Mandy Barr, BA,
Mandy was born and raised in Plains, GA and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts with a minor in English in 2004 from Georgia Southwestern State University. She began teaching secondary English literature, composition, and drama in 2005, working primarily with at-risk youth in the Early College program on the campus of GSW..
During these years, Mandy also assisted her family in caring for her grandfather who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s as well as served on two mission trips to Honduras. From 2009-2011, she taught ESOL to international students in GSW’s English Language Institute, working as both an instructor and an International Student Advocate. It was during this time that Mandy met her husband, Charles, a combat veteran while performing in the community production South Pacific.
Experiencing first-hand the effects of PTSD on her husband and within the home, Mandy was eager to help other caregivers and family members coping with these issues as she began working for the Rosalynn Carter Institute in 2011 as a Program Coach with the Operation Family Caregiver during its early formation. Since her experience with the RCI, Mandy has served in the roles of Executive Director over the Americus Literacy Action, Inc. organization and as Academic Success Counselor at GSW.
Working one-on-one with members of the community as well as with college students, Mandy has received certification in Mental Health First Aid and has experience in tracking behavioral patterns and detecting struggles with mental health. A strong believer in holistic counseling and the benefits of creating customized success plans, Mandy is now pursuing her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Columbus State University in order to become a future LPC. Living in Americus, she enjoys various outdoor adventures with her husband and three children, daughters Riley and Emily, and son, Cuyler, who has an ultra-rare brain disorder. Being a caregiver to a special-needs child, Mandy hopes to provide resources and support to other caregivers needing advocacy and dreams of starting a local non-profit organization that provides counseling, support, and resources to families of special needs individuals.