Yvette likes a challenge, and is willing to do whatever is asked of her to serve children and families. Deeply spiritual and committed to supporting those in need, she currently coordinates the State’s Human Anti-trafficking Response Teams, focusing on reducing commercial sexual exploitation of children and domestic minor sex trafficking.
“My personal mission is to make a difference in the lives of children and families,” says Yvette. “To be present and supportive to those in need. To serve as a guide for those who are on a journey towards healing.”
Previously she has served as senior director for The Village’s permanency department and short-term psychiatric residential treatment facility.
Before she joined The Village, she was director of the YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Service and an outpatient clinician for Catholic Charities’ Black Family Enrichment Program. She also served on the board of the YWCA of the Hartford Region for 7 years and as a board member, women’s ministry leader and youth leader for her church. She was appointed to serve on the Connecticut Advisory Council for Victims of Crime, whose primary role is to provide recommendations to the Office for legislative or other matters that would improve services to victims of crime.
Generous with her time and talents, Yvette serves as co-chair of The Village’s Staff Engagement Committee, which is charged with “effectively engaging, supporting and retaining Village staff; striving to create a culture where employees enjoy a collaborative, mutually supportive and personally rewarding work environment, allowing staff to feel connectivity to the mission, feel recognized and appreciated for their expertise and contributions, and that their voice matters.” Previously, she played key roles in planning staff events including the annual Stand Against Racism and Diversity Day, as well as serving on the training, cultural competency and emergency preparedness committees.
A licensed professional counselor, Yvette earned her master’s in education in counseling psychology from Cambridge College and a bachelor’s in psychology from Trinity College.
What quote best captures your personal philosophy?
Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. – From scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
What is something unexpected that most people don’t know about you?
I was born on the beautiful island of Jamaica.
What do you most want clients of The Village to know about you?
I care and am invested in assisting them in meeting their personal goals. I am willing to advocate for systemic changes that will allow them to have access to the resources they need to take care of themselves and their families.