SOCIAL Club Committee
Carrie is a Mom of two teenage girls. In 2018, she relocated to Dallas from New York City with her family. Prior to her move, Carrie held a number of positions in the financial services industry where she was an experienced CFO/COO/Senior Manager. Carrie is an imaginative problem-solver with strong leadership, organization, analytical and presentation skills. Carrie is creative with an abundance of energy and drive, as well as persuasive in complex human relations situations. She functions with sensitivity and imagination while being goals and results oriented. She has been a huge supporter of A Model Patient and has volunteered her time and talents to help raise funds.
Licensed Professional Counselor LPC, Registered Play Therapist RPT, ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider ADHD-CCSP
Laura began her counseling career in non-profit agencies working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Later, Laura founded HeadFirst Counseling to provide a place for clients to explore all aspects of themselves while being fully supported and accepted. Laura obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master's degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas. Laura works with Community Partners of Dallas as part of their HEART program to provide group therapy services to child victims of sexual abuse in Dallas County. She currently serves on the board of the North Texas Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy and is an advocate with Dallas CASA , advocating for child victims of abuse and neglect so they can grow up in safe and nurturing homes where they can reach their full potential.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker LCSW
Before joining the HeadFirst Counseling team, Lexie worked in Oklahoma City, OK at a local non-profit agency. There, she worked with children and families in their grief journey caused by death, divorce, or other significant loss. Lexie is a Licensed Masters Social Worker and received her degree from The University of Oklahoma. Lexie specializes in working with children and adolescents cope with stress, anxiety, depression, grief, divorce, and self worth issues. She has lead children, adolescent and teen support groups to find resolution to issues such as moving, changing schools, bullying, and other difficult adjustments. Additionally, Lexie has experience with school counseling, adoption, and foster care.
SOCIAL Club Intern
Carolena is a rising senior at Booker T. Washington where she is pursuing studies in songwriting and vocal performance. Her passion for music has helped Carolena spread her love for philanthropy by giving people the gift of music. In college, she plans to concentrate on a fashion merchandising and business degree.
As a life-long Girl Scout, Carolena is in the process of earning her Gold Award through this internship.
SOCIAL Club Committee
Jodi is a Mom of three teenagers - two girls and a boy. She is an energetic, joyous person who loves a good party and someone who does what they promise they will do and always delivers more! While she is an experienced party planner, her optimism, attention to detail, creativity and panache always yields events that are not just memorable but beyond your initial dreams. Give her a theme and she will execute your party dreams with her work ethic and personal style. Jodi is also a trained and certified Spiritual Director ready to listen to all of your questions and revelations about the mysteries and the “Big Questions” life often throws our way. She does not shy away from hard-topics, and she’s ready to allow you to ask them.
Nurse Practitioner, M.S.N., APRN, FNP-C
Terin is a Nurse Practitioner in the UT Southwestern Medical Center's Department of Student Health Services. Terin completed her undergraduate degree at Tufts University where she studied international relations and Spanish. In 2004, she moved to Austin, TX where she taught health and nutrition classes as part of The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, popularly known as WIC. She also returned to school to become a registered nurse. She graduated from UT Austin with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2007. She worked as a registered nurse at a community clinic in central Austin and quickly found her passion for primary care. After two years of working as nurse, she returned to school to become a nurse practitioner.
Terin graduated from UT Houston Health Science Center and now resides in Dallas with her husband, two sons and daughter.
Styled by Paula, Owner
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, Paula took to fashion at an early age. Her passion soon led her to a modeling career in New York, Sydney, Milan, Germany, Los Angeles, and Miami. While modeling full time, Paula returned to school and earned a degree in Fashion Merchandise & Marketing from FIDM in San Francisco. Driven by her love of clothes, jewelry, and accessories Paula opened and operated a women's boutique in her local town of Fort Lauderdale, FL. These experiences then led her to become a lead personal shopper for Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom's. With Paula’s background, she perfected the art of building confidence through wardrobe. She now runs her own business, Styled by Paula, where she helps men and women of all ages discover and maximize their true personal style.
A Model Patient, Founder
In high school, Tara was chosen to serve as a Sweetheart for the Birmingham Heart Guild. Through her season of participation, she attended personal development classes, volunteered for the American Heart Association, and learned the value of giving back through philanthropy. Though the Dallas SOCIAL Club, Tara hopes to offer Dallas area high school girls a similar experience so they can obtain practical skills training from local professionals, have an opportunity to give back through A Model Patient charity and learn from their mentors in order to become more confident, female leaders in their communities.