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Anna White

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PhD Student

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Research Interests

Applications-driven research using operations research tools including predictive modeling, spatial data analysis, simulation modeling, and optimization

Academic advisor: Seth Guikema
Position sought: Research, government, non-profit
Availability: 2022


My work centers societal challenges that have no clear-cut solution and would benefit from additional data-based understanding to complement existing expertise. I use predictive modeling, spatial and statistical analysis, simulation, and unsupervised learning techniques to gain new insights on large datasets. My work covers discriminatory housing policy, human sex and labor trafficking, opioid use disorder, and cell phone network resilience. I am a member of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Certificate Program, and I hope to continue to conduct applied research on community- and policy-centered challenges moving forward.


INFORMS at UM Student Chapter Past President


Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship (2021)
North Campus Deans’ MLK Spirit Award, INFORMS at UM (2020)


Anna White, Seth Guikema & Bridgette Carr (2021) Why are You Here? Modeling Illicit Massage Business Location Characteristics with Machine Learning, Journal of Human Trafficking, DOI: 10.1080/23322705.2021.1982238

White, A. G., Guikema, S. D., & Logan, T. M. (2021). Urban population characteristics and their correlation with historic discriminatory housing practices. Applied Geography, 132, 102445.


Anna White, Director of Family Ministry

Anna White joined GPC as the Director of Children's Ministry in 2015, and the position expanded in summer of 2020 to Director of Family Ministry. Germantown is her home town, and Germantown Pres is her home church.  She received a Master's in Education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  Anna is a past elementary school teacher.  She has a husband and two daughters who are active members at GPC.  Anna has a heart for children and youth, and enjoys teaching and guiding them with a spiritual foundation. 

Anna says: "I truly believe that God has been preparing me over the last several years to become the Director of Ministry to Children here at GPC.  I look back over the work that I have done as a member of the Children’s Ministry Support Team as well as the years that I have spent already developing relationships with so many of the children here, and I know God has paved the way.  I already feel such a bond with your children, and I am so excited to watch each one of them develop a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.  As a lifelong member of Germantown Presbyterian Church, I have watched this church become such a blessing to so many people. It is truly a place to grow your relationship with Jesus Christ, and I plan to work diligently to teach our children about His unconditional love."

To contact Anna White, Director of Family Ministryplease use the form below.
Or call: 901-754-5195
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College of Music

Ana White is Senior Academic Counselor for the University of North Texas College of Music Undergraduate Advising Office.  She joined the UNT family in 2006 and has worked as an advisor in the UNT College of Arts & Sciences as well as the UNT Mayborn School of Journalism.  Previously, Ana advised students in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

She is the recipient of the UNT Advisor of the Year (2018), Student Success Award (2017), UNT Staff Contribution Award (2014), and serves on the University Advising Guidebook and Advisor Recognition committees.  Ana is an active member of the National Academic Advising Association, and has presented at regional and national conferences.

Ana’s passion for college student success stems from her undergraduate experience as a first-generation college student at Angelo State University where she earned a B.A. in theatre.  She completed a M.S. in interdisciplinary studies (counseling, communication studies and educational psychology) from UNT while working as a full-time advisor.  Although her clarinet-playing and flag-twirling came to a halt after high school, she loves working with music majors and seeing them excel beyond their own expectations.  “It’s absolutely fascinating to see these talented individuals develop into professional-minded musicians and educators.” In her spare time Ana enjoys cooking and singing along to 80s hair bands on her commute to work.


Anna White Howard

Anna White Howard joined the University of Georgia School of Law in 2019, where she now serves as an instructor. In this role, she teaches legal writing courses and helps direct the school’s advocacy program and the Appellate Litigation Clinic. In the clinic, Anna supervises students as they represent indigent clients before the federal circuit Courts of Appeals, Supreme Court of Georgia, Board of Immigration Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court.

Previously, Howard was an associate with Butler Wooten & Peak, where she litigated False Claims Act qui tam, product liability and catastrophic personal injury cases. She also served as a career law clerk for Judge Leigh Martin May and a term law clerk for Judge Richard W. Story, both of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Howard earned her bachelor’s degree cum laude and her Juris Doctor magna cum laude from UGA. As a law student, she was a successful member of the school’s moot court team and was inducted into the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers.

Howard also holds leadership positions in the Federal Bar Association, the premier organization for federal practitioners. She was recently elected as a director of the national Federal Bar Association. She also currently serves as the chair and the 11th Circuit’s representative for the national Federal Bar Association's Younger Lawyers Division as well as serves as treasurer and an Executive Committee member for the Federal Bar Association's Atlanta Chapter. 


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Ana White

Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer

Ana White joined F5 in 2018 as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer to lead the company’s people practices and professional growth programs, recruiting, diversity & inclusion, organizational development, and employee advocacy initiatives.

