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Staff

  • Patrick Di Vietri
    LPC, NCC
    Director of Psychotherapy

    Patrick Di Vietri LPC NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who also belongs to the National Board of Certified Counselors. He leads our team as the Director of Psychotherapy.  He is a graduate of Franciscan University, where he earned his Master’s in Counseling.  Patrick has an extensive background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Talk Therapy, and Addiction Therapy.  He’s worked with soldiers and their families, dealing with issues like suicidal ideation and PTSD.  Patrick is able to help people work through anxiety, depression, anger, control issues, relational issues, and learn problem-solving skills.  He lives in Manassas with his wife and two sons. 

  • Julie Bowen MSW, LSW, CTS, CSAC
    Therapist

    Julie Marie Bowen holds a Master of Social Work degree from Walden University. She is a Certified Trauma Specialist and works with children and adults to help in the healing process from traumatic experiences.  She earned her certification as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and has experience working with teenagers and adults working through the addiction and recovery process. She has practical experience working with children, teens, and adults suffering from depression, anxiety, bullying, anger management, social skills, military families, blended families, substance abuse, trauma, ADHD, and developmental and intellectual disabilities. She is a Licensed Social Worker in Training and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. She is a mother of four and a proud military wife.   

  • Paula Welsh
    President and CEO

    Paula Welsh is HOPE's Chief Executive Officer. She received her degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Her passion for human service is only surpassed by her experience working tirelessly to promote metal health awareness and reduce stigmatization. She is an experienced executive with nearly 30 years experience building and serving organizations that help others. Prior to starting HOPE, she successfully owned and operated an organization that served people with disabilities. She believes all people deserve to live their best life and has created HOPE to do just that. Paula resides in Fredericksburg with her husband. She has 4 adult children of whom she is very proud. 

  • Kimberly Marek
    PHR, MS
    Outreach Executive and Public Liaison

    Kimberly serves as HOPE's Outreach Executive and Public Liaison. She holds a Masters degree from Villanova University and has extensive experience serving organizations that help people with mental health needs and disabilities. While in school, she completed research on mindfulness and resiliency. She uses her public speaking experience and creative talents to build community programs. She resides in Spotsylvania with her husband, two sons, and rescue animals. 

  • Catherine Burney
    Accounting Manager

    Catherine is the Accounting Manager for HOPE. Before her role, Catherine graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to new places with her husband, Kevin. 

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