Staff at Therapeutic Alliance
Alkesh Patel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Alkesh Patel is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Therapeutic Alliance LLC. He leads a mental health in-home agency based in Virginia whose primary purpose is to counsel children and teens that may be at risk for out-of-home placement. After spending over a decade working at a community level with under-served and underprivileged adults, youths and families, Alkesh knows what truly drives change. His desire is to serve grounded; in open communication, a culture of sharing, and most importantly, trust in the therapeutic relationship.
Alkesh was born on July 4th and has always believed that date to be symbolic to him achieving the “American Dream”. He embodies the ideal of success and prosperity through hard work, determination and initiative. He held a variety of increasingly responsible positions as a clinician, supervisor and director in the Northern Virginia area. His passion and devotion shines through his employees and the clients Therapeutic Alliance serves.
Alkesh is a member of the American Counseling Association and is a Virginia Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC). He holds a Master of Education in Multicultural Counseling and Advocacy from George Mason University.
Robbie Smith, Chief Operating Officer
For almost 45 years, I have held a record of successful strategic healthcare leadership positions spanning acute care, physician practice management, business development and expansion, senior living, assisted living, short term nursing and rehab, memory support, skilled home health, government healthcare contract projects, project management, business startup, strategic planning, sales and marketing, and now mental and behavioral health in a community-based setting.
Helping lead such a diverse and talented professional team that delivers such important mental health services to the children and families of our communities is a gift to me. I absolutely love seeing the progress that is made with the clients and knowing the difference we make in the quality of the lives we serve.
My personal passions are my four children, my granddaughter, and my dogs. I enjoy traveling with my children or my two sisters and cooking fantastic meals for anyone who will let me feed them!
Jamie Adler, Hampton Roads Site Director
I pride myself in being a mentor who leads by example every day. I am an ambitious leader who adapts quickly to change and strives to achieve goals set before me. I am always fully prepared to successfully execute challenging tasks and take on new projects. For the last 30 years, I have aided in the growth and development of my staff members and colleagues in their careers. Through my management positions in Finance and Healthcare, I have been able to promote companies from start up statuses to established corporations evident in their exponential growth and profitability.
I pride myself on my commitment to my team, communication skills and enthusiasm. There are those who dedicate their life, mind and soul to making this vision possible. Changing the world with all their potential and creativity is in their DNA. My passion is what drives me to do better, to chase my dreams and to reach for the unreachable. My dedication to impact as many hearts and lives as humanly possible is endless.
My personal passion is my family, my rescue fur babies and my Granddaughters. Spending time with them makes my heart happy.
Emalee Zingher, MS, LPC, Community Based Program Manager
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I believe that no one in life was given a book about how to be a human upon birth or how to perfectly raise a child upon conception. If so, I am sure they would’ve been the world’s bestselling novels and life would be colorless. I strongly believe we are beings who were meant to each have a unique human experience. With those experiences comes with challenging times and our mental health can be compromised. With our clients coming to seek our services, we are to be there during such difficult times and assist with guiding down that path. I believe in tailoring our services to our clients’ needs that are unique as their experiences. My passion in life is to normalize mental health, to increase awareness, and provide clinically research-based interventions to our families. I also have a mission to create effective systems of education and training to those who are serving our families to ensure we bring the highest quality of care to our most deserving families. I believe it is our duty to empower our clients to recognize and utilize their potential.
I’ve earned my Masters of Science in Counselor Education from East Carolina University in 2018. I also earned two post-graduate certifications in Military and Trauma Counseling and Substance Abuse Counseling from East Carolina University in 2020.
Outside of being an advocate for mental health, I also enjoy going on hikes, visiting local farmer’s markets, and spending time with my friends, family, and my two cats at home. During my free time, you will find me trying to always fill my cup with self-care to achieve the balancing between work and life.
Eilish Vazquez, BA, Human Resources Manager
Working with people has always been my passion. My previous positions in customer service and leadership positions have allowed me to work with both adults and children alike. Therapeutic Alliance has provided me the opportunity to mesh all of my previous professional and educational experiences as the Human Resources Assistant for the agency. As a recent resident of Virginia, my goal was to find a company that excelled in community services, employee relations, and company culture. With our 4 C’s module, Therapeutic Alliance resonated that for me professionally and personally.