White comes to F5 from Microsoft, where she led global HR teams for over 18 years across multiple business units. Most recently, White acted as General Manager, Human Resources for Microsoft’s Business Development, Finance, HR and Legal organizations with responsibility for their teams’ HR strategy, talent management, diversity & inclusion, and organizational capability as well as HR Business Insights across Microsoft. Prior to that, White led HR for the Marketing & Consumer Business organization. Prior to Microsoft, White was a Compensation & Benefits Consultant at Willis Towers Watson.

White holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Seattle University, and serves on the taskforce for the Seattle University Center for Science & Innovation and the boards of Childhaven and Benefitfocus.


Staff Therapist, Play Therapist, Family Counselor, Individual Counselor, Certified Family Trauma Professional // Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, Bethesda, MD

  • Clinical Degree: Couple and Family Therapy, University of Maryland
  • Expertise: Childhood Trauma, Childhood Behavioral Difficulties, Adolescent/Young Adult Anxiety and Depression, Adult Mental Health, Coping with Chronic Illness, Medical Trauma (all ages)
  • Available: Tuesday afternoon and evening, Thursday afternoon and evening; Friday afternoon and evening; Saturday afternoon and evening
  • Trauma Therapy Certification: Certified Family Trauma Professional
  • Play Therapy Certification: Registered Play Therapist (RPT)
  • 50 minute session rate: $175

[email protected] | 202-524-0320

About Anna White

Anna’s expertise spans individual and family therapy as well as play therapy, which she leads for the practice. Her extensive experience working with families and individuals of all ages informs her belief that each person is unique and has an innate ability to adapt to life’s problems. She takes a biopsychosocial approach to therapy, collaborating with clients to help them address any barriers to successfully adapting to their current contexts. A Certified Family Trauma Professional, Anna’s focus areas include childhood trauma, childhood behavioral difficulties, anxiety and depression in adolescents and young adults, adult mental health, and coping with chronic illness and medical trauma.

Anna received her clinical degree in couple and family therapy from the University of Maryland, College Park where she completed an externship focused on helping children who had been sexually abused. Her graduate thesis focused on the impact of positive and negative communication on mental health symptoms in couples. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication at James Madison University, where she worked as a one-on-one aid for children with autism and emotional disabilities.

In Anna’s Words

“Problems can pull family members away from one another and shake any parent’s confidence. Family therapy and play therapy can provide a safe and healthy way for you and your child to work through even the most challenging problems, and to learn new ways to connect and heal. Through these forms of therapy, your family can reconnect with authenticity, warmth, and a restored sense of fun.

For older “children” who are now adolescents or young adults, individual talk therapy provides a safe place for them to process their feelings, learn coping skills, and build healthy relationships with family and peers. For adult individuals, my goal is to help you reconnect with your genuine self, so that you can feel empowered to live a self-directed and fulfilling life. I am strengths-based, and I sincerely believe in your ability to make positive changes.

Guiding Principles & Values

Choice. In therapy with me, you will not be told what to do. I respect that you are the one in charge of your life and what you are seeking is support for that. The work to be done for change is yours to endure. The consequences, good and bad, that come with that change are going to fall to you. Recognizing that, it will never be my place to choose your path for you. Instead we will work together to identify the choices you have in front of you, what consequences come with them, and what you want to choose!

Playfulness. While therapy does often have difficult, uncomfortable moments, I believe in creating an experience people want to be a part of. At every opportunity, we will be creative together, play with ideas, and find humor in this process. Whether playing with toys or playing with ideas, playfulness is a key ingredient in healing, motivating, learning, and growing for humans of every age!

Knowledge. Therapy is a place for you to learn who you are and who you want to be. The knowledge you bring of your life and experiences and the knowledge I can bring about relationships, healing, trauma, and change are some of the most valuable assets we will have to use in this journey. Therapy, at its heart, is the process of making sense of what you know, and learning to tell yourself your story in the way that lets you be the author of what is next.”

Emily’s Endorsement

“When Emily Cook Therapy was ready to expand services to more intentionally help Bethesda’s children and families, Anna was the only person I invited to join my team. She is a deeply gifted child, adolescent, and young adult therapist who is a natural fit for families of all kinds. You will benefit immediately from her extensive experience working with children and adolescents in families facing complex issues such as trauma, mental health disorders, substance abuse, developmental delays, and diverse learning issues. And adults shouldn’t be worried about her ability to connect with them, too; Anna is an effective and supportive individual counselor who is passionate about helping people find their voice and make healthy choices for their lives. I’m confident she’ll provide the strategies and stabilization that your child, adolescent, young adult, whole family, or very own self is looking for.”


  • MS, Couple & Family Therapy, University of Maryland, College Park
  • BS, Psychology, James Madison University
Maryland Marriage and Family Therapy License #LCM643, licensed since 2015


Ready to get started with play therapy, family therapy, or individual counseling in Bethesda, MD? Give Anna White a call, she’s looking forward to hearing from you.

Anna White, MS, LCMFT is an independent contractor of Emily Cook Therapy, LLC and not an employee.

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