SHANEE HOWELL, MSW, CAS, ITFS
Executive Director, CEO
Shanee is a devoted advocate for children and families, and is passionate about nurturing growth within families of children with developmental delays. Shanee has received her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of New England, with a concentration in Micro Practice focused on individuals, families, and groups, and her Bachelors degree in Social Work from Longwood University. She is a Certified Autism Specialist, has a Certificate in Child Nutrition, as well as Parent Training. She is a member the National Association of Social Workers, and the Autism Society of NC/Forsyth County. Shanee is always learning and strives to cultivate meaningful relationships within the community by using her expertise of working in home, community, and private school settings.
GINNA VEST, M. Ed
Chief Development Officer
Ginna is a passionate advocate and committed to improving the lives of those within her community. As a former school administrator and teacher she has extensive training in Total Quality initiatives, data analytics, disaggregating data to ascertain areas for improvement and implementation of defined goals and strategic growth. Ginna holds her Masters in Education from UNC Charlotte. And is actively involved in JLWS, volunteer work with the Ronald McDonald House, and the Brenner Children’s Hospital. Ginna hopes to develop the resources that are sustainable, and attainable for all members of our community.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s of Psychology from Salem College and has worked with children with developmental and behavioral disorders for over eight years. She has a passion for creating a friendly learning environment that meets each child’s sensory, behavioral, and academic needs. She loves to help students learn the needed social skills to make and maintain friendships and the classroom skills needed to be successful in school. She focuses on helping her students develop a positive growth mindset in order to increase social and self confidence. Jennifer leads both the AFS Preschool and After School programs.
Anna is passionate about helping all children grow and develop to reach their potential. As a parent to a child who has developmental delays, she is dedicated to serving families and helping them overcome the obstacles they may face. Anna has a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has 5 years of teaching experience at various grade levels in the elementary setting. Once her son was born in December of 2015, she left the classroom in order to meet his needs both medically and developmentally. She is dedicated to working with children and families in order to make sure they have the resources and support they need.
Ra’Chel has a BA in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and is currently working on a Masters of Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. Ra’Chel has previous experience as a registered behavior technician and has her Infant Toddler Family Certification. She loves working with children, finding new and creative ways to negotiate the gap in development in all areas. Ra’Chel assists in both the Preschool and After School programs.
Community & Parent Liaison
Dori is a parent advocate for children with developmental delays, as well as the parent of a child with Autism. She is committed to sharing her experiences to empower families and to find the necessary resources for their child’s lifelong growth and development. Dori is passionate about engaging our Winston-Salem community. She remains actively involved in several community-based programs and supports holistic approaches to building community support systems. Her veteran personal experience and insatiable drive to bring improve her community makes her an invaluable asset to our team.
KELSIE VAUGHN, MS, BCBA
Kelsie has over six years of experience working with children and adults with autism and other developmental and behavioral disorders. She has earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Kelsie has formal training and education in exercise science, nutrition, and sports training. She is a member of the North Carolina Association of Behavior Analysts (NCABA) and Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Kelsie is also an active member of ABAI’s special interest group for exercise and sports training.
Director of Fundraising & Community Involvement
MariPat is an accomplished community organizer and is fiercely committed to removing financial barriers, in order to create pathways for families to access the services they need to feel healthy and whole. After nearly a decade in resource development for the YMCA, United Way, and Arthritis Foundation, MariPat has made Applied Family Services her new home and hub for continuing work in strengthening families and our community. MariPat holds degrees in Political Science and English from the College of Charleston.
MATTHEW JAMES, MAT
Advocacy & Inclusion Consultant
Matthew James is a doctoral student at UNC-Greensboro currently in his third year, who has worked to foster inclusive educational services for students with extensive support needs (ESN). He received his MAT in Spec. Ed. from UNC-Charlotte and taught two years in a self-contained private school, which also provided residential services for 80+ individuals with intellectual and other disabilities. Fostering collaborative partnerships between parents, schools, and the community, to improve the quality of life for individuals with ESN, is a deeply held passion. His goals are to support local, national and international initiatives that improve education and quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
Director of Operations
Grandin is committed to providing high-quality services within the community to serve children and families of all developmental levels and backgrounds. Grandin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampden-Sydney College, and has a background focusing almost exclusively on marketing and design. Currently working toward his Masters of Business Administration, he provides support for the organization through organizational and financial management best practices. Grandin also supports the overall community engagement and strategic outreach planning activities with the desire to help mitigate the barriers for families to access these high-impact services.