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We help the women and teens of West Virginia feel seen, love themselves, and flourish.

Our Team

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Karen Haring

Founder and Executive Director

Karen has always had a passion for listening and for helping others. She graduated from The Ohio State University with an education degree and has taught in Ohio and West Virginia  public and private schools. She’s served as a volunteer, board member, and staff member with nonprofits since college. She has 34 years of experience working with women and teens in both group and mentoring settings, and is an expert at listening and helping them identify the lies and barriers in their lives. She's passionate about helping women and teens tell their stories to listening ears so they can find their purpose, their voice and their freedom. Along with a handful of other West Virginia women, she developed the Libera model that we use in our Libera groups. 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 cabin time and hikes with her husband, reading, creativity and Scotland.

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Barbara White

Adult Program Director

Barbara is a 1984 graduate of Fairmont State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and certification in Special Education. She also has a Masters of Arts Degree in Psychology from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Barbara taught in schools throughout northern West Virginia and in Montgomery County Maryland. After 30 years of teaching in middle and high school, she retired to Adult Education in Taylor County where she works part time with adults; not only to get their high school equivalency but also to put them on track for their career and/or secondary education.

Barbara became a part of the Libera family in September, 2018 after attending a Libera group and fell in love with the idea of supporting women and teens on their journey to freedom. She looks forward to visiting each of the 55 counties to introduce women and teens to Libera. For the past 30 years, Barbara has been and continues to be a “mentor” in supporting addicts in their journey to freedom from drug use.

Barbara has two daughters and four grandchildren. She enjoys going to concerts, plays and when her cabin on Tygart Lake is complete, continuing her love of boating. She looks forward to listening with women and teens and supporting them in their life aspirations and goals.

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Beth Currence

Teen Program Director

Prior to becoming our Program Director for Teens, Beth was involved with Libera for 3 1/2 years by taking part in multiple small groups, Listener training, and retreats. During a long, deep valley in life, a Libera group became a pivotal moment that helped change the direction of Beth's life towards a relationally-healthy, balanced, and growth-filled future. Beth credits Libera with helping her learn how to identify barriers, as well as learn self-acceptance and confidence by using the tools, resources, and connections offered in Libera. "This group has enhanced every relationship in my life, continues to help me grow, and now has culminated with me being on staff where I can help others."

Originally from southeast Ohio, Beth earned a BS in Nuclear Medicine and a minor in Psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University. She now lives in Morgantown where she divides her time between Libera and working for the Monongalia Health System in Nuclear Medicine.

Beth is blessed with incredible children. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Beth is always ready for a new adventure with her Goldendoodle, Boomer.

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Jessica Haring

Counselor

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.

If you are interested in one or more counseling sessions with Jessie reach out to her by email.

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Kelsey Riggi

Communications Director

Kelsey is a West Virginia transplant from Pennsylvania that fell in love with the state after graduating from Waynesburg University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. She has always had a passion for empowering women and supported women for many years as a volunteer at her local Women Center, mentoring women through the Jobs 4 Life initiative and as one of the original Libera Listeners. She has been a corporate business professional for 10 years and considers herself a chief problem solver. Her other superpowers include listening with empathy and inspiring others to take action. As a member of the Libera staff, she is excited to use her superpowers to help women and teens in WV find their freedom and live as their most authentic selves. In her free time, you can likely find Kelsey playing dinosaurs with her young son, glamping at her parent’s farm, or outside soaking up all the natural beauty that WV has to offer. She is an avid lover of sunshine, tacos and deep conversations.

If you would like to share how Libera has helped you re-write your story and be a beacon of light for other women, please reach out to Kelsey.

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Teresa Harrell Martin

Bookkeeper / Executive Assistant

Teresa, our Bookkeeper and Executive Assistant, grew up doing the bookkeeping with her dad in the family’s farm-supply store in southern West Virginia. She earned her Bachelor in Secondary Math Education at WVU and taught her four children at home. Somewhere along the way, she was even able to brush up on her bookkeeping skills during her husband’s three years as an insurance agent.

Now that her children have finished their educations at home, Teresa has been wondering what life would look like going forward. She is happy to be able to assist Libera and get a chance to help other women gain freedom in their lives, just as she is learning to do.

Besides her husband of twenty-seven years and their four children, her obsessions are her friends, reading, and her lovable, tri-color Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog, Theo.

We all deserve to live in freedom. Get involved!

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