Our Fantastic Staff

Check out our incredible staff members that make Bacon Street Youth and Family Services the awesome place it is!

Administration

Kimberly L. Dellinger, M.Ed., Executive Director

Kim Dellinger came to Bacon Street in February 2015. She is thrilled to be able to work with such a dynamic and dedicated group of prevention and treatment professionals and is eager to work with the greater Williamsburg community in growing the services that we provide for teens and their families. Kim is originally from Arizona and did her undergraduate work at Northern Arizona University in history/social studies education after which she continued on to graduate school at James Madison University and graduated in 2003 with her Masters of Education degree in College Student Personnel Administration.  Kim has worked in substance abuse prevention with teens for the past 10 years and is passionate about empowering youth and families to lead healthy and successful lives.  A relatively recent transplant from Vermont, she’s enjoying being closer to family and friends in Virginia.  She and her husband Scott have twin daughters, Kaylee and Claire who are in Fourth Grade at J. B. Blayton Elementary School.  In her free time she loves gardening, reading, hiking, and is passionate about Broadway musicals and the arts.

Kelly Toth, Executive Assistant

Kelly Toth is our new Executive Assistant and started with Bacon Street the first of November, 2018. She has lived abroad in India and the Philippines for the past 10+ years but is originally from Hampton and has lived in Williamsburg for 30+ years.

She has two daughters, Christin and Rachel, who attend high school at Walsingham Academy. Raising them is the most important role she has ever been blessed to have. Kelly is an avid runner, loves gardening, and being at the beach.

Janelle Price, Office Manager

Janelle brings her passion for helping young people to her position as Office Manager. With a husband who is also in the helping field as a counselor, Janelle knew she wanted to find a home in a place such as Bacon Street. Janelle received her Associate in Business Administration from the Sawyer Business School and is currently working towards her BA at Walden University. Her blended family includes five children ranging from ages 9 – 20, one dog, two cats, two roosters, ten hens, and two ducks! Although there isn’t much time left for just relaxing, Janelle loves to read, crochet, and cake decorating whenever she isn’t chasing animals and kids or being a dedicated employee.  

Janette Johnson, Medical Billing and Coding Specialist, Supervisor

Janette is a current alumnus of Ultimate Medical Academy, and she obtained her degree in Medical Billing and Coding Specialist. She grew up in New Jersey but moved to Goldsboro, NC in 2006. She recently moved to Virginia in March after getting married. She has worked in the medical field for the past 17 years. Her passion for the healthcare field turned into a career and she could never see herself leaving it. Her faith is very important to her and this is why she believes that working in this field is her calling. She loves helping and caring for people. She has had the pleasure of working with amazing medical providers for multi-specialties. One of her hobbies is volunteering for the community. She has volunteered for the Kohl’s MDA Muscle Walk of Hampton Roads, along with other events. She says it feels good to be able to give back to her community, and that’s why when she joined Bacon Street Youth and Family Services in September, she knew this was a Godsend. She says it has been an honor working with such an amazing group in the little time she has been here and that “they have made me feel welcomed and at home.” She cannot wait to see what else is in store for Bacon Street Youth and Family Services! 

Development

Jenn Daley, Development Director

Jenn joined Bacon Street in 2019 as Development Director, overseeing fundraising, volunteer management, and donor relations. She has almost 20 years’ experience in public relations and development for nonprofit organizations, including extensive experience in grant writing and donor communications. Jenn’s unusual career path reflects her dual passions of history and human services; her resume includes the American Jail Association, the National Park Service, Interfaith Housing Alliance, and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. She holds a BS in psychology (with a minor in archaeology) from Shepherd University and has completed masters level coursework in writing and graphic design at the University of Baltimore. When she’s not working on behalf of Bacon Street’s mission, you can find her out for a run, immersed in a book, catching a local band with her husband, or playing uber to her very active boys. She strives to live by the words that sit in a small frame on her mother’s dresser: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

Hope Brocious, Marketing and Special Events Intern, Penn State University

Hope has been the Marketing and Special Events Intern since May 2018. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications and a Certificate in Fundraising and Advancement from Penn State University. This internship with Bacon Street drew her in because it combines several things she is passionate about: addiction, mental health awareness, and communications. She lives in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. Almost all of her free time is spent working, studying, and spending as much time with her family as possible.

