Shirley Metzger MSW LCSW
In 1998 Shirley became a caregiver for her elderly parents as they navigated their long and complicated aging path. During this time, she also realized a personal goal and completed her social work education at George Mason (BSW) and Virginia Commonwealth Universities (MSW). She earned her LCSW Certification in 2006.
For more then 16 years Shirley has worked in two independent living communities with hundreds of older adults. On a daily basis she provided counseling and case management services to individuals who faced serious mental health issues, medical problems and cognitive decline.
Cornelia Groat MSW
Pursuing social work as a second career, Cornelia received her MSW from
Catholic University in 2010. She did post graduate training related to
working with older adults, both individually and within the context of the
Cornelia brings both professional and life experience to her work. She applied her training in supporting her own elderly parents through serious illness, gaining first-hand experience in both care planning and care giving. Cornelia values each individual's unique life story and journey. With knowledge and compassion, Cornelia provides comprehensive mental health counseling to older adults who encounter difficulties along the path of aging.
Colleen Turner MSW LCSW CSA
For more than 15 years, Colleen has served older adults and their family members in navigating public and private resources and services to insure optimal health, happiness, safety and independence. Through both personal and professional experiences, Colleen has developed a caring and compassionate understanding of the unique challenges of older adults and caregivers. As a clinical social worker since 2007, Colleen has successfully supported clients in meeting these challenges with counseling and education for grief recovery, caregiver stress, resistance to change and healthy living.
Colleen has extensive experience in supporting individuals with anxiety, depression or cognitive decline. Utilizing a combination of strategies for emotional, physical, social and spiritual well-being, Colleen is able to encourage positive and effective change for those she serves.
Alicea Ardito MSW
B.A. from Arizona State University and Masters in Social Work (MSW) from George Mason University
Professional background/experience includes: Social Worker since 2011, working on a mental health team serving clients with severe mental illness, working at a family shelter, at a long term care facility, and as a geriatric care manager. Currently volunteering on the Health and Wellness Committee at Arlington Neighborhood Village, developing training programs and writing policy.
Personal: Yoga instructor since 2010, adores anything outdoors, cooking for family and friends, loves dogs.
Sharon Lucas MSW LCSW
Sharon has been providing clinical social work services for almost 20 years. When she became the primary caregiver for her beloved grandmother, Sharon learned firsthand how important professional support and guidance can be for older adults and their family members. She earned a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree in Psychological Services at the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at New York University in 2000. Since earning her License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) in 2005, Sharon has provided psychological and supportive services for older adults living in assisted living and long-term care residences, in addition to working with children and families in a variety of settings.
Sharon understands that older adults have the right to dignity, safety, and compassion as they move through the various changes that take place during the aging process. Psychological and supportive services can be very helpful additions to care planning, as older adults and their families make important decisions and work toward achieving optimal levels of health and wellness.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from The College of William and Mary, Susie earned her Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration at Utica College. She has worked for 16 years in the IT/Health Care industry and will be managing administrative tasks for OAC.