Triangle Area Staff
Our Triangle area staff currently cover Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Apex, Cary, Clayton, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Hillsborough, Knightdale, Lillington, Pittsboro, Smithfield, Wake Forest, Zebulon, and surrounding towns.
Rachel Evans, Marketing Relationship Specialist, is Silver Linings’ liaison with our customer facilities directors. In that role, she is often the first person any of the facilities’ personnel meets. She is responsible for organizing and giving presentations to staff and clients in the facilities as well as meeting and presenting Silver Linings to community and corporate organizations.
Rachel Evans is a Triangle native who has been in the geriatric industry since 2012. As a freshman at NC State University, she began volunteering at a senior living community. As she progressed through school she worked her way up to become a Life Enrichment Manager in a memory care community. It was while she was going to school and working that she found her passion for seniors and helping them be the best they can be. Between working one-on-one with seniors and her social work classes, she perfected her interpersonal and customer service skills. During her final semester, she learned about working in a crisis industry as a Case Manager at Stop Soldier Suicide.
Rachel went on to graduate from NC State magna cum laude with her Bachelors of Social Work and a minor in Health, Medicine, and Human Values. She became an Activity Director, where she learned the ins and outs of the senior living industry, creating events and advertisements for the community and growing a department and company. After 3 years in activities, she is excited to join the Silver Linings team to helping them grow and prosper throughout the Piedmont. She brings exceptional marketing, advertising, and social media experience to the team, and will help Silver Linings to be a household name. Rachel can be reached at 919-757-6498.
Melissa Huemmer is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina. She has been providing individual, group and family counseling in a variety of settings throughout her career. Melissa specializes in working with transitions, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and social skills. She also works with care providers and the elderly around balance and changing life
Sharon Hollandsworth has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and 33 years of clinical social work experience in mental health and health centers. She focuses on working with clients to develop effective skills in relaxation, present moment awareness, coping with stress and distress, problem solving, self-validation/ healthy self-esteem, relationship functioning and healthy thought patterns.
Sharon enjoys helping, getting to know and learning from all the people she works with and helps. Sharon can be reached at 919-948-7718.
Kimberly Bio has over nine years clinical experience working with adults, children, adolescents, and families in various settings. For several years, she practiced as a clinician in treatment and group homes, providing individual, group and family therapy. Kimberly has experience providing intensive in-home counseling to at-risk youth and their families. For two years, she practiced as a hospice social worker, providing end-of-life social work services, as well as grief counseling. Additionally, she has case management experience, working at a child welfare agency, a care management organization, and a medical rehab facility. She also has private practice experience in New Jersey working with adults, adolescents and children in an outpatient office setting prior to moving to North Carolina.
Kimberly studied Sociology at William Paterson University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She was accepted into the School of Social Work at Rutgers University where she received her Master of Social Work degree. Kimberly is currently licensed in the state of North Carolina as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Kimberly assists clients coping with issues including depression, anxiety, grief/loss, life changes, relationship issues, etc. She utilizes cognitive behavioral, family and client centered therapy. Kimberly is committed to the mental health and well-being of her clients. With compassion, Kimberly respects the individual circumstances of everyone she works with, creating a safe place to enhance well-being. Kimberly can be reached at 919-948-7718.
Mayela Harris is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with children, families and seniors for 30 years. She has a BS in psychology from St. Lawrence University and an MSW in social welfare from SUNY @ Albany, NY.
Mayela has devoted her career to empowering individuals to improved well-being and life satisfaction. “I am a strong proponent of allowing people to make their own decisions and work toward their goals at their own pace.” Her favorite saying is “I can stand alone … But I am at my most powerful when I am holding someone else’s hand.”
Mayela worked for 13 years with difficult children and families in a variety of settings and the past 17 years for hospice and palliative care providing individual and family therapy in patients’ homes, nursing homes or hospital settings. Mayela enjoys an active lifestyle with two Jack Russell terriers, playing tennis, hiking and swimming with an appreciation of photography and the creative arts. Mayela can be reached at 919-948-7718.
Cynthia Avery Hardy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years experience working with adults and their families to achieve healthy solutions to life’s transitions. She received her BA degree from Boston University and her Master’s in Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She has also been a Social Work Field Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, University of South Carolina, and Meredith College.
