Our Program Staff
Kathryn Bowden, M.Ed, J.D. – Executive Director
joined the Oasis staff in January 2006. She has a J. D. from Cumberland School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. At Alabama, Ms. Bowden was an Honors Scholar with a specialization in Women’s Studies. Ten years after receiving her law degree, she returned to college and earned a Master’s degree in Counseling at Auburn University.
Her prior experience includes the private practice of family law and service as Executive Director of two statewide nonprofits – Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform and Alabama Voters against Lawsuit Abuse. Her special expertise in regulatory issues includes terms as an attorney for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the U.S. Department of the Interior, and SONAT Inc. Her expertise in public relations includes her role as press secretary for two statewide political campaigns. Kathryn is a Robert Wood Johnson Ladder to Leadership Fellow and a Momentum graduate.
Ms. Bowden’s business background as well as her legal and nonprofit experience, combined with her education and personal passion for supporting women and children, make her the perfect fit as the manager of an organization dedicated to the well-being of women and children.
Luciana C. Silva, PhD, LMFT – Clinical Director
is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She earned her Master of Science and her Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in Child and Family Development (specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy) from the University of Georgia. Dr. Silva joined Oasis as Clinical Director in 2019. Dr. Silva has a wide-range of professional experience in mental health and family therapy. She came to Oasis after fifteen years of experience in various nonprofit settings and collegiate mental health. Her clinical work focuses on trauma, addiction recovery, and family systems. She has advanced clinical training in Bowen Family Systems Theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and other evidence-based practices. She is an AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor and has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on various topics in mental health and family therapy. Additionally, she has interest and experience in program evaluation, project management, and qualitative research. She currently sits on the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Jeri P. Kyle – Director of Development and Communications
previously served seven years at Oasis, handling the administrative functions for operations, human resources, and facility management. Her community volunteer experience includes ten years with Junior League of Birmingham, serving on the Executive Board and serving as Co-Chair of the largest fundraiser, the Antiques and Garden Show. She recently served as Chair of the Gala for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). She was a member of the Beeson Grant Committee with Canterbury Methodist Church and served as Chair of the Mt. Brook School System’s Special Education Advisory Committee. Jeri has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Auburn University. She was employed by Arthur Andersen Consulting, Hayes Microcomputer Products, MSA Software, and was the owner of a payroll service for small businesses.
Meet The Counseling Staff:
Patty Cusick is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Patty received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Montevallo. She has experience working with diverse populations and age groups within the mental health field, especially adolescents. Patty has extensive experience with crisis intervention and suicide prevention. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society of professional counseling.
Cathy Foss is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. Cathy received her Master’s and her Education Specialist Degrees in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Cathy specializes in Play Therapy with a focus on childhood problems such as sexual/physical abuse, trauma, anxiety, attachment disorders and anger management. Cathy also provides individual counseling to adolescents and women.
Shenitha Hinton is an Associate Licensed Counselor. She serves as Intake Coordinator and provides individual counseling to adult women for issues including depression, anxiety, grief, and coping skills for managing life transitions. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Faulkner University in Montgomery. She is passionate about helping women heal and become more self-aware and has a special interest in eradicating mental health stigmas. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association, Alabama Counseling Association, Kappa Delta Pi honor society in Education and The Golden Key international honor society. Shenitha continuously seeks out training opportunities in order to stay current with the latest developments, skills, and new technologies in mental health treatment especially as they relate to diverse populations.
Alexander Lamb is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Alexandra received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Alabama, and her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Lipscomb University, in Nashville, TN. Alexandra’s areas of special clinical interest include children, adolescents, and couples. She has experience working with individuals of all ages walking through issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, attachment, attention-deficit, anger, and adjustment. She practices an evidence-based approach to therapy that includes play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy. Alexandra is honored to be working with Oasis, and is passionate and grateful for every opportunity she has to join in the healing process of others.
Cynthia Mardis, is a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker with over 25 years of experience working with individuals in the areas of medical and mental health, foster care, HIV/AIDS, and homeless populations, with focused experience serving women and children. Cynthia serves as the agency Case Manager and provides community resource referral assistance to Oasis clients and their families. Cynthia is a graduate of the University of Alabama, Birmingham with a degree in Social Work.
Leah Riley is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a graduate of the University of Montevallo, and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Leah serves as a counselor for adult women. She has experience working with women of all ages walking through grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, and crisis. She has extensive background in working with women struggling with eating disorders and other co-morbid disorders.
Emily Wells is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Emily received her Bachelor of Social Work at Mississippi College and is proud to have graduated with the first cohort of students from Samford University’s Master of Social Work Program. Emily comes to Oasis with a variety of experience which includes working with those who are experiencing crisis, grief, chronic illness and adjustment disorders. Other special interests include trauma and attachment. As adult programs therapist, Emily is thankful for the opportunity to walk alongside the women of our community as they navigate their individual journeys.
Melissa Werner is a Licensed Professional Counselor recently retired from a long career in academia as an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Athens State University, as well as having held positions with several other academic institutions throughout her career. Melissa holds a PhD in Early Childhood and Child Development and earned a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling in 2011, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Melissa is also a Jungian Analyst, Diplomate—C. G. Jung Institute Zurich. She brings her breadth of knowledge and experience to the children and parents she sees in Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy at Oasis.
Meredith Moore, Office Manager, manages the administrative functions, facilities and is the liaison to the Board of Directors and Advisory Council. She received a dual degree from Vanderbilt University in Psychology & Sociology. She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Meredith was previously employed as the Inventory Manager for Zimmer Inc.
Kathy Huckabay is a member of our office Administration. She works as an assistant to the Executive Director, the Director of Development, and the Office Manager. She is the billing specialist and employee liaison for benefit coordination.
Cass Adams, Elana Jackson and Peyton Ross are our Oasis Receptionists. They manage client check-in, scheduling and other front desk responsibilities.
If you are graduate-level student interested in a counseling practicum or internship placement at Oasis, please contact Luciana Silva by email at email@example.com