Our Team

KAREN HARING, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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.

BARBARA WHITE, PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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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.

JESSICA HARING, COUNSELOR

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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.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Troy Ball, Vice President

Darla Hickey, Treasurer

Alise Chaffins, Secretary

Nikky Luna

Barbara Myers

Derek Jones

Ann Bartolo

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Audra Hamrick, LPC

Thomas R. Schroeder, LMHC

Melissa Watkins, J.D.

Dorinda Kisner, CPA

Ann Bartolo, M.S. Criminal Justice