Executive Director, Crystal Guess,  M.S., MSP

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Crystal has a Master’s Degree in Public Service Management and in Psychology. Crystal has worked in child welfare for over 20 years and has served as the Junior’s House Executive Director since 2013. She has been at Junior’s House for over a decade and considers it an honor to walk alongside children and families as they work towards healing from traumatic events. Crystal enjoys working with the community and wants to see Junior’s House be successful in providing much needed resources to child abuse victims. Crystal is trained in TF-CBT ( Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Forensic Interviewing, and has attended multiple trainings in play therapy, behavioral therapy, administration, and advocacy.

Crystal is also a trained handler for Allin, who serves as the Junior’s House Facility Dog.  Crystal has two children and enjoys spending time with family when she is not at work.  One of Crystal’s favorite quotes related to the work she does at Junior’s House is “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.” - Nelson Mandela

Lead Forensic Interviewer, Heather Warden, M.S

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Heather has been working with children and families since 1995. She has extensive experience in counseling, forensic interviewing, and other aspects of child welfare. She has a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology. Heather and her husband Gary Warden have two children, Garrett and Evelyn.

Family Advocate, Amy Nix B.S.W.

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Amy began working as the Family Advocate at Junior’s House in July of 2009. Prior to this, she worked with the Department of Children’s Services, and also as a Family Treatment Coordinator for a private therapeutic foster care agency. In addition, she has experience working as an in-home family counselor. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Middle Tennessee State University.

CASA Volunteer Supervisor, Bonnie Bailey, B. S in Child and Family Studies

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Bonnie began working as the CASA Supervisor at Junior’s House in June of 2014. She has a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee. Bonnie got married to Zach Bailey in June 2019,
and is very thankful for her husband and the rest of her family!

I am so grateful for the staff, volunteers, and heroic children that make up Junior's House!

Children’s Therapist, Brandee Lancaster

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Brandee has been working in the social services field since 2002 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2011. She has experience providing individual and group therapy, behavior modification, and case management services to children, their families, and other adults. Brandee’s educational background includes a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, and an undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University with a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice Administration. 

Program Assistant, Wanda Simmons

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Wanda resides in Lynchburg, Tennessee with her husband. Wanda has always had a heart for Junior’s House and joined our team in 2019.

Forensic Interviewer and Therapist, Amanda Hill

Amanda has a master’s degree in mental health counseling.  She has wide variety of experience in working with children and families including in-home behavior consultation, case management for severe mental illness, outpatient treatment as well as work within psychiatric residential treatment facilities.  Amanda is trained in TF-CBT and enjoys using other treatment modalities including DBT, art therapy, and play therapy techniques.  She is currently pursuing a certification in PCIT.

Allin, Therapy Dog

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Allin is our first male staff member, and we are already in love. He will be working at Junior’s House helping the abused and neglected children feel a little more comfortable. He was trained at the wonderful organization Canine Companions for Independence. His favorite hobbies are playing fetch, working puzzles, and mealtime. We are so grateful for Canine Companions for Independence and the dogs they provide that help so many. Allin will keep everyone posted on the work he is doing.