Our Board of Directors

POST Certification and Sexual Assault Counseling Experts

Gary Valentine

Gary Valentine began working for the Greenville Michigan Police Department as a Reserve Officer for two years before going to the police academy. He worked as a patrol officer for five years and was promoted to Sergeant (the highest rank in the department at the time). During his time with the Police Department Gary had various duties, some of which included being an afternoon and day shift commander, chief firearms instructor and use of force trainer, SWAT commander, Field Training Officer (FTO) and FTO Supervisor, and Pre-Employment Background Investigator in addition to Fire and Rescue command.

During his  career, Gary was involved in many large-scale investigations, barricade situations and commanded multiple major police and fire incidents. He worked extensively with the community and school partners by conducting needs and security assessments and working with them to improve safety and security.

Gary is  the recipient of multiple awards including multiple Life Saving and the Police Medal of Honor for actions during an armed barricaded incident. Prior to his retirement, Gary received the prestigious “School Bell” award from the Greenville Public School District for my work with the district in planning, developing, and training school staff in safety and security measures.

Gary retired from service after serving 32 years in police and fire/rescue.

In January 2024, Gary was elected to the board of directors for Courage Starts With You. Gary’s extensive knowledge in law enforcement makes him a perfect addition to our team. 

Holly Felts, MS, LPC

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Holly Felts serves as a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Family Violence Bureau, under the Criminal Investigative Division, of the Corpus Christi Police Department, in Corpus Christi, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2000. She later went on to achieve her Master of Science in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2018. Continuing her education has equipped Holly to meet her clients and victims where they are, with the purpose of helping them get where they need to be, in order to achieve a more peaceful and fulfilled life. Holly believes the counseling process is a unique journey she is blessed to take alongside her clients, in order to help them attain their goals, and live their lives at their personal best.

Holly works with adolescents and adults who are suffering from the effects of depression, anxiety, abuse, grief, as well as, victims of trauma, human trafficking, and family violence. She also works off-site from police headquarters to offer services to police personnel, both sworn and auxiliary, first responders throughout the community, and their families. With her therapy dog, Winston, Holly serves individuals, couples, and families utilizing the therapeutic approaches of Cognitive Behavorial Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She also incorporates Client Centered Therapy and uses a Family Systems approach, as needed. Her professional calling is to provide a nonjudgmental atmosphere for her clients, where they feel comfortable and safe on their personal journeys of healing and growth, throughout the counseling process. Holly believes all people can benefit by seeking a Christ-centered counselor to help them navigate life’s situations, trials & tribulations, decisions, hurt, and their pasts. In doing so, she provides clients with the opportunity to achieve their brightest future possible, by following the model of God’s best for each of us, (reference to Isaiah 61:1). Although Holly’s personal goal of helping others know their worth and greatest potential by showing and sharing the love of Jesus to all people she encounters, the spiritual component of counseling is only incorporated at her clients’ request. Holly’s counseling philosophy is, we cannot expect others to experience love and light, if our approach only emphasizes their darkness. Therefore, her role as a counselor is guided by the Biblical truth found in Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.”

 

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