Staff and Board

Staff and Board

Jennifer Swain, Executive Director

Ms. Swain leads strategic development and implementation of current programs at youthSpark. For the past ten years, she has served in several executive capacities, including youthSpark’s Deputy Director, where she led the design and implementation of the early intervention framework, the first of its kind to reach high-risk youth earlier on the abuse continuum. She offers training and technical assistance various groups on youth sexual exploitation, including presentations to local and national conferences on best practices and advocacy initiatives.

Jennifer is a founding member of the Georgia Statewide Trafficking Task Force—serving as the Chair for the Keeping At-Risk Youth Safe work group. She routinely provides expert witness testimony in trafficking cases.

You can email Jennifer at 
[email protected].

Program and Clinical Staff

Teinika Lewis, MA, Deputy Director
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Tonnisha LaSalle, MBA, Operations Director
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Renee Shelby, Research Director
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Meghan Ready, LMFT, Clinical Director

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Dorsey Jones, Case Manager and Voices Coordinator
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Keianna Porche, Program Coordinator
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Board of Directors

The 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. 


If you’re interested in joining our Board, please fill out our interest form and we’ll be in touch soon.

Hyacinth Edwards, Co-Chair

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta

Christopher Wilbanks, Co-Chair
The Robert & Polly Dunn Foundation

Catherine Payne, Secretary
Alston & Bird, LLP

Barbara Rose
New Generation Partnerships

Tiffiny Robinson
The Roth Firm


Sara Yeglin
CNN International

Kim Brannan
Brannan Sports Enterprise LLC

Vincent Phillips, Esq.
The Law Office of Vince P. Phillips

Devika Rao
O’Neill Communications