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Leigh-Anne White, LPC, CPCS, NCC

Clinical Supervisor and Therapist


Leigh-Anne is a Native of Macon, GA, where she attended Central High School. She attended Georgia Southern University majoring in Child and Family Development which established the platform of helping others through Phi Mu Fraternity and the Children's Miracle Network. She later completed her Master's Degree at Troy State University in Counseling and Psychology.

In October of 2016 she opened  Leigh-Anne White and Company to expand the specialized services offered in our community for those who have experienced loss, trauma and mental illness. She is proud to bring an out-patient, private, and discreet counseling services to Vidalia, GA, and its surrounding area. Leigh-Anne is Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) to provide clinical oversight to paraprofessionals seeking full licensure.

"Thank you for your support and the ability to serve the community for which my family and I have called home for 20 years."

Ashley Garner

Student & Community Educator​


Ashley is a native of St. Simons Island, Ga. where she attended Glynn Academy High School. She moved to Vidalia in 2012 and has felt right at home ever since. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Grand Canyon University in 2019 and is currently enrolled in a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program at Walden University on the LPC track. 

Ashley has been working with Leigh- Anne White & Company in different capacities since 2018 and is excited to step in to her new role as Student and Community Educator. As a Student Educator, she will help provide students with the coping and life skills needed to become well grounded individuals in hopes that this will prevent them from experiencing drug and alcohol addiction, or mental health challenges throughout their life. As a Community Educator, she will act as point person for our work with the law enforcement agencies within Toombs County; providing them with Narcan training and resources for the prevention of fatal overdose and working with them to help those who suffer from Substance Use Disorder within our community get the resources they need for successful recovery. 

"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy- 

I'm telling you it's going to be worth it. "

-Art Williams

Hannah Fordham, MS, LPC, CACII



Hannah is from Claxton, GA, where she attended Claxton High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Brewton-Parker College and a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University.

Hannah is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (CADCII) through the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia and has been providing addiction recovery services since 2014.

 She is passionate about helping individuals and families find hope and healing for a variety of issues whether the needs are specific to substance use, mental health or both. Hannah is looking forward to providing quality, professional counseling services as part of the team at Leigh-Anne White and Company serving Vidalia, GA and the surrounding areas.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." - Matthew 5:16

Gwen Banks

Student Educator


Gwen is a Toombs County native. She graduated from Vidalia High school in 1976 and in 1980 she completed her BS in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University. 

Gwen has served as an educator in several different capacities for over 40 years. Currently she is employed as a student educator with Leigh-Anne White and Company in conjunction with the Toombs County Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Grant. 

Working with students of all ages is one of her passions.

Gwen enjoys journaling, reading and being out in nature. She is married to Dennis Banks, also a Toombs County native. They have 3 children and four grandchildren.

"In essentials unity, in nonessentials liberty, and in all things, charity.

(Pope John XXIII) That is second-half-of-life, hard won wisdom."

Falling Upward Richard Rohr

LaGail Wright

Student Educator


LaGail Wright is a native of Vidalia and graduated from Vidalia High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Masters of Science in Education from Ashford University. She then received her Masters in School Counseling from Walden University, and currently works as a certified school counselor in the Toombs County School System.

LaGail has over 12 years of counseling experience that range from mental health counseling, behavioral counseling, Intensive Family Intervention and school counseling. She subcontracts her services to several agencies in Toombs and surrounding counties. We are excited to have her join our team for the summer as a Student Educator; providing coping and life skills to students through the various summer programs in our community.

LaGail provides individual, group and family counseling and believes in a holistic approach. She loves teaching life skills, coping mechanisms and problem solving to assist individuals with achieving their life goals.

She is currently married with 2 beautiful daughters and one adorable granddaughter.

"Don't allow others to control the direction of your life. Don't allow your emotions to empower your intelligence"

James Croft



James is from Tallahassee, FL and graduated from Amos P. Godby High School in 2006. While earning his BA in Psychology from Saint Leo University, he moved to the area in 2013 to be nearer his wife's family. He and his wife have two daughters and enjoy living on their family farm. He is currently attending Walden University to earn his MS degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling by the end of Summer 2022.

James is working as a Counseling Intern under the clinical and professional guidance and supervision of Leigh-Anne White, while earning the final hours required for the MS degree program at Walden University. He looks forward to continuing his growth within the counseling profession and becoming better equipped to meet the needs of the community. Finding opportunities to serve an under-served area within the counseling field, was a large factor in deciding to move from Tallahassee, FL and to the Vidalia, GA area.

James has worked a myriad of different professions, from retail, to the Division of Family and Children Services, to the Georgia Prison System, to the Farm Service Agency. Despite the diversity of populations served in every job, one tenant remained true and constant throughout: the personal strive towards walking alongside and helping to facilitate a person's journey towards life satisfaction.

"For a friend with an understanding heart is worth no less than a brother."

 -Homer, The Odyssey

Darby Beggarly



Darby is a native of Waycross, GA. where she attended Ware County High School. She moved to Ailey in 2021 after living for several years in Maryland and Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Fayetteville State University and a master's in law with a concentration in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution from Regent University.

 Darby is currently working on certification as a drug and alcohol counselor.

She has been working with Leigh- Anne White & Company since November 2021. Her background consists of working with domestic violence victims, district court and state attorney cases, as well as community mediation. She has also worked extensively with inmates in and out of prison through Re Entry programs and conflict resolution classes taught in the prison. She has now transitioned from working as a mediator and instructor to assisting others through counseling.

Darby enjoys assisting clients with finding a new outlook on life. She is especially invested in the recovery community and helping those in recovery, as well as their family and loved ones, find restoration.

"If you can't fly then run. If you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward." 

― Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kate Wall

Nurse Practitioner


Christy Bennett

Office Manager & Grant Reporter


Tanya Lee

Office Administrative Assistant


    Tanya Lee is a native of Montgomery County Georgia, where she attended Montgomery County High School. She attended Georgia Southern University where she majored in Political Science with a double minor in Sociology and Justice Studies. 

 She is the mother of two children; a daughter, Kaylah, who attends Brewton Parker College and plans to attend Mercer University, where she will finish her undergraduate and attend law school, and son, Kayden, who attends Montgomery County Elementary School. Kayden, who is on the Autism spectrum and was initially considered non-verbal, is now thriving, and loves math and spelling. 

 Tanya has seen first- hand the effects of mental illness and addiction within the community, as well as within her own family. She is very thankful to be working with a group of people who are as committed to breaking the cycles and stigmas that go hand in hand with mental illness and addiction.

“Try to be the rainbow in someone’s cloud”

Dr. Maya Angelou

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