Behavioral Health Staff Biographies
Staff in Indianapolis
Dr. Anna Caldwell completed her doctorate at Southern California University in Psychology and her Masters in Social Work at Indiana University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker(LCSW), a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, and a Licensed HUD provider. She is also a Commissioned Minister, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II, Certified Forensic Addictions' Examiner, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. She worked in the field of trauma with veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for 25 years. Male and female homeless and corrections clients have been her clients for 20 years.
Zachari George, MSW, LSW, completed his Master's Degree at the School of Social Work at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis. He is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW). Zachari has specialized in working with substance disorders and has been helping others to recover from mental health disorders, homelessness, abusive childhoods, incarceration and Department of Child Services (DCS) cases since 2009.
Rachel Halleck is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Addictions Counselor who currently serves as the Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services at Volunteers of America. Rachel completed her undergraduate education at Hanover College with a major concentration in Psychology and a minor concentration in Spanish. She then went on to complete a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis. Rachel's clinical experience has taken place at in various settings including correctional programs, inpatient psychiatric treatment, veteran's homeless shelters, and higher education settings. She specializes in the areas of trauma and addictions.
Dr. Herbert Henry received his license as a Health Service Provider in Psychology in 1987 and received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. Before he entered private practice, he worked as a staff psychologist at the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When he returned to Indiana he worked for the Indiana Department of Corrections for many years. Dr. Henry provided psychological services to various school districts, probation, the Department of Child Services, Marion Superior Court, and professional sport teams. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Black Psychologists, and the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology. He enjoys moonlighting as a personal trainer and regularly attends fitness competitions.
Louise Polansky graduated from Ball State University with a BA in Sociology. She is an Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and also a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC). She has been in private practice sector and also worked with FSSA as the Assistant Deputy Director for Opioid Addiction Treatment Services (OATS). Her experience with a wide variety of populations makes her a wonderful addition to our growing outpatient staff. Louise holds numerous certifications and licenses in the field of addictions and drug abuse.
Katrina Thomas's first job at Volunteers of America of Indiana was at its employment center where she helped individuals transitioning from jail or prison find jobs. Since then, she has transferred to the Behavioral Health Clinic to apply her education and passion. Kat is currently finishing up a bachelor's degree in Addiction Counseling, and will soon start a Master of Social Work program. Eventually she also wants to gain a Master's Degree in addictions and become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC). Her tireless passion for those entangled in addiction is what drives her to work so hard and to volunteer for the addiction program at her church.
Staff in Evansville
Jeremy Heath was originally hired on with Volunteers of America Indiana as a Correction Officer, but after a short period of time he transitioned to a Case Manager role at the behavioral health center. In this role, he enjoys working alongside the counselors to help his clients with essential tasks such as getting their paperwork in order or finding housing. He has a BFA from the University of Evansville and describes himself as "a happy husband, a blessed father, a proud Hoosier, an unrepentant American, and a conservative poet."
Michelle Lovelady has been in the social work field for 18 years. In 2007 she received her Master's Degree and began providing clinical services. In 2010 she became a licensed clinical social worker(LCSW). The primary therapies that Michelle uses are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy(DBT) and Mindfulness. She also received training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD). Her diagnostic skills are strong and serve to guide her therapy with clients. She offers both group and individual psychotherapy and works well with depression, anxiety related disorders, trauma and personality disorders. Adult men and women are her primary clients.
Jennifer Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Indiana. Since 2008, she has worked with men and women in the prison system and is currently a Treatment Counselor at Volunteers of America Indiana's behavioral health center in Evansville. She facilitates individual and group counseling for individuals in the Federal Drug Aftercare program and helps them work through mental illness problems such as anxiety, depression, trauma and grief.