Our Staff & Board

Contact information for our staff and board.

General email: [email protected]

Phone: (434) 296-4118
Fax: (434) 295-2638

Address: 1000 East High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


ReadyKids Staff Contact Information

Jacki Bryant, LPC, Executive Director
Melissa Cohen, LCSW, Deputy Executive Director, ext. 234
Celina Adams, Internal Equity Analyst, ext. 257
Ashley Branch, Office Manager, ext. 200
Erica Gaines, Community Engagement and Inclusion Strategist, ext. 264
Laura Tomaine, Human Resource Administrator, ext. 244

Finance Staff

Bill Barefoot, Director of Finance, ext. 247
Brianne Anderson, Finance & Data Administrator, ext. 237

Philanthropy Staff

Allison S.C. Henderson, Director of Philanthropy, ext. 235
Eileen Barber, Communications Officer, ext. 233

Community Education Staff (ReadySteps and STAR Kids)

Shannon Banks, Director of Community Education, ext. 238
Emma Bramer, ReadySteps Family Support Specialist, ext. 252
Belén Larronda, ReadySteps Early Education Specialist, ext. 244
Margot Pleasants, Senior ReadySteps and Family Support Specialist, ext. 253
Maria Stein, STAR Kids Educator, ext. 239
Maggie Williams, STAR Kids Educator, ext. 226

Early Learning Staff (Growing Minds)

Gail Esterman, MSW, Director of Early Learning, ext. 228
Kellie Alarcon, Early Learning Specialist, ext. 261
Jennifer Fry, M.Ed., Senior Early Learning Specialist, ext. 251
Sara Gusler, Early Learning Specialist, ext. 245
Jamie Morris, Infant-Toddler Specialist, ext. 256
Paloma Saucedo, Infant-Toddler Specialist, ext. 236

Family Support Staff (Healthy Families & REAL Dads)

Sarah Carter, M.A., Director of Family Support, ext. 229
Eddie Harris, REAL Dads Educator, ext. 227
Shannon Arehart, M.S., Senior Healthy Families Supervisor, ext. 253
Rebecca Mays, Family Support Worker , ext. 255
Narges M. Nasim, Family Support Worker, ext. 223
Skylar Race, Family Support Worker, ext. 254
Estefania Uribe, Family Support Worker, ext. 246
Sharon Taylor, M.Ed., Family Support Counselor, ext. 232
Asiah Williams, B.S., M.A., Family Resource and Outreach Specialist, ext. 262

Youth Counseling Staff (Teen Counseling & Inside Out)

Shannon Noe, LPC, Director of Counseling, ext. 230
Celina Adams, Counseling Program Coordinator, ext. 223
Eva Buck, Clinical Intern, ext. 269
Madeline D’Elia, MA, Trauma Counselor, ext. 240
Jordan Leahy, MA, Teen Counselor, ext. 250
Mira Levine, LCSW, Trauma Counselor, ext. 277
Dave Lewis, LCSW, Trauma Counselor, ext. 266
Emily Loranger, LCSW, Trauma Counselor, ext. 259
Natalie Martin, LCSW, Trauma Counselor, ext. 224
Ashante Mozie, MS, Trauma Counselor, ext. 270
Katie-Anne Padalino, LPC, Senior Trauma Counselor, ext. 260
Niti Patel, LCSW, Trauma Counselor, ext. 272
Deanna Pollard, BSW, MSW Intern, Clinical Intern, ext. 268
Marta Rampini, Clinical Intern, ext. 267
Allie Roth, M.Ed., NCC, Trauma Counselor, ext. 225
Ashley Wood, LCSW, Senior Trauma Counselor, ext. 273

24-Hour Teen Hotline
972-7233 (972-SAFE)

Supervision for Interns, Residents and Supervisees

Natalie Martin, Lic #0904010560 supervises Deanna Pollard, BSW, MSW and Marta Rampini.
Shannon Noe, Lic#0701005068 supervises Jordan Leahy, MA.
Katie-Anne Padalino, Lic #0701005705 supervises Madeline D’Elia, MA; Ashante Mozie, Ms; and Allie Roth, M.Ed.
Ashley Wood, Lic #0904010576 supervises Eva Buck.



Andrea Ayres

Vice President

Michael Mason


John ‘deK’ Bowen


Patricia Colby

Board Members

  • Mike Chinn
  • Louis Citron
  • Polly Clark
  • Mary Coleman
  • Jas Heim
  • Ellen Jones
  • Kevin McDonald
  • Sarah McLean
  • Christine McNeely
  • Whitmore Merrick
  • Laura E. Roller
  • Marjory Ruderman
  • Pam Sorenson
  • Charlsie Stratton
  • Todd Sturman

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