The staff at Douglas C.A.R.E.S. is a team of professionals with unique backgrounds, advanced training and many years of experience that come together to serve kids and families in crisis in Douglas County. Each has a story, a reason why they are passionate about their work here in our community.
The staff at Douglas C.A.R.E.S. brings more than 100 years of combined
experience in forensic interviewing and therapeutic skills.
“Our current staff is made up of some of the most caring and professional people I have ever worked with. They work in a team setting which is very important in our mission and our goals for the agency and the families of Douglas County.” - Douglas C.A.R.E.S. Former Executive Director Mike Nores
Sarah Wickersham, Executive Director
Sarah Wickersham, Executive Director, holds a BS in Health administration and a MS in Developmental Psychology. She has 15 years of experience in service to children and families experiencing poverty, mental health and behavioral challenges, substance use disorders, trauma, and child welfare involvement. She worked as a Skills Trainer, guiding youth and their parents through understanding their mental health challenges, learning to accept them and work together to build resilient systems which helped the whole family to be healthier and support each other.
She has also done extensive Parent Training, including Raising Highly Resilient Kids, Collaborative Problem Solving, Developmental Milestones and Nutrition Education. She believes trainings are best completed by bringing the training full circle to include supervised practice with the children in a fun and engaging environment.
Sarah has 10 years’ experience in program management and systems development first as the Health Manager at UCAN Head Start, overseeing one third of the organization's operations, including producing 1000 meals per day to feed the children, staff and parents who attended during the day, overseeing all health and mental health-related screenings, treatment provision, and referrals to providers, providing and facilitating training for staff and families, and overseeing safety and emergency operations.
As the Treatment Services Manager at Douglas County Juvenile Department’s Residential Treatment Programs, she was responsible for designing and implementing trauma informed treatment programming for the most behaviorally challenging youth in Oregon, most of whom were in the custody of Child Welfare. She is certified in Collaborative Problem solving and engages in extensive staff training, coaching and support along with providing training and support to other treatment programs working to implement trauma informed care.
Strengthening children and families and building resilience while honoring the unique strengths of each family are at the heart of Sarah’s personal mission to her community.
Becky, Executive Assistant / Financials
My background consists of several years in the fields of administration, human resources, and financial services.
Working at Douglas CARES has opened my eyes to the high level of childhood trauma and abuse that occurs in Douglas County. I support what Douglas CARES and our community partners do for the children in our county and feel honored to be a part of the team, making sure kids are safe and happy!
Rhonda, Medical Billing Specialist
I joined Douglas CARES in 2014 as a Medical Billing Specialist. It did not take me much time to realize what a special place Douglas CARES is for our community. Working for Douglas CARES has made me realize being a parent is one of the most important things in my life.
I came to realize that when I was a child in the seventies I experienced childhood trauma and was eventually adopted by my grandparents. I was very fortunate to have caring, loving grandparents to open up their home and take my brother and I in. The only issue back then is they did not have places like Douglas CARES to help my brother and I through our trauma and new life transition into a new home. Knowing how much it could have benefited my brother and I, makes me understand what a valuable place Douglas CARES is for our children and communities. I am so thankful to get to be a part of such an amazing group of caring people.
BS in Education, James Madison University, Virginia and MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Lamar University, Texas
Jeanie started her career as a teacher in at risk rural county schools in Virginia. She eventually became a teacher for Outward Bound, a wilderness therapy alternative school for adjudicated males age 14 to 17 yo. It was this experience that inspired her to pursue a career in wilderness therapy, eventually earning her Master's in Clinical Mental Health counseling.
Her background and clinical experience includes working in wilderness therapy and residential programs in Utah and North Carolina with at risk youth. She has worked with diverse populations utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions and creative methods to meet the needs of those with whom she worked. Through use of her gifts, knowledge, and experience, Jeanie seeks to empower and motivate youth to overcome issues, explore and implement healthy choices, and ultimately, to live their best lives.
