Regional Directors

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Central Region Director

LaShondra Brown, MA, LMSW, CDP

LaShondra Brown is a native of Hampton, AR.  She attended and graduated from Hampton High School in 1996.  She then moved to Pine Bluff, AR to attend college at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).  While attending college at UAPB, LaShondra worked as an Assistant Manager at Domino’s Pizza and a Substitute Teacher with the Pine Bluff School District. 

After graduating from UAPB in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, she began a career in law enforcement.  Her career in law enforcement started in 2005 with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, where she worked briefly as a Correctional Officer before transitioning to the Arkansas Community Corrections (ACC) as a Probation/Parole Agent (PPA).  LaShondra worked as a PPA with ACC for 11.5 years.  During her tenure with ACC, she was a certified BLS instructor and a CLEST certified instructor at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.

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LaKetia Jones, LMSW, MDiv, CA

Eastern Region Director

LaKetia D. Jones has been working in the Humans Services field for over 15 years. She has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California and a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She is a United States Army Veteran and has extensive experience working with active duty servicemembers, veterans and military families. She continues to serve the United States military as a Family Advocacy Program Specialist with Army Community Service. LaKetia is a firm believer that “Healing is Intentional”.

 

LaKetia is a licensed and ordained minister. She is the founder and owner of Purposed Healing, LLC in North Chesterfield, Virginia, where she provides counseling, education and empowerment services for individuals, couples and families dealing with stress, anger, communication and relationship healing and building. She is a credentialed, Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist, specializing in the areas domestic abuse, sexual abuse and child abuse. Ms. Jones is also a Court Approved provider for Virginia’s Co-Parenting Class Two Parent’s, Two Homes.

Dr. Shanel Bishop, LMSW

Great Lakes Region Director

Dr. Shanel Bishop is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LMSW) with a specialization in children, youth, and families. She has worked in various settings including public, private, and charter schools; community mental health; residential treatment facilities; higher education; a community youth organization; and private practice. Dr. Bishop currently continues to work with children and youth as well as teaches full time in an MSW program where she is able to educate and mentor future MSW social workers. Dr. Bishop’s mantra is “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Anonymous). This approach is lived out throughout all of Dr. Bishop’s interactions with others as she teaches, trains, mentors, and supports anyone that she encounters. Dr. Bishop frequently presents to social workers as well as school personnel at local, regional, and national conferences on topics related to the impact of mental health and education on school-aged youth, culture and diversity, self-care, ethics, clinical practice in online higher education, as well as mindfulness."

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