A group of passionate professionals, who have observed youth floating through school with little hope or dreams for their future, shared a vision to support students within our schools and communities to inspire them to reach their maximum potential.
Dr. Barb Brady
Dr. Brady has over 30 years of experience building student support programs at the local, state and national level. Her passion is to empower all youth to succeed.
Dr. Brady holds a PhD in Leadership in Educational Administration, a Master of Arts in School Counseling, a post-master's certification in Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy, and a Bachelor's in Education. She holds a permanent teaching certificate, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Youth Mental Health First Aid certified trainer. As the founder and CEO of this nonprofit, her goal is to provide the extra support that some youth need to overcome barriers and gain skills and experiences that propel them to reach their full potential.
A native of Braxton County, WV. Following graduation from high school, Dittman attended Fairmont State College (now University) where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, Social Studies, 5-12.
Dittman began teaching in the Braxton County Schools system as a substitute teacher. She spent several years mentoring adults seeking employment, worked in sales, and ran a successful restaurant. Dittman took a break from working outside the home and spent six years as a stay-at-home mother.
Born and raised in Kanawha County. After graduating from Marshall University with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice, she earned a J.D. degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.
She’s an active member of the bar in West Virginia and Ohio. She practiced law in Ohio for a number of years as a child support attorney, a city prosecutor, a mayor's court magistrate, and a small claims court magistrate. For the past 8 years, Juliana has been in private practice in the Charleston where her focus has been primarily serving as a Guardian ad litem for children in family court cases.
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS
A 1998 Graduate of Nicholas County High School in Summersville, WV. During her high school career, she was a basketball player for the Lady Grizzlies.
She was Captain of the AAA First Team All State team, 1998 WV Player of the Year, and the Gatorade WV Player of the Year. These athletic achievements provided Jody the opportunity to play Division I Basketball at James Madison University. Jody earned her bachelors degree in Recreation Management and Human Resource Development.
Currently teaches at Glade Elementary located in Webster County. She graduated from Lewis County High School in 1997 and began her career in education after graduating from Marshall University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education K-6.
Mrs. Lunceford has assisted in starting an Even Start Program through the Even Start Grant by leading the purchase of all materials and centers age appropriate for 3-5 year olds. Then, she became a Home Resource Teacher through the Early Reading First Grant and brought early literacy activities into the home that were individualized to each enrolled student.
Kelly has dedicated the better part of 18 years working as a school counselor and student support specialist. She has worked as a school counselor at the elementary, middle and high school levels, as well as, served as a counselor for students in juvenile placement.
She also served as a district lead counselor for students in residential and detention settings through the WV Department of Education, Office of Diversion and Transitional Programs (formerly OIEP). She also briefly contracted with PsiMed for services at a day reporting center. She is currently employed by the West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Certification and Professional Preparation and does contract therapy work for Lasting Solutions, LLC, serving youth of all ages.
Tiffany Pittman, MA, LPC, AADC
Tiffany has worked in the behavioral health field in a wide variety of settings for over 20 years.
The majority of her two decade experience is related to school based mental health via direct school based services, supervision, program development on local, regional and state levels and technical assistance & evaluation.
Her current position includes coordination of a school health technical assistance team whose projects include Expanded School Mental Health, School Based Health Centers, Community Schools and more.