National Developmental Disabilities & Autism Training Coordinator
Ann Branning is the National Developmental Disabilities & Autism Training Coordinator for Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. Ann began work with YAP in 2001 in Lancaster county Pennsylvania as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant, focusing on serving individuals with autism.
Through her work with YAP and others, she worked closely with the consultants from Temple University to set the basis of YAP's autism training curriculum. She continues to support staff and train staff in autism and developmental disabilities.
Ann holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Shippensburg University and an Maters in Social Work from Marywood University.
National Coordinator of Developmental Disabilities Programs
Ms. Burrus has been working in various management positions in the developmental disability community for over 34 years. She has overseen licensed residential programs, life sharing and home and community services. In her time at YAP, she has developed programming for youth and adults with a disability funded through Medicaid waivers, mental health and employment systems. She attended Kutztown University and earned a degree in social welfare.
She loves her family and church family and a long term goal is to return to Southern Italy.
Emma Chen joined YAP in August 2019 and serves as its General Counsel.
Before joining YAP, Emma was an attorney at international law firms in Detroit, MI and Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on complex litigation matters. She has specific experience in employment litigation, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, and international arbitration. Emma has first-chaired a bench trial, prepared fact and expert witnesses for depositions and trial, taken and defended depositions, drafted pleadings, dispositive motions and post-hearing briefs, and managed large-scale document productions.
Emma received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. While in law school, she served as executive editor of the Journal of Business and Employment Law and as associate editor of the Journal of Labor and Employment Law. She is a past President of American Citizens for Justice and has served on its board since 2009. In her free time, Emma enjoys baking.
National Director of Behavioral Health Services
As the National Director of Behavioral Health Services at Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., Ms. Drake provides oversight of YAP’s behavioral health programs throughout the country. Ms. Drake worked at YAP as an advocate, outpatient therapist, and intensive in-home therapist before assuming the National Director role in 2013.
Ms. Drake has worked with youth in the mental health, juvenile justice and child welfare systems for over 15 years and has extensive training working with youth who have experienced child sexual abuse and other traumatic events. Ms. Drake has served as an expert witness for the State of New Jersey and has published articles in the Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences and the New Jersey Journal of Professional Counseling.
Ms. Drake graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2003. She holds a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude in 2013. Ms. Drake is a Licensed Professional Counselor and attorney in the State of New Jersey.
Chief of Human Resources
Naomi Frazier, Chief of YAP’s Human Resources (HR) Department, oversees the administration of Worker's Compensation, Unemployment, Benefits, Recruitment and Retention, and Personnel Policy and Procedures. She also provides internal training to YAP Directors and Administrative Managers on various HR subjects. Naomi works very closely with all field offices and YAP leadership to provide support and guidance. She also works with several outside consultants to ensure the infrastructure of YAP’s HR Department. Since receiving her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification, Naomi has taught several modules of the PHR manual.
Naomi joined YAP in 1995 as a Payroll Manager. When she and her family moved to Philadelphia in 2001, she transitioned her role with YAP and provided fiscal support to YAP’s Cost Reimbursement Department for one year. In Philadelphia, Naomi was employed by a for-profit nursing agency as a Senior Payroll Coordinator and was promoted to Human Resource Representative. She also attended Villanova University where she received Certificates in Human Resource Management and Professionalism in Human Resources in 2004. She was then promoted to Benefits Administrator. In 2005, Naomi and her family returned to the Harrisburg area where she rejoined YAP as the Director of Human Resources.
Her professional memberships include: the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Professionals of Central Pennsylvania. She is certified by the HR Certification Institute and as a Professional in Human Resources (2007) and received a BSM from the University of Phoenix in 2011.
Chief Information Officer
Cliff Kubiak joined YAP in 1992 as Program Director of the Philadelphia In-Home Detention Program. In Philadelphia, he implemented the Pre Hearing Intensive Supervision Program which still serves youth and families. He was also instrumental in opening other programs for at-risk youth in some of the most difficult high schools in Philadelphia.
Cliff moved to YAP’s Support Center in Harrisburg to help design and implement the company's internal auditing department. In 1999 he was given the additional responsibility of supervising YAP’s Monitoring, Reception and Information Technology (IT) departments. He led the team that installed the Microsoft network and e-mail systems that form the foundation of YAP's communications system. His department has also worked closely with the HR and Fiscal departments to implement software which has improved their ability to perform their daily responsibilities and reporting.
In 2006, Cliff was appointed Chief Information Officer and was named to the Senior Management team. In addition to his daily duties, Cliff serves as a member of the Health Insurance Committee, YAP Autism board, Integrity Compliance and PQI committees, senior management and as an advisor to the COA implementation group. Cliff has also coached his children's sports teams and served as a volunteer firefighter. He holds an Associate’s degree in Computer Science Community College of Philadelphia, and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer--MCSE, LaSalle University, Business Management.
Director of International Programs & Development
Diana Matteson, Director of International Programs and Development for YAP, Inc., has over 20 years of experience in human services in direct practice, teaching and development. She holds a Masters in Art Therapy and a B.A. in Psychology from The George Washington University. Diana's graduate thesis focused on the role of art and storytelling in the grief process for young people living in street situations and adults living with HIV/AIDS. Diana served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and has devoted her career to social justice work.
