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People at YES!
Mary Beth Loucks-Sorrell
Mary Beth Loucks-Sorrell is the Executive Director at YES! and brings a deep understanding of nonprofits and the important role they play in creating change in our communities. She has over 15 years of experience at the local, state and national levels in public policy, advocacy, anti-oppression training and facilitation; as well as capacity building and technical assistance to over 90 nonprofits, successful fundraising and outcomes development. Prior to consulting, Mary Beth served as the Capacity Building program officer for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Her experience working first hand in a foundation applying an outcome framework, coupled with her consulting work with funders and networks of funders enables her to apply a unique and practical lens to the work at YES!.
Jessica E. Daniels, M.A.
Director of Custom Services and Strategic Innovation
Jessica Daniels is the Director of Custom Services and Strategic Innovation at Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) and provides strategic leadership and oversight of impactful custom consulting services to partners including, training, technical assistance, systems development, strategic planning and event consulting services. Jessica has over 20 years experience in leading, designing and implementing innovative youth and community development initiatives. For over 15 years, she has served as the Founder and Principal Consultant of Youth Design Consulting Group, LLC. – an Atlanta based consulting practice supporting over 100 individuals, nonprofits and government clients with operational and programmatic solutions to serve youth and communities effectively. Jessica is a passionate business strategist that is committed to build the capacities of organizations to support youth to grow, thrive and succeed. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University, a Masters of Arts degree in Applied Psychology from New York University and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University. Jessica currently lives in Metro Atlanta with her family and loves spending time on the water, being outdoors, theater, and traveling.
Senior Program Manager
Alexandra (“Alex”) Hollifield joined YES! in 2018 as a Senior Program Manager in the Asheville office. She is passionate about using an equity framework to prevent sexual violence, promote positive mental health, and create communities where all youth feel a sense of belonging. She has previously worked with college students at the Vanderbilt University Women’s Center on issues including sexual health, healthy relationships, body image, disordered eating, and mental health. Alex has also worked as the Prevention Coordinator for the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs where she oversaw statewide implementation of a bystander intervention curriculum in high schools, developed a strategy for primary prevention in middle schools, and created a new framework for violence prevention in historically marginalized and underserved communities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science from Wake Forest University and a Master’s degree in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. She loves backpacking, reading, exploring Asheville coffee shops and art galleries, and playing with her golden retriever, Harper.
Program Manager - Faith Initiative
As the daughter of military veterans Alton and Deborah Styron (OO-RAH!), Liz has had the wonderful opportunity of experiencing life all over the world and calls North Carolina her home. She currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from North Carolina State University (2009). In 2017, she completed a dual graduate degree of a Masters of Divinity at Duke Divinity School and a Masters of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where her area of study focused on the connections between the practices of democratic citizenship and the practices of prophetic witness within the contexts of the local community and the church. Her convictions regarding the intersectionality of faith and public policy are deeply rooted in the various experiences she has had as both a minister and a social service professional. She strives to live into the everyday challenge to pursue justice, love, kindness, and to walk humbly, while embracing the multifaceted task to empower others to go and do likewise. Liz resides in Durham, North Carolina and enjoys reading, spending time with loved ones, exploring her community, and watching sports.