Brave Step is comprised of a passionate board of directors, advisory board and strategic experts helping fulfill the mission to empower those impacted by sexual violence.
Board of Directors
Dr. Princess Cullum, PhD, MBA
Center for Creative Leadership
Dr. Erin DiCesare, PhD
Johnson C. Smith University
Dr. Lisa Littlejohn Hill, PhD, MBA and LCMHC
Vision Counseling and Consulting, PLLC
Associate General Counsel, Atrium Health
Attorney at Law & Advocate
Courtney Lawrence, MSW, LCSW
Mecklenburg County Community Support Services
Francene Marie Morris
Award-winning talk show host, Beasley Radio
Certified Public Accountant, Beane Swaringen
MSPT, PYT, Owner of Roper Physical Therapy
Carole Bentley Ball, MA, LCMHC
Providence Counseling & Training, Inc
Jan Brittain, M.Ed., LCMHC
Samantha Easters, MSW, LCSW
Joyce Hennessy, MSW, LCSW
Jan Keny, MS, LCMHC
Leigh Norwood, MSW, LCSW
UNC-Charlotte Counseling and Psychological Services
Diana Torres, MSW, LCSW
Michael Yonkovig, PhD, Psychologist
Sue Anne Wrenn, Psychotherapist, LCSW, BCD
George W. Appenzeller, MSW, LCSW, LISW AP and CP, LPC
Social Work Solutions, PLLC
Sarah Meadows, MSW, LISW AP
Social Work Solutions, PLLC
Special Project Task Force
Crystal Brooks is a holistic psychotherapist and manager of BeLight Holistic Psychotherapy & Wellness, PLLC. She holds a licensed clinical social worker certification in NC, FL, and NJ. Crystal offers an integrative approach to treatment integrating both traditional talk-therapy and non-traditional therapies such as: Heart-centered hypnotherapy, hypnosis, guided imagery and other complementary treatment approaches to facilitate healing, growth and maintenance of clients’ mind, body, and spirit. Crystal has over 8 years of experience in mental health working in schools (child study team), community settings, inpatient psychiatric hospital, and private practice settings; her current clients are adults representative of a range of cultures, backgrounds, and presenting issues. Crystal is continuing her advanced clinical training in Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy and Ecotherapy.
Outside of empowering her clients, she enjoys connecting with her family, friends, and nature, traveling, meditation, and dancing.
Rosolena Conroy, M.D completed her medical school and residency at the State University of New York at Syracuse. Her more than thirty years of pediatric experience include general pediatrics, public health, pediatric hospital medicine, and child abuse pediatrics. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics with specialty certification in General Pediatrics and subspecialty certification in Child Abuse Pediatrics. Her pediatric interests include preventative well-child care, acute and chronic illnesses of children, and the awareness, treatment, and prevention of child maltreatment. She is currently completing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is planning to use her unique set of skills as a pediatrician and mental health counselor to continue passionately caring for traumatized children and their families.
In addition to her passion for caring for children, she enjoys traveling, reading, taking long walks, and Oreo cookies.
Dr. Annelise Mennicke is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research focuses on promoting environments that are free from violence by developing and evaluating comprehensive, inclusive violence prevention programs. She is currently funded as Principal Investigator on a K01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine the effectiveness of Green Dot, a bystander intervention program, to prevent multiple forms of violence among high school youth who previously witnessed parental domestic violence.
Shital Patel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and former attorney who specializes in working with adults and older adolescents experiencing eating disorders, trauma, anxiety, and working with LGBTQ identities. She also focuses on helping students, lawyers, and other professionals around stress management, life transitions, work-life balance, career direction, and relationships. Shital is a therapist at Perry Counseling Healing and Recovery in Plaza Midwood and Uptown and is a volunteer, presenter, and public speaker. She enjoys sharing her story to also help others to make transformative life changes and advocating for community and workplace conversations around mental health, affirmative and inclusive practices.
Mollee Reitz is a nationally certified counselor and licensed clinical mental health counselor. She works as the Wellness Director at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte where she provides short term counseling, mental health and wellness educational opportunities, and advocacy. As a counselor, Mollee specializes in treating grief, loss, and trauma, particularly in children and adolescents.