Policy Center Staff

Meet our team-- we're pretty great!

Inderjit Vicky Basra, DSW

Position: President & CEO
Email: vbasra@seethegirl.org
: As the President and CEO of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Vicky is accountable for ensuring mission focus, strategic partnerships and brand preservation. Her role includes implementing strategies for growth and improvement and she works closely with the Board of Directors to implement the strategic direction of the organization. Prior to this, as the Senior Vice President, she managed the day-to-day operations and oversaw the implementation of the agency’s strategic plan. While in this role, Vicky help the Policy Center to develop and implement the Open Doors Outreach Network, one of the many new and innovative programs at the Policy Center to address the needs of victims of human trafficking. She has extensive experience meeting needs of communities through the development of innovative programs and community engagement models. Vicky has previously been the Director of Family Preservation at Family Support Services of Northeast Florida (FSS) and the Director of Project Safe at Vanderbilt University. In March 0f 2013, she joined the Policy Center, from FSS, where, she managed a team of ten direct reports and extended team of 30 staff. As a managing entity, the role included supervising in-house programs and external contracts with six local nonprofits. Vicky previously served as Senior Vice President for the Policy Center, responsible for the growth of the Continuity of Care Model, and implementing the Open Doors Model Program on the First Coast working closely with Voices for Florida. She is a recognized and accomplished non-profit executive with more than 20 years of experience in the vast array of non-profit leadership roles. Vicky has developed multiple programs including the first advocacy program to provide services victims/survivors of intimate violence, sexual assault and stalking on Vanderbilt University’s Campus. A passionate advocate for gender equality, and girls’ rights, Vicky is a sought-after trainer, thought leader, and architect of change. She has contributed to a number of research studies analyzing the impact of trauma on girls and young women and is a frequent contributor to news media on issues related to commercial sexual exploitation, diversity and women’s leadership and the impact of trauma on girls and young women. Vicky holds a Masters of Social Work and a Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Tennessee.

Inderjit Vicky Basra, DSW

President & CEO

Lawanda Ravoira, DPA

Position: President Emeritus
Email: lravoira@seethegirl.org
: Dr. Lawanda Ravoira serves as President Emeritus and promotes the Policy Center’s mission of advancing the rights of girls, young women, and those that identify as female, especially those in the juvenile justice systems. Ravoira focuses on advocacy and public policy, sharing the local work statewide, assisting other communities working on similar issues and connecting to a broader, national network of stakeholders addressing issues of equity for girls and young women. She brings 25 years’ experience that includes providing direct services to marginalized youth in both residential and community based settings, leading reform initiatives, research, training, policy development, community organizing and advocacy. She holds a doctoral degree in Public Administration from Nova University, a master’s degree in Allied Health from the University of North Florida and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the College of Charleston.

Lawanda Ravoira, DPA

President Emeritus

Corinne Fennelly

Position: Vice President of Regional Programming & Partnerships
: As the Vice President of Regional Programming and Partnership, Corinne leads the Policy Center’s programming team and works to build and strengthen relationships with community partners. Corinne comes to the Policy Center with a background in leadership, program development, counseling, education and training. She has earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology with a concentration in children and families from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. Corinne has spearheaded community programs and training curriculums, working closely with County Commissioners and stakeholders to help increase children’s access to mental health services in underserved areas. Her work includes Family Guidance Center in Birmingham, AL, and early intervention programs for the Office of Children and Youth in Fulton County, within the city of Atlanta. At Georgia State University, Corinne served as Adjunct Faculty and Assistant Project Director for Best Practices Training where she designed and delivered trainings to equip hundreds of educators state-wide with tools to teach social-emotional skills in the classroom, and embed child development best practices into their daily work. She has also served as a Subject Matter Expert on child development, writing content for parent engagement curriculums for education and adult learning companies. Corinne is passionate about engaging with the community in innovative ways to increase access to quality mental health services.

Corinne Fennelly

Vice President of Regional Programming & Partnerships

Carla Colbert

Position: Care Manager
Email: CColbert@seethegirl.org
: Carla works as a Care Management for Girl Matters: In the Middle and is a facilitator for groups in detention. Before joining the Policy Center, Carla worked at Jewish Family and Community Services, where she was a Family Advocate and Prevention Specialist. Carla has a B.S. in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University.

