Who We Are
Crystal D. Williams, MA, LMFT
Crystal was born in northern California and grew up on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), with a minor emphasis in Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment. Her graduate training lead her to Keene, New Hampshire where she earned her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Antioch University New England. Crystal’s clinical experience prior to joining the Calo team included working with children and families in outpatient clinics, residential settings and private practice. Additionally, she was credentialed at two hospitals in the New Hampshire to provide emergency evaluations and facilitate hospitalizations for individuals in crisis. After nearly 4 years at Calo Lake Ozark as the Clinical Director for the girls’ teen program, she brought her clinical and administrative expertise to Calo Young Adults in Winchester, Virginia. She has a passion for working with Developmental Trauma and Attachment concerns. She is trained in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Brainspotting, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Heart Math. She provides training on Calo’s CASA model to clinical and support staff for Calo Programs and has presented on the model at professional conferences. Crystal has also developed and presents training on the subject of diversity and enjoys providing opportunities for people to reflect and expand their worldview. Crystal, her spouse, dogs Gracie and Abby, and cat Chloe live in Winchester, Virginia.
Tania M. Silva, LCSW
Tania was born in New Jersey, spent her early childhood in Williamsburg, VA and then completed middle and high school in Hackettstown, NJ. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work at West Virginia University and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2003. For nearly 20 years, Tania has been working within the mental health field with a true passion for helping others. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Tania worked in a short term crisis center and provided 24-hr emergency services to individuals and families in need. During graduate school, she continued to build upon her clinical skills through internships at a nursing home, mental health center and a state psychiatric hospital. From 2001 to 2014, Tania worked for a comprehensive mental health center in Hagerstown, MD where she started as an admissions clinician, became a therapist and then moved into clinical management. Tania held a dual role as therapist/manager in the residential and partial hospital programs. In 2014, she moved to West Virginia and became the Regional Coordinator of a community based mental health program in Winchester, VA. Although this job was rewarding, she aspired to find a position that would allow her to thrive as both a clinician and a leader; she has found that in the Clinical Director role at Calo Young Adults. She is an energetic, motivated triathlete who enjoys spending time with her husband and their two Goldendoodles, Lady and Fozzy.
Meghan Andrews, MSW, LCSW
Meghan was born and raised in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington D.C. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, with a Minor in Dance, from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Meghan then moved on to the Advanced Standing program at Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work, with an emphasis on Trauma Informed Care. She earned her Level I and II certification as a Reiki Practitioner and focused her Graduate School Research on utilizing Reiki (energy healing) to reduce Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in Mental Health Clinicians. She chose to remain in Newport News following her Master’s program to give back to the community. Meghan worked at the Community Services Board, utilizing Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with at-risk and traumatized youth in the School System. She was promoted to Supervisor within the Therapeutic Day Treatment Program and provided crisis intervention services to families and children, as well as direct Supervision to Clinical Counselors. She facilitated Trauma Informed trainings to teachers, counselors and administrators in the school system and has a passion for public speaking, as well as direct clinical care; specifically related to healing and understanding the root Trauma. Meghan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia and lives in Winchester with her cat, Larry.
Christina Thomas, MSW, MS, LSW
Christina was born in Denver, CO and grew up appreciating and exploring the mountains often. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bethel University, Minnesota. Her desire to stay in the Midwest and experience a big city brought her to Chicago, IL, where she worked as a teacher and administrative assistant at a therapeutic residential school in Chicago before returning to school to earn her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and a second Master’s in Child Development from Erikson Institute. Prior to joining the Calo team, Christina worked at Journey Care Hospice. She was an integral part of an interdisciplinary team providing care to patients and their families during the last chapter of their lives. This allowed her to provide critical crisis care while specializing in cases that involved children (ages 3- 21) experiencing a great loss. She worked both in the home setting and in the inpatient setting at Rush University Medical Center. Christina often integrated new admissions, medical students and graduate students. This work allowed her to balance case management, therapeutic clinical work and advocacy to provide clients with person-centered and strengths-based care. Christina, her spouse and their Cat, Jack moved from Chicago to Winchester, VA and she is excited to bring her multi-layered experiences back to a therapeutic milieu as she works with young adults.
Jennifer Wood is the Residential Director at Calo Young Adults. She came to Calo with a background in non-profit management and community service work. She has spent time working with families through Social Services, serving people in crises through the Concern Hotline, and working to improve women’s economic self-sufficiency through job ready programs. Throughout her work, Jennifer noticed a reoccurring theme that impacted all the clients she worked with: trauma. This started her on a path of research and study to find ways she can make an impact on those who are experiencing trauma. She has a special interest in the mind/body connection and is a certified yoga instructor. This led her to research the Boston Trauma Center’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga and travel to London to train in this method.
Jennifer is known for her positive energy and compassion and brings this into her work each day at Calo. She enjoys working closely with the students and the CYA team to bring awareness and intention into each moment in the milieu. In her free time, Jennifer loves to train martial arts, hiking, camping, and spending time with family.
last modified: July 25th, 2018