DeVona Alleyne is not a stranger to RVA, having worked as a volunteer medical advocate for more than a year, serving 11 survivors through emergency room care. Her first career as a newspaper journalist brought her and her partner to the area to work at the Chicago Tribune before she would take on her most challenging role yet as mother to now 4-year-old twins. DeVona received her clinical training from Loyola University Chicago where she received her MA in Pastoral Counseling along with a Master of Divinity degree. In addition to her experience providing counseling services to individuals, couples and groups at Millennium Counseling Center, she serves HIV-positive residents in recovery as part of the spiritual care team at Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House. DeVona believes that “everyone deserves the chance for peace and guidance toward optimal living through their ability to make meaning of their lives.” She values the healing potential created when people authentically connect with others and strives to assist clients in building a supportive community. For her, the good news for every client is that they have the power to rewrite their stories and create a better ending for themselves.