The Team

The Clinical Team

Ginger Griffin, EdS, NCSP
Clinical Director
Licensed School Psychologist

Ginger Griffin is the Clinical Director and Psychologist at the Child Development Clinic. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Bridgewater College. She graduated from James Madison University with a Master of Arts and an Educational Specialist degree in school psychology. Ginger carries state and national certifications as a school psychologist and is a licensed school psychologist through the Board of Psychology. Along with her service to the CDC since 2001, she is a clinical faculty member for the graduate school psychology program at JMU. Her areas of interest include assessment and interventions for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and learning problems, training and supervision of students, interdisciplinary teams, and consultations with parents and teachers. In addition to her duties at the CDC, Ginger is currently pursuing her Doctorate in school psychology at the University of Virginia.

Pam Gamble, EdS, NCSP
School Psychologist

Pam Gamble joined the CDC team in 2013 as a Staff Psychologist. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in child development from Virginia Tech. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Master of Education and an Educational Specialist degree in school psychology. Pam is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and is currently working toward her school psychology licensure. Before joining the CDC, she worked as a school psychologist in Orange County Public Schools. Pam also has experience as a preschool teacher, school administrator, and crisis counselor. While living and working in Tokyo, Japan, she gained perspective on how a child’s cultural and linguistic background can impact learning.

Mindy Shifflett, MEd
Educational Consultant

Mindy Shifflett is an Educational Consultant at the CDC. She graduated from Bridgewater College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and Eastern Mennonite University with a Master of Education in special education. She also earned a post-masters certificate in administration and supervision from JMU. Mindy was a special education teacher for 12 years and also has experience as an assistant principal, coordinator of student services, and director of special education before joining the staff at the CDC in 2014. Her areas of interest focus on differentiation, interventions to assist students in the classroom, and working with students with learning disabilities.

Jared Tschohl, MAT
Educational Consultant

Jared joined the CDC team in 2014 as an Educational Consultant. He holds a VA state licensure in Special Education General Curriculum (K-12) and History/Social Sciences (6-12) and is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children. Jared earned a Master of Arts in teaching and Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary social sciences from James Madison University. Prior to coming to the CDC, he taught elementary special education in Shenandoah County Public Schools. His areas of interest include psycho-educational assessment, Response to Intervention (RTI), and collaborative classrooms.

Lynn Skirven, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lynn Skirven became the Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the CDC in 2012. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Worker from James Madison University and Master of Social Work with a clinical focus from New York University. Lynn is licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She is interested in family assessment, intervention, and linking families to community based resources and uses attachment theory to guide her work.

Daveen Woods, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse

Daveen Woods is the Registered Nurse at the CDC. She graduated from Washington Adventist University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She was previously employed at the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents for seven years before joining the CDC team in 2013. Throughout her career, Daveen has worked in a wide range of clinical and educational settings. Her areas of interest are health and wellness education and serving children and adolescents with special needs.

Terry Crickenberger, MSN, APRN-BC, PMH-NP
Nurse Practitioner

Terry Crickenberger is the Nurse Practitioner for the CDC. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Master of Science degree in psychiatric-mental health nursing and a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Nurse Practitioner. He carries national certifications as a Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and as a Child/Adolescent Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric Nursing. Terry has a wide breadth of experience working with children, having been employed at the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents for over 32 years. He was a faculty member with the JMU Nursing Department from 2001-2003 and has mentored both graduate and undergraduate students in clinical settings through the University of Virginia and Blue Ridge Community College. In addition to his work with children, he has done volunteer work with chronically mentally ill individuals through the Friendship Club in Staunton. Terry’s areas of interest include working with children with conduct problems and early developmental trauma. Other areas of interest include nursing interventions using interpersonal approaches to care, the history of mental health care delivery systems, and looking holistically at the physical and mental well-being of the clients with whom he works.

Frank Gearing, MD, FAAP
Medical Director

Frank Gearing is the Medical Director at the CDC. He is a native of Harrisonburg and a graduate of the University of Virginia. He was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1980 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Gearing has a special interest in managing pediatric asthma, behavioral pediatrics, attention disorders, and school problems.

Krista Gieseke-Smith, MA
School Psychology Intern

Krista Gieseke-Smith is a School Psychology Intern from James Madison University. Krista graduated with Honors and Distinction from JMU with a Bachelors of Science in psychology in 2011. Krista earned her Master of Arts degree in school psychology from JMU in 2013. Krista is splitting her internship experience between the CDC and Harrisonburg City Public Schools. She eagerly anticipates completing program requirements for her Educational Specialist degree and licensing requirements during the upcoming 2014 – 2015 school year. Krista is also an Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist who has a history of working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Krista’s areas of interest include postsecondary transition for students with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, the Competent Learning Model (CLM) for ASD classrooms, and cross battery assessment.

Jeremiah Jordan, MA
School Psychology Intern

Jeremiah Jordan is a School Psychology Intern from James Madison University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University in 2012 and his Masters of Arts degree in school psychology from JMU in 2013. He is splitting his internship experience between the CDC and Charlottesville City Public Schools and enthusiastically anticipates completing program requirements for his Educational Specialist degree during the summer of 2015. Jeremiah’s areas of interest include the over representation of minority students in special education, differences in special education services and the overall experience received in special schools provided solely for children with disabilities compared to services and experiences received in regular schools, cross battery assessment, and family systems.

Sara Davis, BSW
Social Work Intern

Sara Davis is a Social Work Intern at the CDC. She is currently working to obtain her Master of Social Work with a clinical focus at Virginia Commonwealth University. Sara earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from James Madison University. She has previous experience in early childhood development, child welfare, and family case management. She aims to practice play therapy after graduation, continuing her work in early childhood development and clinical social work.

Deborah Brinkley, BSW
Social Work Intern

Deborah Brinkley is a Social Work Intern at the CDC. She is currently working on her Master of Social Work at the University of New England’s School of Social Work. Debi earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Christopher Newport University and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She also holds a level one certification in American Sign Language from Blue Ridge Community College. Debi’s areas of interest include working with adults, adolescents, and children with intellectual disabilities. Following graduation, she plans to obtain her license as a clinical social worker and continue to work in the fields of intellectual disabilities, advocacy, and crisis intervention services.

The Administrative Team

Kim Hartzler-Weakley, MS
Program Director

Diana Pereira
Director of Operations

Kellie Grathwol
Administrative Program Specialist

Karyn Collins
Administrative Program Specialist