Ms. Jones has served as President and CEO of Crittenton Services of Greater Washington since 2006. Ms. Jones brings over twenty years of non-profit management experience with particular expertise in evaluation planning, advocacy, and campaign strategies. During her tenure, Ms. Jones has continued the legacy of Dr. Kate Waller Barrett, co-founder of Crittenton, by significantly strengthening programs; tripling revenue; engaging state, county, and district partners; and quadrupling the number of young women served. Prior to joining Crittenton, Ms. Jones led the Maryland Communications Center, where she launched a national campaign to create jobs in Maryland by engaging more than 100 Fortune 500 corporations and their CEO’s. Ms. Jones has served as a board and committee member and advisor to many organizations including the Maryland Business Round Table for Education and received commendations for her work in both the nonprofit and economic development sector.
Ms. Terry is responsible for the development, outreach, grant and contract administration, human resources, strategic planning and financial management. Ms. Terry has over 25 years of nonprofit leadership and management experience, working for a variety of organizations that address critical needs such as hunger, homelessness, childhood education, and literacy. Strategic management, capacity building, and sustainability are her areas of expertise. Prior to joining Crittenton, she served as Director of the Maryland Food Bank and Executive Director of Horizons Salisbury. Ms. Terry served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity, Wicomico County Library, and the Maryland Non-Profit Association. She also served on the Maryland Non-Profit Association’s Standards for Excellence Committee. Yvonne holds a master’s degree in strategic and leadership management and a bachelor’s degree in project management from American Intercontinental University, Chicago Ill. She joined Crittenton in November 2017.
Ms. Sanders has over 20 years of direct service experience in youth development, program planning, community engagement, pregnancy prevention, and sexual health education. Ms. Sanders hires, trains, and supervises Crittenton program staff, interns, and volunteers. She has managed program expansion, has led curriculum development, and is the main point of contact for service collaborations, partnerships, and programming requests. Before joining Crittenton, she served as Assistant Director for Linkages to Learning, a school-based collaboration among the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Montgomery County Public Schools and community-based service providers, and provided services for children and adolescents while working for the Center For Child Protection and Family Support, Sasha Bruce Youthwork, and the Northwest Center in Washington, DC. Nicki obtained her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Trinity College and master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She joined Crittenton Services in August 2008.
Ms. Dougherty delivers SNEAKERS at middle and high schools in Wards 5 and 8. She is a certified health education specialist who has been developing materials for, and working with, children and adolescents since 2009. Through positions in the public and nonprofit sectors, Ms. Dougherty gained experience in curriculum development, community needs assessment, health disparities research, program management, and program evaluation. She developed “The Healthy Teen Collective,” an HIV/AIDS prevention and positive youth development program for high school students in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the team at Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, Sharyn served as the Deputy National Training Director at Enroll America, managing their national internal and external training programs. Sharyn has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Spelman College and a master’s degree in public health from Emory University. She joined Crittenton Services in October 2016.
Ms. Kuykendall delivers SNEAKERS at middle and high schools in Wards 7 and 8. Kahlil has more than twenty years’ experience increasing the capacity of women and youth-serving organizations to develop and deliver high-quality programs and educational enrichment activities. She has worked in Africa, India, and Asia and has extensive experience designing program evaluations that incorporate youth voice. She has coached educators, youth workers, college volunteers, interns, and graduate students to create and implement curricula for young people. Her areas of expertise include education, youth development, arts and culture, project-based learning, child development, holistic wellness, mental health, and career exploration. Kahlil is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University in the Milken Institute School of Public Health and holds a master’s degree in economics with an emphasis on gender and international development. She first delivered programs for Crittenton Services in 2016.
Ms. Lopez delivers SNEAKERS and PEARLS at three Montgomery County High Schools. She is a bilingual education professional with over 20 years of professional experience motivating students in a multicultural environment. Ms. Lopez is a passionate advocate who specializes in guiding teen mothers in positive parenting, healthy relationships, perinatal care, and prevention of a second pregnancy. In 2002, she received the Outstanding Community Partner Award from Centro Tepeyac, honoring her dedication to Latina women in crisis pregnancies. In 2011, she was honored by the Washington Mystics with the Inspirational Women Award for being a role model who "ignites the dreams and aspirations of young people." Ms. Lopez holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in psychological services in education both from the University of Pennsylvania. She joined Crittenton Services in June 1993.
Ms. Portela delivers SNEAKERS at two Montgomery County High Schools. She is a bilingual (English and Spanish) social worker with more than 15 years of experience providing direct service to young people of various ages and helping individuals and families with immigration and domestic violence issues. Originally from Guatemala, she has experienced the challenges of interrupted education and acculturation and now uses those experiences as a compassionate and positive role model for young women. Ericka holds bachelor’s degrees in Social Sciences and Social Work and will earn a master’s degree in the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work in 2019. She has worked for Crittenton since 2014.
Ms. Volcy delivers the SNEAKERS program at middle and high schools in Wards 5, 7, and 8. Before joining Crittenton Services, Ms. Volcy completed a year of service with Janney Elementary Aftercare, an aftercare program that gives students an opportunity to excel both academically and socially. During her year at Janney Elementary, she tutored and mentored students. She also developed a comprehensive classroom work plan, and coordinator weekly enrichment activities. Ms. Volcy holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy and management and a master’s degree in public administration and management from Clark Atlanta University. She joined Crittenton Services in May 2017.
Ms. Williams delivers SNEAKERS and PEARLS at high schools in Wards 5, 7, and 8. Before joining Crittenton, she delivered services to ensure that youth are successful academically, vocationally, and developmentally. She has developed and implemented programs for youth and young adults that have emphasized personal development, social and emotional learning, academic enhancement, and job and college readiness. Zakiya has served as a program facilitator in Baltimore City Schools and the COO of a new program called Unapologetically Smart and Beautiful in Portsmouth, VA and as a relief worker for Concern for Kids in Lanham, MD. Ms. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Morgan State University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland Baltimore. She joined Crittenton Services in September 2017.
Ms. Wise delivers Goal Setting Girls at a Montgomery County middle school. She has earned professional development certificates from La Cultura Cura Training (Circle Keeper) and Xinatchli (Female Rites of Passage Program) which support youth in developing a positive identity, life skills, and support skills. Isabella has served as a tutor at Hagerstown Community College and as a mentor at Latin Community of Washington County, assisting students of all ages who are struggling with personal and educational goals and helping them to achieve independence. Isabella holds an associate’s degree in early childhood education and is expected to graduate from Frostburg State University in spring 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and literature. She began her consultancy with Crittenton Services in October 2017 and, as of April 1, 2017, is now a full-time staff member.