Niesha is a Board Member and is on the Programs Committee
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and I have worked in the mental health/social services fields for 20yrs. I currently practice at a community agency. I also have a private practice where I provide life coaching and other wellness centered services.
I have been involved with Samara’s Village for four months and I look forward to serving for years to come. Being a new member of the Board, I am learning how to function and establish relationships within the Board. At this time, I am serving on the Program’s Committee to provide additional support to the standing members as well as offer ideas of what kinds of programs could benefit our population in the future. I am also looking to serve as a SV Ambassador collectively gaining interests in other areas of the county to increase our reach.
As a teen mother, my passion is helping other teen and young adult parents be inspired to continue with their goals while maintaining healthy lifestyles. I joined Samara’s Village to fulfill my need to provide services for this population. I had my first child at 14yrs old in the 9th grade. I was given the opportunity to participate in my local Adolescent Parenting Program (APP) which changed my life and provided me with resources to successfully finish high school while caring for the daughter. In fact, without that program, I may not have been inspired enough to go on to college and then graduate school to become a professional counselor. Also, I was able to not only raise my daughter, but instill in her values that would help her to not continue the teenage pregnancy cycle. When I learned Samara’s Village offers several benefits that I utilized in the APP program, I had to be a part of this for my community!
For fun, I love to binge watch netflix shows. I do not get the opportunity to watch much TV throughout the week, so when I get a chance, I go all in. I love spending time with my family. It is fun just being with them laughing and carrying on. I love going to the park with my young boys and grandbaby. I also love to paint and color with my children.
The best vacation I ever took was just last year. I took a 5 day Carnival Cruise to Turks and Cacoas and the Bahamas for my birthday. This was the best vacation because this was the first time I did something that grand for my birthday. I swam in the beautiful clear waters of the islands without a care in the world. I also went with my best friend which made a phenomenal experience.