Keith Niager, LCSW
Founder & Executive Director
Keith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Keith is the founder and Executive Director of the Barnabas Center for Counseling. Also an ordained minister and Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, he has over 35 years of experience in marriage and family therapy working with adolescents and adults. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Masters of Science in Social Work. Keith is also a Focus on the Family approved therapist and an Ordained Minister.
Over the years, Keith has conducted dozens of workshops and retreats covering a variety of topics including marriage enrichment, parenting, workplace conflict and abuse recovery. He has been involved in giving back to the Savannah community for over 30 years and lives with his wife, Janet, on Wilmington Island. They have two grown children, Megan and Jeremy, and a beautiful granddaughter Tinsley.
Cathy Clevenger, LCSW, M.Div.
Cathy is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been a therapist for 20 years with specialization in working with children and youth. Some of her extensive training includes play therapy, trauma and PTSD treatment, EMDR, treatment for autism spectrum disorder and family therapy. Cathy worked in the foster care system for 15 years, at a residential treatment center and in a psychiatric hospital for children and youth. She has provided workshops for parents, MOP groups, and other professionals on Parenting, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Trauma/PTSD, and Attachment Disorder. Cathy also sees adults for individual and marital therapy and is currently available to see clients in both Savannah and in Rincon office.
Erin Adams, MAMFT, LPC, NCC
Erin is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and Psychological Studies Institute (PSI). PSI specializes in training Christian counselors. She holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. A longtime member of the America Association of Christian Counselors, Erin has over 8 years’ experience in Christian counseling, counseling individuals, couples, families and groups. She has worked with the Department of Family and Children Services as well as with several Georgia community service boards offering her experience working with issues such as depression, anxiety, abuse and adjustment issues, bipolar disorder and women’s issues.
In her free time, Erin enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and being active at her church.
Suzanne N. Stangland, MA, LPC
Suzanne is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University and has a Master’s Degree in Counseling. She is a Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the American Counseling Association. Suzanne has over 12 years of counseling experience in a variety of settings working with individuals, couples, groups, families, children and adolescents dealing with a wide array of concerns including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety/PTSD, child abuse and neglect, spiritual difficulties, addictions, trauma and women’s issues. She has spoken professionally for parents, MOP groups and church leadership retreats on a variety of topics such as depression/anxiety, parenting concerns, behavior and crisis. In addition to counseling, Suzanne is also an adjunct professor at Point University.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as being active at her church.
Stacey Fell Mell, EdS, GA SRS-6
Director of Community Outreach & Educational Services
Stacey has over thirty years of experience working in Christian education. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s and Specialist degree in Counseling from Georgia Southern University and holds professional memberships in the National Association for College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) and Georgia College Counselor Association (GCCA). She currently serves on the College Counseling Advisory Boards of Georgia College and State University, Mercer University, and Augusta University.
Stacey offers the following educational services and will also be connecting with the community to develop relationships and raise awareness of The Barnabas Center.
- College counseling and advisement
- Educational planning
- Educational testing and result analysis
- Study skills, organization and time management
- Career counseling
- Community outreach and educational training
- Lunch and learn sessions
Stacey and her husband Jeff and have two sons, Matt and Ryan. They enjoy traveling as a family, watching college football games, taking yearly trips to the beach and going out to dinner.
Emily McAleer, LPC
Emily is a graduate of Georgia Southern and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been practicing since 1996. She has experience in both agency and school settings and utilizes a strength-oriented approach. Emily has experience with health and wellness issues, loss, adjustment issues and works with children, individuals and couples.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter Caroline. Emily is also the author of two children’s books; Animal Soup and Fiona Flamingo Has Lost Her Pink.