About Our Staff
Potomac has closely-knit treatment teams across the country. These are comprised of professional Family Therapists, Family Coaches, Clinical Team Leaders, and leadership and staff members who are all passionate about helping families restore themselves to a state of health, balance, and vitality.
Our team members are hired for their strong clinical credentials and experience; once hired, all staff members continue their professional development in the form of seminars, classes, experiential learning, mentoring, case studies analysis, research, and writing. The large size of our team allows for constant supervision and safety.
Chris Peckham, LCPC has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clemson University, and is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland. He began working in wilderness therapy in 2006 when he joined the Aspen Education Group and began working as an instructor with Four Circles, a program for young adults in the Ashville, NC area. Most recently he provided family, group and individual therapy at a small therapeutic boarding school, the Cherokee Creek Boys’ School. He has thru-hiked (that means he hiked the entirety of–) both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. When he’s not at Potomac Pathways, Chris can often be found hiking with his wife, his two youngsters, and a couple of dogs. Chris says, “Outdoor experience has the power to heal and enrich lives. With a little guidance, it can serve as a catalyst for change and the backdrop for extraordinary learning. I came to Potomac Pathways because I enjoy being a part of that change.”
Leah has spent over 20 years in the mental health field and knows the true value of building relationships and making them work within the community. From staying connected with past clients and staff to focusing on the importance of relationships in her own personal life, she prioritizes these things above all else. Leah is proud of the many strong relationships she has within the industry, from her time on the Board of Directors for NATSAP (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs) to serving as the Conference Chair of the Southeast Regional NATSAP Conference to leading the development of the Mentor Program for Evolving Women.
Having started her career in wilderness as a therapist and program director, Leah saw first hand the value of ongoing therapeutic work once a client returns home. In her most recent role as Vice President, Clinical Integration at InnerChange, she also realized the true value of using data in treatment and a high level of accountability for successful outcomes. Leah holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Science in Community Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
As a mother of two very active children, Leah, along with her husband, lives in Asheville, North Carolina and recognizes the importance of family and the hard work that is often times needed to nurture and maintain those tight bonds. Leah is an avid reader and has a regular yoga practice. She and her family enjoy camping and traveling together.
Brooke Brody, LCSW-C, LCADC is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Maryland, and also a licensed clinical drug and alcohol counselor. He received his master’s degree in social work from West Virginia University. Brooke is currently a PhD candidate with the Prescott College “Sustainability Education” doctoral program focusing on mental health and social work education. His areas of specialization have been in the area of therapy with adolescents and young adults and their families, substance abuse treatment, advocacy for students with learning differences, and treatment of mood disorders. Brooke has worked with wilderness therapy programs out west as well as residential therapeutic programs for adolescents. He has also worked in Montgomery County, MD for several years as a clinical social worker with adjudicated and homeless youth. He has post-graduate training in numerous areas that affect the treatment of adolescents and young adults including: training in the assessment of learning differences (with the UNC-Chapel Hill “All Kinds of Minds Institute”); relapse prevention therapy (with Terrance Gorski and the Gorski CENAPS program); brief hypnotic psychotherapy (with the Milton Erikson Institute). Brooke has also completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Behavioral Tech organization. Brooke is an avid hiker and photographer, and combines these two pursuits on regular excursions to national parks and wilderness areas.
Marcy started in this industry in an adolescent girls program to connect with youth and help facilitate the change needed to carry on with resilience and joy. From connecting with parents and hearing the stories of their struggling youth, to restoring hope again for a brighter future, she loves being a part of the process and watching them find happiness. She was often found sitting in on group sessions and is always amazed at the vulnerability of those in the program. Marcy is convinced that because they are willing to open themselves up and work through their weaknesses, that they can lead their generation with both empathy and confidence to get through any challenge they face. She understands that building a connection with those she is serving, is an important aspect and the beginning of the therapeutic process. She still maintains relationships with many of the families that she started with.
When Marcy is not at work, she spends every minute with her family. The light of her and her husband’s life are their four kids. There’s nothing they’d rather do than watch them on the ball field or court or atdance competition. They love hiking around Southern Utah and spending summers at Lake Powell. When time allows, she loves to cook and bake all types of dishes and desserts.
