Our Staff and Board

Leslie D. McCrory, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS

Executive Director

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Leslie McCrory has worked for 33 years in Asheville in the field of mental health and substance use services in direct care as a therapist, in supervision, education/teaching/training, and management.

Leslie received her Masters Degree in Counseling from University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1983. She continued her studies in Marriage and Family Therapy post-Masters and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor.

Pam Penland

Clinical Manager

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Pam’s background is in psychiatric nursing where she worked a number of years in psychiatric inpatient settings and community mental health. She has been with All Souls Counseling Center for more than 13 years and is dedicated to continuing the mission.

Nicole Almeida

Business Office Manager

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Before joining the staff of ASCC in October 2019, she has many years of experience in office management and leadership. She is passionate about the work of ASCC and is dedicated to supporting its mission of providing mental health counseling for the uninsured and underinsured of our communities.

Lee Stevens

Grant Writer


Lee has over 30 years of experience writing grant proposals to federal, state, and private foundation sources for local government and non-profit agencies in the areas of healthcare, children and family issues, education, substance abuse, behavioral health, and community development. She has also managed grant programs in higher education and other settings, including oversight of federally funded and private foundation contracts, submitting programmatic and fiscal reports, and serving as a liaison with funding agencies and foundations.

Brendan Hughes

Development Director

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Brendan has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit development and management in social entrepreneurship, youth development, and affordable housing. He received an MBA from UC San Diego and served in the Peace Corps. He is committed to supporting the compassionate mental health care services that ASCC provides. In his free time, Brendan enjoys tennis, nerdy books and videogames, and hikes with his dog Zoe.

Board of Directors

Chad Donnahoo, Esq., Chair

Richard Gloor, D.O., Vice Chair

Melissa M. Stamatiades, CTFA

Sally Conder, Ph.D.

Kate Hurley

Larry Thompson

Client Testimonials

My counselor has and continues to help me tremendously and I have interacted with her better than any other counselor I have seen in the past.

[My counselor] brought so much light to our marital issues. He helped us work through years of built up negativity. With his guidance, we were able to find our love and compassion for each other again.

[My counselor’s] calm accepting demeanor helped me feel comfortable and safe in discussing anything. Her suggestions were pivotal and realistic in helping me deal more successfully with my anxiety.

I have come for both individual as well as couples therapy and I love the level of care I receive here. So thankful to have found you guys.

I appreciate [my counselor]. He listens with no judgment but only caring for my well-being.

[My counselor] has been a lifesaver and a life vest in a stormy sea.

Exactly what I needed, in exactly the way I needed it. Eternally grateful.

This place has been a literal life-saver. I have never felt more respected or understood by a counselor. Now that I’ve come here I can’t imagine what I’d do without this place.

My experience here at All Souls has been so life changing. The amount of compassion and dedication I feel here is so comforting. I wasn’t sure I would ever get my mind and life back but I did and I’m so grateful for this place, I love it!

[My counselor] has been a life-saver in so many ways. His practical suggestions are tremendous. His caring and empathy are palpable and so valuable to me at this time. I am so grateful to him and to ASCC for making this affordable.

I’ve noticed the changes in my personal life have gotten better and with the help of counseling I’m more happier and able to see growth.

[My counselor] is very likely saving my life. My gratitude has no measure. Thank you.

ASCC has helped my partner and I have a better quality of life that we otherwise would not have been able to afford. Thank you.

Where would we be without All Souls Counseling Center?