Board of Directors

 

Joshua Calarino

Joshua Calarino

President

Before becoming Youth MOVE National’s board president, Joshua was the vice president of Youth MOVE Miami. He serves on the Got Transitions Youth advisory board, and is the Lead Peer at the Federation of Families Miami-Dade chapter. Josh lives in Miami, FL, loves to play sports and video games, and enjoys learn new things. Josh was recently awarded SAMHSA’s Young Adult VOICE Youth Leadership Award.

Committee: Executive (President)
Membership

“Youth MOVE gave me a voice and the tools to use it when I did not have either. It has taught me to be a leader

Joshua

Cynthia Harris

Cynthia Harris

Vice President

Cynthia Harris is the Administrator for the Nebraska DHHS Division of Behavioral Health Office of Consumer Affairs. Prior to this, she worked for Lincoln Public Schools, Visinet Inc., Better Living Counseling Services Inc, and the Friendship Home. Cynthia is an alumni of the foster care system and survivor of childhood trauma. She holds a MS in Human and Family Services Administration, two Graduate Certificates, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska. She will complete a second Master’s program May 2017 in Public Administration. She has helped train and certify nearly 200 peers in NE and led Quality Improvement initiatives to support the State’s infrastructure of peer support services for adult, family, and youth. Cynthia currently supports DHHS operations for Peer Support both in community and in hospital settings, System of Care efforts, Nebraska Family Helpline, Network of Care, system transformation efforts, integration of TIC and CLAS standards, community integration, and Olmsted planning.

Executive (Vice President)
Membership Services (Chair)

Cynthia is looking forward to using her personal experience and skills to support Youth MOVE in accomplishing goals and changing the lives of youth all across the nation.

Cynthia

Anna Claire Bowen

Anna Claire Bowen

Finance Committee

Anna Claire Lowder is the Clinical Director for Tennessee Voices for Children (TVC). Prior to this role, Anna Claire has held various roles at TVC since 2013 including Program Manager for the Youth Screen and Youth MOVE programs and Youth and Family Therapist in the Family Connections program. Additionally, she works as Adjunct Faculty in the Graduate Marriage and Family Therapy program at Lipscomb University. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Belmont University and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Tennessee. She has a passion for mentoring students and newly graduated therapists to develop their clinical and professional skills. When not at TVC, Anna Claire is active with the Junior League of Nashville, Nashville Junior Chamber, and the Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys doing yoga.

Committee: Finance

I desired to be on Youth MOVE National’s board because of my personal and professional experience with mental health challenges. It is inspiring to see the resources and be a part of the movement that gives youth a voice when it comes to how they want to live their life.

Anna Claire

Justine Castañeda

Justine Castañeda

Membership Committee

Justine Castaneda joined the South Florida Wellness Network as the Youth Outreach Coordinator and later also became the Coordinator for the local Youth MOVE Chapter in Broward County. She is a student of life who has overcome a variety of challenges in her seemingly short time on Earth. In August of 2012, she began her journey of transformation to change her thinking and behaviors, thus changing her life. She strives to live by moral and altruistic principles to ultimately help others as she had been helped. Through continuous action, living by moral beliefs, and through her support network; she had been connected to the South Florida Wellness Network. Ms. Castaneda believes that young people are the future and believes that through education, support, advocacy, creativity, and empowerment that young people can have a healthy outlet and realize that their struggles are not taboo. She believes that peer-support, holistic methods, expressive arts, and a variety of other healthy out-lets and communication can really change someone’s life, as it has changed hers.

Ms. Castaneda has made service to others a way of life for herself in her personal life for the last couple of years, and now on a professional level as well. She is involved in a supportive community and has dedicated herself to teaching, educating, and supporting others in their various experiences. Ms. Castaneda strives to see the humanity and creativity that lies in every human being. Ms. Castaneda believes that there are simply varying degrees of sickness and she strives to educate others in this belief. In Ms. Castaneda’s free time, she attends college, mentors other young women, paints, writes, and goes to yoga class. These have been some of the tools in which she has used to contribute to her wellness. Ms. Castaneda teaches others the tools she has learned along her journey, and remains open-minded to continue learning how to help and serve both others and herself as best as she can. She has become a facilitator of various trainings including WHAM (Whole Health Action Management), WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning), and MHFA (Mental Health First Aid). She continues to participate in her community by speaking and connecting with as many people as possible to reduce stigma surrounding Mental Health in Broward County using both creative and conventional methods. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Gandhi.

