Ellen graduated from Furman University in 2008 with a double major in Music and Religion. She completed a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Wake Forest University in 2012. During this program, Ellen interned as a hospital chaplain, completed practicum work with a pastoral counseling agency, CareNet, and served as the counseling intern at the North Carolina School of the Arts.
After graduation, Ellen worked as a counselor and supervisor at Meridian Behavioral Health Services based in rural western North Carolina. As of June 2017, Ellen works as a Primary Therapist at The Willows, a women’s recovery program with Red Oak Recovery on the outskirts of Asheville. The Willows provides long-term, trauma-informed, and holistic care to women ages 18-30.
Ellen lives in Asheville with her husband, Joe. She loves running, yard work, and eating at all the eclectic restaurants in Asheville.