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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 Susan Luck
  Donald D. Denton W. Victor Maloy
  Ted Dougherty, III David R. Mucha
  Kristin Long Francisco Paul W. Simrell
  Gladys Hubbard Dennett C. Slemp
    Larry Wholley

Douglas M. Thorpe,
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,
M.S., MFT in Residence

Sudie Summers Althisar
  • M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), Capella University, B.A., University of South Carolina
  • Certified Spiritual Director, The Haden Institute
  • Retired elementary educator
  • Specializes in couples, families, adolescents, children and individuals, and spiritual direction
  • Enjoys gardening, the beach and spending time with her family and dogs
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Charles F. Bates,
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
  • Senior Pastor, Fishersville United Methodist Church, Fishersville, 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,
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.,
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,

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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Gladys Joyner Hubbard,
M.Div. Th.M.

coming soon
  • Th.M., Pastoral Psychotherapy from Duke Divinity M.Div., Shaw Divinity
  • Chaplain Residency at Duke Medical Center.
  • Retired Educator (licensed in New Jersey and North Carolina).
  • Specializes in family, individual, couples and group workshops/seminars.
  • Certified career counselor/advisor
  • Enjoys traveling, listening to jazz and family and friends gatherings

Gladys loves helping individuals live the life they love.

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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,
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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Susan Luck,
Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
coming soon

  • Specializations: Children, Play Therapy, Families
  • Ph.D. in Counseling Studies from Capella University.
  • D.Min. in Biblical Counseling from Pillsbury College & Seminary.
  • M.S.W. from SUNY-Albany, and a B.S. in Psychology from Rider College in New Jersey.
  • Member: American Association of Christian Counseling (AACC) since 2005.
  • Enjoys gardening, playing piano, and reading.
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W. Victor Maloy,

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,
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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Paul W. Simrell,

Dennett Slemp
  • Certified Pastoral Counselor, AAPC
  • Member, American Association of Christian Counselors
  • Member, Spiritual Directors International and Certified Facilitator, PREPARE-ENRICH relationship assessment
  • Pastor, Elpis Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary, completed advanced training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky, and at the Children's Medical Center and Parkland Hospital, Dallas, Texas.
  • Volunteer chaplain (20+ plus years) with the CJW Medical Center
  • Enjoys playing the piano and drawing
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Dennett C. Slemp,
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,

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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