Meet our Staff
Leah Fraley, Executive Director
Ms. Fraley is an accomplished nonprofit executive with nearly two decades of experience including a strong background in executive leadership and development. Leah came to SCAN from the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) based in Alexandria. ICMEC identifies gaps in the global community’s ability to protect children from abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation, and assembles the necessary people, resources and tools, to fills those gaps – all with the goal of making the world a safer place for children. Before her time at ICMEC, Leah served as the Executive Director at Holy Cross Health Foundation and the United Way of Washington County. Over her career, Leah has lead large and small fundraising campaigns, directed international marketing initiatives, developed programs and initiatives, managed volunteer and membership programs, advocated for families, and planned special events and conferences. Leah graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Public Administration.
Daiana Bañales-Dorman, Parent Education Coordinator and Outreach Specialist
Daiana has over two decades of experience as a family advocate and program coordinator serving the Northern Virginia area. Her background includes working with pregnant teens and at-risk youth and families, as well as being a liaison between families, schools and service agencies. She is professionally trained in Victim Assistance.
Ann Caulkins, CASA Case Supervisor
Ann began working with SCAN in 1996 when she completed training to become a CASA Advocate. In 2001, Ann was hired by SCAN to be the CASA liaison on the Alexandria Family Drug Treatment Court (2001-2011). Ann has continued working part-time as a CASA Case Supervisor which includes editing court reports, attending court hearings and other meetings, as well as advising CASA Advocates. She also assists with training of new CASA Advocates. Ann also serves on the Adoption Day Alexandria Committee.
Alice Clark, Parent Education Coordinator
Alice works on the parent education team with dozens of facilitators and volunteers to implement evidence-based parenting classes, support groups and workshops and their corresponding children’s programs. She also compiles SCAN’s Parent Connection Resource Guide for northern Virginia service providers. Alice comes to SCAN with a background in education, with her Master’s in elementary education from the University of Virginia and two years’ experience teaching 2nd grade in both Honduras and Arlington. Alice is a member of the Healthy Families Arlington Advisory Board.
Caroline Goolsby, CASA Case Supervisor
Caroline, an Alabama native, spent the first two years of her college career in Chemical Engineering before realizing her aspiration to become a child advocate. She will graduate with dual B.S. in Child Psychology and Chemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in December 2018. She served as a CASA volunteer in Jefferson County, Alabama, for a year and spent Summer 2018 interning with the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center. She has also volunteered with the Bell Center in Birmingham, an early intervention center for infants and pre-schoolers with special needs. Caroline is passionate about CASA’s role in ensuring that all children have safe and permanent homes.
Allyson Halverson, Public Education Manager
Allyson heads initiatives at SCAN including Operation Safe Babies, Stewards of Children, the Allies in Prevention Coalition, our child abuse prevention campaign, workshops for professionals, parents, and community members, Advocacy Day, and all things pinwheels. Allyson has a BS in Family and Human Services from Towson University and brings to SCAN a strong medical background from her experience in the healthcare field as a Certified Child Life Specialist. Allyson has worked or completed clinical training at medical facilities across the east coast including Inova Health System, University of Maryland Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and Children’s National Health System. Allyson is also a Certified Trauma Practitioner through The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children.
Allyson is a member of the Child Protection Partnership of Greater Prince William County, the Fairfax Child Abuse Prevention Partnership and the Child Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria.
Jacky Jenks, Events Coordinator
Jacky comes to SCAN with over a decade of experience as an event planner for nonprofit organizations, the corporate sector, and the entertainment industry. Jacky first joined SCAN as a CASA volunteer in 2015, and continues to dedicate her time as a CASA to bring positive change to the lives of vulnerable children. As an active volunteer, Jacky also serves as Chair of the Board of the Arlington YMCA. Prior to moving to Virginia and raising her family, she worked in commercial and documentary film. Jacky has a BS in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts.
Moneka Lyons, Public Education Outreach Coordinator
Moneka has served as a high school educator and worked in the corporate contracts sector in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC community for the past decade. Her dedication to youth and parents in the community–as well as experience forging partnerships through a continuum of community partners–now benefits SCAN’s Public Education Program. Moneka holds a B.A. in Management from Oklahoma State University; a MBA certificate with a concentration in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State University; and is currently on the road to completing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Her drive to be an impactful force for children and families is focused on advocacy, educational policy and awareness.
