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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 cat, Jade, and dog, Jackson.  

Sarah Waldrop is the Southeast Regional Coordinator, responsible for the 10 counties in the Southeast region of Tennessee (Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie). 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 (Johnson, Carter, Sullivan, Washington, Unicoi, Greene, Hawkins, and Hancock.) She has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from ETSU and is currently pursuing 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

Angelica Acevedo is a recent graduate with her Bachelor’s in Social Work, and is passionate about her work at MHAET. She suffers from mental illness and has a family history of mental illness. Mental Illness has played a big role in her life, and has become pretty good at identifying issues and working hard at solving them. She loves sharing her tips and tricks on how to manage the messiness of mental health. 

April Tucker completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at West Texas A & M University. She has over 25 years of experience serving children, teens, and families in the Texas Panhandle and East Tennessee. With a passion for teaching and learning, April most enjoys helping young people grow in their knowledge about mental health. She loves interacting with students, learning from them, and helping them to become better equipped to protect and strengthen their own mental health.   

Emily Cline is a recent graduate from Roanoke College with a Bachelor of Arts in both Public Health Studies and Sociology. She holds a ZUMBA license and Group Fitness Instructor certification through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and loves the combination they provide in strengthening both mental and physical health! Mental health education is important to her because of the impact it has on every aspect of life. Without truly understanding and caring for ourselves, we will never have the opportunity to live this beautiful life to the fullest!

Hilary Gallegos

The Mental Health Association offers all services to eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin or disability.