Our Program Staff

Kathryn Bowden, M. Ed, J.D. – Executive Director. 
Kathryn joined the Oasis staff in January 2006. She has a J. D. from Cumberland School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. At Alabama, Ms. Bowden was an Honors Scholar with a specialization in Women’s Studies. Ten years after receiving her law degree, she returned to college and earned a Master’s degree in Counseling at Auburn University.  Her prior experience includes the private practice of family law and service as Executive Director of two statewide nonprofits. Her special expertise in regulatory issues includes terms as an attorney for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the U.S. Department of the Interior, and SONAT Inc. Her expertise in public relations includes her role as press secretary for two statewide political campaigns. Kathryn is a Robert Wood Johnson Ladder to Leadership Fellow and a Momentum graduate. Ms. Bowden’s business background, as well as her legal and nonprofit experience, combined with her education and personal passion for supporting women and children makes her the perfect fit as the manager of an organization dedicated to the well-being of women and children. 

Shenitha HintonMS, LPC, NCC – Clinical Director
Shenitha is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She earned her Master of Science degree in Counseling from Faulkner University, and a Graduate Certificate in Couples, Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As mentor and supervisor, Shenitha acknowledges the gifts of each counselor while challenging them and fostering their growth and development. Prior to being named Clinical Director, Shenitha served as Counselor and Intake Coordinator at Oasis. Her focus of clinical work includes trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, identity issues, and life transitions. She is a Lifespan Integration Therapist, helping individuals heal from traumas and attachment deficits in a gentle, body-based therapeutic method which heals without retraumatizing. She has advanced clinical training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Bowen Family Systems Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other evidence-based practices. Areas of experience and special interests include the aging population, black women, cultural and family issues, and connections between mind, body and soul.

Jeri P. Kyle
Director of Development and Communications
Jeri previously served as the Oasis Office Manager, handling the administrative functions for operations, human resources, and facility management.  Her community volunteer experience includes ten years with Junior League of Birmingham, serving on the Executive Board and serving as Co-Chair of the largest fundraiser, the Antiques and Garden Show.   She recently served as Chair of the Gala for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). She was a member of the Beeson Grant Committee with Canterbury Methodist Church and served as Chair of the Mt. Brook School System’s Special Education Advisory Committee.  Jeri has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Auburn University. She was employed by Arthur Andersen Consulting, Hayes Microcomputer Products, MSA Software, and was the  owner of a payroll service for small businesses.

Counseling Staff

Patty Cusick is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Patty received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Montevallo.  She has experience working with diverse populations and age groups within the mental health field, especially adolescents.  Patty has advanced clinical training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and extensive experience with crisis intervention and suicide prevention.  She is a member of the American Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society of professional counseling.

Quineshia Evans is a master’s level Social Worker with certification in Case Management. She received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and her master’s degree in Socal Work and Community Mental Health from from Alabama A&M University. She serves as the intake counselor at Oasis and is passionate about outreach, working with diverse, vulnerable and aging populations. She has a rich history of outreach experience with United Way of Madison County. She has previous experience working with court ordered youth in addressing substance abuse. Quineshia has extensive training and experience in psychosocial assessments and assessing dependence of substances. Her prior experience includes independently assessing clients through administering the ASAM assessment and providing diagnosis and treatment She has provided psycho-education and clinical services in individual, group, and family settings. 

Cathy Foss is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. Cathy received her Master’s and her Education Specialist Degrees in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Cathy specializes in Play Therapy with a focus on childhood problems such as sexual/physical abuse, trauma, anxiety, attachment disorders and anger management. Cathy also provides individual counseling to adolescents and women.

Allison Hill is an Associate Licensed Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has experience working with children and adolescents addressing issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, trauma, and anger management. Allison has specific clinical interests in trauma, anxiety, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Allison practices an integrative, affirming approach to counseling, incorporating play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, and strengths-based approaches. She is excited to be joining the Oasis team and looks forward to serving children and their families.

Kathy King is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Kathy received her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. She has completed the Accredited Training for Adoption Competency through the Center for Adoption Support and Education.  Kathy is honored to serve as a counselor in the adult program with Oasis and has experience working with adults and adolescents. Special interests include adoption, grief and loss, anxiety and depression.

Alexandra Lamb is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Alexandra received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Alabama, and her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Lipscomb University, in Nashville, TN. Alexandra’s areas of special clinical interest include children, adolescents, and couples. She has experience working with individuals of all ages walking through issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, attachment, attention-deficit, anger, and adjustment. She practices an evidence-based approach to therapy that includes play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy. Alexandra is honored to be working with Oasis, and is passionate and grateful for every opportunity she has to join in the healing process of others. 

Leah Riley is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a graduate of the University of Montevallo, and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Leah has advanced clinical training in EMDR and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She works with adult women walking through grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, and crisis intervention. She has extensive background in working with women struggling with eating disorders and other co-morbid disorders


Alisha Penn is an Associate Licensed Counselor. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of West Florida and her Master’s Degree in Experimental/Clinical Psychology from the University of West Alabama. Alisha is passionate about healing transgenerational trauma, increasing and promoting mental health awareness among under-resourced communities, and cultural humility. She has experience helping diverse populations and age groups with anger management, anxiety, depression, grief, and complex trauma. Alisha uses an evidence-based approach to therapy that includes person-centered and rational-emotive behavior therapies.


 Emily Wells is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker – Supervisor. Emily is proud to have graduated with the first cohort of students from Samford University’s Master of Social Work Program. Prior to joining Oasis , Emily spent several years working with both individuals and families in a variety of community and healthcare settings. Emily has extensive clinical training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and enjoys facilitating DBT Skills Groups. Emily has special interest and experience in working with individuals, caregivers and families impacted by both acute and chronic medical conditions, as well as other crises.  Clinical interests include family therapy; parenting concerns; adjustment disorders; sleep/wake issues; as well as death, dying and grief. 

Office Staff

Meredith Moore, Director of Operationsmanages the administrative functions, facilities and is the liaison to the Board of Directors and Advisory Council. She received a dual degree from Vanderbilt University in Psychology & Sociology. She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Meredith was previously employed as the Inventory Manager for Zimmer Inc.

Stephanie Raymon, Communications & Events Manager, manages marketing related tasks, the development of promotional and educational materials and event planning. She has 23 years of experience in communications and event planning in the corporate, education and non-profit industries. Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Digital Marketing certification from Columbia University. She was employed by Mountain Brook School System, Warren Averett and JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) before going out on her own in 2017 as a freelance marketing consultant and graphic designer.

Kathy Huckabay (Kmay) is a member of our office Administration. She works as an assistant to the Executive Director, the Director of Development, and the Director of Operations. She is the billing specialist and employee liaison for benefit coordination.

Katherine Holliman is a member of our office Administration. She works as a special assistant to the Director of Operations and also handles Front Desk duties. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham pursuing her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.  

Cass Adams, Alyssa Gruman, Addie Jennings-Staggs, and Kendra Sanders are Front Desk Coordinators. They assist clients with check-in process, payments for services, scheduling, and general information requests.