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July 2013
In This Issue
Carla Lucente Wins TWIN Award
Volunteer Corner: Meghan Dempsey
Employee of the Month: Laurie Warnke

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Upcoming Events
Open Eye Gallery Committee Meeting 
Fri., July 5 
11:00 a.m. 
At Arundel Lodge.
All are welcome.  Email Katerina Evans or call her at (443) 433-5961 with any questions.

NAMI Family

Support Group
Thurs., July 11 
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
at Arundel Lodge.
For more information, email NAMI Anne Arundel 
Open Community
Drum Circle

Sat., July 13
10:30 a.m.
Spend an hour in this circle and feel your worries get pounded away! With Jordan Goodman, MS, of Beatwell. $10 suggested donation. All are welcome.   

NAMI Family
Support Group
Thurs., July 25 
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
at Arundel Lodge.
For more information, email NAMI Anne Arundel.

Community Zumba Workout 
Sat., Aug. 3
10:00 a.m.
Always wanted to try this exercise craze but don't have a gym membership? Here's your chance! Come experience what the talk is all about with certified Zumba instructor Meghan Dempsey. $15 fee.

Art and Wellness

Sat., Aug. 10
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
A workshop incorporating the arts as a pathway to healing. No art skills required! With Katerina Evans, LGPC. $10 suggested donation.

Music and Wellness

Sat., Aug. 24
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Music makes you feel good, right? Let's talk about it! A workshop with Musical Minds. $10 suggested donation. 

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Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency

NAMI Anne Arundel County 


On Our Own of Maryland 




We hope you'll join us this summer as we explore wellness through movement, music, and rhythm.

We had a successful start to our Summer Wellness Series with an Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy by Meghan Dempsey in May and an Introduction to Therapeutic Drumming with Beatwell in June.

The series continues with a Community Drum Circle on July 13, a Zumba class on August 3, Art and Wellness on August 10, and Music and Wellness on August 24.
Jordan Goodman

The Community Drum Circle will be led by Jordan Goodman, founder of Beatwell. Goodman is a trained HealthRhythms Facilitator, the world's leading evidence-based, therapeutic drumming protocol. He was recently named one of The Baltimore Sun's "10 To Watch Under 30."

See the Upcoming Events listings in the sidebar of this issue for details about all our Summer Wellness events. Please contact LaShandra Oliver for more information about any of these programs.

Local Businesswoman Does Well By Doing Good:

Carla Lucente Wins TWIN Award 

by LaShandra Oliver, Community Day Program Manager


Carla Lucente, Katerina Evans, and Molly Knipe, Executive Direcctor of YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County

Last month, Art Program Director Katerina Evans and I went to the YWCA TWIN (Tribute to Women and INdustry) Awards at the Westin in Annapolis. It was a fabulous evening and we got to hear about some fantastic women in our county doing great things for women, families, and the community as a whole.


We were there because we had nominated Carla Lucente, the owner of b.b. Bistro in Annapolis--and she was chosen as one of the recipients this year! I had been driving down the road one day about a month earlier and had heard the last half of a commercial saying "Nominate

Carla at the awards ceremony

women in business who do good for the

community!" and I thought "I know a woman in business who does good for the community!"


Arundel Lodge held an art show at b.b. Bistro in February that was a great success. Carla Lucente not only let us hold a reception in her restaurant in the evening after her normal business hours, but did it for free and provided food and drinks. She's also had partnerships with the Lighthouse Shelter in the past. She also believes in buying local and is just a great lady. Thank you, Carla, and congratulations on your award! 


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Volunteer Corner: 

Meghan Dempsey, MS, LCAT, BC-DMT, NCC, CMA


Meghan Dempsey

Meghan Dempsey is a dynamic dance/movement therapist who has been volunteering at Arundel Lodge this year. We are very lucky to have her! Meghan has been a practicing dance/movement psychotherapist for eight years. After graduating from Pratt Institute in 2005, she enrolled in the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and received her CMA. Meghan became a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in 2008. In 2012, she moved to Annapolis.


Here is what Day Program Manager LaShandra Oliver had to say about Meghan: 


"Meghan is an incredible volunteer for us because she is very knowledgeable in her field. She has been volunteering for us since January of this year and comes to Arundel Lodge about once a month. Our members really do look forward to seeing her here every month. Her dedication to our members is wonderful to see!"


Meghan shared with Arundel Lodge NEWS what she does in her volunteer work with us and why she enjoys it:    


"I meet with the clients monthly for a dance/movement psychotherapy group. It is a form of psychotherapy that uses creative expression, metaphor, breath, and rhythm to help integrate one's mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual parts of themselves.    


"I love how open the clients are to exploring through movement and their willingness to verbally share their experiences as we process the group.  They accept me into sharing the experience with them and demonstrate their sense of strength as they move through the unknown." 


Meghan is excited to announce the opening of her private practice in Eastport. She believes in a holistic approach that activates and integrates all aspects of the self: body, mind, emotions, spirit. She is offering a variety of health and wellness options, including individual dance/movement psychotherapy, authentic movement, and ZUMBA classes. If you are interested in learning more about her services, please email Meghan or give her a call at 410-268-1704.


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Employee of the Month:
Laurie Warnke, Outpatient Mental Health Clinic Therapist
Laurie Warnke

June's Employee of the Month is Laurie Warnke, LCPC, a therapist in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. Laurie joined the Arundel Lodge team in August of 2012. Her hiring was notable because she was the first therapist at Arundel Lodge to work with children. 


Laurie received her BA in Psychology from Purdue University and her MS in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She also has a post-master's specialization in Counseling At-Risk Youth. Laurie has been providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and their families for over five years and enjoys being a supervisor to interns and LGPC's.  She is excited to be starting a new program for the younger population at Arundel Lodge, expanding the scope of the services provided. 


Here are some of the things her co-workers said about Laurie: 


"Laurie is a treasure trove of information. She is very generous and willing to share resources and is always helpful. She strives for excellence and obviously cares very much for her clients."


"She is an excellent therapist, loved by her clients. Her expertise with children and adolescents adds needed skills to the clinic." 


In addition to bringing much-needed expertise and training to the table at Arundel Lodge, Laurie is a pleasure to work with and has quickly grasped the mission and vision that define us. She has been a wonderful addition to the ever-changing sanctuary that is Arundel Lodge. 

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