James Johnson is the Education Programs Manager at EVOLVE Family Services. He has a wealth of experience including managing Emergency Shelter and Group home programs specifically for African American youth and children who have been abused and abandoned.
James has also planned events including African American Parent Involvement Day, the African American holiday of Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King Birthday celebration, and Un-Sung heroes/Black Child Development Week.
James is excited to provide leadership, vision, planning, and support to camps with a focus on history, culture, and identity. He is looking forward to seeing your smiling faces of all our families at all the upcoming camps.
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Felicia’s ten-year career in education and human services has led her to EVOLVE Family services as the Associate Program Manager for UMOJA MN and Family Education. She brings expert knowledge of trauma informed care, curriculum, and program development. A graduate of the Art Institutes International Minnesota with a degree in Advertising, Felicia began her career in Human Services in 2010 when she joined Ndcad as a Reading Comprehension and Literacy Instructor for eight years while pursuing ways in which she could incorporate the arts, child and youth advocacy and education into her work.
“As the Associate Program Manager, I work with my team to define camp and workshop objectives, marketing plans, and classroom delivery methods that will impact our families as well as the overall goals of EVOLVE Family Services. Joining EVOLVE’s Education Team gives me the opportunity to flex my many creative skills which include marketing, advertising, program coordinating, training, and curriculum development at the highest form. I’m excited to meet our families and share my lived and formally trained expertise on trauma-informed care, foster care, and adoption best practices. I also look forward to building a stronger foundation for UMOJA Minnesota teachers and volunteers so that they have the tools necessary to lead their classes with our children and youth.”
Felicia is also a Visual Artist and owner of an art gallery in Saint Paul. She works throughout the Twin-cities teaching young people how to use their creativity to express themselves and heal.
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Kristine has been with EVOLVE since 2017 and works as a social worker in the Adoption program as well as an Education Specialist within the Education and UMOJA program. She has many years’ experience working with children and has a passion for working with children who have special needs and those who have been abused and neglected. Kristine is also in graduate school, working towards her master’s in social work and a certificate in play therapy. She loves education and looks for various ways to bring this into all components of her work with children. Kristine comes from a diverse extended family and has been active within the UMOJA community since 2017.
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Jessica has been with EVOLVE since 2014 and is the Clinical and Education Programs Director. She oversees the UMOJA MN program and works behind the scenes. At in-person events, you may see her greeting families, doing rounds of the classrooms to check in on everyone, or helping to troubleshoot any issues that arise. She enjoys watching all the kids play together, having tons of fun during the camps, and seeing how everything comes together during the weekend.
In addition to working in UMOJA, Jessica also oversees EVOLVE’s therapeutic programs and works in direct practice; providing therapy to children, families, couples, and individuals, supporting them through crisis, trauma, transitions, mental health diagnoses, etc.
She is a clinical social worker, parent of two young girls, introvert, and life-long learner in personal growth.
Sarah is the Marketing & Communications Specialist at EVOLVE Family Services. She helps create UMOJA MN marketing materials used to promote the camps, runs the UMOJA MN social media pages, and updates the UMOJA MN website.
In addition to UMOJA MN, Sarah works on EVOLVE Family Services communication needs, externally and internally.
She is excited to bring more awareness to the value and importance of UMOJA MN and increase the number of families that participate in the camps.