Transformation Center Staff

Leslie Lindsey-Rich, LMSW

holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Memphis. She has dedicated more than a decade to working with both adolescents and adults with a specific focus on the treatment of trauma and stressor related disorders, anxiety, mood, substance use, and a more recent focus on eating disorders.

Leslie is the Director of Clinical Services at The Transformation Center. As a member of the management team, she oversees daily operations to include program development, evaluation, and staff and intern training in evidence based practices. She is an EMDR trained trauma therapist who provides direct client care at Transformation Center to include individual and group sessions in addition to overall supervision of client services.

Leslie holds a graduate faculty position at the University of Memphis School of Social work as an adjunct professor who currently teaches Treatment of Trauma. She has had the continued opportunity to provide clinical and research services in community based treatment settings such as residential co-occurring substance use disorder and intensive outpatient settings. She has held previous roles as the Clinical Director, Senior Clinician, and Data Manager. She has extensive experience in clinical trauma research, comprehensive program design, implementation, and evaluation.

Leslie’s career has been driven by her passion for the promotion of change through the use of evidence based practices. She believes change occurs through providing education and giving kindness to the population served. She says, “I have a passion for kindness. Sharing the gift of kindness with our clients through education is a gift that can never be taken. More often than not, those who have experienced mental health issues and trauma have, at some point in their lives, have experienced barriers related to a need for compassion and understanding.

Our clients present to us, often with a fear of judgement as a result of a significant lack of education. When I, when we, as a community, are able to educate, we help to shift the dialogue. We instill hope. We promote change. We give kindness.”

Kathryn Reed, LMSW

holds her master’s degree in social work from the University of Memphis, specializing in trauma, addiction, and adult and family therapy. She has four years of experience working with substance use disorders, including inpatient, intensive outpatient, and aftercare settings with adolescents and adults. She also has experience working with the geriatric population in memory care, as well as with their caregivers.

Kathryn has been with The Transformation Center since August 2017 as an intern and now works at the agency as a primary clinician and outreach coordinator full time. Her biggest passion is to help empower individuals to become the people who they were always intended to be. She lives in the Memphis area with her husband and dog. In her free time she can be found crafting and spending time with her family.

One of her favorite quotes is: “It was when I stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself I found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole” –Rupi Kaur, milk and honey

Beth Hargis, LPN

attended Texas State University and received her LPN certification from Hinds Community College in Jackson, MS. She is licensed by the Tennessee Board of Nursing as a Practical Nurse with 1 year of experience in the field of psychiatry.

Beth is the onsite nurse, meal group support leader and safety manager. Passionate about mental health and assisting clients in their transformation to wellness.

Her past experience includes long term care and assisted living facilities as well as early childhood development. Beth is inspired by both nature and music and enjoys camping, swimming and antique shopping.

Brittany Payne BA

holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis. She currently works as the Administrative Assistant at The Transformation Center for Women.

She was born and raised in Memphis, TN and holds great pride in her city. Her prior experience includes working in mental health at Youth Villages as a Teacher Counselor which encompassed hands on interaction and care for children with severe emotional and behavioral dysregulation, as well as, over 7 years experience in customer service. She is extremely passionate about the mental health field and making sure that every client is greeted with warmth and compassion, so that they know their voice is being heard.She hopes to pursue a Masters degree in Counseling in order to help people in a greater capacity. Her  hobbies are reading (favorite book is Wuthering Heights), writing short stories, and playing with my dog, Daisy.

Alex Pickett T-LPC

is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and pre-Licensed Professional Counselor (T-LPC) with a Masters of Science (MS) in Mental Health Counseling from The University of Memphis (2016) and a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Alabama.  Alex has experience with anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, addiction, ADHD, relationship conflicts, and family dynamics. Alex also has experience working in inpatient, outpatient, and not-for-profit mental health facilities with adolescents and adults. Alex is passionate about assisting clients in finding their path towards a meaningful and satisfying life.  Outside of work, you will find Alex hanging out with his wife, son and two dogs, cycling, listening to music, going to live concerts, and watching movies.

Robin Richardson BA

graduated with a BA degree from Rhodes College, majoring in International Relations. She has worked in medical billing for over a year, with an additional three years' experience on the administrative staff of the Transformation Center. During that time, she helped schedule appointments, verify insurance benefits, monitor the IOP/PHP admissions process, and complete other miscellaneous tasks as needed.

Before working at the Transformation Center, Robin worked as an Office Support Specialist at Lab Four Professional Development Center, where she assisted in student admissions, scheduled student appointments for the Job Placement Assistance department, helped implement the Face Forward and H-1B Technical Skills Training grants, and performed internal audits to ensure compliance with ACCET and THEC standards, among other things. Outside of the office, she enjoys walking her dog, volunteering with her sorority, meeting with her book club, singing with the Rhodes MasterSingers, running, and doing needlework like knitting and cross-stitch.

Alisa Waltz, MA

Director of Business Development and Utilization Review, holds a Master of Education Psychology and Counseling Education degree from Tennessee Technological University. She brings well over a decade of clinical experience in working with both children and adults. She also has extensive experience in utilization review.

Alisa is the Director of Business Development and Utilization Review at The Transformation Center. As a member of the management team, she oversees daily operations, compliance with Joint Commission standards, state licensing requirements and staff development. In addition, she coordinates marketing opportunities within the community and supervises Master of Health Administration interns.

Alisa’s professional experience and personal conviction that “every person deserves to be the best version of themselves” leads to ensure every patient at The Transformation Center receives quality care in a safe and encouraging environment. She has been with The Transformation Center since April of 2017. She lives in the Memphis area with her husband and three children. In her free time, Alisa enjoys supporting her children at the ball field and watching college football.