Board of Directors
Before becoming Youth MOVE National’s board president, Joshua was the vice president of Youth MOVE Miami. He serves on the Got Transitions Youth advisory board, and is the Lead Peer at the Federation of Families Miami-Dade chapter. Josh lives in Miami, FL, loves to play sports and video games, and enjoys learn new things. Josh was recently awarded SAMHSA’s Young Adult VOICE Youth Leadership Award.
Committee: Executive (President)
“Youth MOVE gave me a voice and the tools to use it when I did not have either. It has taught me to be a leader.”
David McClung is a youth engagement specialist for Texas System of Care and Title V, Adolescent Health. David graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Baylor University with a Masters in Social Work and Master of Divinity. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Work at Baylor University and hopes to graduate in 2018. His research interests include natural support systems, the role of congregations in mental health, and youth participatory action research. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with his family, keeping up with current events, reading, and watching movies.
“Youth MOVE National is a national organization committed to leading the way for authentic youth and young adult voice. Youth MOVE has it all – from the technical assistance, to the connections that are made with people around the country, to the growing emphasis on research and evaluation – Youth MOVE National is a strong and consistent presence for youth and young adult voice to be heard.”
Michelle helped form the first Youth MOVE Utah statewide chapter from the ground up, working to train and connect a diverse group of young adult advocates from the systems of juvenile justice, mental health, addiction recovery and child welfare to share their voice in statewide Systems of Care and Healthy Transitions Initiatives. She then worked for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Utah and led the Youth MOVE chapter in organizing fundraising and awareness events, as well as supporting over 20 youth advocates in different Public Policy ‘youth voice’ positions. Michelle has lived experience in the mental health, juvenile justice and foster care systems that impacted her teenage years and inspired her to give back and find ways to spread hope to other young adults. She has served on the Empowerment Services Board of Directors, the NAMI-Utah Salt Lake Affiliate Board, the State of Utah’s Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Council, the State of Utah’s Department of Human Services System of Care Governance and Steering Committees as well as Steering and Oversight committees with the Healthy Transitions Initiative(s) in Utah, UT-YES and PASSAGES. Michelle completed the 2015 Fellowship with the California Center for Dignity, Recovery and Empowerment and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah. During her free time, Michelle likes to spend her time playing tennis, reading, and advocating.
Rowan Willis-Powell is a young queer woman who is a passionate and invested advocate for consumers of behavioral health services, with special interests in young adult peers and the LGBTQ community at large. Rowan is the Transitional Age Youth Outreach Project Coordinator at On Our Own of Maryland. In this position she connects and mentors young adults with lived experience in behavioral health service settings to peer support and leadership opportunities on community, state, and national levels. She coordinates trainings and events for young adults around related peer support and behavioral health topics.
Rowan struggled and overcame several behavioral health challenges and traumatic events, as a young adult she had extensive personal experience with the mental health system that she freely draws from in her work with other young adults. In her work she strives to create an environment in which young adults are partners in change for policy that effect service systems. Rowan is the creator and facilitator
of numerous workshops, such as Introduction to LGBTQ Youth and Supporting Authentic Youth Engagement. Rowan is a trained Storytelling for Advocates Trainer and a trained Anti-Stigma Project workshop facilitator. She currently stands on committees including OOOMD’S Public Policy in Behavioral Health and the Anti-Stigma Project, the Maryland Consumer Quality Team’s Youth and Family Steering Committee, the Maryland Early Intervention Program’s Advisory council, Youth REACH MD Steering Committee, and many others.
Lydia Aimone is a young woman pursuing a career in social work and social action. Growing up with both physical and mental illness, she has lived experience of the challenges of navigating services as a young adult. She wants to live in a world where the voices and opinions of young adults are valued, and will work in her career to make that vision a reality. Lydia is currently finishing her Masters of Social Work degree, and plans to put her education to use as an advocate for young adults and those with physical and behavioral health issues.
When she is not busy advocating for social change, Lydia loves to spend time getting back to nature, and spending time with animals, including her very fluffy cat. Horseback riding is her favorite therapy, followed by nerding out playing video games and making terrible puns.
Anna Claire Bowen
Anna Claire Lowder is the Clinical Director for Tennessee Voices for Children (TVC). Prior to this role, Anna Claire has held various roles at TVC since 2013 including Program Manager for the Youth Screen and Youth MOVE programs and Youth and Family Therapist in the Family Connections program. Additionally, she works as Adjunct Faculty in the Graduate Marriage and Family Therapy program at Lipscomb University. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Belmont University and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Tennessee. She has a passion for mentoring students and newly graduated therapists to develop their clinical and professional skills. When not at TVC, Anna Claire is active with the Junior League of Nashville, Nashville Junior Chamber, and the Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys doing yoga.
I desired to be on Youth MOVE National’s board because of my personal and professional experience with mental health challenges. It is inspiring to see the resources and be a part of the movement that gives youth a voice when it comes to how they want to live their life.
