Bringing Hope and Healing to Children and Families in Hard Places

Our Staff

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S. Chris Troutt, LMFT
Chris Troutt, LMFT, co-founded the Papillion Center in 2010. She is a Christian family therapist who brings a unique background to her clients. She and her husband, Burt, are parents to twelve children and have seventeen grandchildren. Chris is a biological mother, an adoptive mother, a stepmother, and a foster mother. She brings both education and personal perspective into the therapy session. Chris believes strongly in systems theory and in the power of God working in a person’s life.  It is her desire to help others during their journey. Chris specializes in working with families for pre/post-adoption counseling for adoption adjustments, trauma, attachment related issues, and helping families cope with FASD/FAE and other family-related adjustments. Her work with FASD is especially meaningful to her as a parent of a child with FASD. Chris has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.  She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner through the Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development.  In addition to her role as therapist, Chris serves as the Papillion Center’s Executive Director.

Email: chris@papillioncenter.org

sheryl
Sheryl Findley, M.S., co-founded the Papillion Center in 2010. She is a counselor and a mom to three children. She and her husband, Chris, have been married for almost twenty years and have journeyed through infertility, domestic adoption, and a surprise pregnancy in recent years. Sheryl worked in the adoption field for seven years and is excited about providing resources for families living with FASD and providing education within the larger community about FASD. As a parent of a child with special needs, she is committed to helping parents and caregivers connect with the resources they need to effectively guide and care for their children while strengthening their own self-care resources. Sheryl has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Georgia State University and a diploma in Christian Counseling from Psychological Studies Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a diverse background including alcohol and drug addictions counseling, infertility counseling, and couples counseling.  She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner through the Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development.  In addition to her role as counselor, Sheryl serves as the Papillion Center’s Assistant Director, as well as the Assistant Director of the FASD Diagnostic Clinic.

Email: sheryl@papillioncenter.org

Carlin Giles, LPC-MHSP
Carlin Giles, LPC-MHSP, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider. She graduated from Auburn University in 1998 with a Master’s Degree in Community Agency Counseling. She has been licensed in the State of Tennessee since 2005 and is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Carlin joined the Papillion Center in 2014. She has experience in forensic interviewing and evaluations, as well as trauma-focused counseling. Carlin incorporates play therapy, art therapy, and equine therapy into her counseling sessions in order to enrich her clients’ therapeutic process. She has worked in numerous settings, including child advocacy centers, in-home counseling programs, school counseling, and private practice. Carlin primarily works with children and families living with struggles such as trauma, anxiety, divorce and ADHD.  She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner through the Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development.  In addition to her role as counselor, Carlin also serves as the parent navigator with the FASD Diagnostic Clinic.

Email: carlin@papillioncenter.org

Sara Root
Sara Root, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor. She joined the Papillion Center in 2012. Sara graduated with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.  She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner through the Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development.  She has plans to complete the post-master’s certificate in “Healthy Sexuality” from Trevecca Nazarene University beginning in Fall 2015. Sara works with families and individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds who are dealing with anxiety, depression, child and adolescent behavior concerns, sensory issues, marital conflict, divorce, and sexual health. Sara enjoys incorporating equine therapy into her counseling sessions. Married for over fourteen years, Sara and her husband, John, have three children and live in Nashville.

Email: sara@papillioncenter.org

Meg Embody
Meg Embody, MMFT, is a Marriage and Family Counselor. She joined the Papillion Center in 2015 as an intern and now serves as a counselor. She is currently pursuing her licensure as a Marriage and Family Counselor. Meg earned her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. She has a heart for counseling children although she counsels a diverse range of clients, including adolescents, adults, and families. Meg feels it is a privilege to walk alongside and help those who are hurting and those who face anxiety, trauma, life transitions, and other life challenges. She uses a variety of approaches in counseling, including play therapy, sand therapy, art, and equine therapy. Meg is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), as well as the American Counseling Association (ACA). Outside the office, Meg enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty years and her teenage daughters.

