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Mental Health 101


Meet Our Team

Caitlin Ensley is the Senior Director of Education and Outreach, responsible for the 16-county East Tennessee region including Knoxville. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work with concentrations in child welfare and organizational leadership. Caitlin has worked for MHAET since 2014. Her favorite parts of the job are educating youth, decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and practicing self care. She lives in Knoxville with her fiancé, Spencer, and their two kittens Luna and Matilda, and dog, Jackson.  

Sarah Waldrop is the Southeast Regional Coordinator, responsible for the 10 counties in the Southeast region of Tennessee. She has Bachelors Degrees in Global Development Studies and Psychology from Mercer University. Sarah’s passionate about working at MHAET because she wants to promote and educate on the importance of mental health and early intervention. Sarah most enjoys building a strong community network, and hearing the stories from students that she gets to teach. She lives in Chattanooga with her fiancé, Nate, and their two dogs, Brodie and Bella. Sarah practices self-care daily through fitness and quality time spent outdoors with her family.

Emily Wells is the Northeast Regional Coordinator for MHAET, and she is responsible for the 8 counties in the Northeast. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from ETSU and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from UT Knoxville. She loves working for MHAET because it allows her to meet people throughout the community who care about helping others and who prioritize the importance of mental health. She is able to have interactions with students from around Northeast TN who share their own stories and personal experiences with mental health and inspire her each day. She lives in Johnson City, TN with her husband, Michael, two cats, Marla and Khaleesi, and dog, Petunia. Her hobbies include being outside, gardening, traveling, and hiking with Petunia.

Mental Health Educators

Ana Sustaita PhotoAna Sustaita is a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Originally from Mexico, Ana was 15 when she moved to the U.S. with her family. She believes that bringing awareness to youth and mental health will help create a safe space for students to feel comfortable sharing their struggles. She enjoys reading, spending time in nature, and watching her favorite tv shows and movies. She also loves helping others and is happy to have the opportunity to do so through the Mental Health 101 program. 

Caitlyn Barger is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University where she received a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Caitlyn discovered her love for social work and mental health education while working as a Resident Advisor; later, she would spend her undergraduate field placement with MSU’s Department of Health Promotion and Wellness. In these positions, she had the opportunity to educate college students about mental health and wellbeing as they transitioned to college life. Currently, Caitlyn is working towards a Master of Science in Social Work degree at the University of Tennessee. Caitlyn finds joy and relaxation through coffee, animals, the outdoors, and spending time with her loved ones. She is very excited to start fun and safe conversations about mental health with youth from across East Tennessee. 

Cyndi Dodson is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Sociology. She has a diverse background working in the non-profit, education, and healthcare industries. Cyndi has a  passion for working with youth and promoting positive mental health through education while impacting the overall wellness of teens in East Tennessee. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and playing tennis. She lives in Knoxville with her husband Chris and has three daughters, Taylor, McKenzie, and Reagan and three dogs, Fenway, Wrigley, and Shea.

Danielle Cox is a recent Lee University graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Danielle’s passionate about mental health education because it promotes healthy emotional, social, and behavioral development for all students. She has a passion for youth, and it is her desire to see them flourish in all areas of life. Danielle finds joy in traveling, good community, and the art of coffee. As a lifelong learner with a love for teaching, she is excited to interact with students by educating and bringing awareness to the topic of mental health. 

Keith Hertzog is the Mental Health Educator for the Northeast Region. Keith received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in addition to earning his teaching certification from Milligan College, Tennessee. Keith completed a very successful and gratifying career as a classroom teacher for the Johnson City School System. He then extended his professional leadership skills by serving as a TEAM evaluator for Johnson City Schools and as a Supervisor of Student Teachers and Interns for Milligan University. As a Mental Health Educator, Keith is now enabled to combine his lifelong passion for teaching with his deep desire to increase awareness of mental health issues while promoting mental wellness. Keith lives in Watauga, Tennessee with his wife Janet and his beloved dog, Gus. He has two adult children and one adult grandson. Keith Hertzog is an accomplished photographer who especially enjoys nature and wildlife photography. Keith, Janet and Gus enjoy being outdoors. They can often be found exploring the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee in their RV camper.

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