The Board of Directors
Rowan Willis-Powell is a young queer woman who is a passionate and invested
advocate for youth with service system involvement, with special interests
in young adult peers, the LGBTQ community and ensuring that everyone
receives appropriate care when they are experiencing suicidal ideation.
Rowan is the Transitional Age Youth Outreach Project Supervisor and
Training Specialist 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.
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. She began her career helping to run her local Youth
M.O.V.E. chapter, and started an LGBTQ specific meeting after noticicing a
need for it in her community. In her work she strives to create an
environment in which young adults are partners in change for policy that
affect service systems. Rowan is the creator and facilitator of numerous
workshops, such as Introduction to LGBTQ Youth, Supporting Authentic Youth
Engagement and Supporting Diverse Communities: Survivors of Sexual
Maxxwell LaBrie is a young adult whose lived experience and passion for advocacy drives their work in the peer support field.
As a trans and queer person, Maxxwell has a strong passion for LGBTQ rights and education, and often trains folks on this topic. They have faced adversity in school, in services, in the community and at home, and strive to create welcoming spaces for folks of all sexualities and genders to come and be themselves.
Other passions Maxxwell has are sexual assault prevention, bullying reduction, and creating open and validating spaces to discuss suicide and other topics that others may consider off limits. As someone who has felt silenced by the fear of being judged or being hospitalized, Maxxwell strives to make folks feel heard and safe, even in uncomfortable conversations.
Maxxwell has been a member at Youth MOVE Massachusetts since the summer of 2015, and became a chapter lead in May of 2017. Their work at Youth MOVE Mass includes facilitating trainings (such as Strategic Sharing, LGBTQ+ 101, and Box Up The Stress: An Interactive Crisis Box Workshop), developing trainings for providers, youth, young adults and families, providing one on one peer support, facilitating the Speakers Bureau, and attending committee meetings across the state to improve services for young adults and to inform policy.
Maxxwell is very creative in their spare time. They love to knit, crochet, sing, and write poetry and essays. They have been published multiple times on various blogs and in magazines (including Youth MOVE National’s blog!) and they are currently compiling a book of poetry they hope to publish. They also have 5 animals (four cats and one dog) who brighten their day with adorable antics (and cuddles)!
David McClung is a nationally recognized expert in youth engagement, youth participatory action research, and collaborative partnerships between faith communities and mental health professionals David holds a decade of experience in youth mental health, which also includes experience work-related juvenile justice, residential care, child relinquishment, community organizations, and higher education. He is currently the Vice President of Youth M.O.V.E National and recently completed a Ph.D. in Social Work from Baylor University, where his research has focused on the mental health literacy of faith leaders in Texas.
“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.”
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.
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.
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 Elizabeth’s 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.
Evelyn is the Youth Liaison for Washington State Health Care Authority, The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. She was appointed by the Governor as a member on the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice. She also chaired the youth subcommittee under the partnership council for two years, leading youth to be agents of change. She is now the Co-chair of the Partnership council on Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health committee. Evelyn has lived experience in the juvenile justice system and the behavioral health system. For nine years, she served youth in Children’s long-term inpatient facilities, juvenile rehabilitation facilities, juvenile detention, foster care system, and youth within the Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe) program. During those eight years she also served on Local community boards; The Tacoma Gang Reduction project, Pierce County Sexual Exploitation of Minors Task Force, Tacoma Gun Safety, and Pierce County Juvenile Court Youth and Family Council as the Youth Tri Lead. Her current role with the State allows her to provide technical assistance on utilization of youth peer counselors, youth engagement and leadership to youth serving systems and agencies across Washington State.
Recently, she is the proud recipient of the 2019 Peer Alternatives youth and young adult leadership award. She is passionate about ending racial and ethnic disparities in the systems and promoting leadership opportunities for people of color. Her vision for youth is that they will take over what she is currently doing in her work.
Victoria Cantwell is a young woman with lived experience in child welfare and juvenile justice systems and is driven to advocate and support youth voice and choice initiatives. While facing adversity in child welfare and juvenile justice systems, she was inspired to pursue youth-driven incentives that make youth voice paramount and view youth as partners to collaborate for long-term systemic change. Based on her passion for youth advocacy and policy work, she is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration in hopes to continue advocating for systemic and political change. Areas that she is particularly invested in concern youth peer support, youth transitioning or “aging out” of child welfare systems, and transitional living programs for youth and young adults.
Victoria has been a member of the Youth MOVE New Mexico Chapter since 2015 and has been an executive leadership member since 2018. Her work with the Youth MOVE New Mexico chapter includes actively advocating for policy change initiatives for youth’s rights annually during New Mexico’s Legislature, attending Wraparound National Conferences, and conducting Youth Engagement Trainings for child welfare workers and other state personnel. Other advocacy work includes annual Youth Summits/Retreats, youth peer support initiatives, and collaborating with youth program providers.
In her spare time, Victoria enjoys long-distance running, hiking, reading, cooking with her boyfriend (who is an amazing chef at a local restaurant here in New Mexico), and spending time drinking coffee or tea while cuddling with her fur baby, Chrissy, who is a 22-year-old calico cat!
My name is Izzy Roskow and I am a passionate youth leader who recently joined the Youth MOVE Board of Directors. For the past three years I have been working as a work-study assistant within the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, where I am also studying. I have primarily worked alongside the ACCEPT Texas movement, which is a movement of youth and young adults who connect to educate, advocate, and grow youth voice in Texas. Being the youngest sibling of four, I have noticed how listening to my siblings’ lived experience has positively impacted me. Every single individual, no matter what age, has a unique perspective to learn and grow from. My goal is to work as a Child Life Specialist, working with children and families during stressful events like hospitalizations and medical treatment. I want to use my past lived experience within a children’s hospital to better understand and empathize with those I work with in the future. Some other things I am very passionate about are my four siblings, close friend group, and gap-pals from my service sorority. In my freetime, I hang out with my pet dog, Fetty Wap, and Betta Fish, Frank. Another unique routine I enjoy to de-stress is walking aimlessly to music until I have to use GPS to get back home.