Kelli Ritter, Ph.D., LPC, NCC – Counseling Services Advisor 

The Founder and President of Effective Parenting, LLC in Atlanta, Kelli B. Ritter earned her Ph.D. in counseling from Georgia State University where she specialized in child and family counseling. Dr. Ritter is trained as a play therapist with many years of experience and research in child and family therapy. She possesses a unique approach to helping families by utilizing concepts and skills from both Play Therapy, Individual Psychology, and Positive Psychology.

Dr. Ritter inspires parents to make the most of play with their children. Through her classes, workshops and products, Dr. Ritter’s FEEL Method helps parents by engendering confidence in and control over their own parenting style. Dr. Ritter’s parenting book & DVD, Come Play with Me!, illustrates her true passion for working with parents, caregivers, and teachers to enhance relationships with children. Dr. Ritter is also an inspiring public speaker and presenter.

Allison L. Spargo, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, BC-TMH – Director of Counseling Services 

Allison Spargo, Cumberland Academy's New Director of Counseling Services

Allison Spargo is a professional counselor with more than 10 years of experience working with developmental transitions across the lifespan. Allison has an earned Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Practice from Georgia State University and a Master’s of Education from The College of William and Mary. In addition to her experiences as a professor, Dr. Spargo has extensive clinical experience. Dr. Spargo is trained in families and systems theory with special interests and experience in empowering adolescents, young adults, and their families as they move from families of origin to independence. Dr. Spargo uses research- and clinically-based strategies to help clients find and appropriately voice their needs and desires. Dr. Spargo is excited to share her focus on wellness, balance, and strength-based approaches with Cumberland to create opportunities for personal, professional, and academic success.

 Tracey Hawkins – Counselor & Executive Functioning Coach 

Tracey Hawkins graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in Art History and Humanities Classis and went on to earn a MA in Art History from Emory University. She taught Art History at the university level for nearly two  decades before joining Cumberland as a Counselor following extensive training at Argosy University and under the tutelage of Cumberland’s own Val Schwann.  Tracey has organized, led, and taught study-abroad programs throughout Europe for Emory U., The Art Institute of Atlanta, and Georgia Tech. She has also served as the Director of several Atlanta-area fine art galleries, provides art consultation and curatorial services to private clients, and serves as an artists’ representative and social-media manager.  Additionally, Tracey is a contributing writer and editor to The 30A Review and The GA Hollywood Review.

At Cumberland, Tracey provides Counseling and Executive Functions Coaching to the student population, tutoring as needed, and teaches Art History/Appreciation as well as the Future Prep course in conjunction with Dr. Spargo.   

Belinda Horne, M.Ed – Counselor

Teaching in Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System for eighteen years gave me the wonderful experience of combining my passion for teaching with my desire to help each child attain to his/her highest possible expression. During that time I was privileged to work in classrooms, as well as, in a program for high-achieving students. I also designed and presented training for teachers seeking certification in Gifted Education for the state of North Carolina. Following my public school teaching I spent a few years traveling nine southeastern states as an Educational Consultant for MacMillan Publishing Company.

My role at Cumberland Academy of Georgia will include staff development, along with parent and student consultations. I will be sharing skills which I have found to be successful while working with ADD/ADHD students, as well as those on the autistic spectrum. I will also create a safe, inviting, de-stressing room within the school for use by the students and others who choose to be there.

Shawnice Parson –  Counselor

Shawnice Parson earned her M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and has a B.A. in Psychology from Kentucky State University. 

She taught Early Childhood Education for three years before joining Cumberland as a Counselor following internship at TCSPP. Shawnice strives to create a warm and welcoming environment for each student and promotes having a safe place for students to work through difficulties.

Britani Wilson, LAPC, NCC – Counselor

Britani Wilson, LAPC, NCC, earned her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University and has a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. Britani has worked with children of all ages and in a variety of environments. She developed a curriculum for programs such as: Torch club, College Prep, Girl Smartz, and Street Smartz. She founded the Cumberland Spirit Club and enjoys working with Cumberland high school students on creating projects and ideas that empower the students. In her spare time, Britani enjoys fishing, traveling, and watching sports.