Leigh-Anne White, LPC, CPCS, NCC

Clinical Supervisor and Therapist


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Leigh-Anne is a Native of Macon, GA, where she attended Central High School. She attended Georgia Southern University majoring in Child and Family Development which established the platform of helping others through Phi Mu Fraternity and the Children's Miracle Network. She later completed her Master's Degree at Troy State University in Counseling and Psychology.

In October of 2016 she opened  Leigh-Anne White and Company to expand the specialized services offered in our community for those who have experienced loss, trauma and mental illness. She is proud to bring an out-patient private and discreet counseling services to Vidalia, GA, and the surrounding area. Leigh-Anne most recently became a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) to provide clinical oversight to paraprofessionals seeking full licensure.

"Thank you for your support and the ability to serve the community for which my family and I have called home for the last 15 years."

Shameeka Kent

Student Therapist/ Community Educator​


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Shameeka is a native of Reidsville, GA, where she attended Tattnall County High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Ashford University. She is currently enrolled in a Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Degree program at Northcentral University.

Shameeka has been assisting families and ensuring the safety of children in Toombs County as a Certified Child Protective Services Professional since 2014. She is now, proudly, part of a team which brings out-patient, private, professional, and discreet counseling services to Vidalia, GA, and surrounding areas. 

Under the professional and clinical guidance of a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Leigh-Anne White, Shameeka is currently working to obtain the required clinical hours in preparation to become a fully licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She looks forward to continuing her service to the families of Toombs County and the surrounding areas in this newly added role.

“Be the good you wish to see in others.”

Ashley Garner

Student & Community Educator​


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Ashley is a native of St. Simons Island, Ga. where she attended Glynn Academy High School. She moved to Vidalia in 2012 and has felt right at home ever since. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Grand Canyon University in 2019 and is currently enrolled in a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program at Walden University on the LPC track. 

Ashley has been working with Leigh- Anne White & Company in different capacities since 2018 and is excited to step in to her new role as Student and Community Educator. As a Student Educator, she will help provide students with the coping and life skills needed to become well grounded individuals in hopes that this will prevent them from experiencing drug and alcohol addiction throughout their life. As a Community Educator, she will act as point person for our work with the law enforcement agencies within Toombs County; providing them with Narcan training and resources for the prevention of fatal overdose and working with them to help those who suffer from Substance Use Disorder within our community get the resources they need for successful recovery. 

"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy- 

I'm telling you it's going to be worth it. "

-Art Williams

Jared Sharpe

Student Educator​


Jared Sharpe is from Vidalia and currently lives in Lyons with his identical twin brother, Jackson. He has worked in education for seven years and currently teaches a social-emotional learning class at J.R. Trippe Middle School in Vidalia. Jared enjoys reading self-help and creative fiction books, and he also loves writing. He plans to publish his first novel before the end of the year.

Jared graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University where he double-majored in Writing & Linguistics and in Spanish. He's dedicated his professional career to investing in the lives of the students in his community where he grew up. Jared joins the Toombs County Prevention, Treatment, & Recovery Team as an Educator. His work will include going into the Vidalia City school system and conducting both group and individual sessions with students; focusing on Drug Safety and Life Skills Training.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

-Theodore Roosevelt

Hannah Fordham, MS, LPC, CACII



Hannah is from Claxton, GA, where she attended Claxton High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Brewton-Parker College and a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University.

Hannah is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (CADCII) through the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia and has been providing addiction recovery services since 2014.

 She is passionate about helping individuals and families find hope and healing for a variety of issues whether the needs are specific to substance use, mental health or both. Hannah is looking forward to providing quality, professional counseling services as part of the team at Leigh-Anne White and Company serving Vidalia, GA and the surrounding areas.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." - Matthew 5:16

Gwen Banks

Student Educator


Gwen is a Toombs County native. She graduated from Vidalia High school in 1976 and in 1980 she completed her BS in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University. 

Gwen has served as an educator in several different capacities for over 40 years. Currently she is employed as a student educator with Leigh-Anne White and Company in conjunction with the Toombs County Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Grant. 

Working with students of all ages is one of her passions.

Gwen enjoys journaling, reading and being out in nature. She is married to Dennis Banks, also a Toombs County native. They have 3 children and four grandchildren.

"In essentials unity, in nonessentials liberty, and in all things, charity.

(Pope John XXIII) That is second-half-of-life, hard won wisdom."

Falling Upward Richard Rohr

LaGail Wright

Student Educator


LaGail Wright is a native of Vidalia and graduated from Vidalia High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Masters of Science in Education from Ashford University. She then received her Masters in School Counseling from Walden University, and currently works as a certified school counselor in the Toombs County School System.

LaGail has over 12 years of counseling experience that range from mental health counseling, behavioral counseling, Intensive Family Intervention and school counseling. She subcontracts her services to several agencies in Toombs and surrounding counties. We are excited to have her join our team for the summer as a Student Educator; providing coping and life skills to students through the various summer programs in our community.

LaGail provides individual, group and family counseling and believes in a holistic approach. She loves teaching life skills, coping mechanisms and problem solving to assist individuals with achieving their life goals.

She is currently married with 2 beautiful daughters and one adorable granddaughter.

"Don't allow others to control the direction of your life. Don't allow your emotions to empower your intelligence"