We join with families in their journeys to create new beginnings
We offer services in advocacy for Mental Health, Education, Behavior, and Social;
and provide specific trainings using evidence based, and trauma sensitive resources.
MEET THE STAFF
Director of Water’s Edge Christian Services
Jessica studied social work at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with her Bachelor of Social work. Upon graduation in 2004, Jessica has worked in various social work roles in Crawford County, and surrounding areas. She has experience in children and youth services, intellectually disabled supports coordination, employment coordinator, birth parent advocate, permanency specialist, post adoption support specialist, supervisor of post permanency services, and satellite director of an agency, serving all of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
In 2018 Jessica became a Trust-Based Relational Intervention Practitioner and has developed educational curriculum on attachment and parenting.
She has become increasingly passionate about filling the gaps of local services and serving families, especially in the role of advocacy. Jessica feels that she was called to serve children and families very early in life. She was raised in a family that provided foster care and was active in serving others.
Jessica was noted for her ability to grow a cohesive, passionate team and the capability to develop and adapt programs to connect our community. She is excited to bring her talents to Water’s Edge Christian Services in the role of Director where she can continue to build connections within her community.
Jessica currently lives just outside of Meadville with her husband, two children, and dog. She enjoys travel and experiencing new places and people. She likes to spend her time outside, hiking, kayaking, or horseback riding.
Community Engagement and Development Coordinator
Pastor Tory Hough has been working with vulnerable families and children for over 15 years in many roles. She has served families as a children's domestic violence and sexual violence advocate counselor, Shelter Night Manager at Women's Services, Inc., Family Advocate for Head Start, and Post Permanency and Kinship Specialist. Currently she is working as a Community Engagement and Development Coordinator with Water's Edge.
She is a Certified Youth Mental Health trainer, Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 trainer, and ACEs trainer amongst other trainings she has developed for organizations and communities. She speaks and advocates to agencies, churches, and communities to reduce mental health stigma, suicide awareness, trauma-sensitivity, engagement, and equity for families with special circumstances and other diagnoses. She has trained and developed special needs ministries within her own church and other churches. She won the Beacon 2012 Exceptional Parent Award Winner for Crawford County. She has served as a behavioral, educational, and mental health advocate with families, children, and adults. She also is a member of the Crawford County Systems of Care, Peace 4 Crawford, Crawford County Overdose Prevention Coalition, and many other community organizations.