Phone: (202) 465-8794
Lyn has a passion to create space for people to be “met where they are” in life and to provide resources to support them along the way. With over 15 years of experience working with numerous “at risk” populations, I take everyday as a blessing and challenge. A blessing to be of service and a challenge to excel, regardless of the feat. “Too much is given, much is required” is a motto I live by.
Clinical Case Manager
Viola McGowan is driven by purpose and passion for working with youth, specifically LGBTQ youth. She has spent the last 3 years working with LGBTQ youth in Dallas and has a total of 10 years of youth work experience. Viola holds a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Texas – Dallas. She is excited to continue that great work with the LBTQ youth of DC.
Jermani is a proud native Washingtonian and the proud mother of 2. She has consistently remained passionate about two things: social justice and working with at-risk populations. A graduate of the University of the District of Columbia’s Social Work program, she has dedicated her life to integrating both of her passions through her work. Jermani has over 10 years of experience working with various at-risk populations including members of the LGBTQ community, children, young adults, and older adults. Jermani is overjoyed to be a part of Wanda Alston and its mission.
Jamy Drapeza, LGSW
Jamy is a proud, non-binary first generation child of Filipino immigrants with a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University and over five years of experience serving youth and families impacted by incarceration. Prior, they were the NYC Program Director of S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective. They bring their strengths as a nonprofit startup builder and private therapist.
Markia (Kia) Williams
Kia has over 10 years of working in HR and the LGBTQ community, with helping over 1,200 Washington, D.C. youth succeed over a span of a decade while working with the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program. Kia is a proud native Washingtonian, devoted mother, partner, daughter, sister, auntie, and friend.
Dylan Mattimore graduated in 2018 with a BA in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is passionate about human rights, LGBTQ rights, and gender equity which is what drew her interest in the Wanda Alston Foundation. As of 2020, Dylan has worked with WAF for 1 year, however, she is excited to continue working at the Wanda Alston Foundation as it continues to grow.
Andrew’s passion for public service comes from previously working at a nonprofit supporting refugees and immigrants in the Pittsburgh area, and joining the Peace Corps as a youth development specialist in Morocco. Andrew was drawn to the Wanda Alston Foundation because of their important mission and his continued desire to support at risk youth in reaching their full potential.