Siobhan Howard Davenport was named President & CEO by the Crittenton Board of Directors in February 2019, bringing more than fifteen years of experience serving underserved youth. In her previous role as Crittenton’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, she built collaborations between schools, nonprofits, and corporations to better meet Crittenton girls’ challenges and launched the Declare Equity for Girls: It’s Time campaign. As the Executive Director of the Rocksprings Foundation from 2002 to 2018, Ms. Davenport oversaw the foundation’s impact by investing around economic and educational opportunities to low-income families and youth. Prior to that, she served as the Senior Producer and Host for On the Potomac Productions, including the acclaimed series “The New Washington.” She serves as a commissioner for the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism and sits on the Advisory Council for Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Ms. Davenport holds a master’s degree in journalism from American University.
Nikole Donovan, Senior Program Manager, has spent the past six years providing services and opportunities to ensure that youth are academically and vocationally successful. She has developed and implemented programs for youth and young adults that have emphasized personal development, academic enhancement, civic engagement, and career readiness. Ms. Donovan has served as a school counselor for Pine Lake Preparatory School in Mooresville, NC, where she supported students and families by conducting needs assessments and developing counseling programs that included individual and group counseling services, referral services, and classroom guidance and management. As an Afterschool Program Coordinator for Montgomery County’s Housing Opportunities Commission, Ms. Donovan provided programs for low-income families, developed relationships with community partners, and managed the organization’s program assistants and volunteers. She has also served as a program facilitator for Girls, Inc. in Portsmouth, VA and as a relief worker for Concern for Kids in Lanham, MD. Ms. Donovan is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LMSW) with a bachelor’s degree in social work from Andrews University and a master’s degree in social work from Howard University with a concentration in community organizing, administration, and policy. She joined Crittenton Services in February 2016.
Jerrica Davis, Youth Development Program Coordinator, delivers SNEAKERS and Goal-Setting Girls at middle and high schools in Wards 7 and 8 and in Montgomery County. She has a strong passion for impacting youth and youth development. As a Girl Scout for over 20 years, Ms. Davis has worked with younger girls teaching them valuable social and practical skills. She also completed a practicum experience with Children’s National Health System where she researched the political landscape of child abuse, neglect, and bullying throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Before joining Crittenton Services, Jerrica served as the Rehabilitation Assistant for the RETURN! Community Re-Entry Day Program in Baltimore, MD, where she delivered rehabilitation therapy for traumatic brain injury survivors. Jerrica holds bachelor’s degrees in Kinesiology and Spanish, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and will earn her Master’s degree in Public Health from the George Washington University in December 2018. She has completed the Advancing Youth Development training, Trauma-Informed Care training, mandated reporter training for both DC and Montgomery County, and holds a current CPR/AED certification. She joined Crittenton Services in October 2018.
Claudia Garcia, Bi-Lingual Youth Development Coordinator, earned a bachelor’s degree in human relations and minor in communication from Trinity Washington University. Ms. Garcia also earned her master’s degree in social work from University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore. Ms. Garcia volunteered as a Research Assistant in the Mothers and Babies Project with George Washington University for prevention of post-partum depression. Ms. Garcia possess five years of experience in social services providing psycho-social assessments, connection to community resources, options counseling, and prenatal care enrollment. Ms. Garcia has experience in training other staff within social services/case management support. She coordinated the car seat program and quarterly baby showers at Mary’s Center. Claudia’s previous career experience also involves providing therapy to help support emotional/behavioral changes in both a school and health clinic setting. Some areas of focus are depression, PTSD (post – traumatic stress disorder), anxiety, grief/loss, post-partum depression, and anger issues. Previously, Claudia has gained experience in facilitating trauma based treatment groups for teen females in Spanish and a males group in English. She has also facilitated post-partum depression support groups in English and Spanish. Other trainings obtained include: ACT/Parents Raising Safe Kids Program, Learning to breathe (Mindfulness) Curriculum, Brief Intervention Therapy, Solution Focus, Motivational Interviewing, SBIRT, Suicide Risk Prevention, Trauma Informed Care, and Advanced Youth Development. Over the years of her career experience, Ms. Garcia has a grown a passion in working with youth, in specific females in empowering in becoming leaders in their community. She joined Crittenton in June 2019 and will be delivering Goal Setting Girls, SNEAKERS, and PEARLS groups in East County Maryland.