Clinical

Romina Abawi-Wooten, M.A., CSAC, NCC, Interim Clincial Director

Romina completed her BA in Psychology from George Mason University and her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health from Argosy University. Romina is currently a Resident in Counseling and working towards completing licensure requirements. Romina became a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in 2011 and a Nation Certified Counselor in 2017. Romina has working with Adolescent and Adults in both inpatient, outpatient and school settings to address Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. Romina has a passion for working with middle and high school age group, to empower and evoke change in a healthy, nonjudgmental space. Romina is bilingual, fluent in Farsi and understands the importance of guiding clients down their own path. In her free time Romina enjoys high intensity interval training, running and exploring Williamsburg

Ana Boise, Clinician

Bio coming soon!

Ariel Tal, Clinician

Ariel’s love of working with families brought him to Bacon Street as a clinician at the end of 2018. While attending William and Mary to complete his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Ariel heard about the Bacon Street’s reputation and was interested in becoming a part of an agency where he could apply his areas of study. Having come from a large family of two brothers and one sister, Ariel understands the importance family can play in a therapeutic setting. He feels lucky to be able to call his own siblings his best friends. Ariel enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction and has a passion for nature and all living things. Playing sports and being active is another favorite pastime for him. Ariel feels strongly about the power of meditation and mindfulness, and enjoys sharing this passion with others.

Katie Howlett, Clinician

Katie received her BSW Bachelor of Social Work from VCU and went on to earn her Master of Arts in Community and School Counseling from Regent University.  During that time she held several internships affording experiences from inpatient psychiatric units to school counseling and micro and macro-level services.  Katie is currently a full-time school counselor but has signed on as a PRN therapist with Bacon Street to further her career and obtain her LPC. Katie most enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include exercise, hiking, boating, paddle boarding, surfing, and snowboarding when she can.   

 
 

Rachel Smith, M. Ed., Clinician

Rachel Smith attended William and Mary for both her undergrad and masters where she earned her BS in Sociology and her M. Ed. in Couples Marriage and Family Counseling. She has experience as an Intensive In-Home counselor, and her passion is helping kids. This passion extends to all ages where Rachel has taught preschool and worked in local daycare centers. Her real-life training for these jobs comes from spending time with her niece and five nephews. When she is not busy helping our community’s adolescents, Rachel likes to relax and watch Netflix or pick up the latest Young Adult novel. She also enjoys Do-it-Yourself projects, and her skills can be seen in our newest location in Gloucester.   

Whitney McLellon, Clinician

Bio coming soon!

Prevention

Erin Ellis, M.S., Prevention Director

Erin Ellis is a Williamsburg native who returned to the area in 2003. A William & Mary alumna,  Erin spent ‘college retirement’  in Jackson Hole, Wyoming , and later served as  Assistant Dean of Students at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia.  She earned her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling  from Capella University, and is accruing hours as a Resident in Counseling at Bacon Street in addition to her role as  Prevention Director.  Erin is excited to be a part of Bacon Street, which is providing her the opportunity to ‘give back’ to this great community. 

Allison Jarvis, Grants and Prevention Coordinator

From volunteer to intern to the Grants and Prevention Coordinator, Allison Jarvis has called Bacon Street her home since September of 2018. She graduated in May of 2019 with her BS in Human Services from Old Dominion University and has plans to continue her educational journey. Bacon Street appealed to her because of their wide-spanning community outreach efforts focusing on the adolescent population. She also has a specific interest in substance use disorders and mental health concerns. Allison values her time with her partner and their teenage son as well as their rescue dog and cat, Ringo and Cricket. She enjoys cycling and being outdoors, traveling, and the arts in all of its forms. She values her community and is an Ambassador to the Virginia Capital Trail. Allison is excited to be a permanent part of the Bacon Street family and is looking forward to expanding both personally and professionally within her position here. 

Anthony Bowman, Prevention Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Kayla Sears, Prevention Assistant

Kayla joined Bacon Street in Summer 2019 as a Prevention Intern and recently transitioned to Prevention Assistant in September 2019. She received her Associates of Nursing Degree from Northwest Vista College in 2018. Her long-term career plan is to continue her education with a focus in microbiology and is hopeful for a career with the CDC. For now, she is thrilled to be working with the Bacon Street team and each person who contributes to making the name great. While Kayla’s main passion is nursing, she also enjoys hiking and traveling across the states with her husband.