Her varied clinical background includes social work practice for the last 15 years in the Raleigh area and has been in medical, outpatient, and community settings. Her belief is in a counseling focus to heal through insight to personal strengths, thus enabling healthy behaviors for ultimate life satisfaction. Her primary approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, guided imagery, and mindfulness. Cynthia has special interest in the areas of life adjustment, grief, depression, anxiety, spirituality, and family issues affecting quality of life. The role of developing a trusting, open, safe relationship to enable change is key to the counseling approach she advocates in all of her experiences with clients. Her passion is helping people heal and be open to possibilities. Cynthia can be reached at 919-948-7718.
Margo Arrowsmith has 35 years experience working with individuals and families. A graduate of Hunter College School of Social Work, she has numerous post graduate training and certifications, including being an ordained Interfaith Contemplative Minister and certified to do Jungian dream groups.
Margo started her work with older people at the Essex County Parks Department, in Newark, NJ, in a recreation program with emphasis on education and physical activity. Margo practices individual, family and group work with older persons. Margo can be reached at 919-948-7718.
Anne O’Connor has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with people in independent, assisted and skilled nursing homes for the last 10 years. Anne O’Connor comes from Boston and is grateful for all the opportunities to learn and practice her specialties.
She has a BA in English and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education, which she used to teach for many years. Along the way Anne became a human relations facilitator and learned about many different cultures and personality. This experience led her to social work. She often says her clients have taught her so much not taught in schools but is of essential value. Anne can be reached at 919-948-7718.
Cheryl Cohen received her Masters Degree from Arizona State University in 1994. She has been providing individual, family and group therapy for 24+ years in settings ranging from homes to prisons, group homes to nursing homes, and She loves what she does.
She provides therapy for mood, behavioral disorders and dual diagnosis. Cheryl has expertise with trauma, family systems, and personality disorders. She believes that it is a privilege to work with each and every person, and that the relationship developed between us is the key to positive outcomes. She works for you, and encourages you to make decisions in work together that empower you, this is your life. Cheryl looks at mistakes or poor choices as learning opportunities and teaching moments. There is no cookie cutter way to approach people &/or the obstacles that present and she believes that “before you can change it, you must own it.” This concept gives you power to be in control over that which you can control, letting what is out of your control out of your way.
Cheryl is an eclectic therapist utilizing traditional therapeutic theories and interventions as well as animal assisted therapy, art and self expression, tangible symbolism, self regulation, and the use of the therapeutic relationship as a place to safely practice life without judgment or criticism. Her unique combination of life experiences and education allows her to empathize and make sense of what seems not to make sense, coupled with a formal education and excellent reputation in Raleigh for working with clients who have not found success in previous therapy experiences and those who have challenges that may seem overwhelming. Cheryl can’t fix what has already taken place, and can’t predict the future. however, she can and will join with you in navigating your obstacles and achieving the goals you have set. She looks forward to the opportunity to get to know you, learn from you, and share all that she has to offer.
When Cheryl is not at work, she is raising her 16 year old grandson, living in a multigenerational home, riding horses, spending time outside, and doing anything she can with animals and nature. Cheryl can be reached at 919-948-7718.
Irene Reville, LCSW is a psychotherapist with Silver Linings for Seniors, which provides home-based and site-based mental health care to older people. Irene has specialized for many years in counseling and
case management focused on issues of aging and disability. She recently moved to the Triangle area from Baltimore, Maryland, where she had a career in the Aging Adults Unit of the Department of Social Services. Irene can be contacted at 919-948-7718.
Amy Jackson is a licensed clinician social worker in North Carolina.
She graduated from Michigan State University with her Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Social Work degree from the Joint Masters of Social Work at A & T and UNCG. She has provided therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups in office, home, and community settings.
Amy works with not only clients, but with their families and support systems as well. She has an eclectic therapy approach, but frequently uses cognitive behavioral therapy, client-centered therapy, and stress
management. Amy believes you have to feel a good connection with your therapist in order for trust therapeutic relationship to be built.
Over the course of her time as a social worker, Amy has witnessed the poor treatment and unfortunate circumstances of too many pets and animals. She has rescued and rehomed over twenty cats and dogs. Amy has a passion for travelling and meeting people from other cultures. She enjoys hearing people’s stories, and about their beliefs and traditions. Amy can be contacted at 919-948-7718.