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Meet our team-- we're pretty great!

Ashton Dumdei, LCSW

Position: Clinician
Email: adumdei@seethegirl.org
: Ashton is a Clinician providing individual and family counseling for the Open Doors Outreach Network. She previously worked at Jewish Family and Community Services doing child welfare work, and she worked with the Achievers for Life program providing mental health services to students in Duval County Middle Schools. Ashton has her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Ashton Dumdei, LCSW

Clinician

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: Survivor Mentor
: Chanel Dionne serves as the Survivor Mentor at the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center with the Open Doors Outreach Network, which serves survivors ages 10-24. In 2015 Chanel became a self published author and sold over 1,000 copies in her first six months of publication. Chanel is currently a senior at Texas Woman’s University where she is studying sociology and plans to continue pursuing her education to become a licensed social worker. In her spare time, Chanel speaks at community events where she unapologetically shares her life journey of struggles, exploitation, hardships, victories and triumphs. Chanel faced many trials in her adolescence and younger adult years but today stands transformed as a living witness of Gods amazing grace. Chanel’s goal is not only to shed light on the exploitation that occurs here in America but desires to bring empowerment and hope to others who share similar experiences.

Chanel Dionne Toleston

Survivor Mentor

Conchetta Latimer

Position: Care Coordination Manager
Email: clatimer@seethegirl.org
: Conchetta provides comprehensive care management services within our Girl Matters: In the Community program and she supervises the Group Facilitator position. Conchetta has been with the Policy Center since our inception where she began her work within the Girl Matters: It’s Elementary program. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of human services. In 2016, Conchetta received the Florida Juvenile Justice Association Compassionate Care Award and Northeast Florida Mental Health Child Case Manager of the Year Award. Conchetta received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Valdosta State University.

Conchetta Latimer

Care Coordination Manager

Jay Pigott

Position: Clinician
Email: jpigott@seethegirl.org
: Jay is a clinician providing counseling for the Open Doors Outreach Network and is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. They previously worked at the Institute for Justice Research and Development at Florida State University providing clinical services to the formerly incarcerated individuals. They have also worked extensively with at-risk youth and individuals involved in the justice system. Jay received their Master’s of Social Work from Louisiana State University.

Jay Pigott

Clinician

Jenna Hulse

Position: Senior Regional Advocate & Open Doors Program Manager
Email: jhulse@seethegirl.org
: Jenna is a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern (RCSWI), and as the Senior Regional Advocate for the Open Doors Outreach Network, Jenna works with other members of our Open Doors Networks team to advocate, provide care management and build partnerships with community agencies to best serve survivors of sex trafficking. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University. She has over 18 years of experience working with girls and young women who are involved in the juvenile justice system and/or adult system. Jenna is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In 2015, Jenna was awarded Child/Youth Therapist of The Year and Compassionate Care Service Award.

Jenna Hulse

Senior Regional Advocate & 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

Marie Norman

Position: Regional Advocate
Email: mnorman@seethegirl.org
: Marie is a Regional Advocate for the Open Doors Network. Marie works provide additional resources to survivors of human (sex) trafficking and their families. She also works to create new partnerships across the Northeast Florida region. With more than 10 years of experience in child welfare and community/social services, she’s held various positions at Family Support Services, and is a mentor to young single mothers. Marie received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Michigan State University.

Marie Norman

Regional Advocate

Rachel Weinstein, LMHC

Position: Director of Model Programming
Email: rweinstein@seethegirl.org
: Rachel oversees the clinical components of the programming team at the Policy Center. She provides clinical supervision for team members and provides management for the Girl Matters: It’s Elementary, Girl Matters: In the Community and Girl Matters: In the Middle programs. Rachel has 20 years of experience working within the nonprofit sector, specifically within the field of community mental health. Licensed with the State of Florida as Mental Health Counselor since 2002, Rachel is also a Qualified Clinical Supervisor within Florida for MHC and MFT Registered Interns. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and received her Master’s degree from Rollins College in Community Mental Health Counseling.

