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Myra L. Woodard
MSSW, LCADC Counselor
Myra received her Bachelor of Science in Social work (BSSW) from Spalding University and her CADC (Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor) in 2009. She was awarded a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville Kent School and her LCADC (License Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor) in 2015.
Myra has worked in the field of addiction for over 17 years, with experience in: residential treatment, case management, and individual, group, and family counseling. She has gained supervisory experience in residential settings working with women experiencing homelessness, substance use disorders, HIV, pregnancy, young mothers, and co-occurring disorders sometimes requiring the utilization of MAT (medication assisted treatment).
Myra joined The Morton Center October of 2018. As a therapist, Myra not only address’s the individual’s addiction, but works to find “what’s under the iceberg”; the barriers that prevent a person from maintaining sobriety. These may include: trauma, abuse, mental health issues, or other co-occurring disorders. Myra believes that “If we can change one individual, we can change families, if we change families, we can change community, if we change community, we can change the world”.
LMFT, LCADC Counselor
Amy Travis has been a family therapist at The Morton Center for two and a half years. Amy graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with a dual degree of Master in Divinity and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. Amy utilizes spirituality-integrated therapy and sand tray techniques into her work with family and individuals. Amy joined the agency in November of 2017. She believes that these tangible and visceral ways of engaging in the therapeutic process are important in the healing process of both individuals and families.
NCC, TCADC Counselor
Michael began working at The Morton Center as a student intern while studying for an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Regent University. After graduating and completing his internship he was hired as a Counselor and has been employed in the position since 2019. Michael also has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Northern Arizona University, and enjoyed an earlier career in Marketing and Advertising. Of his career change he said, “I enjoyed my previous career tremendously, but I ultimately wanted to help people. Now I can’t imagine a more rewarding career knowing that I do my best every day to help people achieve and live the happy and purposeful lives that we all deserve.”
Michael has a Shih Tzu that he adores named Whitman. In his free time he enjoys reading, writing, and being outside hiking, camping, and spending time in his garden.
LPATA, LCADC Counselor
Katie Phillips received her Bachelor of Science in Art and Associated Studies from the University of Evansville in 2008. After relocating to Louisville in 2009, she later went on to receive her Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services with a concentration in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville. Katie joined The Morton Center in July of 2018 and received her LCADC in 2021.
Katie believes that creative art-making is an intrinsic activity that is ignored far too often; she hopes that through art therapy, others can learn to reconnect parts of themselves with which they have lost touch. In her free time, Katie enjoys ceramics, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
LPATA, LCADC – Clinical Manager
Alex received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Louisville in 2016, and a Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services with a concentration in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville in 2018. He began working at the Morton Center as a student intern in August of 2017 and has been employed as a professional art therapist at The Morton Center for almost three years.
Alex’s interests lie in incorporating artmaking and experiential techniques in the therapeutic process. He believes that by utilizing an eclectic therapeutic approach wounds from the past can be acknowledged, tended to, and healed. Alex works with individuals to develop emotional connectedness, which allows for individuals to begin to process traumatic experiences and grief. For hobbies, Alex enjoys reading, running, video games, painting, traveling, and hiking.
M.Ed., TCADC Client Retention Specialist
Kristin received a Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services with a concentration in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville in 2015. Kirstin joined The Morton Center in March of 2019 in the role of Client Retention Specialist. Kristin’s job encompasses a broad range of tasks including manning the Morton Center’s information center, helping clients schedule initial assessments, conducting walk-in assessments, representing The Morton Center at events, and working with other agencies to ensure clients receive the best care possible. Kristin has a passion for helping others. She understands that individuals who seek treatment may feel scared about taking those first steps. Kristin says “giving people hope and showing them that they are not alone goes a long way is making meaningful change.”
Kristin enjoys reading, crafting, taking walks outside, spending time with family, and playing with her kitten Chip. Kristin is known in the office for leaving notes in her co-worker’s work spaces accompanied by handmade origami figures or funny cat pictures. She believes strongly in creating and noticing moments of joy.
Lead Insurance & Client Services Specialist
Daryn received an AS in Medical Assisting from Keiser College in 2001. She grew up in Florida before relocating to Kentucky in 2011 with her husband Pedro. She has worked over 20 years in the medical field, and joined The Morton Center in January 2012. As Lead Insurance Specialist, Daryn works with clients and their insurance companies. She works all aspects of billing from checking eligibility, prior authorizations, billing claims and insurance follow-up.
Daryn loves working with clients and the team at The Morton Center. She also serves as “Safety Officer” on site, keeping clients and staff safe. In addition, she uses her creativity to plan and implement all the staff birthdays, making sure everyone feels special on their day of celebration. When Daryn is not working, she enjoys time with family and friends, going to church, movies, traveling, and arts and crafts. Daryn lives each day by words from her Momma, “Be a Blessing and You know how to Act!”
CPC, PMCC, RMA, CLT Financial Services Manager
Debbie was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She moved to Boca Raton, FL after high school and graduated from Biscayne, now Barry University in Miami. She is licensed in lab, radiology, coding among other medical concentrations and has taught Medical Coding and Billing, as well as Medical Assisting at ATA College.
Debbie has had a career in the medical field for over 30 years, and has been in the Financial Services Manager at The Morton Center since March 2019. Of The Morton Center, Debbie said, “I have been inspired by so many stories and I enjoy working with the amazing staff!”
Debbie has 2 daughters and a grandson and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Debbie also enjoys writing, sewing and anything crafty.
LCSW, LCADC – Clinical Manager
Toya received a Master Degree in Social Work from Spalding University, and currently holds both LCADC (Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor) and LCSW (Licensed Certified Social Worker) in the state of Kentucky. She serves as Clinical Manager at The Morton Center and joined in September 2017. Toya has a strong desire to “help clients achieve goals to improve their life through the recovery process.” She aspires to be a servant leader and works to inspire her team and student interns to follow their dreams. In her current role as Clinical Manager she hopes to increase employee retention and satisfaction.
In her free time Toya enjoys riding horses and camping out in the woods. She says she “love being outdoors and connecting with nature.”