Diana is bilingual - proficient in Spanish and English. She has represented YAP at international conferences and led educational workshops in nine different countries on clinical practice and effective interventions with marginalized youth and families. In her position as YAP Director of International Programs and Development, Diana coordinates training, technical assistance and consultation with YAP partners in Latin America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia and seeks new growth opportunities for YAP International. Committed to the value of VOICE and peer learning, Diana creates youth and professional exchanges for YAP youth and staff including leading youth delegations to international street soccer tournaments in Brazil and Argentina.
Chief of Advancement & Development
Carla Powell serves as the Chief of Advancement & Development for YAP. She leads a gifted fund development team that is working to expand the organization’s funding efforts.
Carla is a graduate of Auburn University and a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, marketing and fund development. She began assisting YAP in the fall of 2007 as a marketing and fund development consultant and joined the organization full time two years later to lead private and corporate giving. Carla is an experienced federal, state and foundation grant professional.
Prior to joining YAP, she specialized in serving vulnerable and marginalized communities through her consulting firm where she raised millions of dollars for her clients at the local, state, national and international levels. She is a published author and speaker with articles appearing in state and national publications. Her book,
Restorative Justice: A Ministry Resource Guide, calls the faith community to action. As a Regional Director for Prison Fellowship Ministries, Carla led efforts in nine states to develop and expand their crime victim assistance program. She served as the U.S. Communications Director of Hope Unlimited for Children, raising funds to rescue street children in Brazil, many of whom are justice system involved. Carla started her career as the Marketing and Consumer Information Director for the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association which gave her an opportunity to work extensively with the media and support nonprofits as a corporate donor. This unique perspective, as well as experience serving on numerous nonprofit boards, and support of child advocacy issues, has bolstered her ability to increase funding for YAP.
National Director of Private Sector Giving
Jessica K. Stadt is YAP's National Director of Private Sector Giving, leading fundraising efforts throughout the US in the areas of individuals, corporations and foundations. Ms. Stadt studied Music Education and Opera Performance at Ithaca College and then went on to have a career as an opera singer and fundraiser for the Arts. She comes to YAP with over 20 years of professional fundraising experience, working in the fields of Education, Youth Services, the Arts, and Healthcare. Ms. Stadt has specialized her fundraising career to focus on major gifts, relationship building and authentic fundraising by sharing the mission of YAP with others. She believes strongly in building a fundraising program from the heart, by sharing the unique mission and outcomes of YAP with donors and communities who may not know what we do.
Deputy Chief of Program Services
Dana Stottlemyer, Deputy Chief of Program Services, joined YAP in 1988 as an Assistant Program Manager. In that position, her management experience, dedication, and understanding led to success in increasingly responsible positions. With opportunity to further develop her skills, she became a leader in the support of program services and agency. Throughout her YAP career, she has demonstrated devotion to her coworkers and to the agency’s mission, She has a clear understanding of the challenges faced by the communities YAP serves and works closely with staff in the field and at the YAP Support Center to develop creative solutions in a challenging and ever-changing work environment.
Kelly D. Williams
National Director of Communications and Media Relations
Kelly Dinese Williams serves as National Director of Communications and Media Relations for Youth Advocate Programs (YAP). In this new role, she works with staff, families and partners to create and execute comprehensive communications initiatives that support YAP’s commitment to deinstitutionalize children, teens and adults involved in social services, public health and justice systems.
Prior to joining YAP, Kelly led integrated communications and marketing initiatives for multi-national corporations and national nonprofits. At Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, where she served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, her collaborative strategic outreach helped elevate the brand, bringing unprecedented national media attention to the organization. The increased awareness of the organization’s outcomes led to increased funding for mentoring children of prisoners and African-American, Hispanic and Native American Mentoring program growth. One key to Kelly’s integrated marketing-communications success has been her ability to forge partnerships with media companies and celebrities.
At Burrell Communications in Chicago, Kelly headed Engagement Marketing, creating campaigns to build loyalty for McDonalds, Verizon, Procter and Gamble and other consumer brands.
Kelly began her career as a broadcast journalist, where she learned that an organization’s greatest assets are the stories of the people it serves. Kelly is the author of two parenting books,
Single Mamahood: Advice & Wisdom for the African-American Single Mother, and Single Mama Dos and Don’ts.
She has a bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University in Missouri and a master’s from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Director of Employee & Program Development
Jason Wilson is YAP's Director of Employee and Program Development. He joined YAP in 2011, serving as an Advocate, Assistant Director and then Director of Intensive Services where he oversaw programs that were designed as an alternative to residential placement for youth involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
In his current role, he is focused on building employee and agency capacity in three key areas - training (quality improvement around Basic Advocacy and Supervisor Training), Program Start-up and Support and Team YAP Engagement (supporting recruitment and retention efforts).
Jason has also created a Street Soccer Program within YAP where the program aims to teach young people about respect, collaboration and solidarity through engagement in soccer. He led the YAP Street Soccer delegation to Copa America in Buenos Aires, Argentina and supported the program's development within YAP and provided technical support and training to YAP Ireland.
He holds his Master's Degree in Multicultural Education and Humanistic Psychology from the State University of New York: New Paltz and his Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Marist College. He is active on a number of boards and committees in his local community.