About Nia

 Erica Garris

EXPERIENCE: 

POPLAR SPRINGS HOSPITAL (MARCH 2015-PRESENT) 

MENTAL HEALTH WORKER     

  • Provide observation for patients who are in crisis. 

  • Conduct daily therapeutic groups with the patients.

  • Review daily goals with the patients.

  • Ensure the safety of patients at all times. 


HENRICO COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS (MARCH 2012-PRESENT) 

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER     

  • Provide instruction, manage the classroom environment, and promote student learning in the absence of the regular classroom teacher.


JCPENNY Retail Stores (October 2012-November 2014) CUSTOMER SALES SUPPORT

  • Assist customers in the store with inquiries and purchases to make their experience great..

  • Communicate effectively with customers, peers and supervisors while maintaining flexibility and adaptability to the daily changes in retail.

  • Maintain product presentation to ensure that the merchandise is displayed correctly. 

  • Provide customer with options for online shopping and locating items in other stores.

  •  Work as a team player and help promote a positive work environment. 


AUNT ANNS HOME FOR ADOLESCENTS (September 2007-November 2011)                         DIRECTOR, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, CASE MANAGER, RELIEF COUNSELOR 

  • Provide individual counseling with all residents weekly and maintain documentation. 

  • Maintain relationships with agencies and family members and supervisor in order to advocate for the clients.

  • Discuss Individual Service Plan with residents weekly and document progress.

  • Provide assistance to the Director with administrative task.

  • Attend court and necessary meeting for clients.

  • Facilitate the fostering of broken family relationships with clients and families.

  • Be on Call to assist with emergencies and crisis in home or family oriented

  • Create Individual Service Plans for clients every 3 months.

  • Create weekly, monthly and quarterly reports for all residents.

  • Read and audit daily notes at least once a week.

  • Facilitate and document community and resident meetings.

  • Coordinate and document all scheduled appointments for all residents.                                                                   


CITY OF RICHMOND, SUMMER YOUTH COUNSELOR (May 2010- October 2010)

  • Train high school youth on job preparedness, communication skills, resume writing and interviewing.

  • Assist the students in obtaining job placements in the local Richmond area. 

  • Document and keep track of all student progress on their job placements.


      

RAYMOND L. PALMER & ASSOCIATES (Palmer & Massie) December 2003-August 2012 PARALEGAL

  • Interview, train and supervise incoming Legal Assistants and Student Interns

  • Organize the details of special events and make arrangements 

  • Manage and maintain the schedules for the attorneys         

  • Communicate orally and in writing with personnel within judicial system 

  • Skilled and adept at multi-tasking  

  • Develops standard operating procedures and guides

  • Assume the roles and responsibilities and duties of the receptionist and office manager

  • Perform intake with new clients

  • Prepare invoices, reports, memos, letters, financial statements and other documents

  •  Read and analyze incoming memos, submissions, and medical reports

  • Open, sort, and distribute incoming correspondence, including faxes and email

  • Prepare responses to correspondence containing routine inquiries

  • Perform general office duties such as ordering supplies, maintaining records                management systems, and performing basic bookkeeping work.

  • Prepare legal documents, including pleadings, and wills, affidavits or other documents, maintain document files, and file pleadings with court clerk. 

  • Investigate facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.

  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
       

      

EDUCATION: 

BRYANT AND STRATTON COLLEGE, Richmond, Virginia 

Associates in Paralegal Studies May 2003 Deans List 


 OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY, Norfolk, Virginia, May 1994 Deans List    

             Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice with a focus in Human Service Counseling

    Memberships: Black Student Alliance, Students for the Development of Black   

                 Culture, Ebony Impact Gospel Choir


VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY Sept. 2015-Present

Masters of Divinity 


CERTIFICATIONS:

SISTA