Pastoral Counselor and Resident in Counseling
LaDawn received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University in April 2013. In the spring of 2015, she completed a dual degree with a Master of Divinity. LaDawn is compassionate about the well-being of others and advocates for social change in the community. Previously she volunteered her counseling services once a week at The Mercy House in Harrisonburg which is a shelter for abused women and their kids who may be experiencing trauma and/or crisis situations. As part of her internship work at EMU, she was a counselor in training at Family Life Resource Center in Harrisonburg. LaDawn organized and implemented an On Earth Peace, Agape-Satyagraha Program, that she oversaw at the Boys & Girls Club Teen Center. The program engaged the teens in group discussions and role play while learning a 5 tier program on conflict resolution skills. LaDawn has served as Chaplain and Counselor at the Gemeinschaft Home which is a home for male convicted felons preparing them for re-entry back into society. She has also served as a Chaplain at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. LaDawn’s first love and passion is being a mother to her daughter, Kendall. She enjoys spending as much time with her daughter as possible, gardening, sports, golf, hiking, traveling, reading and constantly learning by immersing herself in diverse cultural experiences.
Effective August 23, 2016 LaDawn P. Knicely MA, M.Div is a "Resident in Counseling". LaDawn P. Knicely MA, M.Div is supervised by William V. Maloy, LPC. (License number 0701001782) at Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, 2000 Bremo Rd, Ste 105 Richmond, VA 23226. Phone number for Mr. Maloy is 804-282-8332
Kara is a native of Rockingham County. Kara graduated from Turner Ashby High School. Upon graduation, she attended Bridgewater College where she earned a BS degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Kara’s background has been in the medical field, but sensed God closing that door asking her to walk into a new venture where her creativity and gifts could be more fully utilized. Kara’s passion for life is raising her daughter, and shares that, “God has blessed me with a beautiful daughter.” Kara feels the most fulfillment and happiness in spending as much time as possible with her daughter, family and friends by enjoying each new day that God has given her. She does not take any of these God-given moments for granted and truly treasures them all. In taking this leap of faith with Hometown Pastoral Counseling Group, Kara shared that, “All of my experiences that I have had over the years has helped to shape who I am today and made me ideally suited to work with LaDawn and her clients. I truly feel blessed.”