Committee: Membership
Youth peer support

“[Youth MOVE] started out as a requirement of my work, but as I learned more and continued to read and stay involved, I realized there was a huge youth movement. This really inspired me because sometimes the work we are doing feels like it isn’t going anywhere. Youth MOVE and other youth groups showed me that we are making a difference, it just takes a lot of time for stubbornness to move

Justine

Kippi Clausen

Kippi Clausen

Finance Committee

Kippi has been involved in youth voice and engagement for over 25 years. She was the program director for National Youth POWER and supported states in implementing youth voice and leadership efforts. Kippi is an Associate and Vice President of Operations for the Permanency and Transition Highway (PATH) for the Downs Group, LLC. She has been actively involved in leading system transformation involving Judges, Guardian at Litems, youth corrections, schools and behavioral health to name a few. Among her accomplishments, Kippi led a national youth development program which engaged over 500,000 youth across the United States; provided the leadership for the development and design of the largest foster youth savings program in the United States; and consulted with and coached business leaders, non profits, agencies from various systems and state organizations on cross-system collaboration. She recognizes the crucial need for permanency for all foster youth and why building social capital for children in every community is essential. Kippi is most recognized for her work to integrate youth guided principles at all levels of practice. In recent years her work has included involving young people in policy, peer lead training for professionals and bringing business leaders to the table to take an active role in coaching and mentoring youth.

Committees: Finance
Policy
Youth Peer Support

The work she is most proud of is her work to help increase youth voice and to integrate youth guided – youth voice principles at all levels of practice. She is now involved with efforts that focus on policy development, peer lead training for youth and professionals and bringing public systems and business leaders to the table to take an active role in coaching and mentoring to youth.

Noelle Harper

Noelle Harper

Resource & Development Committee

Noelle is the Youth MOVE Arkansas State Office Director, where she oversees 14 Youth Liaisons around the state who are working to educate communities on the importance of youth voice and the changes that we see have to occur. She has sat on several committees and focus groups as the “youth voice”. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Out of the Dark Inc (a nonprofit organization educating the community on substance use and abuse), the Youth MOVE Arkansas Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for North Jonesboro Neighborhood Initiative, the CASSP Executive Council, and the Jonesboro Tobacco Coalition. Noelle is the OTD Coalition Vice President, a CADCA Member (working on her CPS Certification), an ABHPAC Member, a Fisher Street Community in Action Event Organizer.

Committee: Resource and Development
Policy
Youth Peer Support

Youth MOVE has been like a family to me since I was 22, when I speak to school counselors or teachers I tell them that Youth MOVE is something I needed in high school. In my little community in Arkansas you didn’t mention mental health, bullying, drugs, so I went to college with hang ups due to the fact that I couldn’t speak of my problems in my school or community. Attending college and meeting people who had my same issues well that is the only reason I am here today. Last year at the YMA Annual Conference I was chosen as the Professional Change Agent of the Year by the youth and adults I work side by side with. That to me was the most amazing feeling, to know that I have made a difference

Noelle

Damie Jackson-Diop

Damie Jackson-Diop

Resource & Development Committee

Damie serves on the Youth Peer Support Committee and Best Practices Committee. She is a dedicated and innovative Mental Health Professional with combined experience of more than 15 years with youth-directed initiatives. She is a nationally recognized content expert and thought leader on transition for youth with significant emotional behavioral health concerns. She has served as an Experienced Advocate for Youth, Certified Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education and Work (RENEW) Facilitator Leader, and is a trainer on best practice approaches for engaging youth in behavioral health disparity reduction initiatives. She is a committee member of the Rethinking Guardianship(Collective Impact): Building a Case for Less Restrictive Alternatives Initiatives Workgroup, the Chair of the NC Mental Health Block Grant Planning Council and Vice Co-Chair, Co-Chair of the Community of Practice on Youth and Young Adults in Transition -a subcommittee of the NC (System of Care) Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families, Creative Director of Integrated Approaches, LLC and Founder of Young Minds North Carolina. Damie has received the 2015 Marlene Matarese Advocate for Youth of the Year Voice Award from Youth MOVE National for outstanding and continued support and facilitation of youth and young adult voice.

Committee: Resource and Development
Youth Peer Support (Chair)

The importance of Youth MOVE is best describe by American educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian and civil rights activist, Mary McLeod Bethune, “We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.

Damie

David McClung

David McClung

Finance Committee

David McClung is a youth engagement specialist for Texas System of Care and Title V, Adolescent Health. David graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Baylor University with a Masters in Social Work and Master of Divinity. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Work at Baylor University and hopes to graduate in 2018. His research interests include natural support systems, the role of congregations in mental health, and youth participatory action research. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with his family, keeping up with current events, reading, and watching movies.

Committee: Finance

Youth MOVE National is a national organization committed to leading the way for authentic youth and young adult voice. Youth MOVE has it all – from the technical assistance, to the connections that are made with people around the country, to the growing emphasis on research and evaluation – Youth MOVE National is a strong and consistent presence for youth and young adult voice to be heard.

David