Not Pictured: Hannah Hall, Carrie Landis, Rian Chandler-Dovis, Lauren Sanders, Shaena Rogers, and Michael Priester
Shiree Harbick, Past Chair
Andy Harbick, Treasurer
Ruthie Vander Lugt, Chairperson
Brooklyn Wentz, Secretary
Rian Chandler-Dovis, Board Member
Carrie Landis, Vice Chairperson
Kelsey Marker, Board Member
Lauren Sanders, Board Member
Shaena Rogers, Board Member
Michael Priester, Board Member
April Hepler, Founder and Executive Director
Hannah Hall, Clinical Director
Pamela Adams, Director of Finance
Shiree Harbick, Ph.D. CCC-SLP is a speech language-pathologist, university clinical educator, and parent to a “differently-abled” young adult. She’s passionate about her family and her community and wants everyone to be seen, loved, and valued no matter what challenges they may face. Her research (The FIRST Program) involves pairing families with infants with SLP graduate students to learn together about how to best support infant language and cognitive development. She has loved being a part of developing the vision of Adagio House.
Ruthie Vander Lugt
Raised in Oklahoma, I came to Virginia 34 years ago with my husband, Bob. We left in 2003 and lived in Mississippi, Texas, and California before returning to the Valley 2.5 years ago. At 44, I gave birth to our miracle baby Joel, now 14. He is on the spectrum, and that is how we connected with April and Adagio House. We’re so very glad we did!
Brook Wentz earned a Bachelor of Psychology degree in 2012 but has spent most of her time functioning as a freelance writer and social media manager for various associations. These professional credentials intermingle with her experience of living as a woman with Muscular Dystrophy to offer a unique and valuable perspective to the team.
Rian, Managing Partner and Chief Product Officer for Brand Federation, has driven strategic engagements for a broad range of clients, including some of the world’s best known brands: General Motors, American Express, Samsung, PepsiCo, World Wildlife Fund, AB Inbev, MIT, and Colgate. She holds an undergraduate degree from James Madison University and a master’s from VCU Brandcenter, where she was valedictorian and serves as an adjunct professor.
Rian has helped to train many branding leaders of tomorrow. In addition to teaching, she speaks regularly on topics related to brand and marketing from a variety of locations, including her home in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Carrie Landis is the director of Riverside Family Support and a part-time therapist with Sarah Fleming Creativity & Healing. She is the mother of four with a varying amount of experience in blended families, foster parenting, adoptive parenting, and parenting a child with special needs. She is thrilled to serve on the Adagio House board, as she strongly believes in the impact of available attachment-based and inclusive services. Carrie enjoys live music, quality time with friends, and going to the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and children.
Kelsey Marker is a collaboratively trained attorney as well as a Guardian ad litem for children practicing at Sellers Law Firm in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She is the mother of a beautiful mixture of biological, adoptive, and foster children, all who have unique needs and trauma histories. Kelsey is committed to building and maintaining a strong community and supports local organizations and businesses. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside, raising pugs, traveling to new places, and trying new foods.
Andy studied computer science and graduated from James Madison University in 1996 at the beginning of the “dot com boom”. He was lucky to work at Amazon and Rosetta Stone in the formative years of the Internet. In 2013, he co-founded a successful auction technology platform called BidWrangler. After nine years of building that company, he returned to language learning at Global LT, where he is currently Chief Product Officer. When he is not building technology products, he enjoys hiking with his wife Shiree, being a dad to adult sons (Aiden – 25, Riley – 23, and Brody – 19), fly fishing, making art, cooking, learning new things, and using his time and skills to support friends, local entrepreneurs, and non-profits.
Lauren works full time for the Harrisonburg Rockingham Infant Toddler Connection, where she has a dual role providing Service Coordination (case management) and Developmental Services. She enjoys spending time at home with her husband and their son, who is almost 4, their newborn daughter, and their dog and cat. Lauren also loves to read when she gets the chance.
With a deep love for caring for people, a background in counseling psychology, and experience working with and loving children, Shaena is excited to be a part of the Adagio House board to serve and care for those who so wholeheartedly care for others. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and her yorkies, playing games, meeting and getting to know new people, playing handbells and singing in her church choir, and volunteering in places where she can be helpful!
Interested in Being a Board Member?
Currently in need of a Treasurer and Advisory Committee Members.
Experience in the non-profit world or in the mental health field is preferred.