Key People

Committed to the Cause

Latonia Brown

Board Vice President

Executive Director

Latonia Brown is a prominent figure in the North Eastern sector of Dallas and in the field of Social Services. She grew up with a hearing impaired mother, and at a early age she gained the understanding and learned what it meant to advocate for individuals within the hearing impaired community. Through helping her mother as a child, Latonia began to develop a passion for advocating and empowering individuals who are subjected to the lifestyle of generational poverty and individuals with physical disabilities. 

Latonia’s passion led her into the field of Social Work. She attended Prairie View A&M University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. In college she became the president of the Social Work Action club on Prairie View’s campus for 2 years. She also obtained membership into the illustrious and well-known Sorority of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Latonia moved back home, and understood that she needed to more credentials to make a huge impact in her community. She went on to obtain her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

She now has over a decade of experience in the field of Social Work with a background consisting of advocating and working with individuals with Mental Health, Children and Families with Child Protective Services. Her professional career path has led her through many organizations such as: Metro Care of Dallas, Brenham State School, Texas Youth Commission at Cottrell House, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas. Latonia is currently working with the Department of Family and Protective Services. She is utilizing her passion as a mentor to individuals to help them become self-sufficient. Latonia also serves on the Advisory Board of Your Discovery Place Inc. as Committee Chair for Family and Youth Development. Her main goal is to continue to help individuals of all walks of life find their purpose, and become self-reliant within themselves. She is a major asset to the organization for her works with the families, and helps the individuals create their "Road to Success Plans" in order for them to become self-sufficient and overcome generational poverty or barriers that prevent them from being successful. 

Kayla Jones

Board Secretary

Clinical Director

Kayla Jones is a licensed professional counselor and operates under her business, Beyond Ashes, LLC Counseling & Consulting Services. She got her bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University and then went on to receive a Masters in Education in the field of Counseling. Kayla has worked in various settings to include: Juvenile Justice department, Behavioral health hospitals, Community Mental Health Agencies, and is currently a school counselor at an elementary school. Ms. Jones brings 10 years of experience working to support children, adolescents, adults, and the family system by providing advocacy and therapeutic interventions. Her specialties include individual counseling, play therapy, group therapy, and case management- connecting clients to resources in order to support wellness in all areas.

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C. Joy Campbell

Board President

Chief Executive Officer

C. Joy Campbell is a prominent figure in her community through community service and ministry. Born and raised in Dallas, Joy went on to college and she currently holds an undergraduate degree in Business Marketing from Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). She has always been inspired by Community Development, and it was emphasized when she began working in the field of social services and community affairs. She obtained her Master’s degree in Counseling and Community Development.

Joy is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She has worked for the Dallas Housing Authority and Child Protective Services. She has a passion to help individuals and families become self-sufficient.

Through trials, tribulations, and struggles with finding her path, Joy began to form a relationship with God. She understood that she was chosen to lead a ministry that would benefit the community as a whole. Her main focus is the betterment of the community as it impacts the lives of the family. She graduated from The Potter’s House School of Ministry in May of 2017. She is the current owner of Guiding Minds Ministries LLC, which is a organization that focuses on the rehabilitation of Second Chance Offender through education. 

Khanay Turner

Board Legal Counsel

Director of Outreach

Khanay Turner, Esq. is a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and a proud graduate of two HBCUs, Prairie View A&M University and Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. In July 2019, Ms. Turner became Chief of Staff for State Representative Toni Rose of Dallas. Prior to joining the Office of State Representative Toni Rose, Ms. Turner was the Executive Director for the Texas Legislative Black Caucus (“TLBC”). As Executive Director, Ms. Turner has coordinated the biannual Texas African American Legislative Summit, which was deemed the largest and most successful TLBC Summit to date. She also worked with TLBC Member and community leaders to develop the Caucus first legislative agenda and priority bills within 10 years.

 

Ms. Turner has also served as Greater Houston Area Political Outreach Director of the Beto for Senate Campaign where she focused on outreach to the African American and the millennial/student constituencies within the Greater Houston Area, including Fort Bend, Brazoria, Montgomery, and Waller County. In addition to Political Outreach, Ms. Turner also served as the Voter Protection Director for the Campaign to ensure that each voter’s vote is counted and prevent voter suppression.

 

Ms. Turner has always been an activist and a social engineer since her time at Prairie View and throughout law school. In law school published her first legal article titled “The Shelby County Effect: The Impact of Weak A Voting Rights Act”, which discussed how the 2014 and 2016 elections were gravely impacted by the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder U.S. Supreme Court decision. Ms. Turner expanded her leadership and advocacy skills by serving as the 2017-2018 Chair for the Southwest Region of the National Black Law Students Association (“SWBLSA”). Previous Years Ms. Turner served as the Attorney General for SWBLSA where she was inducted into the SWBLSA Hall of Fame as Executive Board Member of the Year. She was also members of several progressive organizations such as the American Constitution Society, Vice President of the Civil Rights Law Society, and Ambassadors.

 

 During both undergraduate and law school, Ms. Turner has interned for Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Congressman Marc Veasey’s campaign, National Parks Service, Wendy Davis’ gubernatorial campaign, Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Justice, and the U.S. Attorney Office of the Southern District of Texas. Ms. Turner is an active member of the Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., NAACP Tarrant County Branch and NextGen, and DFW Urban League Young Professionals. Ms. Turner aspires to be the voice for the voiceless of all disenfranchised people. 

Brigette Nevels

Board Treasurer

Educational Leadership

At-Risk Youth Services Coordinator

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Elder Demetrice Smith

Advisory Committee

Mental Health Leadership

Partner

Demetrice Smith is an author, entrepreneur, mentor, Elder at her local church, and community activist with over 20 years of experience in Training & Curriculum Facilitation & Design, Leadership Development and Professional Business Coaching.

A skilled and credentialed teacher, Demetrice frequently develops customized corporate and individualized training programs and seminars in a wide-range of topics that may be also utilized for groups and small businesses. Her success with training seminars related to intellectual and developmental disabilities has empowered families of individuals with IDD to understand, communicate more effectively, gain independence, and become a resource for focusing on what an individual CAN DO and not the condition. 

Demetrice is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University and holds Bachelor's Degrees in Political Science and another in Communication; a Master of Science Degree in Global Leadership from Walden University, and a Doctorate of Business Administration with an emphasis on Leadership Development also from Walden University.

Elder Smith is an ordained minister for the State of Texas and holds a Master Coaching Certification from The Association for Talent Development.

As a personal and professional coach, Demetrice uses her talents and skills to empower others to develop and execute strategies for professional, personal, organizational and community goals.

Currently employed as the Director of The Potter’s House Dallas Chapter of Best Buddies, the first and only church chapter of Best Buddies in the world.

Demetrice is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Creeping Vines Online, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mental health awareness, education, and assessment.

Call us at 1-855-207-0596

Address: 3155 S. Lancaster Rd Ste. 200

 Dallas, TX 75216

(inside of Guiding Minds Educational Programs)

Email us at:

cjcampbell@yourdiscoveryplace.org

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