Moneka is a member of the National Education Association; Prince William Education Association; Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity; National Business Education Association; Virginia Business Education Association; Trauma Informed Community Networks (TICN) Collaborative – Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William County; the VA Womens Caucus; and Distributive Education Clubs of America.
Marisol Morales, Parent Education Manager
Marisol joined SCAN’s team in November 2014, bringing 16 years of professional experience in developing and implementing education campaigns targeted to Hispanic/Latino audiences. Of Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian descent, she has strong skills in developing culturally sensitive materials; managing strategic partnerships; staff, volunteer, and vendor management; and contract negotiations. Marisol has a B.A. in Communications from George Mason University as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership. She works closely training SCAN’s various facilitators and workshop presenters as well as engaging community partners and overseeing evaluation and reporting. She also supervises SCAN’s Parent Education Coordinator and the Parent Education Program’s large network of facilitators and volunteers.
Marisol is co-chair of the Arlington Family Engagement Network.
Samantha R. Nemeth, Administrative Assistant
Sam has been at SCAN since Fall of 2016 and is the go-to for gift processing, database management, and reporting. After spending some time at SCAN coordinating event logistics and partnering with staff and volunteers to carry out SCAN’s special events, Sam has moved into a more administrative role. She’s the first friendly face you’ll see when you visit SCAN’s office, and she enjoys keeping everything running smoothly within the office to allow others to focus their efforts on SCAN’s child abuse and neglect prevention programs. Sam has been working in the world of development since college; after graduating from Longwood University, she ran fundraising phonathons in Richmond and Houston for institutions of higher education.
Sally E. Richards, Director of Development
Sally heads up SCAN’s development team which is responsible for raising funds—through government, foundation and corporate grants; special events; and individual and corporate donations—to support SCAN’s programs and services for children and families. Sally joined SCAN’s staff in September 2015, in the midst of preparations for SCAN’s annual fall Toast to Hope fundraiser which includes Live and Silent Auctions and, most recently, a Special Appeal and a Heads or Tails game competition. Since joining SCAN, Sally has seen not only growth in SCAN’s programs and services but also in SCAN’s funding revenues, particularly from its special events. Prior to joining SCAN, Sally practiced law in Ohio including the representation of vulnerable children in juvenile court as a Guardian ad Litem. That experience has fueled her passion to support abused and neglected children in a different way. Sally is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association
Sarah Self, Communications Manager
Sarah has been with SCAN for more than 15 years, and has played an integral role in both establishing and increasing public awareness of the SCAN brand and its prevention messaging during that time. From annual reports to public education campaigns to social media, Sarah works with all programs and managers to tell the story of SCAN and share its impact on the community. Sarah has a Journalism degree from the University of Maryland, and is a design consultant for a number of other nonprofit organizations. She also sits on the Board of Directors of GreenAllies, a national environmental education nonprofit.
Amy Wilker, CASA Program Manager
Amy is responsible for CASA’s program development, training, staffing, overseeing advocate supervisors and fostering relationships with local child welfare agencies, community stakeholders and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations courts of Alexandria City and Arlington County. She joined the SCAN staff in May 2017, but is not new to CASA. Prior to joining the Alexandria/Arlington CASA as program manager, she worked in New Jersey for the Bergen County CASA program for 7 years. While in New Jersey, Amy developed and revised the pre-service training programs meet state and national guidelines; including the implementation of a statewide educational advocacy program that she has adapted for our advocates. She managed and implemented an Aging Out Symposium, a day long workshop for youth ages 14-21 facing aging out of foster care and life without a safety net. The program provided young adults with resources, information and goal setting to prepare them for their futures after foster care. Amy is passionate about serving abused and neglected children and ensuring that each child reaches permanency in a safe and stable home. She holds a BA in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany. Amy is a member of the Alexandria Best Practice Court, the Alexandria Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP) and the Alexandria System of Care MSC-TTA Workgroup.
Christina Zaveri, Business Operations Manager