Carla Colbert

Care Manager

Chanel Dionne Toleston

Position: Victim Services Coordinator/Open Doors Program Manager
: Chanel Dionne is a Victim’s Services Coordinator/Open Doors Program Manager for the Policy Center’s Open Door Outreach network, where she serves human trafficking survivors ages 10-24. In her work, Chanel oversees two Open Doors teams of clinicians, regional advocates, and survivor mentors. She also engages community partners to provide enhanced resources for human trafficking survivors and walks alongside survivors on their personal journey to recovery and healing. Chanel is a sought-after public speaker and training facilitator for issues surrounding human trafficking and justice system responses. Chanel is a published author and also co-chair of the Freedom 7 Task Force, a Florida anti-human trafficking group, and a co-chair of the Victims’ Services Committee for the NE Florida Human Trafficking Coalition. She is also a member of the Survivor Alliance and the National Survivor Network, both groups that raise awareness of the human trafficking crisis in our country by elevating the stories of survivors. Chanel was the 2020, “Survivor Advocate of the Year,” an honor awarded by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, at the Florida Human Trafficking Summit. Chanel earned a B.S. in Sociology and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work. Her goal is to bring to light not only the exploitation of girls and women in our communities, but also, to empower and bring hope to those who are survivors of human trafficking.

Chanel Dionne Toleston

Victim Services Coordinator/Open Doors Program Manager

Kimberly Gallon

Position: School Based Program Manager
Email: kgallon@seethegirl.org
: Kimberly is the School-Based Program Manager in the innovative girl-centered intervention programs, Girl Matters: It’s Elementary & Girl Matters: In the Middle. She supervises interns, provides training to school staff and employees, and manages the ongoing needs of elementary girls and their families. She brings to the Policy Center more than 13 years’ experience in social services, having earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Georgetown University.

Kimberly Gallon

School Based Program Manager

Sakenia Washington

Position: Clinical Manager
: Sakenia is a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern (RCSWI) and provides therapeutic services within our Girl Matters: In the Community program. In 2020, Sakenia was awarded the First Coast Girls Initiative Program Advocate of the Year. She brings 20 years of experience working with children and families within social service agencies, including early childhood education and other school-based programs. She worked as a Family Advocate and Prevention Specialist with Jewish Family & Community Services and as an Achievement Advocate with Communities in Schools. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Liberty University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida State University.

Sakenia Washington

Clinical Manager

Courtney Boggs

Position: Mental Health Professional
: Courtney holds a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida, and is working towards her Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern (RMHCI) license. Courtney committed her undergraduate and graduate level degrees to mental health resources to elevate her education through internships, advocacy, and research. She completed internships with Policy Center’s Girl Matters®: It’s Elementary program in 2017, and a Graduate Counseling Internship with the Women's Center of Jacksonville, providing trauma-focused counseling services for survivors. At UNF, she served as a Victim Advocate with the Women's Center and a Mental Health Advocate with the Brook’s College of Health. Courtney is also certified in Animal-Assisted Therapy.

Courtney Boggs

Mental Health Professional

Donna Robinson

Position: Care Manager
Email: drobinson@seethegirl.org
: Donna works as a Care Manager for Girl Matters: In The Community Program. Before joining The Policy Center, Donna worked as a Case Manager in the Matrix House Aftercare Program where she provided case management to formerly incarcerated males with substance abuse issues. Donna brings 15 years of case management experience from working with a variety of agencies in the Jacksonville area. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology; she started her studies at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and completed her degree at University of MD University College.

Donna Robinson

Care Manager

Kendyl Nealey

Position: Mental Health Professional
: Kendyl is a Mental Health Professional for Girl Matters: In the Community, providing therapeutic services to girls involved in the juvenile justice system. Kendyl has a master’s degree in Social Work from University of North Florida Kendyl and holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of Florida. She is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern. Kendyl interned with the federal public defender’s office and with the policy center Girl Matters: It’s Elementary program. She previously worked as a clinical counselor with the Children’s Home Society providing therapeutic services to children in the community, in diversion, and those involved in the foster care system. Kendyl is passionate about working to reform the criminal justice system from more punitive to more rehabilitative. She is interested in working with girls as girls' experiences in society are so unique yet connected through shared experiences. At the Policy Center, Kendyl gets to combine her passion for reform and for girls to create impactful change.

Kendyl Nealey

Mental Health Professional

Jerrica Fullen

Position: Regional Advocate I
: Jerrica is a Regional Advocate for the Open Doors Outreach Network, North Coastal Region, working with survivors of human trafficking, ages 10-24 and their families. Jerrica earned her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from the University of Central Florida, and holds certificates in Criminal profiling and Victim Advocacy. Jerrica also holds a Master’s Degree from UCF in Public Administration and Non-Profit Management. Jerrica is a passionate advocate for individuals with disabilities, as well as survivors of violence and human trafficking. She is motivated to work in the community to provide and build resources that result in tangible change for survivors. She is passionate about uplifting and supporting youth in the community to be prosperous in following their dreams and wants each individual be seen for who they are meant to be.