Jeanie Curphey, Therapist
Kelsey, QMHA - Mental Health Advocate
Kelsey joined Douglas CARES in 2020 as a Skills Trainer and has recently taken on the role of Mental Health Advocate. Before working at CARES, Kelsey worked for Douglas County Mental Health, CHA , and Compass for a total of 9 years. Kelsey has an extensive background in dealing with mental health disorders and trauma. She is very passionate about her work in mental health.
Cheryl, Program Coordinator
Cheryl was hired as the Program Coordinator in January 2021. She has 25-years of experience working for non-profits in Roseburg such as United Way’s financial director, Neighbor to Neighbor’s executive director and CASA of Douglas County’s funding administrator. She is very grateful to be part of the solution in helping children heal after facing traumatic experiences.
“Let us put our minds together and see what we can make for our children”.
Jake, Forensic Interviewer
I was hired in 2020 as a Forensic Interviewer. I have been serving in law enforcement since 2000, when I got my start with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. I now work with the Sutherlin Police Department, since 2008. I currently am the department's sole School Resource Officer and operate within the Sutherlin and Oakland school districts. I greatly enjoy my position as the SRO, interacting with students, sharing my experiences, and helping guide them through their school years. Now I have the added bonus of working at Douglas C.A.R.E.S and joining such an incredible team that wants to help children and their families.
Sophie, LCSW - Child and Family Therapist
Sophie’s career in social work – professional MH counseling began when +15 years ago, in Oklahoma at Sunbeam Family Services she worked with Vietnamese refugees from Vietnam. Her work experiences with this refugee population have opened her eyes to the reality of a myriad of transcultural issues and challenges that were also related to traumas such as domestic violence / abuse/ neglect besides traumas related to experiencing displacement from one’s native land and traumatic disruption from one’s usual way of life.
As a graduate with MSW from University of Oklahoma, and an LCSW, Sophie has an extensive professional background and clinical experience in MHBH counseling. She has worked with diverse populations – children, teens, and adults either in outpatient or inpatient settings – while respecting individuals’ needs (i.e., for safety, respect, self-determination, opportunities for awareness, growth, empowerment, solution-finding) and utilizing eclectic therapeutic interventions servicing the needs of clients/ patients with whom she worked.
Amanda, Administrative Assistant
As the Administrative Assistant here at Douglas C.A.R.E.S, I bring to the table an extensive background in customer service and administrative support. An ardent supporter of human and animal rights, I stand for those who are unable to stand for themselves and provide a voice for the unheard. I knew I needed to be a part of this program the moment I became aware of it. I am amazed every day by the compassionate people involved with Douglas C.A.R.E.S, and the outstanding services they provide to those who need it most.
“The purpose of human life is to serve and show compassion and the will to help others.” Albert Schweitzer
David, QMHP, CADC - Child and Family Therapist
BA - Family Studies and Gerontology-Counseling Psychology
MHR - Master of Human Relations-Human Relations Counseling - Art Therapy
My goal in life was to break the cycle of anguish suffered by disadvantaged children and families as I was one that experienced anguish myself. I started my mental health career with a clinic in a small, rural community in Oklahoma providing services to the dual-diagnosis population (SPMI), meaning persons with both a mental disorder and an alcohol or drug problem. Since then, I have continued to provide therapy to the disadvantaged population, children, and families. I thrive when helping break the cycle of psychological damage. I want others to thrive and have a better life, without the anguish.
Markelle, Child and Family Advocate
Markelle joined CARES in 2021 as a skills trainer and has recently taken on the role of Child and Family Advocate. Markelle can be seen at both the Roseburg and Canyonville CARES offices. Markelle received her bachelor’s from Southern Oregon University. She has a background in juvenile justice, social services and mental health, involving children and their families. Growing up in rural Douglas County, Markelle is thankful to have the chance to give back to the community, providing them with the support and services they need.
Anita Cox, Board Chairman