Staff at Therapeutic Alliance
Alkesh Patel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer:
Alkesh Patel is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Therapeutics 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!
Olivia Nicola – Falls Church Site Director:
I knew from an early age that my mission was to help people, and I have been blessed to be able to do so since my start in healthcare administration over twelve years ago. I am thankful to work with such a dedicated team who truly cares about our mission and vision of helping individuals improve the quality of their lives through their partnership with TA.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my three children along with writing poetry, walking in nature, and volunteering at our local family shelter. I look forward to growing with the outstanding team at Therapeutic Alliance who continue to make such a positive difference in the lives of so many within our local community.
Mari Gentry – Roanoke Site Director:
Growing up in a family of nurses, helping people is in my blood. I have been blessed to have been able to sustain a career in behavioral health for over 18 years. I am proud to be leading a team of individuals dedicated to empowering individuals to improve their quality of life throughout Southwest Virginia.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, participating in fitness classes, traveling, and taking part in community events. I look forward to growing and continuing to pursue my passion for helping the community with the Therapeutic Alliance team.
Veronica Avila – Manassas Site Director:
I’m new to Virginia and am excited to have the opportunity to work with Therapeutic Alliance. This organization aligns with my mission to support the families in our community with their client centered core values. I spend my down time exploring Virginia and the surrounding areas with my daughter. We spend a lot of time at various parks and wandering around on local walking trails.
Michelle Codrington – Sterling Site Director:
Serving the underserved and providing advocacy to those without a voice is my life’s work. I knew very early on in my life that this was my calling. Over the past 23 years, I have been fortunate enough to hold senior leadership positions where I developed long-standing programs for individuals with mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse needs.
When I am not working, I love to travel with my husband, Wesley and explore new destinations around the world. In addition to traveling, I love to cook and spend time with my family.
Jamie Adler – Hampton Roads Site Director:
I have had the good fortune throughout my 30-year career to work with great people and great companies while helping people in all different aspects of life. When not working, I like spending time with my husband, kids, granddaughter and rescue dogs.
Jenny Shumate – Richmond Site Director:
Jenny Shumate has years of successful experience in operations in the healthcare industry. Jenny has her MBA from John Wesley College. Her desire to return to Virginia and be closer to family as well as her desire to use her experience and education in a role that was more meaningful led her to Therapeutic Alliance. Jenny enjoys walking in the early morning hours, a good Netflix binge, and learning more about RVA.