2023 Tillman Scholar

Evan Turner

Military Spouse
College of William & Mary
M.Ed., Clinical Mental Health Counseling

“I will step into the toughest moments, meeting people at the crossroads of their lives. As a clinical counselor, I know the greater the difficulty, the greater potential for change.”

Evan is a leadership development coach in her Nashville-based private practice. In 2019, her consulting opportunities expanded to include U.S. law enforcement agencies, a natural extension to her years of volunteering as an educator in the prison system where she worked both with the incarcerated and the corrections personnel responsible for them. 

The granddaughter of a Naval master chief and wife of a veteran, Evan felt drawn to support the military community more directly which led her to consider the greater service opportunities licensure as a counselor would provide. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling for military and veterans and hopes to offer a nonpathological and strengths-based approach to treatment, working to reframe mental health care in terms of wellness. An advocate at heart, she supports policy change that would expand access to evidence-based, non-traditional forms of treatment and would further opportunities for healing and for thriving. In 2023, Evan traveled to Rwanda to participate in a peace education training hosted by Aegis Trust, an international organization working to prevent genocide and mass atrocities around the globe. This experience ignited a passion for peace-building and a growing interest in exploring solutions for polarized communities here in the US and abroad. She is collaborating with Aegis Trust to further their message of reconciliation and hope throughout the world.