Check out our incredible staff members that make Bacon Street Youth and Family Services the awesome place it is!
Kimberly L. Dellinger, M.Ed., Executive Director
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.
Sarah Potter, Administrative Assistant
Sarah earned her Bachelors of Science at Christopher Newport University in 2020 as a double major in Psychology and Sociology. At CNU, she was part of the Honors College and President’s Leadership Program. She served as a Resident Assistant for on-campus housing for three years, working with students in all years. In addition, she sat 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 worked with Bacon Street first as a Prevention Intern and is now an Administrative Assistant in our front office.
April Whalen, Billing Specialist
Bio coming soon!
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.”
Melissa King, Development Associate
Melissa joined Bacon Street in December 2019 as Development Associate. She is a California native with more than 20 years of experience in administrative and community service roles, including five years of working with teens. Her experience with non-profit organizations includes HOPE International, Hand-Up Financial Group, Action Force Network, and her local churches. She has always gravitated to organizations that serve at-risk or underserved people, which makes working for Bacon Street an exciting and fulfilling opportunity. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (with a minor in marketing) from California State University at Dominguez Hills. When she is not working for Bacon Street, you can find her at the gym, traveling far and wide to watch her kids play sports (soccer, field hockey, basketball), hanging out with her family, playing with her new puppy, or reading.
Hope Brocious, Social Media Manager
Hope has been Bacon Street’s social media and communications manager since May 2018, first as an intern and currently as a volunteer. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications and a Certificate in Fundraising and Advancement from Penn State University. 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.
Sakinah Bryant, MS, Resident in Counseling, Clinician
Sakinah started working at Bacon Street in April 2020 and is excited to have a helping hand in contributing to the overall wellness of youth and families in the community. She has her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Indiana State University and understands the importance of having a healthy support system in a therapeutic setting. She enjoys all things in nature and loves trying new things.
Antoinette Diamante, MSW, LCSW, Clinician
Antoinette Diamante came to Bacon Street in May 2020. She is excited to build our new Gloucester site as this community has a need for the services that we provide for teens and their families. Her undergraduate work was completed at Old Dominion University in Human Services with a minor in Psychology. She continued on to graduate school at Norfolk State University and graduated in 2013 with her Master’s in Clinical Social Work. Antoinette was first motivated to the field through her desire to work with youth in the mental health and substance abuse arena. Her career path took her into intense work with adults in acute psychiatric and substance abuse treatment in the inpatient hospital setting. She is excited to apply her experience with young people in the Gloucester and Mathews communities! In her free time she loves boxing, biking, paddle-boarding, and adventures with her puppy, Cooper.
Whitney Lawton, LMHP, Resident in Counseling, Clinician
Whitney came to Bacon Street in April 2020. She is excited about the role Bacon Street plays for youth, families, and the community. She is originally from North Carolina and moved to Virginia for more opportunities in her career field. Whitney received a Master’s in Professional Counseling and Master’s in Life Coaching from Liberty University. Whitney understands the importance of empowering families and the role each individual plays in the family. During her free time, she enjoys walking her dog Romeo, family time, traveling, and zip-lining.
Ariel Tal, MA, Resident in Counseling, Clinician and Mindfulness Program Lead
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.
Latesha H. Adkins, LCSW, Clinician
Bio coming soon!
Allison Jarvis, Prevention Director
From intern to Prevention Grants Coordinator and now Prevention Director, Allison Jarvis has called Bacon Street her home since September of 2018. Fancying herself as a lifelong student, she spent decades working towards her hard earned BS from Old Dominion University. She graduated in spring of 2019 with a major in Human Services, and one year later she began working on her MSW from George Mason University. Bacon Street appealed to Allison because the adolescent population experiencing substance use disorders and mental health concerns is personal. Having overcome her own challenges during her teen – young adult years, she is an empathetic presence to youth. Being a mother of a teenager, she also understands concerns felt by parents and caregivers- no matter how smooth or bumpy of a road they may incur. And speaking of roads, that is where you will find her when she is not engaged in work or school. An Ambassador to the Virginia Capital Trail, Allison enjoys cycling and being outdoors along with admiring art in all of its forms, random road trips, her ornery rescue dog and cat, and her most favorite of all – time spent with her family.
Kayla Sears, Prevention Program Manager
Kayla joined Bacon Street in Summer 2019 as a Prevention Intern, transitioned to Prevention Assistant in September 2019, and is currently the program manager for The Bridges Project. 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.
Anthony Bowman, Prevention Assistant
Anthony, recently received his associate’s in human services while continuing his education in health science. Anthony completed his internship at Bacon Street and now works with the organization part-time. When Anthony is not juggling his busy schedule, he is online buying shoes or supporting his beloved Philadelphia Eagles! With a family of 5, Anthony finds motivation from his family, kids and two English bulldogs!
Social Work and Journey Home Project
Dr. Megan Franco, Ph.D., Director of Social Work
Megan joined Bacon Street in June 2020 as the Director of Social Work. The Virginia Beach native has a passion for working towards eradicating social injustices and serving in the non-profit field. With over a decade of assisting displaced individuals and families with housing services, case management and counseling, Megan is excited to join Bacon Street. Her goal is to end the generational cycle of poverty through empowering and educating those she serves. In 2012, Megan received her Masters in Counseling from Capella University. In 2019, she completed her PhD in Social and Community Services. As an advocate for self-care, Megan enjoys exercise and relaxing with loved ones in her down time.
Gwinn Dennis, MSW, Social Work Program Manager
Gwinn came to Bacon Street in January 2019 as an MSW intern. She is a native of Tennessee and a military spouse for the last 15 years. She graduated in May 2012 from University of Maryland University College with a BS in Criminal Justice and May 2020 a Masters in Social Work from Campbellsville University. Gwinn has more than 7 years working with youth and their families, including working for the State of Missouri Children’s Division and Missouri Department of Mental Health: Division of Developmental Disabilities. She loves being at Bacon Street because, “we are what our mission says.” When she’s not at Bacon Street’s drop-in day center for teens and families, Gwinn loves travelling with family and going to the beach.
Crystal Stewart, Program Assistant
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
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.