Shane Sheffield, Prevention Assistant

Shane has been with Bacon Street since December 2018. He started as a Prevention Intern and recently moved into the role of Prevention Assistant. The internship opportunity, along with his passion to empower youth and promote positive perspectives, is what brought him to Bacon Street. Shane attended school at Thomas Nelson Community College and currently attends Old Dominion University. Shane and his wife, Sarah, have two children, Andrew and Madison. His hobbies and interests include dirt bike racing, cars, camping, and hiking.

Prevention Interns

Alina Selnick-Escobar, Prevention Intern, College of William and Mary

Alina is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Educational Studies from the College of William and Mary. At school, she spends her time either at the gym working as a personal trainer, or outside enjoying the weather with friends. In her free time she loves to hike, kayak, and cook. Alina is excited to join the Bacon Street team and deepen her understanding and appreciation for community-based prevention programming and health education.

Avery Torres, Prevention Intern, College of William and Mary

Avery is a junior at the College of William & Mary majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Health. She has always been passionate about promoting mental health and physical wellness and hopes to become a counselor upon completing her undergrad. She is very excited to be a part of Bacon Street and have the opportunity to work with families and youth around the greater Williamsburg area! Although most of her time is spent in Williamsburg, she is originally from Northern Virginia. In her free time, she enjoys watching the latest Netflix movies, playing volleyball, singing with her college’s acapella group, and spending time with family and friends.

Emma Heinze, Prevention Intern, William and Mary

Emma joined Bacon Street in August 2018 as a prevention intern. She studies kinesiology at the College of William & Mary with a focus in public health and educational studies. Emma is passionate about the power of personal health, health education, and community development and is excited to be a part of an organization that works at the intersection of all three! Emma calls Atlanta, Richmond, and Williamsburg home and loves to run, read, drink coffee, and share meals with people she loves!

Jean Martin, Prevention Intern, Christopher Newport University

Jean is a senior at Christopher Newport University completing her field placement at Bacon Street. She will be working in Hampton with the Journey Home Project for her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She is also minoring in Psychology and Childhood Studies. After her senior year, she plans on attending Graduate school to pursue her Master’s degree. Jean is in a sorority at CNU, Alpha Phi. She is from Northern Virginia and a fun fact about her is that she has five dogs, one cat, and two birds! She is excited to see what this year brings her!

Kelley Calvin, Prevention Intern, Christopher Newport University

Kelley is a senior at Christopher Newport University, majoring in Sociology with concentrations in Anthropology and Criminology and minoring in Leadership Studies. She is a member of the Rowing Club at CNU, as well as their treasurer. On-campus, Kelley is involved in undergraduate research as a Summer Scholar and is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society. When she isn’t in class, she loves baking new things! She is looking forward to joining the Bacon Street community.

Kerry Baumann, Prevention Intern, College of William and Mary

Kerry is a native of Richmond, VA, but currently attends the College of William and Mary as a rising junior. She plans to earn a BA in Public Policy. Her close friend Leah Dillard recommended Bacon Street, and she couldn’t be more excited to start working with the Prevention team. Bacon Street’s emphasis on community outreach and development is what really drew her to the position. At William and Mary, she is involved with Lafayette Kids, which partners with Bacon Street to provide mentorship programming to youth at a local subsidized housing development. She also volunteers at a local Early Head Start Center. In her free time, you can find her following current events on Facebook and Twitter (especially issues dealing with education, criminal justice, and social policy), playing volleyball, eating Thai food, and enjoying time spent with friends and family.

Madison Chestnut, Prevention Intern, Christopher Newport University

Madison is a senior at Christopher Newport University, majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a focus in Criminology, and minoring in Leadership Studies. She is a member of the Women’s Lacrosse team at CNU, which keeps her active and engaged on campus. She was born in Albuquerque, NM, but has spent most of her life in Northern Virginia. She is super excited to be working with Bacon Street!

