Student Assistance
Meet the Student Assistance Program Counselors

Danielle Doskocil

Danielle joined CMS since 2007. She is a Licensed School Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina and has been in practice since 2000. Danielle received her Master of Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Florida, and a second Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida with specialization certificates in Addictions and Social Policy. Danielle was recently selected for the faculty of the National Conference on Addiction Disorders.

Jennifer Edwards

Jennifer is a product of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, graduating from David W. Butler High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Fayetteville State University and Master of Social Work Degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.  Jennifer's background in the field of addiction includes opioid dependency and drug prevention services. She joined the Student Assistance Program in 2014.

Brenda Nix

Brenda has worked as an SAP Counselor with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for 18 years. She has spent a total of 36 years in the substance abuse arena, working with adults in intensive outpatient settings, inpatient, and jail populations. She has also taught substance abuse education at the high school and college levels and for the court system. Brenda earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from East Carolina University and a Master of Arts from UNC, Charlotte in Community Counseling and School Counseling. She is a National Board Certified School Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Ms. Nix believes that where substance use is concerned, prevention and early intervention offer an immense advantage in the future success of our students.

Valerie Robinson

Valerie has over 25 years of professional experience in rehabilitation and the social services field.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from South Carolina State University.  She has provided screening and referral services to students identified at risk for substance abuse, and coordinated targeted community-based intervention to serve the needs of parents and students. Val enjoys offering formal and informal individual guidance, motivation and advice to families and youth.

Karen Worrell

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Karen Worrell earned her undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and her Master's in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2004. Soon thereafter, she joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools team. Karen became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2010.  She has worked with schools and nonprofit community agencies in California, New York and New Jersey.  Karen brings a wealth of experience as a medical social worker, program manager and case manager with community based substance abuse agencies, women and children with HIV, dually diagnosed community members and individuals with developmental disabilities. Forever a Southern Californian at heart, Karen loves the beach, Mexican food and all things Los Angeles. 

Leslie Parks

Leslie joined CMS since 1999 as a SAP Counselor. She worked as a CMS Middle School Counselor for six years and has returned to the Student Assistance Program in 2017-2018 school year. Leslie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wilberforce University and a Masters in Counseling from Ohio University. She is a National Board Certified School Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Leslie has at least 17 years working in the substance abuse field working with adolescence, adults and dually diagnosed individuals in varies treatment settings. Leslie enjoys working with adolescence and their families as substance abuse often impacts the entire family. 

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Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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