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 activities. JaLyn is a PMAD survivor who has co-lead the Arlington support group 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.
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.
Kiera suffered from postpartum depression and anxiety three weeks after her son was born. Thankfully, Kiera’s mother was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and diagnosed the condition quickly. With quick action, immense support from family and friends, counseling, and medication, Kiera was able to overcome postpartum depression after four months. This experience drove Kiera to become active with PSVa. Kiera works full-time supporting business development and corporate partnerships for an education technology company. Kiera lives in Arlington with her husband and son.
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 for ten years. Annie manages PSVa’s social media efforts and coordinates campaigns and events for PSVa, including LUNAFEST, raising over $30,000 for PSVa. Annie and her family live in Arlington and are huge fans of the Fighting Irish.
Military Support Coordinator
Melissa is a PMAD survivor (as a single mom) and doula. She manages PSVa’s referral list of mental health providers and also leads a virtual support group for military moms, both active duty and spouse. Melissa brings a wealth of experience which includes her work as the founder of Stars and Stripes Doulas and winner of the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse Magazine Joint Base Andrews Spouse of the Year for the second year in a row.
Mary Beth Waite
Special Projects Coordinator
Mary Beth experienced severe postpartum depression after her daughter Lily (now 7) was born. Mary Beth found help at PSVa’s support groups and preferred providers. Mary Beth has worn several “volunteer” hats: assisting with facilitating the Fairfax group and managing PSVa’s Resource lists. Mary Beth lives in Burke with her daughter and husband.
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 PSVa’s point of contact for the INOVA Health System, where she leads two postpartum support groups and provides outreach and education to those seeking to learn more about postpartum depression. Mara and her family live in Fairfax.