Vanessa joins the BRYC Community as our first Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In this part-time role, she will provide our Fellows with individual and group counseling services beginning in October.
Vanessa is a New York City native who found her way to the South and hasn’t looked back. She was selected as a Posse Scholar and attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in educational and child studies. She later went on to pursue her master’s degree in social work from Barry University in Miami, FL. Vanessa has always had a passion for working with the next generation; since the age of five, she wanted to become an educator. Her experience working with youth ranges from working in a group home setting as a therapeutic attendant, to being a social service worker in a child placement agency, to serving as a student support counselor at a public charter school prior to relocating to Baton Rouge. She is currently the Director of Treatment at a local alternative placement school, where she provides individual and group social-emotional support to middle and high school students. When she’s not working, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies (everything from old black-and-white movies to current dramas), attending live music performances, and practicing photography.