Triangle Area Staff
Our Triangle area staff currently cover Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Apex, Cary, Clayton, Creedmoor, Dunn, 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.
Dr. McArthur graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle for both undergraduate and medical school. She completed her general psychiatry residency at the University of Washington Hospitals and served as chief resident for admissions.
After working for a year in general outpatient psychiatry, she completed her fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She briefly worked as a clinical instructor at the University of Michigan in outpatient geriatric psychiatry before moving to North Carolina. She is board certified in general and geriatric psychiatry. Interests include care of older patients with dementia, depression, and anxiety; collaborative care models; and telepsychiatry.
Outside of work, Dr. McArthur enjoys time with family, traveling, and attempting to make a garden. She can be reached at 919-948-7718.
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 perspectives and stress management.
I believe that everyone is an individual with particular needs and goals, and that we sometimes need to step back, see where we want to go in life and take a look at what may be preventing us from achieving our own sense of purpose and happiness.” Melissa is skilled in a variety of approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. Melissa can be reached at 919-948-7718.
Amber Stanley was adopted and raised by her grandparents. She attended college at Agnes Scott College outside of Atlanta, where she received her BA in psychology. During her junior year, her father died, which profoundly affected her life trajectory.
Following graduation Amber moved back to Florida and continued her career in the mental health field. Amber earned her Master’s degree at the University of Central Florida, and began working for hospices as a medical social worker and a bereavement counselor. She has also worked as a Social Worker and Community Liaison for a cremation/funeral home in Central Florida and in North Carolina, where she relocated in 2014.
Along her journey she’s learned that she has an affinity for working with “Baby Boomers and Beyond,” particularly those going through their own journey of grief and loss. She specializes in helping people facing bereavement, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed by life changes, or dealing with their own chronic illness. Amber helps people make life transitions in a dignified manner. Amber can be reached at 919-948-7718.
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. Kimberley 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.
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. Kimberley 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.
Laurie Kovens has worked in clinical and organizational settings for 25 years. She has served as a clinician in medical and EAP settings. She has worked with clients, family, community members, and co-workers to help them adapt in the face of ongoing physical, emotional, and organizational change. Laurie works with clients from a person-centered, strengths-based perspective. Her treatment orientation includes: short-term, solution-focused counseling, mindfulness, cognitive/behavioral (CBT), motivational interviewing, medical crisis counseling, and spiritual and psychodynamic counseling. She is currently studying Narrative Medicine and Expressive Writing as ways to understand the power of narrative in the relationship between clinicians and clients, and frequently uses these tools to help clients come to a new understanding of their own stories. Laurie can be reached at 919-948-7718.
Cheryl Cohen bio coming soon. Please check back.
Cheryl can be reached at 919-948-7718.