State Directors

Sabrina Cotton, LCSW

Alabama State Director

Sabrina A. Cotton is a native of Chicago, Illinois and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the

state of Texas. She serves proudly as an officer and Clinical Social Worker in the United States

Air Force where she provides mental health services to Active Duty members and their families.

She is passionate about working with survivors of trauma and promoting mental health

education.

 

Sabrina recently launched a children’s book series that intends to promote conversations about mental health through interactive stories. She also has specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Prolonged Exposure therapy (PE), and Cognitive Processing therapy (CPT). Sabrina earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology from Park University in 2012 and Master of Social Work degree from Saint Leo University in 2016. Outside of work, Sabrina enjoys spending time with her family, CrossFit, songwriting, and writing children’s stories.

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Arkansas Co-State Director

Brandi Rodgers, LCSW

Brandi Rodgers is an Arkansas native, mental health therapist (Arkansas Licensed Certified Social Worker) and owner of Because You Matter Counseling PLLC located in Conway, Arkansas. She is responsible for providing outpatient therapy services with a personal goal to work in a partnership with individuals to assist them in recognizing their own strengths, self worth, and resilience to promote growth and positive changes. She has over a decade of experience in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings providing mental health services addressing a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges including: past hurts, trauma, substance use, depression, anger, anxiety, self-destructive behavior, loss of touch with reality, relationship issues, and struggles with coping with life changes. She has specialized training providing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and sandtray therapy (currently pursuing certification as an Internationally Credentialed Sandtray Therapist, ICST). Brandi earned a Master's degree in social work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Central Arkansas where she double majored in sociology and psychology. 

Vashonda Eason, LCSW

Arkansas Co-State Director

VaShonda Eason, LCSW is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Eason Counseling and Associates, LLC. She earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Arkansas and has served the mental health needs of the Northwest Arkansas area since 2004. She served as Clinical Advisor and Regional Director for a local agency, training and supervising multi-disciplinary teams to provide ethical and effective services to the community. She is passionate about assisting others to reach their full potential, despite the everyday struggles life may present. After years of agency practice, VaShonda began Eason Counseling and Associates as a "side gig" in 2012 to pursue doing what she loved on her own terms. In July 2018, she decided to jump all in and make Eason Counseling her full time job with the hope of building a small caseload of 20 clients. Over the course of a year, ECA grew to employ 18 professionals providing outpatient and school based therapy serving over 500 clients in Northwest Arkansas.

VaShonda is the oldest of 5 girls and grew up in Maumelle, Arkansas. Her desire to have a career in being a part of the healing process for those in need came from her obsession with "Based on a true story" Lifetime movies and a wonder of how people moved on from their traumatic experience. VaShonda is a proud Razorback and continues to live in Fayetteville with her husband and three children.

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Shaniqua Burton, LMSW

Georgia Atlanta Metro State Director

Shaniqua M. Burton was born and raised in Salisbury, NC. She moved to Atlanta, GA in 2009, where she began her matriculation at the number one historically black college, Spelman College. Shaniqua graduated in 2015 with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. After graduation, she spent several years searching for her calling, choosing other roads, and through many personal experiences- Social Work chose her. In 2018, she answered the call. The professional transition was seamless and aligned with her God given purpose!

Shaniqua entered the field as a Master of Social Work student at the illustrious Clark

Atlanta University’s, Whitney M. Young School of Social Work (WMYJSS). She began

to fuel her passion for helping others by creating solutions, spreading awareness, and empowering them to become self-sufficient.

Trevaughn Davis-Neal, LCSW

Indiana State Director

Trevaughn Davis-Neal earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Governors State University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois @ Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work, where she also received certification in Evidence Based Mental Health Practice with Children and Adolescents. In 2015, Trevaughn graduated from Indiana’s Department of Child Services and Indiana University's Child Welfare Innovations Management program and was recognized as a

leader in child welfare in the state of Indiana. Trevaughn is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Tulane University’s School of Social Work and is eagerly looking forward to commencement in December of 2021.

 

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Trevaughn is licensed in both Indiana and Illinois. At present, Trevaughn serves as the Clinical Director for Primo Center for Women and Children and is also a University Lecturer at Governors State University. Honored as one of the most influential women in Northwest Indiana by Mom to Mom magazine, Trevaughn was featured in their March 2017 issue. In July 2017, Trevaughn was recognized as “A Professional to Watch” by NW Indiana Times’ IN Business magazine. Additionally, she was the recipient of the 2017 “Rising Star” Alumnae Award

from the University of Illinois @ Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work for her tireless dedication and commitment to working with children and their families.

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Tiffany L. Mayers, LCSW

New Jersey State Director

Tiffany L. Mayers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 15 years of experience working with children and families throughout the State of New Jersey in various roles, including in-home services, private practice setting clinical work, government offices, and a number of non-profit organizations.  In her role as a NJ State Government employee, she worked in the areas of event planning, government policies, open public records laws, as well as marketing and communication of redevelopment projects in NJ’s urban municipalities. 

Jacqueline Hasan, LMSW

South Carolina State Director

Jacqueline Hasan (Jackie) is a native of Long Beach California and is currently residing in South Carolina. Jackie is a Licensed Master Social Worker with 7 years experience providing therapeutic services and community outreach to a diverse population that includes work in mental health, adult protective services, jail liaison, and work with the parole and probation system to reduce recidivism.