Jerrica Fullen

Regional Advocate I

Lisa Glass

Position: Regional Advocate I
Email: lglass@seethegirl.org
: Lisa began with the Policy Center as an Office Specialist and is now a Regional Advocate for the Open Doors Program, working with survivors ages 10-24, and their families. Lisa has had a strong desire to work with clients after experiencing the advocacy and passion first hand as a Policy Center client herself. She wants young women to know they are not alone and there are people to walk alongside them through their healing.

Lisa Glass

Regional Advocate I

Lisa Chaloux

Position: Survivor Mentor I
: Lisa serves as a Survivor Mentor with the Open Doors Outreach Network, which serves survivors ages 10-24. Lisa is currently studying for her undergraduate degree in Child & Family Services and Psychology at Merrimack College, on a path to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Lisa has worked in the mental health field for 10 years, and comes from a background working with youth in the foster care system, and youth with substance abuse clients, providing a broad range of behavioral health and mental services. Lisa’s lived experiences have given her a passion for helping to make a difference in the lives of others, and breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma.

Lisa Chaloux

Survivor Mentor I

Shelby Boyd

Position: Clinician I
Email: sboyd@seethegirl.org
: Shelby is a Clinician I in our Open Doors Outreach Network Program. She is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern and has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. She devoted her undergraduate and graduate degrees to providing case management and therapeutic services to homeless young adults, children, and families through internship experiences. Prior to joining the Policy Center team, Shelby was a family therapist and provided therapeutic and supportive services to children and families involved with the child welfare system.

Shelby Boyd

Clinician I

Tatiana Yoguez

Position: Survivor Mentor I
: Tatiana is a Survivor Mentor with the Open Doors team, serving survivors ages 10-24 and their families. She comes to the Policy Center with a professional background working with at risk youth around Jacksonville including PACE Center for Girls and the Youth Crisis Center. Tatiana has contributed her knowledge and expertise to a training curriculum for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Academy for new recruits, helping to educate law enforcement officers in how to identify signs and victims of human trafficking. She considers herself a living testimony, and has dedicated her personal and professional life to walking alongside and advocating for other women on their journey to healing and finding their own inner “victor.”

Tatiana Yoguez

Survivor Mentor I

Stacy Ellison

Position: Vice President of Development & Communications
: Stacy currently serves as the VP of Development & Communications where she works to advance and support the work of the Policy Center through events, community engagement, multi-media communications, and advocacy. She has earned a reputation as a community advocate with a gift for truthful storytelling, highlighting the people at the heart of each issue. Stacy brings more than 20 years of non-profit and communications experience to her position, and has previously served as the Director of Operations and Programming for Generation W, the Director of Communications for the Salvation Army NE Florida Area Command, and more than a decade as a television news anchor, executive producer, and reporter. Stacy currently sits on the University of North Florida’s School of Communication’s Advisory Board, is a graduate of the WOMEN Unlimited IMPOWER program, a member of the Lead the Way Jacksonville cohort and was named a 2020 JBJ Woman of Influence. Stacy earned her B.S in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She counts her faith, family, and valued friends as the guiding lights of her life.

Stacy Ellison

Vice President of Development & Communications

Megan McElwee

Position: Event & Development Manager
Email: mmcelwee@seethegirl.org
: Megan works as the Event & Development Manager to support fundraising and plan events to engage the community. She manages the agency's donor software database as well as social media. Megan has a background providing therapeutic recreation services in a pediatric rehabilitation setting, as well as event coordinating & social media management for a small local business. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Temple University.

Megan McElwee

Event & Development Manager

Vanessa Patino Lydia, Ph.D.

Position: Vice President of Research & Planning
Email: vpatinolydia@seethegirl.org
: Dr. Patino Lydia oversees all research initiatives and publications, makes recommendations for strategic direction of the Policy Center, and evaluates agency progress toward community and system level goals. Vanessa brings 20 years’ experience in juvenile justice with a focus on the impact of system policies and practices on girls’ trajectories. Previously, Vanessa managed national and statewide research projects as a senior researcher at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. She holds a doctorate in Criminal Justice from Nova Southeastern University, a master’s in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Criminology both from the Florida State University.

