Who We Are:
The Board of Directors for Let’s Talk About It… The Autism Center, Inc. is comprised of mental health professionals, educators, business and financial professionals, and law enforcement professionals. Together, we look to apply our collective knowledge and experiences with you to find the best solutions to the growth and development of young adults with ASD. Each one of us knows, lives with, teaches, or parents someone with Autism. When teens with ASD leave high school, they have a lot more life to live, and not many services to help them. Let’s Talk About It… The Autism Center, Inc. was established to help these young people live their lives and meet their potential. We offer life skills training, vocational/occupational skills development, and socialization opportunities for young adults with ASD. We also offer advocacy and a support system to these young adults and their families. Let’s Talk About It…The Autism Center, Inc. is keeping Autism on the table and in the conversation.
Meet the Team:
La Becky Roe, Executive Director:
La Becky Roe is a daughter, a sister, a friend, an advocate, and the mother of an adult son with Autism. She brings extensive experience to the Let’s Talk About It…The Autism Center, Inc venture. Ms. Roe has spent years in the education field, working with culturally diverse learners in various capacities. Starting her career as a NYC Police Officer, La Becky Roe offers a wealth of knowledge in working within, helping, and building communities. As the mother of an adult child with Autism, La Becky Roe has advocated for her son and others, working in elementary and secondary learning environments, integrating educational software and sensory equipment into the classroom and teaching curricula. Likewise, she has used her platforms to educate about the needs and abilities of people with different abilities.
La Becky Roe has dedicated her life to service and creating opportunities for others; in particular, children and young adults with disabilities. Ms. Roe has cultivated her passion for service over many years, and in numerous capacities. She has worked for Autism Services, teaching children socialization skills and coping strategies, following prescribed treatment plans. At Easter Seals UCP, she provided hands-on support to adults with developmental disabilities, doing everything from teaching activities of daily living, to interview skills, on-the-job training, assistance, and advocacy, ensuring that the needs of her clients are addressed and met. Ms. Roe worked for years as a substitute teacher, and ultimately, a Teacher’s Assistant in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, teaching and supporting students in self-contained Exceptional Children classrooms.
Ms. Roe donates her time and talents to Mecklenburg County’s Crisis Intervention Team, assisting in the training of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers, officers of neighboring police departments, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Department Deputies, and other first responders. Likewise, she participates as a member of the Consumer Panel, providing knowledge and experience in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder, what it looks like, and how to engage with people diagnosed with the condition.
Ms. Roe has received several awards for her work in the community. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Mentor of the Year Award from the Urban League. In March 2019, Ms. Roe was chosen as Keynote Speaker to address inductees of the National Honor Society at North Mecklenburg High School. In June 2019, she received an award of recognition as Team Member of the Year for years of dedicated service and partnership with the Crisis Intervention Team and the community. While serving her community, Ms. Roe has been a most dedicated mother and advocate for her son. Recognizing the limited resources available to him as a young adult who graduated from high school, and completed a college-level program to serve all young adults with Autism, providing opportunities to further their learning, socialization, employment, independence, and autonomy. Ms. Roe recently earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder through the lifespan.
Chavon Robinson, Treasurer:
Chavon M. Robinson, LCSW-C, MS Ed is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has spent her 18-year career providing mental health/counseling services and promoting the emotional health and wellbeing of children and families in her community. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Ms. Robinson attended the University of New York at Brooklyn College, earning a Bachelor of Psychology degree. She went on to attend Columbia University School of Social Work and Bank Street College of Education where she earned Master of Social Work and Master of Education degrees. After graduate school, Ms. Robinson worked at Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem, NY where she spent five years providing services to children and families. Ms. Robinson moved to Maryland in 2006, and soon after, joined the Clinical Social Work team at Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health on the Adolescent Girls Residential Treatment Program Unit where she had the opportunity to work with some of the most challenging cases of youth who had suffered many abuses and traumatic life events. Within a year, Ms. Robinson was promoted to the position of Program Director, providing leadership in program development and implementation, as well as Clinical Supervision to staff clinicians and undergraduate Social Work students.