Takema Keyes, Program Assistant, works closely with the Senior Program Manager and Youth Development Program Coordinators to support the overall program. Her main responsibilities include weekly record-keeping, maintaining participant database, and managing logistics of program evaluation. Prior to joining Crittenton Services, Ms. Keyes worked as a camp counselor at Jan’s Tutoring House, where she taught children the importance of academics and engaging in healthy friendships. Ms. Keyes has also worked as a sexual health peer educator at Casa Ruby. She is a certified mandated reporter and has attended youth development trainings that include Youth Mental Health First Aid, Youth Voice, and A Restorative Practices Approach for At-Risk Youth. Ms. Keyes holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Bennett College. She joined Crittenton Services in July 2018.
Kahlil Kuykendall, Youth Development Program Consultant. Kahlil has more than twenty years of experience in 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.
Debra Lopez, Senior Bilingual Program Coordinator, delivers SNEAKERS and PEARLS at three Montgomery County High Schools. She is a bilingual education professional with over twenty 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 master’s degree in psychological services in education from the University of Pennsylvania. She joined Crittenton Services in June 1993.
Aleia Mays, Youth Development Program Coordinator, delivers SNEAKERS at middle and high schools in Ward 8. Ms. Mays has a strong commitment to health education and youth empowerment. As an AVID tutor, she worked with high school students preparing them for college. She interned with Communities In Schools of Chicago where she gained experience working with the community health partners providing community needs assessments, comprehensive sexual health research, and program evaluation. Before joining the team at Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, Aleia served as the Housing Stability Community Case Manager at Wesley Housing Development, where she provided extensive case management to disabled people within the community. She has completed 30 hours of Youth Development training and is a trained mandated reporter for DCPS. Ms. Mays has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a concentration in community health. Aleia joined Crittenton Services in August 2018.
Julio Rivas, Grants and Office Administrator, provides administrative support to the fundraising team in charge of proposals and grant management. His primary responsibilities include working as a liaison to the accounting team, managing Crittenton’s databases, and supporting the daily operations of the office. He also uses his passion for digital photography to capture exciting moments at Crittenton events. Julio has 10 years of experience in database management and general administrative support. Prior to joining Crittenton, Julio served as a Tier 2 Project Manager in commercial construction. Julio is the first in his family to receive an advanced degree and holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Julio joined Crittenton in September 2019
Megan Rognrud, Brand and Development Associate, coordinates development efforts, marketing campaigns, outreach, and event planning for Crittenton. Before joining the Crittenton team, she worked for Black Restaurant Group as a general manager as well as directing and coordinating high-level events. She is an energetic and motivated young professional with a long-term goal of a successful career in the development sector. Megan is well-known in the Takoma Park community as an inspirational and dependable events director with a passion for customer service. Megan earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the Universities at Shady Grove. She joined Crittenton Services in August 2018.
Cassandra Volcy, Youth Development Program Coordinator, 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 coordinated 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. Since joining Crittenton, Ms. Volcy has become a certified Advance Youth Development Specialist, certified mandated reporter; certified trauma informed and has completed over 100 hours in comprehensive youth development training.
Zakiya Williams, Youth Development Program Coordinator, delivers SNEAKERS and PEARLS at high schools in Wards 5, 7, and 8. Before joining the team at Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, she delivered services to ensure that youth are successful academically, vocationally, and developmentally. Ms. Williams has developed and implemented programs for youth that have emphasized personal development, social and emotional learning, academic enhancement, and job and college readiness. Ms. Williams served as a program facilitator in Baltimore City Schools with the non-profit organization, Project Beautify You Inc. She is the Chief Operating Officer of a program called Unapologetically Smart and Beautiful (USB). After completing 30 hours of the Advancing Youth Development training she became a certified youth development practitioner. In addition, she is a certified mandated reporter for DCPS, and completed reproductive and sexual health training. Ms. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Morgan State University School of Social Work and a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in Children and Families from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. She joined Crittenton Services in September 2017.
Isabella Wise, Youth Development Program Coordinator, delivers Goal Setting Girls and SNEAKERS in Gaithersburg, MD and Silver Spring, MD. 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. Ms. Wise is also a certified teen life coach. 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 a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and literature from Frostburg State University. She began her consultancy with Crittenton Services in October 2017 and joined the staff in April 2018. Since then, Isabella has become a certified Advance Youth Development Specialist, certified mandated reporter and has completed over 100 hours of Youth Development training in her time with Crittenton.