PlanBe_ Staff

The PlanBe_ program uses evidence-based programs that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) selected after conducting a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review which uses a systematic process for reviewing evaluation studies against a rigorous standard in order to identify programs shown effective at preventing teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, or sexual risk behaviors. This study is led by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. All of our educators go through extensive training provided by the curriculum developers and certified train the trainers. Each of the educators participate in at least 120 hours of training annually. Sites are chosen based on teen birth rate data and at-risk populations.

Linda Freeman

Executive Director, Peacemakers Family Center

Linda began her career as an environmental engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy in 1986 after completing her M.S. in Environmental Engineering at Stanford University (Palo Alto, California) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan). Since 1999, Linda has been the Executive Director of the Peacemaker Family Center (PFC) at Trinity Church in Miami Gardens, Florida. Under Rev. Freeman’s direction, PFC has been awarded and has successfully managed over $36 million in Federal, State, and local social service funding. In December 2014, Peacemakers Family Center was awarded the “Champions of Service” Award by Florida Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida (AmeriCorps). Linda was selected to be the Community Fellow Provider Representative for the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of
Medicine–Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELp™.

 

Linda has been married to her husband David for 30 years. They have six children in their lives: Zachary, and his wife, Daniella; Vanessa; Nina, their niece; and their grandchildren, Noah and Mia.

Linda Freeman

Executive Director, Peacemakers Family Center

Linda began her career as an environmental engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy in 1986 after completing her M.S. in Environmental Engineering at Stanford University (Palo Alto, California) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan). Since 1999, Linda has been the Executive Director of the Peacemaker Family Center (PFC) at Trinity Church in Miami Gardens, Florida. Under Rev. Freeman’s direction, PFC has been awarded and has successfully managed over $36 million in Federal, State, and local social service funding. In December 2014, Peacemakers Family Center was awarded the “Champions of Service” Award by Florida Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida (AmeriCorps). Linda was selected to be the Community Fellow Provider Representative for the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of
Medicine–Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELp™.

 

Linda has been married to her husband David for 30 years. They have six children in their lives: Zachary, and his wife, Daniella; Vanessa; Nina, their niece; and their grandchildren, Noah and Mia.

Crystal Agnew

Deputy Director, Peacemakers Family Center

Crystal Agnew, Deputy Director, has been with the Trinity Church, Peacemakers Family Center since 2007. Since being with TC, she has procured, managed and implemented over $20 M in federal and local funding. Mrs. Agnew has over 10 years of experience in program implementation and managing youth programs. She has more than 12 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, all of which focused on children and youth. Since 2010, she has coordinated the day-to-day operations of TC’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention projects.

 

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Personal Responsibility Education Programs serve over 7,000 youth annually in Miami-Dade County, with overall project budgets of $9.68 Million. In this role, Mrs. Agnew is responsible for staff training and oversight and project partner management; community outreach and recruitment of schools, program sites and youth; innovative program delivery methods; assisting with curriculum development and updates; developing and implementing a performance measurement and program fidelity system; overseeing program implementation; and helping to coordinate a quasi-experimental evaluation of the program. Additionally, she is responsible for contract development and monitoring, database management and support, preparation of all grant-required applications and reporting requirements.

 

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University and a Master in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Crystal Agnew

Deputy Director, Peacemakers Family Center

Crystal Agnew, Deputy Director, has been with the Trinity Church, Peacemakers Family Center since 2007. Since being with TC, she has procured, managed and implemented over $20 M in federal and local funding. Mrs. Agnew has over 10 years of experience in program implementation and managing youth programs. She has more than 12 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, all of which focused on children and youth. Since 2010, she has coordinated the day-to-day operations of TC’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention projects.

 

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Personal Responsibility Education Programs serve over 7,000 youth annually in Miami-Dade County, with overall project budgets of $9.68 Million. In this role, Mrs. Agnew is responsible for staff training and oversight and project partner management; community outreach and recruitment of schools, program sites and youth; innovative program delivery methods; assisting with curriculum development and updates; developing and implementing a performance measurement and program fidelity system; overseeing program implementation; and helping to coordinate a quasi-experimental evaluation of the program. Additionally, she is responsible for contract development and monitoring, database management and support, preparation of all grant-required applications and reporting requirements.

