Adrienne Griffen, MPP
Founder and Executive Director
Adrienne is a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety, began leading supports groups and providing information and outreach to new mothers in 2005, and launched PSVa in 2009. Adrienne graduated from the US Naval Academy and has a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her early career included military and federal government service at the White House, Pentagon, and IRS. Adrienne lives in Arlington with her husband and three children.
JaLyn is responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of PSVa’s efforts to provide direct support to moms and families through our statewide network of support groups and Moms on Call helpline. JaLyn is a PMAD survivor who has led PSVa support groups since 2012 and spent thousands of hours volunteering for six Chicago-based non-profits prior to having children. JaLyn earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, and has a B.A. in Political Communication from George Washington University. She lives with her husband and two children in McLean.
Social Media and Fundraising Coordinator
Annie experienced postpartum depression and anxiety when her son was an infant. A graduate of St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame IN, Annie has worked in public and media relations, fundraising, marketing, and event management. Annie manages PSVa’s social media efforts and coordinates campaigns and events for PSVa, including LUNAFEST, raising over $50,000 for PSVa. Annie and her family live in Arlington and are huge fans of the Fighting Irish.
Lydia is an Arlington native and PMAD survivor (with her third baby). Lydia is PSVa’s primary point of contact in Woodbridge, where she is managing the Woodbridge Maternal Mental Health Coalition, convening local stakeholders to address PMADs in a coordinated, comprehensive, community-wide manner. Lydia lives in Woodbridge with her husband and three children.
Danielle is both a PMAD survivor and a licensed professional counselor specializing in women’s reproductive mental health. Danielle is PSVa’s primary point of contact in Williamsburg, where she leads a twice-monthly support group, provides outreach and education to local providers, interfaces with community members, and coordinates the Greater Williamsburg Maternal Mental Health Coalition. Danielle lives in Williamsburg with her husband and toddler daughter.
Olivia is an experienced doula and military spouse who has lived in the Hampton Roads area for almost a decade. Olivia leds the Peninsula Maternal Mental Health Coalition, bringing together stakeholders from Hampton and Newport News who have “touchpoints” with childbearing women to ensure they are educated about and screened for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Olivia and her family live in Windsor.
Mara has advanced degrees from the University of Colorado and George Mason University and is currently a Resident in Counseling in Falls Church. After her own struggle with postpartum anxiety and depression she felt that helping other women through postpartum challenges was her calling. Mara is leading PSVa’s effort to educate maternal-child healthcare providers in Northern Virginia and is PSVa’s point of contact for the INOVA Health System. Mara and her family live in Fairfax.