Ilene Marto Atiyah, MSW has over 18 years of experience in a variety of senior advisory and international financial services roles including relationship management, strategic consulting, program management, and business development for Fortune 500 companies. More recently she worked in non-profit settings empowering adolescents in internet safety and women out of homelessness. Ilene recently obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Social Work at Columbia University with a focus on mental health. As part of her clinical training, Ilene spent a year interning at Potomac Pathways in the First Step IOP and loves working with adolescents, young adults, and their families. She is married with two teens of her own and enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling near and far.
Audrey Peavey has always had a heart for young people and at an early age knew she wanted to pursue a career in Social Work. Audrey obtained a BA from the University of Maine’s School of Social Work, but her career path took a new turn and landed her in Hospitality Marketing and Management for 15 years, where she held various managerial positions and participated in many regional and local business associations. Audrey joined New Horizons for Young Women, an outdoor therapy program located in Maine, at its conception in the Fall of 2000 as their Admissions and Marketing Director. This position provided her the opportunity to combine her educational and professional experiences. Audrey then held the position of Client Services Manager for an adolescent and adult transport and intervention service. In 2012, she became Director of Admissions and Marketing for Q&A Family of Programs-young adult transition programs in West Virginia. Audrey joined the team at Vive as their Director of Outreach in April of 2017.
Audrey has also been actively involved in NATSAP (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs), as a board member, serving on committees, chair of the National conference in 2011 and 2012, and has also co-chaired the Northeast Regional NATSAP conference a number of times in recent years. She was given a volunteer award in 2006 and 2010 at the National NATSAP conference. Audrey lived in Maine until a few years ago when she made the move to Canaan Valley, WV. She loves the area and has become very active in the local community through civic organizations and volunteering at community events and festivals. Audrey has found a passion for hiking in WV and recently did a hiking tour through Tuscany, Italy. Audrey is also the proud mother of two grown daughters, Lauren and Erica.
Laura Silverman is a graduate of the University of Virginia with degrees in Sociology and Spanish. In 2007, at the age of 24, she entered long-term recovery from alcohol abuse and mental health concerns. Her lived experience inspired her to found The Sobriety Collective, a resource and blog created to celebrate multiple pathways to recovery from substance use disorder and mental illness. After spending close to a decade consulting for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Laura entered the behavioral health field in a professional capacity. She strongly advocates for mental wellness and volunteers her time with Mental Health America, SAMHSA’s Recovery Month Planning Partners, and the Chris Atwood Foundation. Some of Laura’s hobbies include playing guitar and piano, karaoke, practicing yoga, walking in nature, finding the perfect spirit-free beverage, and spending time with family and friends.
Kera Miller, National Clinical Director, has been with Vive since 2005. She has worked as a clinician, and Regional Director prior to taking on the role as National Clinical Director. Kera has a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology, and has worked with adolescents and young adults in varied settings and with diverse populations since 1997. She has worked in residential programs, in-patient psychiatric hospitals, day-treatment program and youth emergency shelter. Kera has also worked within the nonprofit sector as well as hospice care. She has extensive experience working with various stages of development, substance use, family discord, independent living skills, grief and bereavement, depression and anxiety, crisis and suicide assessments, safety planning, abuse and neglect, and has been an advocate in court for adjudicated youth. She believes the most effective part of the clinical work of Vive is that it is an active endeavor that takes place in the communities our families live in. Kera annually participates and fundraises for the MS150 and the Mud Run for the Colorado Chapter of the National MS Society. She loves to partake in all that Denver and the mountains have to offer. Kera loves to travel both nationally and internationally, hiking, live music, and spending time with family and friends.
Amanda has a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Amanda’s work as a psychotherapist has included working within the federal system with federal inmates and outpatient mental health with children, adolescents and adults with substance abuse disorders, mental health disorders, or co-occurring disorders. Amanda’s therapeutic style is often client-centered and motivational interviewing while also pulling from other evidenced-treatment modules such as Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Amanda is passionate about finding the beauty in things and can often be found outdoors. She enjoys spending time swimming in the ocean, doing yoga on the beach, and running.