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services where she worked in child welfare investigating child abuse and working with families to overcome the conditions that led to their involvement with the system. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a Social work degree. Vickie joined Choices For Life in February of 2021. She hopes to continue to make a difference in the lives of children and families.

Outpatient

Candace Tucker

Candace Tucker

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.

 

Brittany Williamson

Brittany Williamson

Director of Outpatient Operations – 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.

Chanika Colbert

Chanika Colbert

Outpatient Therapist

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 Brungardt

Chris Brungardt

LPC-Candidate

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 Anderson

Lavone Anderson

Outpatient Therapist

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 Bailey

Amanda Bailey

Outpatient Therapist

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. She provides services from a private office located in Mustang. 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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