Meet Our Staff

Elizabeth Jenkins, LCSW graduated from Virginia Tech, with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology. She earned her Master's degree in clinical social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Elizabeth ls licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Clinical Social Worker, and has been in private practice for more than 30 years. She has also obtained certification as an Addictions Specialist and a Cognitive Behavioral Specialist. Elizabeth grew up in Lynchburg, and has worked as a mental health professional throughout her career. Elizabeth is certified to provide supervision for license-eligible clinical social workers and counselors. She is the Mental Health Consultant for Virginia Episcopal School, and has a special interest in traumatic brain injury recovery. Elizabeth has provided numerous seminars and presentations in the areas of mental health and substance abuse. Elizabeth has been married for 30+ years and has two young adult children. She enjoys reading, American history, and involvement with her church. Elizabeth volunteers with Beacon of Hope, and is a coordinator of Social Workers of Central Virginia.

Melisa Stone, LPC graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a Bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation. She earned her Master of Education degree in agency counseling from Lynchburg College. Melisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. She was employed by Centra Health for 21 years and has experience working on the child/adolescent and adult psychiatric units, acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing and acute care units, and adult daycare. She had 15 years of experience at Pathways Treatment Center working with chemically dependent adults and their families. Melisa has received certification to provide clinical supervision to license-eligible counselors. She has provided numerous presentations and articles for regional publications regarding addiction and its impact. Melisa enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, scrapbooking, traveling, and involvement in her church.

Kathy Kilcher, LPC was a co-founder of James River Counseling Center in 1987. She retired from the practice on May 31, 2019 . Her records will remain at the practice. If copies of records are needed, please make a request by contacting our office manager.

Olivia Zuckero is our full-time office manager. Having joined our practice in 2024, she is very skilled in working with insurance companies and helping clients understand and access their health insurance benefits. She is available to help our clients schedule appointments and answer any questions related to the business area of our practice. Olivia is a warm and personable presence in our office, and does an excellent job in helping our clients feel comfortable seeking counseling services.

Aaron Albright graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor's degree in philosophy. He is a graduate student in the University of Lynchburg's clinical mental health counseling program. At his university, Aaron serves as the president of Chi Sigma lota Kappa, the international honor society for counselors. He has presented at multiple conferences across the country on the topics of existential counseling supervision, disability, and body image.  Aaron's interests lie in meaning-making, acceptance and commitment therapy, and creatively finding ways to engage in behaviors that are congruent with our self-identified goals. His prior clinical experiences have been at the University of Lynchburg's counseling center, the UP foundation, and The Free Clinic of Central Virginia. Following graduation in August 2024 with a Master's degree, Aaron will begin his PhD at Old Dominion University in counselor education and supervision. Outside of school, work, and internships, he enjoys hiking, coffee, Zen Buddhism, and listening to music.  Aaron was born Deaf and wears a cochlear implant to hear.