Brave Step

Leadership

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

Dr. Princess Cullum, PhD, MBA

Center for Creative Leadership

Dr. Erin DiCesare, PhD

Dr. Erin DiCesare, PhD

Johnson C. Smith University

Dr. Lisa Littlejohn Hill, PhD, MBA and LCMHC

Dr. Lisa Littlejohn Hill, PhD, MBA and LCMHC

Vision Counseling and Consulting, PLLC

Caleb Holloway

Caleb Holloway

Associate General Counsel, Atrium Health

Seth Langson

Seth Langson

Attorney at Law & Advocate

Courtney Lawrence, MSW, LCSW

Courtney Lawrence, MSW, LCSW

Mecklenburg County Community Support Services

Francene Marie Morris

Francene Marie Morris

Award-winning talk show host, Beasley Radio

Julie Moxley

Julie Moxley

Certified Public Accountant, Beane Swaringen

Christine Roper

Christine Roper

MSPT, PYT, Owner of Roper Physical Therapy

Advisory Board

Carole Bentley Ball, MA, LCMHC

Carole Bentley Ball, MA, LCMHC

Providence Counseling & Training, Inc

Jan Brittain, M.Ed., LCMHC

Jan Brittain, M.Ed., LCMHC

Jan Keny, MS, LCMHC

Jan Keny, MS, LCMHC

Leigh Norwood, MSW, LCSW

Leigh Norwood, MSW, LCSW

UNC-Charlotte Counseling and Psychological Services

Michael Yonkovig, PhD, Psychologist

Michael Yonkovig, PhD, Psychologist

Sue Anne Wrenn, Psychotherapist, LCSW, BCD

Sue Anne Wrenn, Psychotherapist, LCSW, BCD

Strategic Partner

George W. Appenzeller, MSW, LCSW, LISW AP and CP, LPC

George W. Appenzeller, MSW, LCSW, LISW AP and CP, LPC

Social Work Solutions, PLLC

 

Sarah Meadows, MSW, LISW AP

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.