Our team is trained in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®), Motivational Interviewing®, and has been certified to conduct the Commercial Sexual Exploitation Identification Tool (CSE-IT®).
Alexandria Guillen: Chief Program Officer
Alexandria has worked with our program since its inception in October 2017. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi and is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University.
Alex has extensive experience working with survivors of trauma. Her experience as a Common Thread advocate has provided the Youth Center staff with invaluable insight and knowledge about the CSEY victim, including the Stages of Change (Prochaska et al. 1992), which identifies how survivors of sexual assault and exploitation change, both in treatment and on their own. Her studies towards a Masters in Social Work provide the skills and insights needed to effectively run the day-to-day operations of the Youth Center of Texas.
Kayla Russell: Director of Case Management
Kayla obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is currently studying to obtain her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kayla is a former Rape Crisis Center advocate and has several years of experience working with survivors of sexual exploitation.
Kayla is responsible for ensuring that the Youth Center of Texas case management and advocacy services are carried out in an effective, results-driven, and survivor-inclusive manner.
Jessica Venturini, LPC: Clinical Case Manager
Jessica obtained her Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has several years of experience working with children in the foster care system and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.
Jessica has been trained in TF-CBT and EMDR, both identified by the Office of Victims of Crime as effective evidence-based practices for victims with complex trauma. Jessica provides clinical assessments and long-term clinical services to Youth Center survivors that support the case management goals within each survivor’s service plan.
Margarita Lerma: Case Manager
Margarita obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Texas A&M University in College Station and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Houston. Margarita has experience working with various populations ranging from parents with children with disabilities to immigrant populations navigating the legal system to gain assistance with asylum and citizenship. Margarita gained her experience in intensive case management working with survivors of Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking while working as an advocate with the Rape Crisis Center.
Taylor Johnson-Pearson: Case Manager
Taylor has a robust amount of experience working with youth who have experienced extreme trauma. She is skilled at building strong relationships with victims and is able to utilize the trust-based relationship to meet our clients’ needs.
Taylor is a Certified Yoga Instructor and able to implement yoga programming into the Youth Center of Texas model as a mode of de-escalation.
Tiffany Saunders: Case Manager
Tiffany brings a unique set of skills to Youth Center that is much needed by our survivors. As a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Tiffany is able to teach our pregnant and new moms the skills and patience needed to ensure the baby is healthy and bonding with mom.
She has worked for Mission Road Ministries, Seton Home, and Communicare Wic providing these invaluable lessons. The Youth Center of Texas and our momma survivors benefit greatly from having Tiffany as a part of our team.
Monse G. Sanchez: Case Worker
Monse obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Texas A&M San Antonio and is currently working towards obtaining her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Texas-San Antonio. Monse brings an invaluable set of skills, which were obtained from her volunteer and internship work at The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights and Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department’s Restore Hope Unit for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.