douglas M. Thorpe, Ph.d.,m.div

executive director & 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

Sudie Summers Althisar, M.S.

MFT in Residence

  • 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

charles f. bates, m.div.

  • 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

christopher c. bowers, m.div, csac

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

donald d. denton, jr., d.min.

coordinator of assessments and publications, privacy officer

  • 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
  • Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 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
  • Teaching Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance, University of Maryland University College
  • Enjoys outdoor activities, classical and bluegrass music, fitness and writing poetry

Kristin Long Francisco, M.Div., LCSW

  • 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

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

  • Th.M., Pastoral Psychotherapy from Duke Divinity, M.Div., Shaw Divinity
  • Chaplain Residency at Duke Medical Center and C.P.E. training at Rex Hospital
  • Chaplain at HCA CJW Medical Center
  • Specializes in marriage, family, and couples therapy, and leads group workshops and seminars
  • Retired Educator (licensed in New Jersey and North Carolina)
  • Enjoys traveling, being with family and friends, and listening to jazz

mary fran hughes-mcintyre, d.min.

  • 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.


  • Entering Second Year Residency for Licensed Professional Counseling
  • B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.A., Professional Counseling, Liberty University
  • Enjoys spending time with family, golfing, cooking, and going to the beach

Peggy Newman, LCSW

  • B.S. in Education from the University of Georgia, an M.A. in counseling from Bowie State University (focus on Adlerian psychology), and an M.S.W. from Norfolk State University
  • worked in Berlin, Germany for the Army Community Services and has worked closely with military families since that time
  • retired from the Community Services Board of Virginia Beach in 2011
  • previously worked for Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services in Norfolk, Va.
  • ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church (most recently in the Diocese of Southern Virginia)
  • counseling focus includes work with depression, anxiety, trauma history, crisis, hospice and substance abuse
  • works with couples, families (and children), and individuals
  • used EMDR technique in her practice for over ten years

w. victor maloy, d.min.

  • Certified Diplomate, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Certified, Approved Clinical Supervisor
  • 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
  • Ordained United Methodist Minister
  • Author, Reflections on the Journey and Night Musings
  • Enjoys traveling, jogging and finding homes for retired racing greyhounds

david r. mucha, m.div.

  • 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


  • M.S. in Public Health, Completing degree in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Served as a community-based primary health care consultant with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in East and West Africa and Mexico
  • Specializes in marriage and family therapy with a focus on loss, grief, and trauma care to build resiliency and develop healthy coping skills
  • Concentration in equine-assisted mental health, working therapeutically with individuals, couples, and families, especially with active duty and retired military who have acute and/or chronic post-traumatic stress, and with those who have historical, trans-generational, and/or developmental trauma

paul w. simrell, m.div.

  • Certified Pastoral Counselor, AAPC
  • 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

dennett c. slemp, s.t.m.

coordinator of common life

  • Certified Diplomate, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • 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.

larry wholley, m.div.

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