Meet Our Team

Gregory De Pol, LMHC, has a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  He has been working in the counseling field for 19 years.  He has been licensed in three different states beginning in Ohio, then his home state of New Jersey and his home of last 12 years in Florida. He has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, Department of Juvenile Justice residential program, and non-profit community mental health.  He is delighted to be serving his community by reaching out to the little ones who may be grieving the loss of a loved one through death, divorce, deployment or deportation.  Whatever the situation, he wants them to know they’re not alone and help give them some tools to express their feelings in a healthy way.

Natalie Spencer, MT-BC, NMT, has had the privilege of working with Avow as a board-certified music therapist for a little over 2 years. Completing her Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy at Queens University of Charlotte, she then moved down to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in 2013 where she completed her internship with a hospice company there. Three years later, having gained experience in serving patients and families on hospice care and partnering with the Children’s Bereavement Center of Miami, Natalie moved to Naples to provide music therapy to hospice patients, community seniors, and children and families on the west coast. She considers it a great blessing to use music to help promote comfort, healing, and family connection in Southwest Florida. Currently at Avow, Natalie manages a team of complementary therapists, including art, manual lymph drainage, massage, reiki, and music therapists, and the children’s services department, with clinical social workers providing care to children who have experienced a loss. When she’s not at work, Natalie loves exploring food and restaurants in Naples, spending quality time with friends, and enjoying sunsets with her fiancé.

Daniel Riggs, LCSW, ACHP-SW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida.  He moved to Naples from Missouri after attending Missouri State University and completing his Master’s Degree in Social Work.  Daniel started his career working with victims of domestic violence as a victim advocate.  He also worked with the Missouri Division of Youth Services in residential treatment centers for adjudicated youth before moving to Florida in 2013 to work with Avow.  Daniel worked as a Social Services Coordinator on a homecare team before transitioning into his current role as a Children’s Services Counselor in 2015. Daniel enjoys the outdoors in his free time and enjoys kayaking, nature walks and photography.

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, LCPC has a background in fine arts including fiber arts and watercolor. She received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University in Fine Arts and went on to receive her Masters 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 the Children’s Services program to provide grief and loss support and art therapy.