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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 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 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

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. 

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. 

Hilary Gallegos completed her Master’s degree in Mental and Behavioral Health Counseling at Carson Newman university in 2013. She worked with numerous mental health disorders for several years at Blount Memorial Hospital. She was inspired by overcoming challenges with managing her own  mental health disorder to become a counselor. She believes treatment is specific to each person and enjoys the journey of helping others discover their strategies. Hilary is an avid gardener, mountain biker, and hiker. “These activities are what ground me and help my state of mental health by being present with nature.”

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