Email: meg@papillioncenter.org

Gidget Leonard
Gidget Leonard, ES, joined the Papillion Center in 2010 and serves as an Equine Specialist. She has been certified through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) since 2010 and graduated from Volunteer State Community College with a degree in Sociology in 2015. Gidget has an appreciation for the EAGALA model and enjoys collaborating with therapists, clients, and horses. She understands the unique needs of clients with FASD and the benefits of TBRI for all clients. She is mindful to include God, TBRI, and EAGALA in the arena and enjoys seeing clients achieve tremendous growth through equine therapy. Gidget works with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Email: gidget@papillioncenter.org

Lisa Hacker
Lisa Hacker, RN, BSN, MHA, NE-BC, ES, serves as the Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator. In addition, she is an equine specialist with the Papillion Center’s equine therapy program and serves as the President of the Board of Directors.  She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner through the Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development.  Lisa is married and the mother of three grown children. She has a passion to volunteer her time to make a difference. She has witnessed God’s presence and power in the work of the Papillion Center and enjoys being a part of a place that brings hope and healing to those who are hurting.

Email: lisa@papillioncenter.org

Adrienne Parks
Adrienne Parks joined the Papillion Center in 2014 and serves as the Educational Specialist. In this role, Adrienne serves as a bridge between the Papillion Center and the schools by providing advocacy for children within the school setting, as well as education for school professionals regarding children from hard places. Adrienne graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in special education and elementary education from Vanderbilt University. She served as the special education program director for an area private high school for ten years. Adrienne and her husband Steven have been married for over ten years and are the proud parents of their daughter, who joined their family through international adoption, and a son.

Email: adrienne@papillioncenter.org

Leigh Snyder
Leigh Snyder has served in with our office staff since 2014. She is a native Hendersonville resident. Leigh received her degree in finance from Middle Tennessee State University in 2004. Married for over 12 years, Leigh and her husband Jason have two children.

Email: leigh@papillioncenter.org

Jennifer Troutt
Jennifer Troutt serves as the Receptionist and Assistant to the Director. In addition, Jennifer coordinates the Papillion Center’s events, including the annual banquet and conference. She is married with two boys. Jennifer enjoys spending time with family, going to the gym, and crafting.

Email: jennifer@papillioncenter.org

Sheila
Sheila Flanagan has served as the medical insurance billing clerk since 2015. She is a lifelong resident of Gallatin and is married to Kevin. She has a daughter and is the proud grandmother of two grandchildren.

Email: sheila@papillioncenter.org

Mary Kathryn Oliver is an intern currently working towards her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Trevecca Nazarene University. She has a heart for all types of people, but specifically loves working with children, adolescents, and their families.  She has loved getting to work beside the equine specialists and the horses at the Papillion Center as she has seen powerful moments of growth for clients who were struggling in traditional talk therapy.  Mary Kathryn utilizes a systemic and holistic lens when working with clients as she believes a person is shaped by his or her experiences, family, spirituality, as well as their mental, emotional and physical state.  As the sister of an adoptee, she holds a strong passion for the adoption population and walking beside them in their personal journeys.  Mary Kathryn speaks American Sign Language fluently and therefore is able to provide services to these clients without the need of an interpreter. In her free time, Mary Kathryn loves being with her nephews, hanging out in coffee shops, writing letters, playing her guitar, and spending time with loved ones.

Email: marykathryn@papillioncenter.org

Kaylee Shackleford has been an intern with the Papillion Center since January 2016.  She is currently in the process of completing her Master’s degree in Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.  She considers it a privilege to be used as a vessel of God in the lives of others and strives to breathe hope and healing into hard places.  Kaylee also has a passion for equine-assisted psychotherapy.  She is an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist and works with clients of all ages and stages of life through equine therapy.  Outside of the office, she enjoys being outside, playing sports, traveling, and being with her friends and family.

Email: kaylee@papillioncenter.org

Breanna Beech is an intern currently working towards her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. Breanna utilizes a systemic lens when working with clients. She believes every individual has the basic need to be connected to another human being. Unfortunately, life experiences and events can prevent individuals from having a safe, loving connection with another person. Breanna desires to create a space for hurting people to experience a safe haven. She is honored to have the privilege of hearing peoples’ stories and experiences and to provide hope and healing to hurting individuals, couples, and families. Breanna and her husband have been married for one year and live in Dickson. She loves to savor the small joys in life; beautiful sunsets, crunchy leaves, and a good cup of coffee are among her favorites. The things she loves most in life are her relationships with friends and family, and her relationship with the Lord.

Email: breanna@papillioncenter.org