Meet Our Team

Gregory De Pol, LMHC, has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in three different states for a total of 19 years.  He has worked in several clinical settings making him an expert at assessing appropriate services your children’s needs.  Greg now specializes in grief and loss counseling with Avow Kids.  In his free time, he enjoys doing outdoor activities with his wife and son.

Natalie Spencer, MT-BC,has worked with Avow as a board-certified music therapist since 2016. After she completed her undergraduate degree in music therapy at Queens University of Charlotte (NC), Natalie took an internship with a hospice in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. During her tenure, she served hospice patients and their families, and worked with the Children’s Bereavement Center of Miami.  At Avow, Natalie manages Avow’s complementary therapies team and the Avow Kids bereavement counselors. When she’s not at work, Natalie loves exploring food and restaurants in Naples and enjoying sunsets with her husband, Miguel.

Shari Howington-Carlin, MA, LMHC, NCC serves as a bereavement counselor for children and families at Avow, facilitating children’s grief groups and individual work with children and families during grief and loss. She earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and theology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and completed her master’s degree in clinical mental health at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). She is a doctoral candidate at Nova Southeastern University completing research towards a degree in healthcare organizational leadership. Shari is certified in child-centered play therapy, which she incorporates into her work. In 2017, Shari spoke to and with colleagues and associates at the seventh annual children’s mental health conference at FGCU about healthy coping strategies for children, developmentally appropriate interactive mediums, and creative play supporting health across the physical, mental, emotional and social spectrums. Shari considers it a privilege to create specific opportunities through play to support children’s grief /loss healing journeys. In her free time, Shari enjoys scuba diving with turtles, exploring islands, and dark chocolate.

Jenni Ford, MAAT, ATR-BC, LCPC has a background in fine arts and psychology. She received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University in fine arts and a master’s degree in counseling psychology/art therapy from the Adler School in Chicago. Jenni has worked as an art therapist in many different settings across the life span, from young children to Alzheimer’s clients.  She uses the combination of arts and counseling to provide supportive experiences for her clients to explore and change their lives.  At Avow, Jenni works with hospice patients and children in the Avow Kids program to provide grief and loss support and art therapy. In her free time, Jenni enjoys gluten-free baking, cross stitching, and British baking shows.