 

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University and a Master in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Letisha Lewis

Community Outreach and Mobilization Coordinator

Letisha has a Bachelors Degree from Florida Atlantic University and Master’s Degree from Barry University in Social Work. She has been doing social work for the past 8 years. Letisha has experience working with children from elementary to high school. She is currently the Community Outreach and Mobilization Coordinator for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program PlanBe_ and is completing her certification to become a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Florida.

Letisha Lewis

Community Outreach and Mobilization Coordinator

Letisha has a Bachelors Degree from Florida Atlantic University and Master’s Degree from Barry University in Social Work. She has been doing social work for the past 8 years. Letisha has experience working with children from elementary to high school. She is currently the Community Outreach and Mobilization Coordinator for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program PlanBe_ and is completing her certification to become a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Florida.

Karen Johnson

Case Management Supervisor for the Personal Responsibility Education Program

Karen graduated with her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Webster University in Lakeland, FL, and has been working with individuals, children and families for over 7 years.  Karen specializes in intensive Case Management, Suicide Prevention, Crisis Intervention and Trauma Informed Care. She utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Based Therapy and Psychological First Aid. She has worked in Correctional Facilities, Group Homes, Community Mental Health, and Crisis Centers in throughout her career. Karen is currently a Provisional Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida.

Karen Johnson

Case Management Supervisor for the Personal Responsibility Education Program

Karen graduated with her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Webster University in Lakeland, FL, and has been working with individuals, children and families for over 7 years.  Karen specializes in intensive Case Management, Suicide Prevention, Crisis Intervention and Trauma Informed Care. She utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Based Therapy and Psychological First Aid. She has worked in Correctional Facilities, Group Homes, Community Mental Health, and Crisis Centers in throughout her career. Karen is currently a Provisional Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida.

Johanna Francois

PlanBe_ Project Coordinator

Johanna has been working with the PlanBe_ Program for the last 6 years. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with her Bachelors in Social Work. She implements evidence based interventions in middle and high schools and community based sites in Miami Dade County. Johanna has been trained to teach evidence based curriculum called Reducing the Risk and Making Proud Choices. She has had experience working with youth for 11 years. She has been married to her husband Steven for 5 years and they have a 2 year old son named Steven Isaac.

Johanna Francois

PlanBe_ Project Coordinator

Johanna has been working with the PlanBe_ Program for the last 6 years. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with her Bachelors in Social Work. She implements evidence based interventions in middle and high schools and community based sites in Miami Dade County. Johanna has been trained to teach evidence based curriculum called Reducing the Risk and Making Proud Choices. She has had experience working with youth for 11 years. She has been married to her husband Steven for 5 years and they have a 2 year old son named Steven Isaac.

Hernite Altidor

Lead Educator

Hernitte graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Biology Science from Florida Memorial University. Hernitte worked with children as well as Adolescents from Elementary to High School for about 13 years. Working with the PlanBe_ Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for the last 4 years, Hernitte educates middle and high school students about HIV/AIDS Awareness by effectively delivering the Reducing the Risk, Becoming A Responsible Teen, and Making Proud Choices Curriculum.

 

As a Lead Educator, Hernitte ensures that enrollment forms and attendance data are entered in Opts. Provide curriculum  delivery support & assistance to Educators. Assist in  recruiting for The Youth Leadership Council and coordinating special events and Educational support meetings for parents of project youth.

Hernite Altidor

Lead Educator

Hernitte graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Biology Science from Florida Memorial University. Hernitte worked with children as well as Adolescents from Elementary to High School for about 13 years. Working with the PlanBe_ Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for the last 4 years, Hernitte educates middle and high school students about HIV/AIDS Awareness by effectively delivering the Reducing the Risk, Becoming A Responsible Teen, and Making Proud Choices Curriculum.

 

As a Lead Educator, Hernitte ensures that enrollment forms and attendance data are entered in Opts. Provide curriculum  delivery support & assistance to Educators. Assist in  recruiting for The Youth Leadership Council and coordinating special events and Educational support meetings for parents of project youth.
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