Executive Directors

Beth ChampDave Nelson |

Beth Champ | Executive Clinical Director

Beth ChampBeth Champ is the Executive Clinical Director at The Community School. She is responsible for all program services and staff development. She also provides direct service in the form of individual and group counseling, as well as crisis support and clinical supervision. Beth has been with TCS since 2009, first as a counseling intern and then as a mental health counselor. Before joining The Community School, Beth was the Associate Director for Career Counseling at Emory University for three years, working primarily with graduate students. Counseling is actually Beth’s second career. Prior to transitioning into counseling, Beth worked as a strategy consultant in the health care field for eight years, living in Dallas and Los Angeles.

Beth has an M.S. in Counseling from Georgia State University, as well as an M.S. in Chemistry and an M.B.A. from UCLA. She is licensed as a professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She has an Advanced DIR Certificate from the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders and has presented locally and nationally on such topics as sexuality and autism and higher level thinking in adolescents and young adults. Beth is also an Approved Clinical Supervisor.

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Dave Nelson | Executive Administrative Director

Dave NelsonDave is the Executive Administrative Director of The Community School and the organization’s founder. Dave’s role is focused on marketing, fundraising, general administration, professional outreach, strategic partnerships, and business development. He also continues to provide direct service in the form of individual, group and family counseling, as well as crisis support and clinical supervision.

Dave has an M.S. in Counseling and an M.A. in English Literature from Georgia State University, as well as an M.B.A. from Duke University. He is licensed as a professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. He has a DIR expert certificate and is a DIR Training Leader with the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). He is an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Dave is also part of Floortime Atlanta, a professional group of clinicians in the Atlanta area who use the DIR approach.

Dave is the father of two adult sons and a nine year old stepdaughter. His interests include golf, literature, skiing, hiking, and biking. He is originally from Massachusetts, and still visits New England regularly. Before becoming a counselor, he taught Business Communication at GSU in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, and worked in the computer industry, providing development office turnkey systems to non-profit organizations.

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