Staff and Board
Candace Wood, Interim Executive Director
We are excited to announce Candace Wood as Interim Executive Director. In addition to being a longtime youthSpark supporter, Candace has served the community and non-profit sector for 29 years in a variety of professional roles. Candace has worked with children’s organizations addressing several critical issues, including at-risk youth, childhood cancer, learning and developmental disabilities, and more. You can email Candace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Swain, Deputy Director
Jennifer oversees strategic implementation of current programs, as well as community education initiatives and other internal activities at youthSpark. Previously she served as youthSpark’s Program Director where she led the design and implementation of the Voices early intervention program, the first program of its kind to reach girls who are at high-risk for trafficking involvement, or who do not self-identify as victims of commercial sexual exploitation. She trains various groups on the issue of child sex trafficking, and presents at local and national conferences on victim identification and early intervention. Jennifer is a founding member of the Georgia Statewide Trafficking Task Force—serving on the Keeping At-Risk Youth Safe work group—and she routinely provides expert witness testimony in trafficking cases. Jennifer’s current focus is on the design and implementation of youthSpark’s new Youth Services Center. You can email Jennifer at email@example.com.
Program and Clinical Staff
Board of Directors
The youthSpark Board of Directors is comprised of talented, dedicated individuals who provide support and oversight in achieving our mission. Board members work hand-in-hand with key staff members to enhance and grow youthSpark’s impact in putting a stop to the exploitation of youth.
Cassandra Johnson, Board Chair
Zenda Jones, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
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Catherine Payne, Secretary
Alston & Bird, LLP
Barbara Rose, Governance Committee Chair
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Sharon Hill, Ph.D., Programs Committee Chair
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
Anita Leopold, Fundraising Committee Chair
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