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Our Team

     Tondrea Leach has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2011. Tondrea worked as a Victim Advocate on Camp Lejeune, and worked with the Onslow County Department of Social Services for 17 years where she gained experience in Child Welfare, Adult Services, and Economic Services. 

     Tondrea is a social worker, parent educator, and a North Carolina state trainer, as well as an Adjunct Professor at UNCW. Tondrea enjoys serving her community through fundraising and community events at PEERS. Tondrea is a member of her local church, and also serves as a member of several community boards and committees in Onslow County. 

Tondrea Leach, LCSW
Executive Director, PEERS

Samantha Withrow
Processing Assistant

    Samantha has been with PEERS since 2021 as our Processing assistant. She grew up at PEERS, consistently volunteering in childcare and at fundraisers over the years. She has always wanted to make a meaning impact in our community and looks forward to doing that everyday at PEERS.

     Samantha is a notary public and a Child Passenger Safety Technician serving all of Onslow County. When she is not working, Samantha hikes on the weekends with her family and two dogs. 

Alison Nezbeth
Parent Education Enhancement

    Alison is an Ohio native, but has lived in Jacksonville for more than two decades. She previously served Onslow County as an APS and CPS Social Worker and Supervisor. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Aurora University while she stayed at home with her kids and supported her special needs child.

    Alison continues to be a strong advocate for those with autism and other disabilities and this advocacy informs her practice at PEERS. She is excited to return to Social Work and support our local community in her role managing our Parent Education Enhancement program at PEERS!

    Jinwon is originally from South Korea. She has traveled to Japan, Africa, and Europe. These experiences gave her a ton of life lessons and the ability to work with a variety of people from different cultures. She moved to the United States 8 years ago when she was just 22 years old. Jinwon started working at PEERS September of 2020. She loves serving the Onslow Community and helping young parents and their children. She has one child of her own, whom she adores. 

Jinwon Pereira

Emily Jefferson
Social Worker, APP

     Emily is an Onslow County native who grew up here in Jacksonville. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 with a degree in Sociology where her focus was family development and policy impacts on local communities. She returned to Onslow County and she worked for several years as a middle grades math Teacher. While she loved her time in the classroom, she is excited to now serve Onslow County in her role as our Adolescent Parenting Program Social Worker here at PEERS. 

     I believe all children should be respected and treated like the tiny and important humans they are. Our children are the future of this world. While I do not have children of my own, I have always valued building connections with children and seeking to understand them. It is my utmost duty to make your little ones feel safe, heard, and valued and to help build their confidence in all areas. My goal is to develop a foundation of milestones that help your little ones on their journey. 

Lauren Bailey
Teacher in Childcare

     Mandy has lived in Jacksonville for 29 years. She is married and has two children and enjoys going to the beach and curling up with a good book! She has been working with children for five years. She says, "I'm truly passionate about working with children and I look forward to watching your children grow, play, and reach their milestones. It takes a village! And I am very happy to be a part of your village!"

Amanda "Mandy" Price
Teacher in Childcare

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151 Chaney Ave., Jacksonville, NC 28540

Hours of Operation:

Mon - Thurs: 8am-8pm

Friday: 8am-1pm

Sat - Sun: Closed

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