Meet Our Staff


Valerie Bobyk – Executive Director, BA, MPA, MBA

Valerie has over 35 years of senior management experience within both the public and private sectors and has been with Family Service since 2004. A fully qualified administrator in insolvency she has gained experience in management and the delivery of a wide range of services within the mandate of the agency. Valerie is also qualified mediator and the designated administrator for all FSEAP contracts with Family Service.


Angela Rogez – Intake/Triage Counselor – BA, BSW, RSW.

Angela Rogez has been with Family Service Association since 2010. Angela graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree along with a Social Service Certificate. Angela went on to complete her Bachelor of Social Work Degree. Angela has one on one experience in dealing with Individuals, Couples, Families and At Risk Youth. Angela has also obtained training in ASIST along with a Certification as an Substance Abuse Professional. Angela works with every client who approaches for service and ensures a smooth process for clients accessing services.


Angeles Hopkins – Accountant

With over 15 years experience with family Service Angeles has performed the accountant role exclusively. An integral part of the management ream, Angeles provides all financial information, revenue flow and handles all banking duties. Her experience in both the private and public sector provide the skills and expertise necessary to handle the financial affairs of a fully accredited nonprofit.

Alice Bugden – Office Manager

Alice has provided office management duties for over ten years. She is responsible for contact with clients, payments and receipts and office administration. Alice brings a wealth of experience in the private sector to her position with Family Service.


Mary Cleveland – Receptionist

As a former representative of customer service for a renowned national airline, Mary brings a host of skills and abilities in dealing with clients at the first point of contact. Intent on providing premium customer service she works diligently to ensure each encounter for our clients moves through the process smoothly.


Clinical Therapist – Jenna Adlakha – BA, BSW, MSW, RSW

Jenna, a Masters Degree graduate, is experienced in providing therapeutic services and counseling to a variety of populations. She is a generalist in practice and delivers both individual and group services to families, couples, youth and children. Jenna works from a Critical Social Work lens, and draws from the following therapies and approaches: Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused, Client-Centered, and Strengths Perspective. Her previous work experience includes navigating housing, income and health services, assisting individuals with substance abuse/addictions, supporting women and children involved in domestic violence, and providing parenting support and skills enhancement. Jenna is interested and skilled in the following areas: Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Communication, and Conflict Resolution.


Yvonne Raczkowski – Clinical Therapist – BA, MSW, RSW

Yvonne comes to family Service after a number of years of service with The Department of Community Services and the former Children’s Aid Society. Her work experience as a therapist has spanned 37 years and she has worked in child welfare and within the community services setting. Yvonne brings a strong focus on family counseling, mediation and building capacity with parents. Yvonne is certified as a Substance Abuse Professional with the Department of Transportation.


Amy MacKenzie

Amy MacKenzie is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), an NS Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate and a Professional Art Therapist. Before coming to Family Service Association, she ran a private practice for 3 years, from the Therapeutic Approach Health Center in Halifax. Through Health Canada’s EAP Program, she provided short-term, solution-focused counselling services to individuals, couples and families from various government agencies, the Department of National Defense and Veterans Affairs. She also provided Art Therapy services to individuals and couples through independent referrals. Amy has worked with the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program in the development of quantitative and qualitative research and facilitated a series of Art Therapy groups for young adults with a first episode of psychosis. She has provided Counselling and Art Therapy services at Nova, a Women’s Federal Corrections Institution in Truro, NS and has taught courses in Art Therapy through NSCAD’s Department of Extended Studies.

Nelleke Strik – CCC, RCT-C

Nelleke is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate (RCT-C) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. She obtained a Master of Education in Counselling from Acadia University. Nelleke is originally from the Netherlands, lived in France, and has been in Canada since 2009. Prior to coming to Family Service Association, she worked in academics. She has a Ph.D. in Linguistics and taught French at Dalhousie University and Alliance Française Halifax. Nelleke works from a client-centred, collaborative approach, while integrating tools and interventions from various frameworks. Nelleke is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and has an interest in mindfulness-based therapy. Nelleke is motivated to work with individuals, couples and families from various backgrounds, and can offer therapy in English and French.