Dr. Victoria L. Bacon is a professor in the Department of Counselor Education at BSU where she prepares school and mental health counselors. She is a member of the Association for Specialists in Group Work, the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and the American Counseling Association. Dr. Bacon is a psychologist with 35 years of experience with children and adolescents with PTSD and working in schools, colleges, and community mental health settings. Her scholarship activities include publications in journals and books as well as presentations at state, national, and international conferences on group interventions. Dr. Bacon is project director of the Legacy Exploration and Preservation Group Project, a grant-sponsored initiative designed to promote psychological health for women veterans in Southeastern Massachusetts. The program guides women veterans in self-reflection, exploring family history and traditions, rediscovering their roots, and with enhancing their connection to their legacy and their community.
Melissa Shea currently lives and works in Plymouth, MA. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified School Adjustment Counselor. Her husband has been in the Navy Reserves for 10 years and served a one year deployment in 2011 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her youngest son is a Marine, currently stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. and undergoing additional training in Yuma, AZ. Melissa has long been interested and active in legacy based projects within her own family and has been grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Legacy Exploration and Preservation Group Team. She looks forward to co-facilitating more groups as well as being an integral part of future endeavors that arise from the success of this project.
Kristen Anderson is a Bridgewater State University alumnus where she obtained both her BS in Psychology (1998) and her M.Ed in Counseling (2002). She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (2004) and School Adjustment Counselor (2005). Kristen has worked in the alternative school systems for approximately 15 years at both the elementary and the high school level. She enjoyed taking part in the implementation of a new vocational program that allowed students off-site access to learning trades in the community. She has recently taken a leave of absence to complete her PhD at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Gerontology program. Her dissertation focuses on neuropsychological assessments and driving status in older adults Kristen currently works part-time at High Point Treatment Center conducting substance abuse evaluations. She has enjoyed her work with the Legacy Exploration and Preservation Group Project and looks forward to being part of its growth!
Maureen is a Mental Health Counseling graduate from the Department of Counselor Education at BSU. She is a group facilitator and served as the 2013-14 Graduate Research Assistant for the Legacy Exploration and Preservation Group Project. She has been a Registered Nurse for 43 years. In 2008 she retired from nursing and was accepted at BSU with a major in Psychology. She received her BS in 2011 and entered the Mental Health Counseling program in order to achieve her goal of providing mental health counseling to veterans and their families with post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues. Maureen completed her counseling internship at the Brockton Vet Center from January to December 2014.