About EAP Staff

Our staff at the EAP office is committed to promote wellness and help employees and their dependents address personal problems. The EAP counseling staff is comprised of licensed mental health professionals who specialize in employee assistance counseling services as well as emotional disorders, grief, chronic mental and physical illness, conflict management, relationship issues, drug and alcohol issues, and work-related challenges.

 

Deborah Dawes, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a part-time counselor at GHS EAP. Debbie holds a B.A. in Psychology from Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. She obtained her master’s degree from Clemson University and joined the EAP staff in 1991. She was a counselor at the Speech, Hearing and Learning Center and supervisor at Greenville Mental Health Services before joining GHS.

 

Kathleen Raschiotto, LPC, joined GHS EAP in 1994. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Furman University and a master’s degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.  Kathleen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is experienced in counseling clients on a broad range of behavioral health concerns. Kathleen worked at Morris Village, an alcohol and drug treatment center, and at Greenville Mental Health Center prior to joining GHS.

 

Heather Ravnan, LISW, joined GHS EAP in 2012. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina and bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice. Heather’s experience includes internships at Marshall I. Pickens Hospital and the Center for Developmental Services. For a number of years, she provided outpatient counseling services in an agency setting.

 

Ashley Lester, LISW, became a part of the EAP team in 2015, providing services in the Seneca area.  She has been practicing clinical social work since graduating with master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 1996. Most of her practice has evolved from working in various agencies and healthcare settings with individuals and families who have experienced trauma. She has experience working with young adults and is a yoga instructor.

 

Eunice Lehmacher, LISW, joined GHS EAP as a part-time counselor in 2015, providing services at our Oconee office. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Concordia University.  She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice, with practice experience in community mental health, college mental health, home health, hospice, and private practice. Prior to counseling, she was a high school math teacher. She has been working on the Oconee Medical Campus since 2011.

 

Scott Evans, LPC, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Addictions Counselor, joined GHS EAP in May 2018. He obtained a B.A. from Montreat College and a master’s degree in Counseling from Asbury Seminary. Scott has worked with a wide range of clients and has previous experience working at Marshall I. Pickens in the area of psychiatric stabilization for individuals who were suicidal, homicidal or psychotic. He also has worked in a private-practice setting with EAP providers and private-pay individuals in need of outpatient counseling for work-related and mental health issues, and at the Phoenix Center as an addictions counselor.

 

Varleria “Val” Smith-Byrd, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and joined GHS EAP in May 2018. She holds a B.S. in Social Work from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C.  She obtained her M.A. in Counseling from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. Val has been employed by GHS since 1997. Prior to joining GHS EAP, she worked as a clinical therapist with Marshall I. Pickens Behavioral Health. While there, Val worked both in the inpatient and Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Outpatient Program. She also has clinical experience providing home-based mental health treatment to families in the community.

 

Sharon Laurenzi has been with the EAP since 1991. Sharon serves as the administrative assistant for EAP. While working part-time, she supports the administrative needs of the program and helps schedule client appointments.