MJ Vazquez-Amaral, B.A.
MJ completed their Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at George Mason University in 2017. With a passion for Social Justice and the LGBTQ+ community, they are excited to find themselves working with the amazing people at Charlottesville Empowerment and the safe, inclusive environment that Charlottesville Empowerment has created. As practice manager, they are in charge of billing, insurance, and general office management, and the center's administration.
MJ is a recently returned native of Charlottesville and is excited to be back in the city they grew up in and love dearly. They enjoy hanging out with their friends when they can, meditating, taking care of their five succulents, and looking for new places to try the best food Cville has to offer.
Alicia has served as a healthcare professional in many communities for the past 20 years. She has a passion for helping and making everyone she encounters feel noticed and they matter. Alicia has just completed her first degree in Science and General Studies at PVCC and is continuing her education to become a nurse.
Alicia was born and raised in Charlottesville and is happy to have the opportunity to continue to serve her community. She is grateful to be part of such an amazing team at Charlottesville Empowerment. As the Administrative Assistant she works closely with the Practice Manager and supports the team in any way she can.
When she has a moment to take a break from the many demands of life. She enjoys listening and dancing to my favorite type of music, Afrobeats. She also enjoys getting outside in the sun as much as possible.
Katrina Farris, B.A.
Katrina completed her Bachelors of Arts in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. She began working at Charlottesville Empowerment in 2018 and has held multiple essential roles at the center. As a consultant she assists with the billing, insurance, and general management of the center’s administration. Katrina also serves as the center’s Pre-Clinical Intern and process observes the center’s group therapy and assists with the center’s workshops. She is looking forward to starting at the Clinical Psychology program at Georgia State University.
Katrina has enjoyed living in Charlottesville for the past two years while gaining experiences that have shaped her career trajectory. She plans to attend a Clinical Psychology doctoral program in the future and thanks the staff at Charlottesville Empowerment for helping her further discover the value of this field. In her free time, Katrina enjoys practicing yoga, painting, exercising, and finding new places to eat (her current favorite being Monsoon Siam!).