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®).
Erin Barry: President & CEO
Erin is responsible for ensuring the successful day-to-day operations of the Youth Center. She conducts public training and presentations on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CSEY), represents the Youth Center in the Governor’s Office Child Sex Trafficking Investigations and Care Coordination Multi-Disciplinary Teams, is Co-Chair of the Alamo Area Coalition Against Trafficking (AACAT), and a Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) Practitioner.
Erin is most proud to be able to provide legal advocacy for the Youth Center’s victims of CSEY. She is a member of the Juvenile Section and Child Protection Section of the State Bar of Texas. Prior to leading the Youth Center program, Erin served as in-house counsel for the Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department and is a former Bexar County Assistant District Attorney of the Juvenile Division.
Her volunteer work includes the Hidalgo Foundation Board of Bexar County, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Chicago, Childhaven of Seattle, the Blue Ribbon Task Force of San Antonio, the St. PJ’s Children’s Home Board, the Heart Gallery of San Antonio Board, and the Bexar County Child Welfare Board.
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Alexandria Guillen: Chief Program Officer
Alexandria has worked with the drop-in center 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 over 7 years of 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.
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 over 3 years of experience working with survivors of sexual exploitation. Kayla is extremely driven and passionate about victim advocacy and provides effective and results-driven case management services for survivors of trauma.
Jessica Venturini, LPC-Associate: 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 over six years of experience working with survivors of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Jessica provides clinical assessments and long-term clinical services to Youth Center survivors and guides the Case Management team in implementing effective long-term services that support successful outcomes.
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 experience in intensive case management working with survivors of Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking from her time as an advocate with the Rape Crisis Center.
Taylor Johnson-Pearson: Case Manager
Taylor has over 2 years 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 currently in training to become a Certified Yoga Instructor and will be able to provide Yoga classes to our survivors.
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. Youth Center and our momma survivors are so grateful to have 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 has more than a year of experience working with at-risk youth. She gained invaluable skillsets 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 that will be most useful to our survivors.