Rachel Weinstein, LMHC

Director of Model Programming

Sakenia Washington

Position: Mental Health Professional
: Sakenia is a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern (RCSWI) and provides therapeutic services within our Girl Matters: In the Community program. 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

Mental Health Professional

Alyssa Beck

Position: Advocacy Specialist
Email: abeck@seethegirl.org
: Alyssa Beck is a trafficking survivor advocate who consults with and advises leaders in anti-human trafficking, experts in girl-centered relations, and legislators to develop laws and practices that support survivors of sex trafficking and youth involved in the justice system. Alyssa works as an Advocacy Specialist with the Policy Center where she brings her lived experience and a passion for improving the lives of children. She is a member of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Council focused on a national juvenile justice reform movement and appointed by Governor Rick Scott to be on Florida’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group. She has been awarded as one of the Department of Juvenile Justice Youth Ambassadors for the state of Florida and Superhero for Superkids Young Advocate award. In addition to being an international public speaker and advocate, Alyssa’s story was featured on CBS 48 Hours: Live to Tell: Trafficked in March 2018. Her goal is to shift the perspective of people, especially people in positions of power, when they hear: “trafficked,” “prostitute,” “runaway,” “juvenile delinquent.”

Alyssa Beck

Advocacy Specialist

Blythe Duckworth Zayets

Position: DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Email: bzayets@seethegirl.org
: Blythe is responsible for developing and implementing plans and projects that advance the public knowledge of the Policy Center’s mission and accomplishments. She was previously the Assistant Director of Research during which she managed the day to day evaluation activities of model programming projects by developed systems and protocols for coordination of data collection, reporting, security and confidentiality of all data. Before her 3 years on the research team she was the Policy Center’s Senior Project Manager responsible for multimedia communications and special events. Blythe has a master’s degree in Mass Communications at the University of Florida. Prior to joining the Policy Center, she worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine and at the Jessie Ball duPont Fund as a fellow and program associate. bduckworth@seethegirl.org

Blythe Duckworth Zayets

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Inderjit Vicky Basra

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 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 an MSW from the University of Tennessee and is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Tennessee.

Inderjit Vicky Basra

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.

Leadership Transition

Leadership Transition

Lawanda Ravoira, DPA

President Emeritus

Megan McElwee

Position: Event & Development Coordinator
Email: mmcelwee@seethegirl.org
: Megan works as the Event & Development Coordinator 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 Coordinator

Vanessa Patino Lydia

Position: Vice President of Research & Planning
Email: vpatinolydia@seethegirl.org
: Vanessa 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. Vanessa has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida State University and is currently working on her doctorate in Criminology.

Vanessa Patino Lydia

Vice President of Research & Planning

Vinessa Gordon

Position: Research Project Manager
: Vinessa is responsible for managing research on site, she assists with primary research and monitor data trends. 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 Project Manager

ADMINISTRATION

Cindy Brakefield

Position: Office Manager
Email: cbrakefield@seethegirl.org
: Cindy manages the office’s day-to-day operations, provides general administrative support, and serves as executive assistant to the president and CEO. She maintains all financial records in regard to budget allocations for projects and grants and serves as bookkeeper. Before joining the Policy Center, her experience included medical office management and corporate administrative assistance.

Cindy Brakefield

Office Manager

Jane Skalski

Position: Compliance Manager
Email: JSkalski@seethegirl.org
: Jane is responsible for grants management, invoicing, and data tracking, as well as additional responsibilities for QA and other aspects of compliance. Before joining the Policy Center team, Jane was the Program Manager at River Oak Center. Jane earned an MBA from Florida State University.

Jane Skalski

Compliance Manager

Lisa Glass

Position: Office Specialist
Email: lglass@seethegirl.org
: Lisa is the first smiling face you see when you walk into the Policy Center. She helps manage day-to-day operations in the office and provides general administrative support to the whole Policy Center team. Before joining the Policy Center, Lisa was the Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer at Rethreaded.

Lisa Glass

Office Specialist

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

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.

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

EJ

Position: Research Consultant
: EJ is the most recent graduate of our Baby at Work Program, 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

Mila Zayets

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 Zayets

Girl Expert