Christa has served as Executive Director of the Warren Coalition for over 12 years. She is a Certified Trauma Professional, a Certified Trauma Informed trainer and Trauma Supportive trainer and ACEs Interface Trainer for Virginia. She is also a certified anger management and anxiety specialist with the court system who works as RSW Regional Jail a couple of days a week. She is a certified Getting Relationships Right trainer.
Christa graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Economics. She also earned a Master’s degree in Education from James Madison University.
Community Outreach Coordinator
After starting her professional career with IBM and the U.S. Air Force (as a civilian), Celeste came to Front Royal, Virginia in 1999 to work in the admission office at Randolph-Macon Academy, a local boarding school. She became the Director of Public Relations (later renamed the Director of Communications) in 2003, handling all of the communications and marketing work for the Academy until 2020, when she joined the Warren Coalition and Northwestern Prevention Collaborative (NPC) as the Community Outreach Coordinator.
Celeste has enjoyed the challenge of learning the field of prevention and being able to use her expertise in marketing and communications to help her local community. In her position, she designs publications, manages the Warren Coalition and NPC social media accounts, writes articles for the local media as well as nwprevention.org, creates and coordinates advertising campaigns, and attends events on behalf of both Warren Coalition and NPC.
Celeste has always had a heart for her community. She has served on several local boards, including the Downtown Business Association/Downtown Front Royal and the Front Royal Police Foundation. She currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Samuels Public Library and Secretary of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army. She and her family are members of Bennett’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
Certified Substance Misuse Counselor
Julia coordinates and schedules counseling with those in the community who are receiving MAT (Medication-Assisted Treatment) services to get their required counseling. Julia previously provided substance misuse counseling in the outpatient setting with a local methadone clinic in order to obtain her licensure. Prior to this, Julia worked with abuse and assault victims as well as inmates, and provided psychoeducation and groups to these populations. Julia is driven to help those in the community who suffered from addiction to find hope, and acceptance among their community. It is her goal to end the stigma of addiction and allow those affected by addiction to be able to seek help without fear of judgment, and to instead receive support in their time of need from their communities and families.
Julia obtained her BS from Old Dominion University in Counseling and Human Services. Her hobbies include baking, quilting, travel, gardening, sports, and anything outdoors. Julia is a mother of four and local to the Shenandoah Valley.
Behavioral Health Coach
Tonia Meyer is a Behavioral Health Coach with Warren Coalition’s Project COURAGE program, working with students who have experienced trauma. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from St. Lawrence University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore, with a specialization in children and families. She is also a QMHP (qualified mental health professional).
Tonia has been working with children and families over the past 25 years in various settings to include residential and group homes, the school setting (traditional and non-traditional), and domestic violence services.
Peer Recovery Specialist
James spent 20 years in active addition, in and out of incarceration. He has spent the last few years on his recovery journey, which began through the McShin rehabilitation jail program and Warren Coalition services at RSW Regional Jail. Upon his release from RSW, James spent time at the McShin Foundation in Richmond where he was able to connect with others in recovery and also to acquire his Peer Recovery Specialist Certification. Now James helps others in their recovery journeys, he gives hope to others that they can change and that they are worth recovery.
Re-entry Case Manager
Rodney is the co-founder of “I’m Just Me Movement,” a nonprofit organization based out of Winchester, Virginia, and is certified as a Forensic Peer Recovery Specialist & Supervisor. He is also an activist in the community. He has been a member of Coming To The Table for three years and is a part of the healing committee. He also co-chairs the Frederick Douglass Park Club in Winchester, VA. Rodney understands the challenges of poverty and street life, in going hungry, and in being homeless. Rodney learned from his classmates with learning differences the falseness of the ideas of what and who is “normal,” and, from a harrowing life experience as a child, understands the pain and fear that comes with being bullied or attacked. Rodney has training in many areas: • Certified Family Peer Recovery Specialist and Youth Support • Board of Counseling: Registered to Practice as A Peer Recovery Specialist • NAMI and Parent Action Network for Advanced Parent Leadership Trained • Forensic Peer Support Specialist • Trauma-Informed Care & Resilience • Suicide ASIST Trained • Youth Mental Health First Aid • DBHDS-DSP Supervisory Trained • SAMHSA- THE SEQUENTIAL INTERCEPT MODEL Trained • Motivational Speaker. Rodney understands healing communities and working towards action and solutions. “Our lives are fulfilled with our role as the people in our communities and inspiring not only the minds of young people, but people as a whole,” he says. His passion is encouraging, and reaching others, through active listening, and that we all have a responsibility to our communities, and a hand in it to make it better.