Our team is trained in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®), Transtheoretical Model of Change, Motivational Interviewing®, Trauma-Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and has been certified to conduct the Commercial Sexual Exploitation Identification Tool (CSE-IT®).
ADRIANA MCKINNON: M.S. L.P.C., N.C.C., L.C.C.A – President & C.E.O.
As we enter into the next phase of our program vision, we are honored to have Ms. McKinnon lead the way. A cross-cultural, bilingual program director and licensed counselor, Ms. McKinnon is committed to providing all victims and survivors a life in a society that can grant justice, equity, and dignity by ensuring that the field of victim’s services is inclusive, accessible, and culturally and structurally competent for all individuals.
Ms. McKinnon’s extensive experience providing leadership, management, and financial expansion to programs providing services to victims will support the Youth Center of Texas’s long-term mission and sustainability. Among her many years of experience providing advocacy, crisis intervention, case management, and clinical services to victims of child abuse and sex trafficking, Ms. McKinnon has served as the Program Director for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health in Victoria, Texas, an unaccompanied Children’s Services Program and emergency shelter funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). It was here that she managed the day-to-day programmatic, administrative, financial, and operational systems of 64 beds for unaccompanied, refugee, migrant children. Ms. McKinnon has also served as the Outreach Services Director for the Domestic Violence Women’s Shelter of South Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she developed and executed the shelter’s outreach programming within 12 counties in rural South Texas, and successfully executed the marketing, communications, funding, and budgeting plans for the program. Ms. McKinnon comes prepared to expand the Youth Center’s funding sources, having prepared, secured, and managed a multitude of funding opportunities from private foundations and public sources such as VOCA, VAWA, and SAPCS.
Ms. McKinnon understands the importance of holistic treatment for victims of child abuse, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. As a Licensed Professional Counselor – Associate, she utilizes evidence-based treatments to include Trauma Focus-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and incorporates a victim’s Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) to improve health care access and community well-being by understanding that where each victim lives, learns, works, and plays affects a wide range of health and quality-of-life risks and outcomes.
Ms. McKinnon will begin her leadership role on August 1, 2021. Welcome to the Youth Center team and the Bexar County region of community partners, Adriana!
Alexandria Garcia: L.M.S.W. – Chief Program Officer
Alexandria is a licensed master level social worker and 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 her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University. Alexandria has extensive experience working with victims and survivors of sexual violence experiencing complex trauma. Her extensive experience as a victims’ advocate has provided the Youth Center staff with invaluable insight and knowledge about CSEY and how survivors of sexual assault and exploitation change, both in treatment and on their own. Her studies and leadership experience provide the skills and insights needed to effectively oversee 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.
Sierra Coronado: Case Manager
Sierra graduated from St. Mary’s University with her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. She has experience working with DFPS Investigations unit where she assisted in removals, transportation, visitation monitoring, and more.
In addition to her work with DFPS, Sierra also volunteers her time working as a Canine Role-Player with NARCORPS.
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. Tiffany has also completed the Nurturing Families™ Facilitator Certification Training. The Youth Center of Texas and our momma survivors benefit greatly from having Tiffany as a part of our team.
Anna Arevalo: Case Manager
Anna obtained her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Anna has experience working with victims of domestic violence from her time at Family Violence Prevention Services as a case manager.
Anna worked to provide referrals to women to initiate self-sufficiency, such as those to education, counseling, legal, and employment. Anna also gained experience in assisting a multitude of families and survivors in achieving long-term housing. Currently attending UTSA to complete MSW.
Alyssa Schafer: Case Manager
Alyssa obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from Central Washington University, and Master’s Degree in Social Work at Boise State University. Alyssa has vast experience working with survivors of human trafficking as well as sex workers in her role as a Case Manager at the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, and extensive experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse from her time at Citizens Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse in Washington state. Additionally, she has abundant volunteer experience with LGBTQIA+ youth in crisis, as well as group facilitation skills throughout her two practicums in pursuance of her MSW degree.
Tiara Goodin: Case Worker
Tiara Goodin first entered the social services field working in hospital settings as direct care staff supporting disabled children and adults. She is extremely passionate about supporting others on their journey to healing and creating healthy relationships. Tiara holds her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Sanford Brown College and has plans to continue her education in the social work field.
Alyssa Gomez: Transportation Case Worker
Alyssa Gomez recently graduated with her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in forensic psychology from Texas State University and is now joining the field in hopes of encouraging and contributing to social change within the sex trafficking realm. Alyssa’s various roles within honor societies and leadership boards at Texas State University have assisted in enhancing her skillset for her role at Youth Center. She will be starting UT Arlington MSW program.