Executive Assistant and Office Manager
ShainaRae believes that true wellness happens when the mind, body, and spirit are all in line. She focuses on the journey and not the destination, knowing you can gain some of the most amazing information from very unexpected sources. ShainaRae is an outgoing community center individual with a passion for helping others. She has countless years working in her community to advocate for youth and underprivileged families. She strives to provide a safe and open environment for her youth focusing on finding their own voice and becoming a self-advocate.
ShainaRae partners with multiple youth-serving organizations. She is an executive board member for Youth M.O.V.E Arkansas, is a liaison for YMA-Craighead County, the Co-Chair of the Family and Youth committee for Craighead County as well as a board member for Out of the Dark; a youth drug prevention organization. ShainaRae has worked within the medical field for over eight years in numerous roles. She has extensive experience is with insurance, customer service, and administrative roles. ShainaRae prides herself on being an honest open and reliable person.
ShainaRae is at the forefront of a new service being provided in Arkansas: Youth Support Specialist. She’s assisted in the creating of the curriculum as well as being one of the first YSS trainers for Arkansas. YSS is an evidence-based treatment to provide support to peers having gained the ability to empathize with them through lived experience and not formal education. She looks forward to the growth of the service and assisting in its application locally.
Diamond Adams is a native of Little Rock, AR. She graduated from UA Little Rock in May 2020 with a Bachelors of Social Work. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Social Work at UA Little Rock. She has served in the Arkansas National Guard since 2012. She is currently employed by the Division of Children and Family Services. Throughout Diamond's short career as a Social Worker, she has demonstrated a passion for children and mental health. She's completed an internship with the Safe Babies Court Team in Little Rock, AR. She is the first graduate of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) partnership with the Department of Human Services and UA Little Rock Social Work department. Diamond is the president of the Association for Black Social Workers- UALR chapter. She is also a member of the NCWWI student board and DCFS Action Teams that focus on racial injustice and inclusion for state of Arkansas employees. Diamond believes that everything happens for a reason and through God, anything is possible.
Jeramie Alexander is the son of Yolanda Mason and Jeramie Alexander, Sr. He is a native of Parkin, Arkansas and attends Philander Smith College with a current grade point average of 3.97. He is expected to graduate with a Bachelors in Social Work in 2021. At Philander Smith College, he is a part of STUMP modeling and the college judicial board. He was the 2019-2020 Mr. Philander Smith College and made history by being one of Ebony's Top 10 HBCU Kings. Jeramie has hopes of going to law school but without leaving out the field of social work. His hobbies and interests include listening to inspirational music, helping others, and dressing up like he is already in his dream career. A quote that he lives by is "There can not be failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self-respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King."
Rusty Armstrong is the father of two children ages, 7 and 4, who are homeschooled by his wife, Bianca. He works as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor for the Arkansas Department of Corrections. His hobbies include spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He enjoys experiencing new scenery and exotic cuisine.
He believes in the humanistic assumption that people are inherently good. That we all try to be good people but can be prone to negative habits, mixed up priorities, irrational thinking, and making poor choices during moments of weakness. He thinks that many of the problems that we face as individuals are not the result of pathology but of irrational thinking exacerbated by the introduction of chemical substances. This perspective helps him to practice with compassion while maintaining professional composer.
He believes that his responsibility as a counselor is to meet his clients where they are and try to establish a therapeutic alliance by building rapport and working together to identify appropriate goals. He will then try to assist his clients in achieving their goals by helping them unlearn distorted thinking patterns and negative habits, identifying their strengths and resources, and building and maintaining hope though solutions building.
Ezell Joseph Bailey Jr is the son of Beverly Doolittle and Ezell Joseph Bailey Sr. Ezell Bailey is a proud native of Hughes, Arkansas, the small town with the big heart. He attends the illustrious Philander Smith College where he expects to obtain his Bachelors degree in Social Work. Ezell is very involved on his campus. He is a Spring 2018 initiate of the Beta Chi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., in which he has served in numerous positions. He has also served as a Residential Assistant for Philander Smith College from 2017 - 2020. He admires being a helping hand for anyone who needs it. His hobbies include shopping, singing and praising his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Ezell goes by one of his favorite bible scriptures of all time, “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.
