Our SoMo Team

Our Social and Emotional Support (SoMo) Team

Wendy Dodson

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

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 International 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

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

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 school at the 4th and 5th grade levels and was nominated as the Teacher of the Year at his school in 2012. Prior to that he’d received his masters in education administration from Shenandoah University. In 2013 he began his work as the At-Risk Coordinator at the Jefferson County Schools Board of Education. In 2016 his work with identifying at risk students was nationally published and featured in BrightBytes magazine.  In 2019, he was chosen by Shepherd University and the U.S. Department of State to be the key note speaker at their International Visitors Leadership Program to discuss his work with at risk students, credit recovery, and student wellness.  In addition, he sits on the Jefferson County Juvenile Drug Court treatment team and is a member of the Criminal Justice Board of Directors.

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