Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
Growing up, not having an example of a female therapist impacted my decision to become a therapist. Due to the lack of access and finances, this was not a luxury afforded to me. Since then, I have been able to impact meaningful change in my community, and this is my why!
Ms. Buffie is a former Navy spouse, author, and service entrepreneur (Licensed Professional Counselor and Yoga/meditation Instructor). Ms. Alloway has 21 years plus experience in leading, supervising, administration, training, evaluating and has expertise in yogic exercise, diversity and inclusion, and various other counseling of military connected families and non-military related counseling and academic education on graduate and undergraduate levels to include training roles in the board room, classroom, and on-line domain.
She is currently a Military Family Life Counselor at Maxwell/Gunter Air Force Base. She has completed presentations for deployment and reintegration groups to include Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Civilian DoD, and members from various other branches of the military and federal government agencies and youth classes.
Prior to her current role, she was a Program Coordinator/Curriculum Coordinator at Troy University, Coordinator of Instruction and Guidance at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College for federal TRIO programs and adjunct instructor for on-site and online courses. Before becoming a contractor under the Department of Defense in 2016, Ms. Alloway served her community in private practice. Her practice led her to take a personal pilgrimage to complete the Camino Frances in Spain which broaden her exposure to a variety of cultural settings.
The Camino Santiago de Compostela (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. Yearly, hundreds of thousands of people of various backgrounds walk the Camino de Santiago either on their own or in organized groups. People who want to have peace of mind will benefit from an organized tour or a self-guided tour while many will opt to plan the Camino on their own. The most popular route (which gets very crowded in mid-summer) is the Camino Francés which stretches 780 km (nearly 500 miles) from St. Jean-Pied-du-Port near Biarritz in France to Santiago.
Ms. Alloway completed her certificate in Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide at Trenholm State Community College. She has gone on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Advertising, a Master of Science in Community Counseling and Psychology at Troy University and completed 36 hours of Doctorial work at Nova Southeastern University in Higher Education and Organizational Leadership. She has also been the host of the syndicated radio show “The New Heights Show on Education” for the New Heights Education Group in Defiance, Ohio and is the proud mother of two children and one grandchild.