Gillian was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and was a University City High School graduate in 2017. She currently attends Philander Smith College where she works as a Residential Assistant and is the Tau Chapter President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
She is expected to graduate in May 2021 with plans to attain her MSW and then receive her doctorate.
Her hobbies include hanging out with friends/sisters, reading, and being an active advocate for her community.
Desiree' Dixon is a 30 year old native of Pine Bluff, AR. She is a graduate of Pine Bluff High School. She currently attends the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, majoring in Social Work and minoring in ASL. Desiree' will graduate May 2021 with a BSW, and plans to continue into MSW.
People normally say they chose their profession, but Desiree' likes to think social work chose her. Before switching to Social Work, her major was Speech Pathology. Working in healthcare allows Desiree' to see many problems within society. That's when she knew Social Work was where she needed to be.
Desiree' holds certifications for CNA, CPR, and Phlebotomy. In five years, Desiree' sees herself working with foster and adoptive children and youth. However, she is not close-minded about her career taking a different direction.
Desiree's hobbies include cooling and running her small business, Savage Crochet and Customs, making handmade crochet, soaps and jewelry pieces.
Arnesha Edington is 26 years old from Hermitage, AR. She graduated from Southern Arkansas University in 2016 with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Social Work. She is currently enrolled in the Masters Program at Walden University and is employed by the Department of Human Services as a Family Service Worker. She is so thrilled to start her internship so she can learn all the aspects of what it takes to become an effective Social Worker.
Brittany Ivory is a 23 year old native of Forrest City, Arkansas. She is the daughter of Teresa Hughes and Lester Ivory and the mother of her 2 year old son De’Mario Westbrooks Jr. Brittany currently attends the University of Arkansas in Monticello where she is a senior in the Social Work Program. She is also a recent graduate of 2020 obtaining her Associate's degree. Brittany is expected to graduate in May of 2021. She hopes to further her education afterwards to receive her Masters degree in hopes of becoming a Hospice Social Worker one day. One of her favorite spiritual quotes is “ faith without works is dead”. She believes that no matter the challenges you may face in life on your journey you should always continue to have faith and work hard to accomplish your goals, you are in control of your future! Brittany hopes to not only become a great social worker but also an inspiration to her son and all young mothers that anything is possible!
Alaundria Logan is the daughter of Wanda Milow and Leeandrew Logan and is a native of Earle Arkansas. She is currently a senior at Philander Smith College and is expected to graduate in May of 2021. She has hopes of becoming one of the most influential social workers there is by diving deep into the lives of others. Being a small town girl has humbled her into the individual she is today. It has also pushed her younger siblings to chase their dreams. Alaundria is known for her bubbly personality and kind heart. She lives by the quote, “Being determined shall get you there.”
Franchesta Martin is 22 years old from Marianna, AR. She attends The Philander Smith College where she will receive a Bachelor in Social Work degree. She loves to help people with anything. Her hobbies are shopping, and praising the Lord.
Niketta White was born in Lawton, Oklahoma. She was raised in Eudora, Arkansas since she was 12 years old. She has 4 children and married to her amazing Husband, Larry. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her hobbies consist of spending time with her family and friends and traveling. Niketta graduated from the University of Arkansas-Monticello in 2010 receiving her Masters degree in Criminal Justice. She then graduated from Capella University with her Masters in Public Safety in 2014. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Social Work program at Our Lady of the Lakes University where she is expected to graduate in May 2021 with the plan to obtain her MSW and then become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is currently employed as a Behavioral Health Case Manager for Mainline Health Systems in the Drew Central School District. Niketta is the owner of Red Ink Designs, LLC. What led her to the social work field is her passion to helping the youth. Connecting them with the appropriate resources and ensuring their needs are being met. Seeing families happy and helping to make a change are two things that guarantees she chose the correct profession. Niketta encourages people to follow their dreams, and it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to achieve a goal, just don’t stop. Keep striving. She believes that God is within her, and she will not fail. Psalm 46:5.