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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 Miranda 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.

Casey Caudill 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 Civic Innovation and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, both from Emory & Henry College. She enjoys promoting self care, educating youth, and making connections within the Northeast TN community. She lives in Mount Carmel, TN with her husband, Jake. Her hobbies include hiking, camping, kayaking, playing board games, and traveling to new places.

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.

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.

Madi Colbert is a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she completed a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Child and Family Studies. Madi was driven to pursue a career in Mental Health after experiencing how crucial mental health services, education and accessibility are as a teenager. She hopes to make a difference in her community through Mental Health 101 by advocating for and encouraging adolescents to feel comfortable discussing their mental health. In time, Madi hopes to further her education by pursuing a Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling. Of the many things in her life that bring her joy, Madi loves to bake, crochet, tend to her many houseplants, and spend time with her family and loved ones. She also spends much of downtime with her cat, Sebastian.

Jacqueline is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  She has a background in teaching mindfulness-based stress reduction and trauma informed movement. Jacqueline is passionate about holistic mental health and the importance of empowering our youth through mental health education and skill building. Through MHAET she hopes to increase awareness and share information about mental health and wellness with students of east Tennessee.

 

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