Project Director, Georgia Project
Barnes is the project director for our Georgia Project Team and is responsible for developing and overseeing all aspects of the project. Barnes’ past experiences as a family intervention therapist, clinical director and program director of a provider organization have all proven to be beneficial in her role with Evidence-Based Associates. She will serve as the central point of contact for the Georgia Project with respect to all local stakeholders, model training programs and EBA. Barnes received her master’s degree in social work from Clark University in Atlanta, GA.
Project Director, Virginia Project
Kara serves as the central point of contact for the Virginia Transformation Project with respect to stakeholders and local court service units. She has worked within a variety of community based and residential programs, assisting in the implementation of several evidence based projects. Most recently she served as a Children’s Services Act Coordinator, working within and leading a multi-disciplinary team to meet the needs of at-risk youth and families.
Project Director, Families First Program
Buckson is an experienced Human Service Administrator, dedicating much of his career to working in the fields of Family Stability, Youth Advocacy, Workforce Development, and Re-entry. Currently, Buckson serves as Program Director for the Families First program in the District of Columbia. He is responsible for developing, directing, and overseeing all aspects of the project. Prior to joining Evidence-Based Associates, Buckson provided administrative oversight for multiple agencies in Baltimore, Maryland, which included but was not limited to program monitoring and compliance. Buckson received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Morgan State University and a Master of Science degree in Human Services Administration through a collaborative program at the University of Baltimore & Coppin State University.
Project Director, Florida Project
Byrne has over 25 years of experience working with youth and families as a clinician, and administrator in community mental health, schools, the foster care and juvenile justice systems. She will serve as the point person for EBA’s broadening role in Florida’s goal of ensuring quality services to at-risk youth.
Dan Edwards, PhD
Senior Director – Corporate Development & Business Development
Edwards is currently the president of Evidence-Based Associates, and formerly served as EBA’s chief operating officer. Before joining Evidence-Based Associates, Edwards worked for MST Services, an affiliate of the Medical University of South Carolina and the Family Services Research Center. As vice president at MST Services, Edwards coordinated several large-scale implementation projects in the United States, as well as in northern Europe. Since joining EBA in 2007, he has co-authored several publications on evidence-based programs and has been instrumental in the growth and success of EBA’s Redirection project. Edwards resides in Washington, DC, and enjoys giving back to the community and spending time with his three amazing children.
Project Manager, Virginia Central Region
Shannon serves as the Project Manager for the Central Region, VA Project Transformation. Shannon has strong experience directly related to the DJJ in which she served as a Juvenile Probation Officer/Court Expeditor and recently held the Case Management Specialist position with the Henrico County Juvenile Detention Center. As Case Management Specialist, Shannon was responsible for ensuring families before the juvenile court that were ordered programs directly through VJCCCA were provided quality programming. Shannon is excited to support the Transformation. She understands that while all families share different experiences the importance is to ensure that all families are provided quality programming.
Senior Director – Operations
Janer was the lead project manager for the Florida Redirection Project and now oversees all of EBA’s project activities including our work in the state of Georgia and the District of Columbia. Her role incorporates her desire to provide quality services for youth and families while shaping public policy. Janer’s past experiences as a vocational counselor, director of a parent advocacy and training organization, implementer of a federal demonstration project for system changes with youth with developmental disabilities and an administrator of a provider organization have all proven to be beneficial in her role with Evidence-Based Associates. She shares great enthusiasm for building local teams that include the Department of Juvenile Justice, legislators, treatment model representatives and direct service providers of evidence-based treatment services in order to deliver quality and meaningful services.
Human Resources Generalist
McAlister is currently the human resources specialist for Evidence-Based Associates. She brings more than 20 years of human resource management experience for mid-sized corporations and start-up businesses. Since joining EBA in August 2010, McAlister has worked with project managers and their subcontracted agencies in Florida, Georgia, and Washington, D.C., to reduce therapist turnover by more than 50 percent in some areas. McAlister manages the Supervisor Training Institute with the Dept. of Behavioral Health in Washington, D.C., ensuring that the Families First Program team supervisors and HR personnel receive training in best practices human resources for evidence-based practice teams. She has co-authored nine evidence-based practice therapy model-specific EBA Best Practices Hiring Manuals in collaboration with various EBP provider teams and model consultants, and is currently working on a comprehensive human resources manual for evidence-based practitioners.
Program Manager, Families First Program
McCoy is currently the project manager for the Families First project in Washington, DC, a project established by the District of Columbia Department of Mental Health to help expand the utilization of evidence-based practices for youth and families throughout the district. McCoy has extensive experience in project management and problem solving within the youth advocacy field including his time as a program analyst for the District Youth Rehabilitation Services department, and has worked in the customer service field for more than 30 years.
Director, Information Management and Technology
Sayles has 18 years of experience working in the data management and internet technology field and has worked in finance and audit areas within multiple corporations. He has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in business administration from Regis University. As director of information management and technology, Sayles will be responsible for the daily maintenance of the company databases and dashboards. Before joining Evidence-Based Associates, Sayles was the director of information technology for Liberty Resources, a New York-based human services provider and was responsible for the daily maintenance and upkeep of the agency’s computers and software.
Project Manager, Virginia Western Region
Kim has 20 years of experience in providing direct care services as well as program development and clinical supervision of services delivered to children, adolescents, and their families. She has worked extensively in collaborating with community partners to establish a continuum of care for youth and families in need.
Project Manager, Virginia Northern Region
Joel has worked for various private and public family-serving agencies in Virginia since 2009, including direct case work for adults with developmental disabilities, children and parents affected by abuse & neglect. Most recently Joel has worked with youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system. He resides in The Shenandoah Valley and is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree at Virginia Commonwealth University.