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
Laura Tomaine, Human Resource Administrator, ext. 244
Ashley Branch, Administrative Specialist, ext. 200

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
Emily Harpster, Senior Philanthropy Officer, ext. 275

Community Education Staff (ReadySteps and STAR Kids)

Shannon Banks, Director of Community Education, ext. 238
Jackie Baylink, STAR Kids Educator, ext. 223
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

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
Jamie Morris, Infant-Toddler Specialist, ext. 256
Paloma Saucedo, Infant-Toddler Specialist, ext. 236

Family Support Staff (Healthy Families & REAL Dads)

Sarah Carter, MA, Director of Family Support, ext. 229
Eddie Harris, REAL Dads Educator, ext. 227
Shannon Arehart, MS, Senior Healthy Families Supervisor, ext. 253
Syreeta Grooms, Family Support Worker, ext. 254
Rebecca Mays, Family Support Worker , ext. 255
Estefania Uribe, Family Support Worker, ext. 246
Sharon Taylor, M.Ed., Family Support Counselor, ext. 232

Youth Counseling Staff (Teen Counseling & Inside Out)

Shannon Noe, LPC, Director of Counseling, ext. 230
Madeline D’Elia, MA, Resident in Counseling, ext. 240
Dee Keller, LPC, Senior Teen Counselor, ext. 258
Jordan Leahy, MA, Resident in Counseling, 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
Katie-Anne Padalino, LPC, Senior Trauma Counselor, ext. 260
Niti Patel, LCSW, Trauma Counselor, ext. 272
Urvi Patel, Youth Counseling Program Coordinator, ext. 223
Allie Roth, M.Ed., NCC, Resident in Counseling, ext. 225
Ashley Wood, LCSW, Senior Trauma Counselor, ext. 273

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

Supervision for Interns, Residents and Supervisees

Shannon Noe, LPC #0701005068 supervises Jordan Leahy, MA.
Katie-Anne Padalino, LPC #0701005705 supervises: Madeline D’Elia, MA; and Allie Roth, M.Ed.



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
  • Chrissy McNeely
  • Whitmore Merrick
  • Laura E. Roller
  • Marjory Ruderman
  • Pam Sorenson
  • Charlsie Stratton
  • Todd Sturman

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