Our Team


Karen has 32 years of experience working with women and teens in both group and mentoring settings. She's passionate about helping women tell their stories to listening ears, and then find their purpose, their voice and their freedom. Although originally from Ohio, she's lived in West Virginia for over 30 years and has fallen in love with the state. All of her kids are native West Virginians, and she loves spending time with them and going on family travels and adventures. Her other passions are day trips and hikes with her husband in West Virginia, reading, creativity and Scotland.

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Pearl is a West Virginia transplant who relocated to Morgantown in 2013 when she joined the WVU School of Nursing as a full-time faculty member.  She brings to the table 20 years of compassionate and empathetic care of diverse patient populations all along the Eastern seaboard and as far afield as Saudi Arabia and Africa.

Pearl first became acquainted with LIBERA when she participated in a model group.  She so fully embraced the mission and vision that she volunteered to become a Listener. In that capacity she has led and co-led multiple groups, and has now joined the LIBERA team as the part-time Program Manager.  Through her work with LIBERA, Pearl strives to “be the change...” she hopes to see as she listens and provides a safe place for other women to find their freedom.




Jessica (Jessie), was born and raised in West Virginia. She received her BFA at WVU in 2012 with concentrations in both painting and photography, and graduated with her Master of Arts in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, in May 2017. She has years of experience with children and teens in different capacities and is passionate about giving them a place to be heard and mentored. In her nearly 500 hours of internship, she has worked with couples, individuals, teens and children, and has led an art therapy group for her peers. She hopes to incorporate creative methods into her counseling practice and be a safe place for women from all walks of life to find someone to walk alongside them in their journey to freedom. In her free time she loves eating good food, going on adventures and pursuing artistic endeavors.



Nnenna Minimah, President

Troy Ball, Vice President

Darla Hickey, Treasurer

Alise Chaffins, Secretary

Nikky Luna

Barbara Myers

Derek Jones

Ann Bartolo



Audra Hamrick, LPC

Thomas R. Schroeder, LMHC

Melissa Watkins, J.D.

Dorinda Kisner, CPA

Ann Bartolo, M.S. Criminal Justice