BS, MSAC, MBA, QMHP, CPSS, LCASA-CEO/Executive Director, Member and Sgt at arms of VSUAA GTAC-Alumni Chapter, former Vice-Chair of Cardinal innovations GCQI committee, Elected official staff for NC Board of Elections, Notary, Electronic Notary, Loan signing Notary, Steering Committee-Transitional Aftercare Network, and Heritage HS football team mom 4yrs.
Multi-talented, entrepreneur and humanitarian are three words that describe Nyesha Robinson. Originally from Manhattan, NY, Nyesha now resides in Wake Forest, NC and splits her time between mentoring with the Employment Re-entry Assistance Program, Administrator of CACFP program, contracting with other mental health providers, and working as the Executive Director of Greater Outreach Services, an organization for which she established in 2007 for Mental Health and 2010 for Childcare, Karing Kids nonprofit organization, Mental Health Services, and newest edition to her business food bank. This amazing woman says that her inspiration to work with InStepp, Inc. came from her desire to give back and make a difference in people’s lives. “Volunteering gives you the opportunity to really help someone achieve their life goals. Just to see a great success story is rewarding within itself”, says Nyesha.
Prior to establishing her own organization, Nyesha worked in Corporate America for 10 years in Accounting. She has a BS in Accounting from Virginia State University, an MS in Accounting from Strayer University and an MBA from Strayer University. Nyesha also holds Childcare Credentials, Certified Qualified Professional, a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate, and Certified Zumba Instructor. She is also a member of Order of Eastern Stars Drucilla Chapter No. 19. Despite all of her responsibilities, Nyesha states she recognizes the importance of a work-life balance. “I tell everybody that they have to have a balanced life, I make time for myself”. In her spare time, Nyesha enjoys teaching Zumba classes, which incorporates two of her favorite activities: aerobics and dance. She also is a member of First Calvary Baptist Church in Durham, NC. and especially enjoys spending quality time with her family and son, traveling and shopping.
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Dr. Daye serves as the agency's clinical director. Dr Daye have worked in mental health, substance abuse, and education field for over 20 years. Dr Daye had the opportunity to work in a psychiatric hospital dealing with chronically persistent diagnosed and illnesses consumers, also worked in the community at large providing clinical services and substance abuse services. Dr Daye currently works with kids, children, teenagers, young adults, adults, and couples with a multitude of illnesses and diagnoses in MH/SA/DD. Dr Daye hold a doctorate in Counseling Psychology with specialization in mental health disorders dealing with chronic mental illnesses and diagnoses. Dr Daye is a Licensed Clinical Addiction specialist associate and Licensed Mental Health Counselor qualified supervisor. Qualified mental health professional and qualified developmental disability professional. Dr Daye have been granted multiple opportunities to travel to various countries to work with other cultures and norms. Over the past 2 years, he works with multicultural populations providing mental health services throughout Durham, Raleigh, and Vance counties.
Maya Holt is qualified mental health professional(QMHP)/social worker who has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from North Carolina Central University and is currently working on a Masters of Social Work degree. Maya Holt is a native of Wake Forest North Carolina. Maya possesses over 20 years’ experience providing clinical services to Mental Health/Substance Abuse individuals, families and groups. One of Maya’s major focus is improving the quality of life in minority communities. Maya is currently working as Program Director at Greater Outreach Services. Maya’s strength is organization and being able to build positive and long lasting rapports with beneficiary’s and members in the community. Maya has worked at several mental health agencies in all supervisory positions due to her extensive knowledge of programs, policies and administrative focus of organizations. Maya has experience with both the Adult and Child population. Maya has worked Intensive in home, CST, ACTT, Targeted Case Management, and Peer support services. Maya has worked in a variety of settings including residential, home, community schools and hospitals. Maya has participated in local, state and federal projects directed at increasing the distribution of culturally competent health services. Maya also has experience of serving on The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) which is a federally funded block grant in the Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides funds to states, to administer to support services that alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in under resourced communities. Services and activities including housing, nutrition, utility, and transportation assistance; employment, education, and other income and asset building services; crisis and emergency services; and community asset building initiatives. Maya’s focus is on improving the quality of life in minority communities. Maya uses CBT, mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and also trauma focused CBT using also strength based approach in order to achieve desired goals. Maya has also completed First, Aid, NCI Plus, Person Centered Planning and Thinking, and all HIPAA and confidentiality, child and adult abuse and neglect and documentation trainings. Maya aims to empower her clients and partners with them throughout their journey. Maya has experience helping others cope with ,illness, trauma and adjustment. In her personal time Maya enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, and traveling.
QA/QI Director/Medical Records | Management
Over 13 years of management experience in the subsidized housing industry. Former Program Director for Durham Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher Program, administering affordable housing programs in partnership with community stakeholders. Currently serves as the Program Director for City of Durham Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher Program, as Senior Financial Analyst.
Human Resource Director
Neice L. King was born and raised in Washington, DC of immigrant parents and later moved to NC to start a new career. Neice has over 25+ years of experience working in the mental health and substance use profession working with adults, youths, and groups in community-based and in-home settings. Neice works diligently to meet the specific and unique needs of each client in an environment which provides for trust, compassion, and validation. Her goal is to ensure that each client feels heard, supported, and empowered. She utilizes a collaborative and real-life approach to develop goals and interventions strategies that will best meet the needs of the individual. Her approach focuses heavily on gaining a greater understanding of the unique needs of each client and the recognition of resiliency in each individual. Neice says that “my passion is to serve and help others thrive throughout their lives by sprinkling kindness everywhere I go”. Neice has earned her B.A. degree in Communication Public Relations at Saint Augustine’s University and her Master of Science degree in Human Service Counseling at Capella University. When not working Neice enjoys spending time with her family, event planning and coordinating, enjoying the theater and arts and thrifting.
Peer Support Program Supervisor
Tracey D. Whitten is a Qualified Professional/Case Manager. She has more than 17 years of experience working with children and adults. Her roles included intensive in-home, Peer Support Specialist, Community Support Team, HIV case manager, where she has connections with other community resources. Tracey is involved with the Peer Support program initiatives to adults ongoing support for families within the community. During her career she trained in NCI Plus, Person Centered Thinking, Peer Support Specialist Supervisor, HIV Case Management, Mental Health First Aid, Motivational Interviewer and Targeted Case Management. She is passionate about working with adults, children and their families, as well as participating in educational and best practices with clinicians and paraprofessionals working with individuals impacted by their mental illness.
With a wealth of experience spanning 13 years in the field of housing and peer support, Ashley Bullock, a dedicated professional committed to making a positive impact on the lives of individuals facing homelessness. Ashley’s journey in the housing industry, combined with a genuine passion for peer support, has shaped her unique approach to empowering those in need. While being a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Ashley focused on helping individuals find coping skills and strategies to thrive through life challenges. “I believe in the importance of holistic support, addressing both housing and mental health concerns to promote overall wellness and wellbeing.” A significant part of Ashley’s experience involves working with single mothers in their transition back into the work force and facilitating their journey towards independent housing and stable employment. Ashley’s passion for helping others stems from the belief that empathy and understanding are powerful tools in the journey towards recovery and stability.
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