Katie Wiggins moved to Jacksonville from Orlando at the age of 12. Katie began her career in the criminal justice field before becoming a victim advocate and group facilitator in Northeast prisons helping Florida's restorative justice and recidivism rate. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. and has years of experience working in the field of mental health, counseling children, adults, families, and couples. Katie has incredible compassion for the hurting in our community. She is the owning counselor of Uprooted: Where Healing is Planted, a private practice in the Jacksonville area with a specialization in attachment and grief with a concentration in complicated grief due to homicide loss. Katie founded Healing Roots: Where Hope Is Found Inc. to help the community heal from the complicated grief caused by violent loss. As Executive Director of the board, she strives to provide support and safety to individuals and families served by Healing Roots within the community and co-members of the board.
Sara Simpson is a local native who enjoys nature and the eclectic scene that Jacksonville offers. She graduated from The University of North Florida (SWOOP!) with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is in the process of becoming licensed. Sara is a firm believer in community and has five years’ experience working in the field of mental health with a concentration in juvenile justice. Sara is currently a functional family therapist with BAYS Florida where she provides strength based and restorative interventions for the delinquency population. Previously, she was the program coordinator for the Criminal Justice Reinvestment Grant where she provided oversight of policies, procedures and best practices, collected data to ensure quality of service implementation and collaborated with community stakeholders. It is Sara’s hope to help build a strong community through advocacy, education and respect. As the Vice President of the board, she strives to provide support, knowledge, and dedication to the other board officers, the individuals our organization Healing Roots serves and the community in which we live.
Dorothy Edgerton serves Pneuma Life Church as Church Life and Care Coordinator overseeing the counseling, benevolent care, and bereavement support to families within Saint Johns County and Jacksonville. Dorothy is a mother, writer, teacher, and spiritual counselor who has served with several non-profit organizations and churches over the course of her career. Her compassion toward those grieving and in need moves her to support Healing Roots with enthusiasm and passion as secretary on the board.