Richmond Office


Anna Yates, MSW, Assistant Director of Clinical Services

Anna began with ESP during the second year practicum of her Master’s program in 2012. Since that time, she has utilized a trauma-informed lens to support children, foster families, and biological families. Anna has experience providing targeted interventions to children with a variety of behavioral and mental health concerns, including attachment disorders, ADHD, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Anna strives to encourage families to develop empathy and an understanding of a child’s negative behaviors in order to develop a more positive trajectory in their lives.

Prior to her work with ESP, Anna provided crisis planning, interventions, and direct assistance with the Virginia Capital Region of the American Red Cross. In this role, Anna worked with the Disaster Relief Team as a Family Services case manager with individuals and families experiencing temporary homelessness, and other losses, due to natural and manmade disasters.

Anna received her Master’s degree from the VCU School of Social Work in 2013 and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mass Communications in 2009 from the VCU School of Mass Communications. In her free time, Anna enjoys spending time with friends and family, going on walks her dog, Bosley, exploring the James River, trying out new Richmond restaurants, and exploring all that the Richmond area has to offer.

Ashleigh Barney, MSW, Clinical Specialist and Intensive Care Coordinator

Ashleigh Barney is a clinical specialist and intensive care coordinator at Extra Special Parents’ Richmond office. She began her career with ESP as a clinical specialist intern in 2014 and has since been brought on to the team full-time. Ashleigh found a love of social work during college while interning at a community resource center in Anacostia where she worked with children and families in need. She also interned at the Children’s Mental Health Resource Center in 2013. Ashleigh holds a B.A. in Psychology from George Mason University and an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Karon Booker, BS, Part-time therapeutic mentor

Karon recently joined the ESP Richmond office as a therapeutic mentor. He has been working with children and families in a variety of dynamics for the past 18 years. Karon has worked in the Human Services Field with at-risk children in the residential and foster care setting, and as a teacher in the alternative setting, along with teaching in the public school setting. Karon is also a residential supervisor for adults with intellectual disabilities and works currently with a Virginia Community Services Board advocating for adults and families with serious mental illnesses. Karon holds a BS in Sociology with a Minor in Psychology from Longwood University.

Roanoke/Mt. Crawford Office

Kelley Owens, BSW, Clinical Specialist

Kelley Owens is a clinical specialist and therapeutic mentor in Extra Special Parents’ Mt. Crawford office. Kelley has worked at Extra Special Parents since January 2012. She has worked with children, teenagers, and families in a variety of settings. Prior to ESP, Kelley has gained experience from working with refugees, parenting and pregnant teenagers, homeless individuals,
facilitating group sessions, constructing and leading mission trips, creating and implementing community resources, and supervising family visitations. Kelley obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work from Christopher Newport University with a minor in Sociology.

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