Brave Step Announces Two New Board Members

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Erin DiCesare and Courtney Lawrence to Brave Step’s board of directors. 


Dr. Erin DiCesare,

Johnson C. Smith University

Courtney Lawrence, MSW, LCSW

Mecklenburg County Community Support

Erin DiCesare studies the role of reality television in popular culture, recently expanding her research to include baseball and popular culture, and holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Florida State University.

She currently serves as the Department Chair for the Interdisciplinary Studies, Religion, and Philosophy Department at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C, where she is also an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies. 

To read her full bio, visit

Courtney Lawrence, MSW, LCSW, is a mental health clinician. Courtney currently works as a Domestic Violence Clinician/Liaison for Mecklenburg County Community Support Services, where she provides clinical services for domestic violence victims and survivors, and consultations for child protective services workers with cases involving domestic violence.

She has a background in advocacy, crisis intervention, trauma, and counseling, with a focus on domestic violence that includes previous experience at Carolinas Medical Center’s Domestic Violence Healthcare Project and Safe Alliance’s Victim Assistance.

To read her full bio, visit