STAFF

Lakiesha Oliver

Lakiesha Oliver, LCPC-I

Deputy Executive Director

Lakiesha K. Oliver is a Clinical Professional Counselor-Intern with a passion and focus on preventive mental health and group dynamics. Lakiesha holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Master’s of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As the Program Manager and Lead Clinician with Solutions of Change she provides therapy and psychoeducation for Southern Nevada community members who are under-insured, uninsured, and undocumented. In recent years she has acted as an employment and transition counselor assisting military members and families in preparation for civilian life. As a veteran and military spouse, Lakiesha has a heart for families in transition. As a Las Vegas, Nevada resident, she has turned her attention to supporting the community which she now calls home. She is an active volunteer addressing mental health stigma and awareness, and an advocate for positive change for individuals, couples, families, communities, and society as a whole.

Brandon Wright

Brandon Wright

Program Manager

Brandon Wright is a Community Health Worker with a background in mental health and crisis intervention. Brandon studied at San Diego State where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Upon graduating, Brandon began working in the mental health field as a PSR/BST worker for two years. Brandon worked as a Resilience Ambassador for the Nevada Resilience Project providing resources and crisis intervention to the community. Brandon was also a crisis counselor at Ty’s Place Community Center and Gentleman By Choice for one year before joining Solutions of Change.

Crystal Barrios Ordonez

Crystal Barrios Ordonez

Lead Family Support Specialist

Crystal Barrios Ordonez is a passionate community leader with a heart to advocate for those who may feel silenced. Being born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Crystal works diligently to provide pathways to enhance the local community through education and community service. She currently attends Walden University pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Family, Marriage, and Couples. Her ultimate goal is to earn her PsyD in Clinical Psychology in order to increase visibility and access to Spanish-speaking psychologists. A strategic and dedicated worker in every aspect, Crystal is a member of the prestigious Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society through which she continues to provide positive social change.
Dana-Jamison

Dana Jamison

Lead Community Support Specialist

Dana Jamison is a community partner with a wealth of resources and experience. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a focus in psychology from Arizona State University, by way of Michigan State University. Dana has been an advocate for families in the Las Vegas community for over 10 years. She has a heart for the community and has volunteered to uplift underserved demographics. Dana loves to learn about culture and diversity, especially by traveling abroad. Her passion is for mental and behavioral health, working as an advocate to help individuals and families to achieve wellness and wholeness.

Dana-Jamison

Dylan Christie

Community Support Specialist

My name is Dylan Christie and I am born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. I am currently attending UNLV to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in Neuroscience. My area of focus for my future is human consciousness. Mainly focused on the subjectivity of the human brain and how each person responds differently to a scenario. My best skills are problem-solving and self-independence. I also have an extensive background in existentialism. My existential studies dived into the dilemmas of feeling no motivation and no purpose in life. I truly care for all those who feel lost and isolated in life and I hope to one day help each and every one of them.

Sheila Smalling

Sheila Smalling

Intake Specialist

Sheila Smalling is a dedicated community advocate with a passion for helping people. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Arts with a focus in Psychology and has worked in the social services field for over 12 years, working with both dislocated workers and at risk youth. She is a 500-hr certified yoga instructor and breath-work facilitator committed to sharing the many benefits of living mindfully through the practice of yoga.

Lucia

Lucia Lakteen

Operations and Patient Access Coordinator

Lucia Lakteen was born in California and raised in Las Vegas. Lucia has worked in the Healthcare industry since 2011. She started billing with one of the leading insurance companies in 2013 and moved to mental health in 2017. Lucia has been passionate about the mental health and the wellbeing of her community for many years. She is a Certified Life and Relationship Coach.

Teneka McQueen

Teneka McQueen

Operations and Patient Access Coordinator

Teneka is a native New Yorker with a heart of gold. She came to Las Vegas in 2007 and never left. Teneka has always had a passion to help those who sadly, sometimes go unheard; the youth, and individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses. Teneka received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Phoenix. As the Operations and Patient Access Coordinator, Teneka takes part in office management, human resources, as well as intake services. During her time in Las Vegas, Teneka has worked in a leadership position at many different prominent companies in the state of Nevada. Teneka is a dedicated wife and mother who is always willing to offer a helping hand to her fellow man. It is Teneka’s hope that during her time at Solutions of Change she is continually stretched, further enhancing the skills she is aware of, as well as those she did not know she had.

Judith Emelumgini

Ediltrudis Magaly Cruz Ozawa, CPC-I

Mental Health Counselor Intern

In finding Magaly’s passion for counseling and therapeutic practice, she moved from overseas to Las Vegas, a city that she loves, to continue expanding her experience as a clinician in counseling marriage, family, and child therapy. As another diverse member of our organization, Magaly helps our Latinx community by assisting them with their therapeutic progress as a Spanish-speaking therapist. She holds a Master’s in Science and a Marriage & Family Therapist Intern License with the State of Nevada Board. Lead by the spirit of love, she carries the values that drive Solutions of Change (SOC): assisting the community in navigating life’s challenges through education, creative therapy, mentorship, and holistic support. Magaly is person-centered with the foundation in helping others and understanding empathy, including Southern Nevada community members who are under-insured, uninsured, and undocumented

Judith Emelumgini

Nick Mathews, CPC-I

Mental Health Counselor Intern

Nicholas was raised in North Las Vegas, Nevada and has earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has more recently earned dual master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, in Counseling and Mental Health Services and Professional Counseling. He has over a decade of experience working in higher education, college access programs serving at risk youth between the ages of 12 – 24 years old. He is the president and co-founder of King of Jewels, a nonprofit organization that works to engage, empower, and encourage young men of color in Las Vegas and surrounding areas. Nicholas is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the GEAR UP Alumni Association which provides scholarships and other support for GEAR UP Alumni as they navigate life after high school. Nick’s extensive work with at-risk youth from urban communities has helped him to provide consultation services for the national agencies, non-profit organizations and colleges and universities who are focused on serving diverse student and faculty populations.

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