Kippi has been involved in youth voice and engagement for over 25 years. She was the program director for National Youth POWER and supported states in implementing youth voice and leadership efforts. Kippi is an Associate and Vice President of Operations for the Permanency and Transition Highway (PATH) for the Downs Group, LLC. She has been actively involved in leading system transformation involving Judges, Guardian at Litems, youth corrections, schools and behavioral health to name a few. Among her accomplishments, Kippi led a national youth development program which engaged over 500,000 youth across the United States; provided the leadership for the development and design of the largest foster youth savings program in the United States; and consulted with and coached business leaders, non profits, agencies from various systems and state organizations on cross-system collaboration. She recognizes the crucial need for permanency for all foster youth and why building social capital for children in every community is essential. Kippi is most recognized for her work to integrate youth guided principles at all levels of practice. In recent years her work has included involving young people in policy, peer lead training for professionals and bringing business leaders to the table to take an active role in coaching and mentoring youth.
The work she is most proud of is her work to help increase youth voice and to integrate youth guided – youth voice principles at all levels of practice. She is now involved with efforts that focus on policy development, peer lead training for youth and professionals and bringing public systems and business leaders to the table to take an active role in coaching and mentoring to youth.
Yasmin Flasterstein is a young, hispanic, and bisexual leader in the mental health and LGBTQ+ community. She has been in social justice leadership positions since she was 14 and, in college, she brought membership of a mental health advocacy group from 20 to over 200 members. Yasmin has worked various clinical roles including working as a supervisor at an inpatient psychiatric hospital and as Director of a program that provided long term counseling for those affected by the tragedy that occurred in Orlando at Pulse Nightclub. She has since shifted from working in clinical environments to the peer professional environment. She believes in the power of peers with lived experience and works to identify individuals, particularly from within marginalized communities, to train and support them in using their own experience with mental health in order to guide and support others. She is passionate about breaking the mental health stigma that leaves people suffering alone and not seeking out help. Yasmin is currently the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Peer Support Space, Inc. She also works as the Community Engagement Committee Chair for the One Orlando Alliance, is a founding leader of Orlando Trans Collective, and sits on the Board of Directors for Peer Support Coalition of Florida. In her spare time, Yasmin enjoys dancing, making collages, and playing with her dog DeeDee.
Cynthia Harris is the Administrator for the Nebraska DHHS Division of Behavioral Health Office of Consumer Affairs. Prior to this, she worked for Lincoln Public Schools, Visinet Inc., Better Living Counseling Services Inc, and the Friendship Home. Cynthia is an alumni of the foster care system and survivor of childhood trauma. She holds a MS in Human and Family Services Administration, two Graduate Certificates, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska. She will complete a second Master’s program May 2017 in Public Administration. She has helped train and certify nearly 200 peers in NE and led Quality Improvement initiatives to support the State’s infrastructure of peer support services for adult, family, and youth. Cynthia currently supports DHHS operations for Peer Support both in community and in hospital settings, System of Care efforts, Nebraska Family Helpline, Network of Care, system transformation efforts, integration of TIC and CLAS standards, community integration, and Olmsted planning.
Cynthia is looking forward to using her personal experience and skills to support Youth MOVE in accomplishing goals and changing the lives of youth all across the nation.
Raphaelle Richardson currently serves as the Director of Consumer and Family Affairs Administration at the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH). In her current role Ms. Richardson strives to engage consumers, family members and young adults, as partners in wellness, resiliency and recovery in a manner that inclusive, trauma-informed and consistent with best practices. She is responsible for leadership and direction in planning, developing and coordinating ways to promote the involvement of consumers across the Behavioral Health System, inclusive of Saint Elizabeths Hospital. Ms. Richardson oversees the peer support certification program; protection of consumer legal and civil rights; initiatives that build awareness among community members and providers; and projects to monitor consumer satisfaction and perceived quality of care to improve behavioral health services for the more than 22,000 adults, children and youth DBH serves each year.
Over the past 13 years, Ms. Richardson has impacted well over 20,000 young adults across the United States, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa through her work as a Founding Board Member and Staff Member of Youth Motivating Others through Voices of Experience (MOVE) National.
Rae LaBrie is a young adult whose lived experience drives them to be an advocate for youth.
Rae has a passion for LGBTQ+ rights and education. As a queer, non binary young adult, they have experienced adversity in school,in mental health services, and friend circles. Other passions Rae has include sexual assault prevention, bullying reduction, eating disorder awareness, and suicide prevention. As someone who identifies personally with all of these passions, they want to bring awareness to them through advocacy and education. As a member of Youth MOVE Massachusetts, Rae has been able to advocate locally and statewide for awareness and education, especially around mental health, trauma and LGBTQ+ identity and the disparities in care that come with it.
When not advocating and working, Rae loves spending time with their cats and their dog. Rae is an avid writer, and loves to express themselves through poetry. They also love to sing, and participate in karaoke events almost every week.