Faculty and Staff

Aviona Gaines

  • B.S. in Psychology from Grand Valley State University
  • M.A. in Counselor Education, Marriage and Family Therapy, from Western Michigan University
  • Certified Counselor
  • With The Meridian School since 2020

Prior to joining the Meridian community, Aviona supported families with children in the juvenile system as a therapist. She has collaborated with school counselors working in elementary, middle, and high school settings. In Michigan, Aviona worked in private schools as an associate teacher, extended day leader, and substitute faculty for three years. Aviona is one of nine children and is the third oldest. She is very passionate about justice and ensuring everyone’s voice is heard. She loves traveling, swimming, laughing, and arts and crafts.


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