Board Members

The following people contribute time and talent to the ongoing direction of Journey.

Michael Miller, Chair – As an ordained minister, Michael serves as Executive Pastor at Crosslink Community Church where God directed he and his family to in 2012. Michael was previously a Campus Pastor at Liberty University, working with the on-campus student leadership. Michael and his wife Kristin have been married for 13 years and have 4 children. Michael’s calling is to “Strategically Serve Jesus” in every opportunity God brings, providing administrative and organizational leadership through the lens of ministry. Michael is also involved with Ava Care of Harrisonburg where he volunteers as a Male Client Advocate. Michael became a board member in 2020.


Sarah DeBoer, Vice Chair – Sarah has been a part of the counseling team since Journey’s inception in 2008, and served as the Clinical Director of Journey from 2019-2022.  Sarah received her undergraduate degree at James Madison University and earned her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.  Sarah also serves as the Associate Director of Women’s Ministry at Covenant Presbyterian Church, where she has been a member since 1999.  Sarah and her husband, James, have 11 yr old boy/girl twins, a 3 yr old daughter.   She enjoys being outside, organizing, spending time with friends, and playing board/card games.  Sarah joined the board as a member in 2019 and became the Vice Chair in 2023.


Ann Kiracofe, Treasurer – Ann has seen the impact Journey Counseling has made in the lives of many of her friends and family, and she is so grateful to come alongside this healing ministry.  She and her husband, Brandon, have 3 children; and they have been members of Aletheia Church for the past 22 years. Ann works as a part-time physical therapist for Sentara RMH, and serves on the New Membership Team within her church.  She has a particular love for college-based ministry, adoption, and of course, chocolate.  Ann has been a board member since 2018.



Becky Jellum, Secretary – Becky is grateful to serve and support the vital mission of Journey Counseling and is thankful for the numerous ways our community is consistently and compassionately served by the staff.  She and her husband, Nathan, have 7 children and are members of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.  She practiced as a RN in both Pennsylvania and Virginia for many years.  She has a heart for young families; particularly those that face numerous  adversities associated with medical challenges.  Becky joined the board in 2022 and stepped into the secretary role in 2023.


Ally Padilla, Member – Ally has been serving as a part of Journey’s clinical staff since August 2019, and became the Clinical Director in 2023. She earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Graduate Studies Certificate in Trauma Counseling from Regent University. Ally and her husband, Daniel, have one daughter, Carly. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, baking, exercising, and watching British mystery shows. Ally and her family are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Ally also serves as a board member for AVA Care. Ally joined the board as a member in 2022.


Tom Galati, Member – Tom is an entrepreneur at heart, but no longer fills his day with preparing business proposals and reviewing profit and loss statements. Retired from his day-to-day business responsibilities, Tom enjoys spending his time utilizing his life-experiences to encourage and speak into the lives of others. He finds it rewarding to help them find JOY in starting and growing Christ-centered businesses.Tom and his wife Erin (the love of his life) live in Penn Laird and have 5 children. They are active members of Crosslink Community Church and enjoying serving the Lord in different capacities. Both Tom and Erin are work-out enthusiasts. As a previous Journey client, Tom understands the benefits of sound Christian counseling and is thankful to be on Journey’s Board of Directors. His favorite Bible verses are Philippians 4:13 and 1 Corinthians 1:27-29.


Heather Koontz, Member – Heather currently works as a Community Health Worker connecting individuals in the surrounding community to vital resources and services. Journey Counseling has a vital mission to bring healing to individuals and Heather is honored to be a part of an organization that is impacting the community. Heather holds fast to the words in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 that we should provide comfort to others as God has given us comfort. Heather enjoys finding ways to impact the community around her through volunteer opportunities and her professional career. Heather, her husband Aaron, and 3 children live in Broadway and are active members of Crosslink Community Church. Heather joined the board at the end of the year in 2023.


Michael Mallory, Consultant to the Board – Mike is an employee of LSC Communications (formerly RR Donnelley) where he is currently an application development manager.    Mike and Rebecca, his wife of 29 years, have been members of Grace Covenant Church for 22 years where they have served in several ministry areas.   They have been blessed with 4 boys. In his spare time, Mike loves coaching soccer and baseball at Grace Christian School in Staunton.  Previously, Mike has served on the boards of Greater Hope, FLRC, and Kairos Prison Ministry.  Mike believes Journey Counseling is fulfilling a critical role in bringing wholeness and healing to people in the Shenandoah Valley.  He became a board member in 2017 and as of 2023, serves as a consultant to the Board.

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