In 2009, Ms. Robinson joined the Clinical Management team of Contemporary Therapeutic Services where she supervised therapists working toward full licensure. In 2010, Ms. Robinson joined the clinical team of Foundation Schools in Montgomery County, working with staff and students in the alternative day school setting, providing therapy and case management services to students with emotional and academic disabilities in grades 3-12. In addition to her work at Foundation Schools, Ms. Robinson maintained a private clinical practice, Chavon’s Hands, LLC, serving adults, teens and children. In 2014, Ms. Robinson relocated to Charlotte, NC and began working as a mental health provider at Miracles Counseling Centers, specializing in work with teens, adults, families and victims of trauma and adjustment issues. In addition to contracting with Miracles Counseling Centers, Ms. Robinson is currently employed by Mecklenburg County’s Public Health Department where she works with a team of clinicians in the Child Development – Community Policing Program, responding to the needs of children involved in and exposed to traumatic events, including Domestic Violence, fatalities, fires, etc. Ms. Robinson has earned a certificate Clinical Supervision, as well as the Advanced Treatment of Trauma, and uses this skill base to treat clients in her public and private practice service. Ms. Robinson is committed to the promotion of spiritual, emotional, and mental health in the communities she serves.
Jennifer Briggs, Secretary:
Jennifer Briggs is an Exceptional Children’s teacher in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. She received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). Ms. Briggs has 20 years of educational experience.
Mrs. Briggs served as a YWCA Director of Afterschool for ten years, before returning to school. Mrs. Briggs graduated from UNC Charlotte’s Cato College of Education with her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Mrs. Briggs currently works for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools as an EC teacher and a compliance facilitator, though she serves in many other capacities. Mrs. Briggs serves on the design team, the math and science committee, as a peer mentor, and helps develop the capabilities of student teachers from UNCC.
Alvina Johnson, Director:
Alvina Johnson is a native of Sumter, SC and a graduated from the University of South Carolina, where she received a BS degree in Business Administration concentrating in Management Information Systems. Ms. Johnson is currently a Project Manager at Vanguard and the owner of two small businesses, Innovative Expressions an all occasion gift basket, floral arrangement and décor design business and LegalShield, a service providing families with access to affordable legal services plans.
Ms. Johnson is also a member of the Nations Ford Community Church and a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. where she serves diligently. Alvina also sits on the board of the Yellow Tea Rose Foundation of NC and Let’s Talk About It…. The Autism Center, Inc. in Charlotte, NC.
Ms. Johnson embraces life and strives to put a smile on the face of everyone she meets, hoping to share a word or deed to lead them to believe that their best is yet to come and they are “Blessed to be a blessing.”
Raymond White, Director:
Raymond White serves as CFO and Member of the Board of Directors for Let’s Talk About it. Mr. White is originally from Louisville, KY and graduated in Accounting from Tennessee State University in Nashville in Spring 1992. Mr. White has lived in Charlotte and worked in finance for 25+ years having spent time at Bank of America, Lowes, U.S. National Whitewater Center, and currently with TIAA. Autism is very close to home for Mr. White as he has close family members on the autism spectrum. This is what drives Mr. White passion to educate others regarding autism as well as preparing those on the autism spectrum with skills and tools needed for self-sufficiency.
Alicia Adams, Director:
Alicia Adams works with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools as a Title One Tutor. Ms. Adams provides differentiated small group literacy instruction to scholars in third through fifth grades. Originally from Richmond, VA; Ms. Adams now calls Charlotte home with her two children William and Alycea. Ms. Adams received a BS in Psychology, with a focus on counseling. Ms. Adams has developed a passion for the nonprofit sector by working as a camp counselor, direct care support provider, and respite caregiver for the last 14 years. Ms. Adams has worked with the Parker Autism Foundation. This experience gave Ms. Adams a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for individuals with special needs.
La Becky Roe, Chavon Robinson, Jennifer Briggs, Alvina Johnson, Raymond White, Alicia Adams, Anthony Cutler
Ebony Rao is currently the CIT Coordinator for Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, NC. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and an Educational Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Columbia University. Prior to her work with CIT, Ebony was a trauma therapist for the Child Development-Community Policing (CDCP) program, which partners with law enforcement to provide trauma therapy to children who are victims of or witnesses of violence or other trauma. Ebony continues her work as a trainer for the CIT and CDCP programs, teaching law enforcement officers about the impact of trauma on childhood development, trauma symptoms, and mental illness. Ebony has also worked in school settings and in private practice providing counseling services to those with mental illness. Ebony’s passion for equipping law enforcement with knowledge and skills to assist those with mental illness undergirds her commitment to serving the community.
Ebony Rao, Belle Leonard