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Counseling Staff

Executive Director

Pastoral Counselors

Douglas M. Thorpe Sudie Summers Althisar Mary Fran Hughes-McIntyre
  Charles F. Bates Amy V. Lenow
  Christopher C. Bowers W. Victor Maloy
  Donald D. Denton David R. Mucha
  Ted Dougherty, III Dennett C. Slemp
  Kristin Long Francisco Larry Wholley

Douglas M. Thorpe,
Ph.D.
M. Div
Executive Director

Doug Thorpe
  • Executive Director and Director of Clinical Services
  • Past President of the American Association of Pastoral Counseling
  • Certified Diplomate, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Certified Gottman Method Couples Counselor
  • Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary, M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary, B.A. North Park College
  • Evangelical Covenant Church Minister
  • Enjoys singing, cycling, travel

Doug enjoys helping individuals, couples and families regain their hope.

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Sudie Summers Althisar,
Intern

Sudie Summers Althisar
  • Specializations: Counseling for couples, families, children and individuals
  • Capella University: Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (June 2015 graduation)
  • Furman University, University of South Carolina: Bachelors in Elementary Education
  • Retired Elementary educator
  • Enjoys gardening, her dogs and the beach
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Charles F. Bates,
M.Div.,
M.S. Pastoral Counseling

Charles Bates
  • Certified Pastoral Counselor, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Working toward Licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia
  • Ordained elder and clergy mentor in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Pastor, Galilee United Methodist Church, Edwardsville, Va.
  • M.S. Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University of Maryland; M.Div. Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, B.A. Religious Studies, VCU, B.S. College of West Africa (Liberia), working on a Ph.D. Capella University
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Christopher C. Bowers,
M.Div, CSAC
Substance Abuse Specialist,
Pastoral Counselor

Chris Bowers
  • Substance Abuse Specialist
  • Certified Member, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Adolescent Specialist Endorsement
  • M.Div. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, B.S. University of Maryland
  • Baptist Minister
  • Enjoys photography and astronomy
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Donald D. Denton, Jr.,
D.Min.
Coordinator of Assessments and Publications,
Privacy Officer

Donald Denton
  • Director of Education
  • Coordinator, Assessments and Publications
  • Certified Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Licensed Professional counselor
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • D.Min. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, M.Div. McCormick Theological Seminary, B.A. Trinity College
  • Presbyterian Minister
  • Author, Naming the Pain and Guiding the Care: the Central Tasks of Diagnosis, Religious Diagnosis in a Secular Society: A Staff for the Journey
  • Enjoys outdoor activities, classical and bluegrass music and writing poetry
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Ted Dougherty, III,
LCSW

Ted Dougherty, III
  • LCSW Virginia Commonwealth University, M.Div. Union Theological Seminary in Virginia
  • Baptist Minister
  • Enjoys volleyball and golf
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Kristin Long Francisco,
M.Div., LCSW

Kristin M. Long
  • Certified Member, American Association of Pastoral Counseling
  • M.S.W. Virginia Commonwealth University, M.Div. Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, B.A. William and Mary College
  • Baptist Minister
  • Enjoys the outdoors
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Mary Fran Hughes-McIntyre,
D. Min.
Pastoral Counselor

Mary Fran Hughes-McIntyre
  • Certified Diplomate, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • D.Min. Union Theological Seminary, M.Div. Vanderbilt Divinity School, B.A. Wake Forest University
  • Religious Society of Friends Endorsement
  • Enjoys gardening, quilting, journaling and long walks in the woods

Gardening, stained glass, quilting, doing little things for people she cares about, and walks in the woods restore her soul.

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Amy V. Lenow,
M.Div.
Amy V. Lenow

  • Certified Member, American Association of Pastoral Counseling
  • M.Div. Duke Divinity School, B.A. Stetson University
  • United Methodist Minister
  • Enjoys everything around the water
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W. Victor Maloy,
D.Min

Vic Maloy
  • Certified Diplomate, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Certified, American Group Psychotherapy Association
  • D.Min Vanderbilt Divinity School, M.Div. Candler School of Theology Emory University, B.A. Florida State University
  • United Methodist Minister
  • Author, Reflections on the Journey, Night Musings
  • Enjoys traveling, jogging and finding homes for retired racing greyhounds
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David R. Mucha,
M.Div.
David R. Mucha

  • Certified Member, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • M.Div. Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, B.A. Randolph-Macon College
  • United Methodist Minister
  • Enjoys woodworking, handcrafts, golf and football tailgating
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Dennett C. Slemp,
S.T.M.
Coordinator of Common Life

Dennett Slemp
  • Coordinator, Common Life
  • Certified Diplomate, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • S.T.M. Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, M.Div. Virginia Theological Seminary, B.A. John Hopkins University
  • Episcopal Priest
  • Enjoys hiking and visiting other countries

Dennett has a long-standing interest in the integration of the spiritual and emotional dimensions in pastoral counseling.

He is an avid hiker and enjoys trips to other countries.

Dennett has been on VIPCare's staff since 1970.

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Larry Wholley,
M.Div.

Larry Wholley
  • Certified Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • M.Div. Andover Newton Theological School
  • United Church of Christ Minister
  • Enjoys pets, jogging, sports and history
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