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Dr. Yolanda Haywood has been an advocate of the domestic violence community for many years. As a survivor, she has shared her story with the medical community. Dr. Haywood completed her early education in the D.C. public school system and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Howard University. She earned a second Bachelor of Science degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences as a graduate of the Physician's Assistant Program and had a brief career as a Physcician's Assistant before matriculating to the Howard University School of Medicine where she graduated with honors. Dr. Haywood did her residency training in Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington D.C. and joined the faculty of the George Washington University Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine. Her tenure in the Department of Emergency Medicine included serving as the clerkship director, the Associate Program Director and Program Director. In 2000, she transistioned to the dean's office as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. For the past several years, she has served as Associate Dean for Curricular and Student Affairs and was recently appointed Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Affairs.
She is the recipient of DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advocacy (1996), recipient of the Nina Mazur Award by the American Association of Women Emergency Physicians (1999) and recipient of the Humanism in Medicine Award by the School of Medicine & Health Sciences (2002).
Dr. Haywood has spoken at several events, including the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence and is a member of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Vicky Kelly is the Director of the Delaware Division of Family Services in the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Families. She began her career as one of the first children's advocates in a domestic violence shelter - the Capital Area Family Violence Program in Baton Rouge, LA. In 1980, she was promoted to become the director of that program and worked with the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence in passing legislation for protective orders, warrantless arrests, and the marriage license surcharge to fund shelters. Dr. Kelly then was selected as a Fellow by the Congressional Caucus on Women in Public Policy, where she worked on the first federal funding for domestic violence shelters. Following that fellowship, Dr. Kelly has worked in several positions both in DE and in the region as a clinician, supervisor and administrator. Her clinical work has focused on understanding and healing trauma and attachment losses. In her current position, she has focused on implementing a number of best practice approaches in child welfare through a system innovation effort known as Outcomes Matter. She has also supported greater collaboration between child welfare and domestic violence providers. She received her Masters in Social Work from Louisiana State University and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Health Administration from Widener University. She has been an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Clinical Psychology at Widener University. She is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant in trauma and attachment.
Mone't Jackson is the DFS Liasion for Child, Inc. For the past three years she has worked with the staff at the Division of Family Services collaborating safety, education and advocacy to families that have been impacted by Intimate Partner Violence. She assesses client needs, co-creates a safety plan, makes referrals, assists with the Protection from Abuse process, helps the client access basic needs like food and clothes, and provides education and training on domestic violence to DFS employees. Her office is located in the DFS building where she has successfully built positive relationships with child welfare workers. Her presence in the DFS building has been influential in facilitating trainings onthe Impact domestic violence has on children and Batterers' Intervention programs to further enlighten the social workers. Mone't planned a month long victim's tribute at the DFS Beech Street office by borrowing the Coalition's Silent Witness figures and erected them in the staffing area, and made baskets of informational cards with wearable purple ribbons for DV awareness month in October 2014.
Mone't has over 10 years working in the Human Service field. Prior to working at Child, Inc., she was a counselor for individuals with persistent mental health disorders, then a substance abuse specialist at Horizon House. She is a certified Co-Occuring Disorder Professional and holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Wilmington University. She is currently in school for her Masters of Social Work at Delaware State University. Mone't is an active member of the National Associaltion of Social Workers and DCADV's Women of Color Task Force.
Del-One Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution owned and operated by its members. Del-One has been in the business of helping people find solutions to their financial needs since 1960. The institution has provided financial support to many victims and survivors of domestic violence in collaboration with agencies like People's Place. Their services include Better Life Checking Accounts, Online, Phone, and Mobile Account Access, 24/7 Member Services, Instant Issue Debit Cards, Financial Education Seminars, and Financial Counseling. Their "Auto Opportunity Loan" Program assists members who have negative credit history.
Del-One has expressed an ongoing commitment to making a difference in the community. We are honored to present them with the 2015 Corporate Citizenship Award.