Jennifer Brooks, PhD, LPCS is the current leader of the superhero team at Carolina Family Services, which she founded in her living room over a decade ago. Jennifer earned all of her degrees through the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!!) and is a licensed Professional Counselor and Counselor Supervisor in the state of South Carolina. She specializes in working with families where sexual abuse has occurred and is a certified trainer in the treatment of sexual behaviors through the Kempe Center.
In addition to her daily duties at CFS she also provides specialized assessments, conducts trainings for outside agencies, and teaches as an adjunct professor in Clemson’s Clinical Counseling Program.
Jennifer would most identify with Supergirl, the female counterpart to the iconic superhero leader Superman. Like Superman, Supergirl shares in his physical and internal strength and values loyalty above all else.
Tamara Siders received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Clemson University. She also has a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling from Webster University. Tamara is an LPC and a LPCS, and is a NCC Nationally Certified Counselor. She is Safety Care, TFCBT and CALOCUS certified. Tamara is in the process of completing Clemson University’s program to become a Board Certified Behavior Analysis, as well as training to become a Registered Behavior Technician.
Tamara has been a part of the CFS team since 2011 and specializes working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and Parenting issues.
In her spare time, Tamara enjoys traveling and hopes to explore the world. She is interested in photography, cooking and boutiques.
Her chosen superhero is Wonder Woman. Tamara chose Wonder Woman because she is able to battle the daily struggles of life while providing and caring for two children as a single mother, including one diagnosed with ASD, as well as attend school, work a full-time job, and maintain her online boutique.
Mindy received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and received her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Saint Cloud State University.
Since joining CFS in 2017, Mindy works with children, adolescents, families, adults, and couples experiencing a variety of issues. With her training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindy's specialties include working with individuals who are on probation, have engaged in offending behavior, sexual issues, or who have experienced trauma in their lives.
If she were a superhero, she would be Gamora due to Gamora's drive for justice and working through the difficulties she has been faced with.
Outside of the office, Mindy has a passion for photography and enjoys being in nature. Her favorite quote is "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." by Mahatma Gandhi.
Marianne has been a part of the CFS family since 2018 managing all billing and physician related services Her goal is to spend her working years doing something that will leave her corner of the world a little better than she found it, which she feels that she has been able to do at Carolina Family Services.
Marianne is a mother of 3 and soon-to-be-GiGi of 1 grandchild. Her hobbies are reading, listening to 90's Alt Rock (Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.) and learning useless information/fun facts. She loves any place with a beach, and while she's not a sports fan, she will support Gamecocks just to irritate Clemson fans.
Her favorite quotes are "The world breaks everyone, and, afterwards, some are stronger in the broken places." by Ernest Hemingway, and "Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything-that's how the light gets in." by Leonard Cohen.
If she were a superhero, she would Merida from Brave, because she means well and her heart is in the right place, but seems to make a mess of everything.
Alan Lopez learned at an early age that family is everything. He enjoys working at Carolina Family Services because of the commitment to help families and to be a part of a team that makes a difference.
Alan studied at Greenville Tech and will attend USC Upstate for Information Management and Business. Alan plans to obtain a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. He is bilingual and he is able offer Spanish interpreting and translation for families. Alan is also CPR certified.
Alan is close to his Latino heritage. His family is most important to him, and he states that his family’s needs are put over his own at times, and they take care of one another no matter what.
Alan’s interests include music from various genres, including hip-hop, blues, country, rock, and oldies. His favorite television shows are Breaking Bad, The Get-Down, Narcos, Stranger Things, and The Walking Dead. He is a fan of the Clemson Tigers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Alan is also vinyl collector, and he loves to dance. He is striving to become more competitive in break-dancing. Alan likes to read, travel, go to shooting ranges, and he is also a car enthusiast.
Alan’s chosen superhero is Daredevil.