Monica Fritz, Prevention Intern, College of William and Mary

Monica is a junior at the College of William and Mary and is a government and history double major. She became really interested in public health and Bacon Street after she studied healthcare in Cape Town, South Africa last summer. Monica loves iced coffee, playing card games, and is currently obsessed with the show Tuca and Bertie on Netflix. When she isn’t in class she likes to walk around Colonial Williamsburg to find the best spot to relax in. She loves her dog Jessie and hopes to (finally) learn how to cook for herself this summer. She is really excited to join Bacon Street and get to know all the wonderful people there.

Sarah Potter, Prevention Intern, Christopher Newport University

Sarah is a senior undergraduate student at Christopher Newport University as a double major in Psychology and Sociology, earning her Bachelors of Science. At CNU she is a part of the Honors College and President’s Leadership Program. She has served and been trained as a Resident Assistant for on-campus housing for the past three years, working with students in all years. In addition, she sits on an executive board for an Anchor Organization. Sarah is an avid volunteer and has worked with the Newport News Public School System, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Habitat for Humanity in the surrounding areas. She is excited to be working with Bacon Street Family and Youth Services as a Prevention Intern for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Steve Dierkes, Prevention Intern, College of William and Mary

Steve is from Arlington, Virginia and is currently a junior at the College of William & Mary. He is majoring in public policy and minoring in public health, an area of study that got him interested in working with Bacon Street. After falling in love with a course in Community Psychology and Prevention, he was drawn to the preventive approach that Bacon Street takes in the treatment of communities. After graduation, he hopes to find a career in criminal justice reform or continue his work in community development. In his free time, Steve enjoys playing baseball, basketball, and golf, as well as listening to music and spending quality time with his friends. He is excited to truly make a difference in the community and be a part of something bigger than himself at BSYFS.

Tabi Pagan, Prevention Intern, College of William and Mary

Tabi is a senior at the College of William & Mary double majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Public Health and Africana Studies with a concentration in the African Diaspora. In the past, she has interned for the YMCA in the Wellness department and hopes to have a career in minority health promotion. She serves as the treasurer for the Black Student Organization at William & Mary and is a mentor in the Pearls of Great Price program. In her spare time, she likes to listen to music and play with her new kitten, Bean.

Kylie Cunningham, Prevention Intern, Christopher Newport University

Kylie is a senior at Christopher Newport University where she is a double major in psychology and sociology. She has a concentration in criminology and is minoring in leadership studies. Kylie is involved in multiple organizations at CNU, including Alpha Phi, Alpha Phi Sigma, and Where Is The Line. After graduation, Kylie plans on pursuing a Master’s in social work and eventually working with victims of crime. Kylie loves to read, binge watch The Vampire Diaries, and hang out with her dog. She is really excited to join the team at Bacon Street and is hoping to make a lasting contribution!

Journey Home Project and Social Work

Stephanie Wills, Journey Home Project Director

Stephanie was part of Bacon Street from January 2017 to March 2018, and came back in September 2018 as the Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator and Development Director.  Recently she was promoted to Journey Home Project Director and we are thrilled to have her in her new role! She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Human Development Family Studies. She is a military wife and mother of two teenagers. She says they love to laugh, enjoy listening to audio books by a fire, enjoying anything outdoors, and that it has been her greatest endeavor and honor to learn and grow in the context of marriage and motherhood. Her hobbies and interests include creating beautiful memories with families and friends, and capturing them through photography. One of her most favorite hobbies is infant photography.

Jennifer Stilgebouer, MSW, Lead Social Worker

Jennifer joined the Bacon Street team in June of 2019 as the Social Work Lead for the Journey Home Project. The opportunity to broaden and advance her experience as a social worker is what appealed to her about the position. She had previously spent the last six years working in a psychiatric hospital with acute and residential patients. Jennifer received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Cortland. She then attended graduate school at New Mexico State University for her Master’s Degree in Social Work, which she completed in 2006. She is married, has a 9-year-old son, and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing and coaching ice hockey, and traveling. She also lived in Germany for four years and has traveled to 18 countries! 

Kristen Setty, MSW, Clinician

Kristen joined Bacon Street Youth and Family Services in July 2019 as a Clinician working with the Journey Home Project. The opportunity for growth in clinical skills is what brought her to Bacon Street. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Christopher Newport University and a Masters in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University. She has been married for three years and has a son who will be two in November. She is a total foodie and enjoys cooking and baking. She says that her main joy is going on adventures with her husband and son. Their most recent adventure was to Smith Mountain Lake. 

