540-632-0272 (phone) / 540-301-3546 (fax) michael@brccva.org

Staff Members

The BRCC staff has come together from diverse educational backgrounds and prior careers. We are grateful for the many experiences, both professionally and personally, that God has brought us through, and we are eager to offer care out of the care we have received (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Though we serve with different credentials and titles, we are united in our commitment to offer care out of the riches of the Bible in connection with the hands and feet of Christ, His church. For more information, please see the statement of care model that we affirm.


Dale Kuiken
Biblical Counselor

Dale is originally from New Jersey and has served as a Biblical Counselor at Redeemer
Presbyterian Church in NYC for the past six years. Previously she worked
as an RN for many years.

She holds a master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and
has served in various areas of ministry over her lifetime. She enjoys helping others come to
know Jesus and to help them grow in intimacy with him.

Dale has three adult children and four grand children, whom she enjoys visiting and spending
time with.

Dale’s areas of counseling focus include sexual abuse, domestic abuse, depression, anxiety,
relationship struggles, pre-marital counseling, and spiritual struggles. She counsels at our Roanoke and Christiansburg offices.


Sandy Albright Wachholz
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Sandy is a native Virginian who lived a short while in North Carolina after completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work at UNC. After returning to Virginia, she practiced social work in medical settings (hospital, hospice) and provided Christian-based counseling in the Roanoke Valley for over fifteen years.

Sandy is married and has two grown children. She is blessed with a dear church family and is forever thankful for God’s grace and guidance in her day-to-day life.

Sandy counsels adults experiencing anxiety, depression, conflicted relationships, despair regarding medical conditions, grief and loss, and spiritual angst. She counsels at our Roanoke office.


Dreama Plybon Love
Certified Family Life Educator, Counseling Intern

Dreama is originally from Rocky Mount, Virginia and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Faith Bible Seminary. She is serving as a part-time intern to support BRCC staff and complete supervised counseling hours.

For over 14 years Dreama worked in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Purdue University. Other former teaching and education positions focused on supporting the healthy development of children and families across the life-span including early childhood, parenting, child care, prevention of child abuse, aging and family studies.

Dreama has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Wheaton College, a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University and is a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations. She also holds teacher certifications in elementary education and early childhood education.

Dreama has one son, a daughter-in-law, and one granddaughter in Indiana and enjoys visiting them whenever possible since moving back to Virginia to serve as a live-in caregiver to her elderly parents. She has experienced first-hand God’s transformation during difficult times of life through biblical counseling and desires to share God’s grace to others in this way. Her areas of counseling thus far have focused on grief counseling, aging and family issues.


Todd O’Brien
Ordained Minister, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

Todd graduated from Roanoke College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. He has worked in both secular and Christian counseling settings, and his experience includes inner-city ministry, treatment foster care, prison counseling, anger management counseling, substance abuse, and family counseling. He was ordained in 1989 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Todd is an avid bird-watcher and C.S. Lewis fan, and he loves to discuss science, philosophy, and National Parks. He and his wife have two adult sons and a daughter-in-law who are active in youth ministry, music, and missions.


David Peck
Ordained Minister, Counseling Intern

David is originally from middle Tennessee. He has been active in church ministry and in inner city ministry, and he has served in mercy ministries and has led short term missions and disaster-response teams around the U.S. and in several countries around the world. He has been an ordained minister since 2004 and has served in the roles of deacon and elder, in addition to his work in the Christian non-profit sector as Director of Development, Assistant Director, and Executive Director. He has often served bi-vocationally, so he has worked in the construction industry off and on for 19 years.
He is pursuing a Masters of Divinity through the Blue Ridge Institute for Theological Education. In addition, he is taking online counseling classes through CCEF.

He and his wife McKenzie live in Roanoke and have four children. The oldest is serving in the Army and the younger three are still at home.

His areas of focus include marriage, parenting/ family dynamics and depression. He serves at our Roanoke and Christiansburg offices.


Michael Gembola
Executive Director, Pastoral Counselor

Michael is originally from South Carolina, and before moving to Virginia he served as a licensed professional counselor at CCEF in Pennsylvania and a licensed preacher (PCA).

He holds masters degrees from Westminster Seminary in Counseling (MAC) and in Biblical Studies (MAR), and a Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling from the Missio Graduate School of Counseling. He is continuing his post-graduate education at Regent University. He has taught courses at BRITE, Westminster Seminary, Missio Seminary, and at CCEF. He is the author of After an Affair: Pursuing Restoration and several articles.

He and his wife Kelly live in Roanoke with their two sons.

His areas of focus include marriage, anxiety (especially OCD), sexual problems, and ministry leader issues. He serves at our Roanoke and Christiansburg offices.