Vanessa Patino Lydia, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research & Planning

Vinessa Gordon

Position: Research & Grants Analyst
: Vinessa oversees all internal data monitoring and data trends, and serves as an internal resource for programming, communications, development, advocacy and operations. Vinessa ensures that appropriate data monitoring and tracking is in place for grant compliance and reporting. She previously worked at the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health in Brooklyn, NY, where she trained high school students in research methodology and coordinated the community outreach programs. Vinessa loves working in the community and enjoys doing research that will spotlight disparities in communities. She received her bachelor’s degree from Washington Adventist University and her Masters from Long Island University-Brooklyn.

Vinessa Gordon

Research & Grants Analyst

Jada Horton

Position: Research Assistant
: Jada is a Research Assistant who assists with conducting literature reviews, data extraction and analysis, creating presentations, and report writing. Jada is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychological Science at the University of North Florida. Jada has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and in criminal justice with a sociology focus from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where they were a member of various research labs performing quantitative and qualitative research and completed post bachelor’s classes in the social sciences/humanities. Jada has a background as a legal assistant in criminal and civil rights law, worked at a recovery center in Virginia, and worked at a safe house for survivors of human trafficking in Colorado. Jada is trained in trauma informed care and previously worked as an advocate for youth and adults who have experienced incarceration or involvement in the justice system. Jada would like to link their experience in the field with their passion for research.

Jada Horton

Research Assistant

OPERATIONS

Stacy Sechrist, LCSW

Position: Chief Operating Officer
Email: ssechrist@seethegirl.org
Stacy Sechrist works as the Chief Operating Officer of the Policy Center in which she leads operational and administrative activities, including human resources, finance, infrastructure, and contracts management. Stacy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Life Coach with almost 20 years of experience in the mental health field, both as a direct service provider specializing in trauma, and as a manager and executive in behavioral health organizations. Her prior experience includes creating and implementing change management strategies for Florida Blue, serving as Chief Programs Officer for Child Guidance Center, and overseeing program operations and clinical services at Youth Crisis Center.:

Stacy Sechrist, LCSW

Chief Operating Officer

Meghan Morgan

Position: Sr. Human Resources Assistant
: Meghan supports the daily operations for the Policy Center, supports members of the Executive Leadership Team, and coordinates administrative activities for Human Resources. Meghan comes to the Policy Center with a background in People Development and Employee Experience roles at Crowley, and various roles supporting the Customer Contact Center at Florida Blue. Meghan is Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Services at FSCJ and has a passion for the welfare and wellbeing of women and girls based on her own lived experiences. She is passionate about people and making a difference in the lives of others, even in the smallest ways.

Meghan Morgan

Sr. Human Resources Assistant

BABIES AT WORK

The Baby At Work program allows employees the option to bring their babies to work with them for the first six months.  The babies stay alongside their parents throughout the day, even attending meetings, which allows them to continue building a strong bond.  Having babies at the Policy Center increases staff morale and creates a joyful workspace. The program is reflective of the Policy Center’s values and recognizes the many responsibilities of parents in the work place.

Emma

Position: Compliance Expert
: Emma graduated from Baby at Work in 2022, where she worked diligently from her pack-and-play and baby carrier. Emma came to the Policy Center boasting an impressive background as a Baby Task Master. She thrives in a fast-paced environment and made sure no one, especially her mom, sat around on the job. Emma leaves a legacy as a compliance expert – making sure every future member of the Baby at Work program is thoroughly vetted to meet the highest standards of cuteness and smiles.

Emma

Compliance Expert

Caleb

Position: Research Analyst
: Caleb graduated from the Baby at Work program in 2022. Caleb's resume boasts an impressive reputation as a social butterfly, always initiating important conversation at team meetings. Caleb is following in his brother's footsteps and continuing his work at the daycare center where together they will partner to collect data to improve playground relations.

Caleb

Research Analyst

EJ

Position: Research Consultant
: EJ graduated from the Baby at Work Program in 2020, graduating top of his class with a major in research and a minor in stealing hearts. EJ continues to work remotely for the Policy Center, from his new office at the daycare center, where he is going undercover to research youth trends in the community.

EJ

Research Consultant

Alani

Position: Advocacy Intern
: Alani graduated from our Baby at Work program in 2017, where she studied advocacy and leadership. She came on board with a natural ability to make our staff smile, and underwent specialized training to shape her leadership skills, which she will continue to practice at her daycare with her new colleagues.

Alani

Advocacy Intern

Mila

Position: Girl Expert
: Mila was our first baby to graduate from the Policy Center's Baby At Work program. She joined the Policy Center in 2016 as a "girl-expert." While at the Policy Center she learned how to hold her head up high (literally hold her own head up) and advocate for herself. Mila is currently conducting field research at daycare.

Mila

Girl Expert