Meet the Staff
Dr. Wayne J. Harper, Executive Director (EdD)
Dr. Harper is a licensed Psychologist with specialty training in Health Psychology and Geriatric Psychology. He received his Doctoral Degree from the University of Louisville and did his Internship training at the Vanderbilt University Medical School. He has been elected to two Academic Honors Societies and is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Kentucky Psychological Association. Prior to joining the Kilgore Center, Dr. Harper was Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for a large managed care organization and, prior to that, had been in private practice for several years. Wayne sees teens, adults, couples and families in therapy. He conducts psychological testing for children, adults and the elderly for emotional problems, ADHD, and Dementia. He specializes in teen and adult attentional disorders and in couples and marital relationships. Dr. Harper is also the chief Psychologist for a number of nursing homes in the area.
Jane S. Myers, Clinical Director (B.A., M.S.S.W., LCSW, LFMT, M.Div.)
Jane Myers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She has a Master of Science in Social Work from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville and a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jane is certified in the Academy of Certified Social Workers of the National Association of Social Workers and is a member of the American Association of Family Therapists and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Having worked as a clinical social worker for over 18 years, Jane provides individual, family, couples and group therapy with adults, children and adolescents.
Raleigh Ridge, Staff Therapist (LCSW, BCD)
Raleigh Ridge, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Board Certified Diplomate (BCD), and has had a multi-dimensional career. She began by teaching high school Latin and English and followed by teaching English at U of L for many years. She also ran her own real estate appraisal and brokerage company. After a return to university to obtain another degree, she became a psychotherapist working at and ultimately directing a community mental health center. Later she was director of out-patient services at a free-standing psychiatric hospital. Then she was in private practice at Parkview Psychiatric Services. Now she is enjoying her work at Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center treating couples, children, adolescents and adults. She has been fortunate to find all her careers both stimulating and rewarding. She is happily married and is grateful to have four children and five grandchildren.
Sue Goodman , Staff Therapist (LCSW, BCD)
Sue Goodman is a licensed clinical social worker and a board certified diplomate who has been in the mental health field for over 25 years. She works with individuals and families in a private practice setting and specializes in grief work, marital counseling, parenting issues, depression, chemical dependency, stress management, anxiety disorders and work related difficulties. Sue is an experienced Employee Assistance Program (EAP) therapist who worked in the therapy office of Magellan Behavioral Health for 17 years in downtown Louisville. Sue has previously served as an adjunct professor at two universities and has assisted large corporations and their employees in dealing with critical incident stress debriefing, management consultation and problems in the workplace.
William Green , Staff Therapist (LSCW, CEAP, AAMFT Clinical Member, M. Div.)
Bill received his BA degree from the University of Louisville in 1972. In 1975, he graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and was ordained into the ministry. In 1980, he started his graduate work in Social Work at the Kent School of Social Work, and in December, 1982, he graduated with and MSSW. He went back to school in 1989 to get a post graduate diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville’s Marriage and Family Therapy Post Graduate Program. He completed this in 1991. Bill received his LCSW in 1991. Also, in 1991, he became a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Bill has had much experience dealing with families through his work at youth centers. He helped create programs for the youth involving all of the family in their treatment. He became a Certified Employee Assistance Professional in 1996 and is certified to conduct Critical Incident Stress Debriefings, where major trauma has happened in a workplace setting.
Dr. Deborah Edds, PhD / Staff Therapist
Dr. Edds is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her Doctoral Degree from the University of Louisville and did her internship training at the Village for Children and Families in Hartford, CT. Dr. Edds has extensive experience working with families and children. Prior to Kilgore, she spent nearly 20 years working as a therapist and administrator with community mental health and as a mental health specialist in the public school system. Dr. Edds is currently an adjunct graduate faculty member at Western Kentucky University and an adjunct instructor for Indiana Wesleyan University. She specializes in working with families, ADD / ADHD, school behavioral issues, parenting issues and adolescents.
Brenda Fletcher , Office Manager (BBA)
Brenda G. Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance from the University of Kentucky. Brenda’s management experience includes a physical therapy clinic, a small community hospital, a construction company, and her own newspaper in eastern Kentucky. She also worked for many years in the national headquarters of Omicron Delta Kappa, The National College Honor Society.
Melissa Watson, Receptionist
Melissa Watson has been with Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center for nearly four years. She came here with experience managing the front desk at other mental health facilities. Her duties here include obtaining insurance approval, a task which requires extensive patience and determination. She answers the phone with a cheery voice and schedules patients, answers their questions, gives directions to our facility and helps the therapists stay on task.
Melissa is the married mother of four children and one grandson. Her children are her special delight and give meaning to her life. She and her husband like to travel and love the outdoor life. We are very fortunate to have her here. Melissa Watson has been with Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center for nearly four years.