GFM The 
    Synergy Center

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Valarie Cunningham LMSW   

Founder and CEO

Valarie has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration also from Western Michigan University.  She has over 18 years of experience in the Behavioral Health field.  

Over 15 years ago, her desire to see change and transformation was her driving force to birth GFM The Synergy Center.  She saw a need to provide culturally sensitive,  relevant programs within hard to reach areas and services in the community she serves. Valarie's love and compassion to see those in hurting helped and healed led her to continue to expand programs and services that extend beyond the borders of Kalamazoo. 

When available to counsel, her specialty area is Faith Based Counseling, Marriage and Couples counseling especially to those in leadership (pastors, and leadership team members), adults and teenagers.

In 2014, the UrbanZone was launched to provide a safe haven for teenagers to include an educational learning center., a commercial kitchen and a recording and a recording studio to engage teens in healthy healing and engagement.

Cathy Brown

Interim Clinical Director

Cathy Brown has been named Interim Clinical Director at GFM The Synergy Center. Cathy earned a Master’s in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, as well as an Bachelor's in Family Life Education from Spring Arbor University. She has an additional degree in Mediation from Abilene Christian University.

She has over 20 years of professional experience working for social change and developing programs that encourage healing in individuals and families.

Among her specialties was providing services and developing programs for survivors of interpersonal violence and their families during her tenures as Director of Programming at the YWCA Kalamazoo and Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services.
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