Jackie attended the University of Texas at San Antonio where she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work. While in school, she worked at the Bexar County Jail performing psychological assessments and evaluating the presence of mental health or substance abuse disorders, along with providing counseling services for personal and environmental difficulties. With her love for working within the judicial system, Jackie later transitioned to working with the Genesis Texas Correctional Office where she worked with the Offenders with Mental Impairment program. 

 

Jackie currently works with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health addressing emotional and behavioral challenges, along with triage services, clinical assessments, and individual therapy.  Jackie also works alongside with local Law Enforcement providing crisis counseling and interventions for three counties in her area. Jackie's personal interest includes, watching her children play sports, watching movies, and spending time with her husband and her three children doing anything outdoors that involves laughter. 

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Bethany Jones, LMSW

Tennesse Co-State Director

Bethany B. Jones is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Tennessee. Born and raised in Knoxville, TN, Bethany has served in the field of Social Work for over 9 years in a variety of areas including: community mental health, foster care, hospice/home care, and currently works in a private practice setting. Bethany received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and following graduation, immediately attended graduate school at THE Ohio State University where she obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work. Bethany serves as a mentor to two separate community programs that aim to guide and support upcoming Social Workers within her community. Bethany is also affiliated with several community organizations that include: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Coalition of Black Social Workers, and the TN Association of Healthcare Social Workers. Bethany is a certified OUTcare Health provider, Immigration Court Hearing Assessor, and an Accelerated Resolution Therapy trauma therapist in her state. Bethany is currently working on completion of clinical licensure within her state and continues to make strides within the field of Social Work to improve the lives of her clients and others that she serves.

Nakeesha Longmire, LCSW

Tennesse Co-State Director

Nakeesha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Nebraska. She has over 12 years experience in a variety of settings within the child welfare system, the public school system, crisis mental health intervention services, acute psychiatric facilities, and the military engaging with diverse clients providing both long term and brief clinical interventions.  She earned a Bachelor of Science from University of Memphis, a Master of Social Work from Union University and is in her last year at Southwest Tennessee Community College seeking an Associate Degree of Nursing.  She is currently employed as a Behavioral Health Clinician with United Healthcare, a Tennessee Mandatory Pre-Screening Agent for Lakeside Behavioral Health and Crestwyn Behavioral Health.  Her greatest accomplishment is developing her own private private practice, You Matter Therapy Solutions, servicing a broad range of populations.

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Isis Lewis, LMSW

Texas Co-State Director

Isis Lewis is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who currently works in community mental health providing services to children and adolescents with severe and persistent mental illness. Isis split her youth between her hometowns of Grambling, Louisiana and McKinney, Texas. She credits her call to social work to the influence of her grandparents who were both lifelong educators in Northern Louisiana and served as Pastor and First Lady of Mount Harmony Baptist Church in Ruston, Louisiana. There, they taught her to love her community and be a light and resource to those in it.

Isis attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas where she earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2016 and a Master of Social Work in 2019. During her time at Baylor University, Isis developed a passion for community work and issues of diversity and inclusion. She chose to live out these passions serving on various committees to create programming to promote group discussion on emergent sociopolitical issues on campus. These passions also led her to think internationally and pursue the opportunity to learn about global hunger and migration through travel to Rome, Italy during her graduate studies. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Nurturing Parenting Program Facilitation, and NWIC Wraparound Facilitation which she uses in her work with children and families in the Central Texas area.

 

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to

you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” - Numbers 6:24-26

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Roberta McKnight-Dupas, LCSW,

C-ASWCM

Texas Co-State Director

Roberta McKnight-Dupas is the Owner, Clinical Director and Therapist at All In Counseling Services, LLC in Fort Worth, TX.  Roberta’s purpose is to positively change what and how people communicate with each other. Roberta has experience in the following areas: providing family and protective services, services to those experiencing homelessness, services for those involved in the legal system, mental health, and medical Social Work. 

 

Roberta obtained her Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington.  A Masters in Social Work was earned in 2010 from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

 

Roberta is an avid reader, sports enthusiast and tennis player who will sing anything she thinks she knows the words to.  She also enjoys baking, gardening, trivia, and puzzles. If she were not serving her community as a Social Worker, you would see and hear Roberta, on all communication mediums, telling stories as a documentarian and podcaster.  

 

Roberta is married with a beautiful, blended family that includes 5 children and 1 dog.

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Twonya Collins, LCSW

Virginia Co-State Director

Twonya Collins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both North Carolina and Virginia. She is a native New Yorker who has spent the last several years in North Carolina working in various social work roles based in mental health. Twonya has recently relocated to Richmond, Virginia, and is currently working at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System assisting homeless veteran. Twonya is also the owner of Griffin Counseling Services, PC, where she provides virtual individual therapy and life coach services for individuals seeking to heal, create a work-life balance, as well as those seeking to take their lives and careers to the next level. Over the past 10 years, Twonya has worked at various psychiatric institutions where she served as the social worker on the interdisciplinary treatment team. Twonya currently provides clinical supervision for provisionally licensed social workers in North Carolina. Twonya has also supervised and mentored many social work interns in various work settings. Twonya has received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a master’s degree in Social Work, and was

recently accepted to a Doctor of Social Work program at Tulane University. Twonya is currently working on several projects geared towards the empowerment of minority women in both Virginia and North Carolina.

LaKetia Jones, LMSW, MDiv, CA

Virginia Co-State 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 Prince George 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.

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