"ALONE WE CAN DO SO LITTLE, TOGETHER WE CAN DO SO MUCH." hELEN KELLER
meet our team
Megan came to JIFF as Executive Director in November of 2021. She has a wealth of demonstrated experience working with marginalized youth and managing programs focused on community well-being and restorative justice. She also has a formal education in criminal justice with a master's in conflict management. Megan worked with the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office for 13 years and has demonstrated success managing relationships and engaging the community and donors as the Director of Community Affairs. She also made a notable impact reducing risk factors and providing alternatives for troubled youth in local school systems as the Director of Truancy and as a Case Advocate with the District Attorney General’s Office.
kaitrin valencia, ESQ
OPERATIONS AND PROCESS DIRECTOR
Kaitrin Valencia came to JIFF in 2018 after serving on our Board. She is a licensed attorney in Illinois and Tennessee, an author, worked for 18 years in Chicago’s juvenile court as a top administrator, and also has a plethora of ministry and Christian non-profit management experience. She is passionate about juvenile justice reform, including juvenile detention alternatives and the implementation of evidence based programming. As an expert in female responsive programming, she volunteers much of her time combatting human trafficking both locally in Memphis and nationally. She and her husband, Emilio, have three children and enjoy mentoring, writing, and teaching.
Shelia serves as JIFF’s Finance Coordinator with well over 20 years experience in handling the bookkeeping needs of JIFF, dating back to our Youth for Christ days. She has been married to her husband, David, for over 43 years. They have two children, a daughter, Cristi, and a son, Matthew. They are the proud grandparents of 8 grand-children (4 girls and 4 boys) and one great-grandson. Shelia counts it a privilege to serve God through the ministry of JIFF standing alongside a dedicated team of HIS servants.
JIFF CASE MENTORING & EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM
Ronald is our Juvenile Case Mentoring Program Director who has been fully committed to serving the greater Memphis community since arriving in 2005 from the south side of Chicago. Faith, character and integrity have been his driving force while serving in the mental health arena, providing an insurmountable amount of time, energy, and effort into community service projects, and fundraiser initiatives via fraternal relations (Prince Hall Masons). Ronald came over to JIFF in late 2015 as a case mentor, and has been on absolute fire for the JIFF mission of bringing an end to "the destructive cycle of juvenile crime”.
EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM
Nick is our Early Intervention Program Director. He is a proud native of South Memphis, TN. Nick attends Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church and is the gracious father of Jieret Butler. He is a Prince Hall Affiliated Mason of Robert J. Spraggins #163. His passions include change, growth, and discipline. Nick has faithfully served and guided JIFF's highest risk youth in our Case Mentoring Department and not our Early Intervention Program.
FAMILY CARE COORDINATOR
Dorothy is a native Memphian. She attended The University of Memphis and graduated with a degree in Organizational Leadership. Dorothy was formally employed by Americorps to work with high school students at an alternative school. She was also a long time volunteer at St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the Child Life Specialist area. She and her husband, Andre, have two children and are committed to doing their part to make Memphis a better place.
FACILITY MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR
Since retiring from BellSouth after 30 years of service, Dave now stays quite busy handling the repair and maintenance needs around the JIFF building. His background includes serving in the Air Force and Air National Guard as well as many years at the phone company. Come by and you might just see Dave on the roof changing air-conditioning filters, out back checking the oil in one of JIFF’s vans, or dressed-out in his coveralls painting one of our many offices. He always has a smile on his face while he works to keep JIFF in tip-top shape!
Tonya Watson joined our team as JIFF's Volunteer Coordinator with over ten years of experience in Shelby County's Juvenile Court working with opportunity youth. Tonya has three kids, and she is passionate about equipping our most marginalized populations with the tools they need to follow a positive path.
Tamisha joined our JIFF staff as a Case Manager in November of 2020 after being a faithful volunteer mentor. She is originally from New York and grew up with many challenges that God has helped her to overcome. She has a warm inviting spirit and a passion for helping our youth heal and develop personal growth in their formative years through her experiences and mentoring. Her years of personal endurance brings an area of expertise needed in our youth program. She hopes to help the high-risk youth develop personal growth in their formative years through her experiences and mentoring. She is the proud mother of and is the proud mother of two daughters and a son.
Clarence Walker was one of our most faithful volunteers in our Early Intervention Program where he was a group mentor. He faithfully came to every group and was JIFF's Volunteer Mentor of the year in 2018. Clarence joined the JIFF staff in April, 2019 and he is currently a Case Manager for the Evening Reporting Center.
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TITLE VI, ADA, EEOC COMPLAINTS
"No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
Any individual may exercise his or her right to file a complaint with the ADA/Title VI Coordinator if that person believes that he or she has been subjected to unequal treatment or discrimination in the receipt of benefits or services.