Our SoMo Team

Our Social and Emotional Support (SoMo) Team


Wendy Dodson
Secretary for Social and Emotional Support

Wendy Dodson anchors our SoMo team.  Ms. Dodson manages administrative and financial services as well as coordinates scheduling and events.  After a career in banking and legal services, Ms. Dodson began her tenure with Jefferson County Schools in 2008.  She is a proud alumna of Jefferson High School where she now serves as Treasurer of the Cougar Baseball Team Boosters.  Ms. Dodson and her husband have two sons, both of whom played on the Cougar baseball team.  Major, her eldest, is a graduate of Shepherd University where Dalton, his brother, is a member of the Class of 2021. 


Lee Ebersole, Ed.D.
Director of Social and Emotional Support

Lee Ebersole earned his Bachelor of Science at Georgetown University, the oldest of our Jesuit institutions of higher learning in the United States, and completed his Master of Arts in Education Leadership at the newest, Wheeling Jesuit University.  He also holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland at College Park where he found true joy learning with children in the elementary classroom after a career as a non-profit administrator in Washington, D.C., mainly as part of his faith community there.  While completing his doctorate in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton, a Jesuit university in Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Ebersole was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society.  Dr. Ebersole’s dissertation explored the experiences of youth who successfully transition to adulthood from foster care.  His own brave beloved child teaches him anew every day the truest measure of success.


Mary Ellen Lloyd
Facilitator of Student Support Services

A truly local gal, Mary Ellen Lloyd literally walked from her childhood home in Shepherdstown to her classes at Shepherd College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in English. The first decade of her professional career consisted of work in nonprofit agencies where she focused on a variety of  topics such as victim advocacy, domestic violence education, crisis counseling, and drug abuse prevention.  She also spent five years as a custody evaluator for the West Virginia Family Court System. When the youngest of her four daughters was an infant, Mary Ellen enrolled in a graduate program at West Virginia University, earning a Masters of Arts degree in counseling, with an endorsement in school counseling. As she was already sleep deprived, she figured, “Why not complete a graduate program?”  Mary Ellen had nearly two decades of experience as a school counselor —working in high school, middle school, and alternative education settings in both Maryland and West Virginia — before coming to JCS Central Office in 2013 where she coordinated student support programs in the Pupil Services Department prior to the creation of SoMo.


Alexander White
Coordinator of At-Risk Educational Programs

Alexander White has been working in the education field for 14 years. Hailing from New Castle, Pennsylvania, he began his career teaching elementary students at the 4th and 5th grade level. Prior to that he’d received his masters in education administration from Shenandoah University so that he could fulfill his goal- which was, and still is, to help students and their families in a positive way. In 2013 he began his work as the At-Risk Coordinator at the Jefferson County Schools Board of Education, where he continues to have the pleasure of working with students experiencing interruptions in their path to graduation. In 2019, he was chosen by the United States Department of State as the key note speaker at the International Visitor Leadership Program, where he spoke to leaders from 13 different countries about his work with families experiencing homelessness, student wellness, and youths considered to be at high risk for not graduating.  In addition, he sits on the Jefferson County Juvenile Drug Court treatment team where he works directly with students living in the local community.

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