Retecka Bright, MA, Resident Clinician

Retecka joined Bacon Street Youth and Family Services in July 2019 as a Journey Home Project Clinician. She saw the opportunity to pursue her career goal to become a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as help individuals in her community through the unique program of The Journey Home Project. She received her Undergrad from Old Dominion in Human Services with a minor in Psychology and attended Grad School at Regent University’s School of Psychology and Counseling for Clinical Mental Health. She is married to Shawn, her exceptional husband of 18 years, and has two amazing children, Kearstin and Kaden. She loves to travel, read, and spend time with her family. Her professional motto is “Success is never final and failure never fatal. It’s courage that counts” by Winston Churchill.

Crystal Stewart, Child Care Coordinator

Crystal joined Bacon Street in November of 2019. She has a 16-year history in the medical field as well as numerous years in child care and mental health. Crystal provided 4 years of service through various DBHDS programs. She carries certificates in team leading and team building as well as Person-Centered Thinking. Crystal’s hobbies include arts and crafts, walking her dogs by the beach, fitness training, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Crystal enjoys meeting new people and going to new places.

Julia Haggar, Day Center Support Staff

Julia joined Bacon Street in October 2019 as Support Staff with the Hampton office. She also is a Support Staff for HELP (Hampton Roads Ecumenical Lodgings and Provision, Inc.) in Hampton. Julia spent several years as Hospital Support Staff and Chaplain’s Assistant, as well as Coordinator for Volunteers and Auxiliary. She has three children named Araka, Timothy, and Darryl, and ten grandchildren. She is a native of Newport News and has also lived in Germany and Maryland. She enjoys decorating, cooking, singing, watching comedies and sports with her family. She is an avid Cowboys fan! Her favorite quote is by Martin Luther King, Jr., minister and civil rights activist: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Paul Ormond, Social Work Intern, University of Denver

Paul joined Bacon Street as a social work intern in January of 2019. His educational background includes a BA in philosophy and religious studies from Barton College and a Master of Divinity in theology and counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently working towards earning his Master of Social Work from the University of Denver. During his 18 years of service in the army, Paul was able to visit countless countries but his favorite place to be is home with his family and loved ones. Paul’s hobbies include reading, writing, cooking elaborate meals such as lamb gyros from scratch, and catching up on the latest Netflix series or horror flick in the movie theater.  

Rebecca Taylor, Social Work Intern, Virginia Commonwealth University

Rebecca is a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University studying for her MSW. She has joined the Bacon Street team to complete her fieldwork experience and is based in the Hampton office as part of the Journey Home Project team. She received her undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University in Sociology and has joined the team to learn more about the population that we serve. When she gets a break from studying, Rebecca enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her dogs.

Sarah Koski, Social Work Intern, University of Denver

Sarah’s desire to work with adolescents in the mental health discipline landed her an internship position with Bacon Street’s social work team starting in January of 2019. She has a BA in English Literature from Salem College and is currently a Master of Social Work candidate at the University of Denver. A resident of Richmond, Virginia for 20 years, Sarah’s family life consists of herself and her three daughters (ages 16, 18, and 20), their two dogs, and (the sole male in their house) Charles Wallace the cat. Sarah is a voracious reader and consumer of information. Her interests include history, philosophy, and current events. She is a self-described want-a-be foodie and enjoys dining out and cooking for her family. When not consuming words or foods, Sarah enjoys watching a good ol’ crime drama. 

Taylor Sexton, Social Work Intern, Virginia Commonwealth University

Taylor Sexton is a lifelong resident of Williamsburg. She began her internship with Bacon Street in January 2019 as a Social Work Intern. Taylor wanted to intern at Bacon Street because of her interest in the field of substance abuse coupled with her appreciation for the agency’s work and involvement in the community. She will earn her BSW from Virginia Commonwealth University, and plans on obtaining her Masters in Social Work. Taylor’s faith is very important to her, and she enjoys participating in her church’s activities. Other interests include visiting the mountains and hiking with her fiancé, and cuddling with their cat, Lily.