Becci Hunt, ABA Program Manager
I am a compassionate and focused Board Certified Behavior Analyst. As far back as I can remember it has been my goal to make a difference for individuals with special needs. Even as a teenager, I chose to involve myself in experiences with special populations. I always told myself (and anyone else that would listen) that I believed everyone could be a productive, contributing member of society in their own manner and fashion. To me that means that everyone can try to leave behind a world better than the one they came into. My dream is still to make sure individuals with special needs are able to do just that. That dream led to a career as a special education teacher and then a BCBA.
In all of my professional life, I have been passionate about providing extraordinary service to my customers or clients. Over the years, I have come to realize that to provide that level of service, I must be diligent and purposeful about surrounding myself with remarkable, like-minded team members. As a leader, I guide others as they set goals, create and implement plans to meet those goals, and set their personal bar high so each individual may reach the exceptionality they are capable of. Ask anyone who has worked with me how I am about organization and planning; it’s a little bit over the top to be honest!
I received my Master of Education in Special Education from George Mason University in 2008, just 2 months before my 3rd child was born! I went back to George Mason in 2012 and received my graduate certificate in ABA and then moved on to become certified in behavior analysis.
In addition to doing my best to be an authentic and transparent leader, I also try to remember to find a good work-life balance. During my free time, I love being with my husband or enjoying family time. Our family likes to be outdoors, and we have an even stronger love for snow! We have always had a house full with 3 growing girls (now 19, 14, and 12) and fur babies galore!
Reem S. Gregos, BA, Assistant Site Director
My vision is of a world run by passionate people who wake up every morning craving a fulfilling life. A determined individual rarely lets anything get in their way of achieving their goals. I made it my mission to never stop learning and to never settle for anything less than what I deserve. A great world can only exist if everyone living in it takes advantage of every opportunity they get. I feel confident that my experiences both in the workplace and my educational background have enabled me to excel in any field, effectively. In addition to my enthusiasm, I bring to the position strong assertiveness, compassion and the ability to encourage others to work cooperatively to ensure the success of this organization.
I attended Penn State University where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychological and Social Sciences. I gained my experience while working with the Iraqi and Syrian Refugee community in the State of Maine. It was an honor to service that community because I, myself, was once a refugee. I was also fortunate enough to intern at a middle school for at risk youth. Being able to work in this field is and will always be such a privilege. I love being a part of a team that aids in the progression of children and adults seeking therapeutic services each and every day.
When not working, you will find me adding chapters to my novel or getting lost in a new book. Being new to the DMV, My partner and I love discovering new places to hike with breathtaking views. I love watching football, psychological thrills, and I simply can’t resist a good grilled cheese sandwich.
Michael Mahoney, Assistant Site Director
My name is Michael Mahoney and I am the Assistant Site Director for our Manassas and Fredericksburg locations. My favorite thing about working with Therapeutic Alliance is the fact that every staff member truly cares about the wellbeing of our clients and is always looking to help improve their lives in any way we can. The level of commitment our staff has to their clients is something I have not seen before during my time in the mental health field. In my free time, I enjoy hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains with my wife and our dog. I also enjoy anything fitness related such as running or working out and watching movies in my free time. If you are considering any of our mental health programs and live in the Manassas/Fredericksburg area I am available to talk anytime!
Sara Sirak, Assistant Site Director
My passion in life is being able to help empower others and make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. I am grateful that I have been able to find a company like Therapeutic Alliance that shares the same vision. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. During my undergrad, I had a partime job working as a teacher in a classroom of children and a few students with special needs. This experience taught me that all children, including those with special needs, are capable of becoming more independent with the right type of support and I was excited to continue seeking out a career that further aided this population.
At Therapeutic Alliance, I have the pleasure of working with a team of amazing and dedicated professionals who are passionate about serving our clients in the community. I truly believe that real change begins in the home. I have been directly involved in the therapeutic process and there’s nothing like seeing your client make progress in therapy, it is an incredibly rewarding experience. As Assistant Site Director, I am driven to lead my team to success and ensure that support is being provided every step of the way.
I enjoy spending quality time with my friends and family. Some of my favorite pastimes include getting out and enjoying nature, trying out new recipes, catching up on my favorite tv shows and immersing myself in a good book!