John Wolfe, MSW, LCSW - Executive Director
John is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a private practice in Portland Oregon. In addition to his clinical work with individuals, couples and sexual minorities, John has taught Social Justice as well as Anti-Oppression Practice and Intercultural Competency at Portland State University School of Social Work. John also provides Clinical Supervision for aspiring licensed therapists.
John brings over thirty years of social work experience including positions of Program Manager, Social Worker, Child Protective Services Worker, Statewide Manager, and Family Therapist. John presently serves as Chair of the Mentoring Committee of the Coalition of Black Men. He also is Director of his own program Youth Empowerment Project, serving youth of color.
John currently provides training in AOP as well as Case Management and Social Justice. He has contracted with IRCO, Portland Public Schools, Impact Northwest, Catholic Family Services, Portland Police Department, State of Oregon Department of Human Services, City of Portland, Prosper Portland, Multnomah County as well as other organizations and programs.
John is a published author and poet. His belief in moving humanity to greater inclusion, acceptance and tolerance of difference is critical to doing ‘the work’ as a change agent.
Aniscia McAdams, M ED
Aniscia McAdams and has been with YEP as a group facilitator, and now the Education Manager. In this role she assists with curriculum building, structured learning, and providing support for families and staff alike. She graduated From PSU with her Master’s in Education, and went right into teaching young children. This ultimately led her into the work of teaching adults how to teach young children. From there, she created a business education consulting business; Monarch Consulting. Being a business owner has been a great experience for Aniscia over the years, and allows her time and flexibility with her daughters. Together they like to go hiking, bike riding and road tripping. Their largest road trip was driving cross country, to relocate their family. This was by far a beautiful uprooting, and they are now bearing the fruits of their trip.
Ryan Bender, MSW
Program Researcher & Evaluator
Ryan has a long history working with community-based organizations in Portland that address educational and health care inequalities. She uses her social science research background to document family and youth experiences within educational and health care systems. Ryan’s research methodology incorporates culturally responsive, community-based participatory approaches alongside community leadership and self-efficacy development. Currently, Ryan serves as one of YEP’s Group Facilitators while pursuing her PhD. Her dissertation centers on the impacts of diabetes management on family systems.
Rhybon was born in the Pacific Northwest and went to Centennial High School. Rhybon went to college at Southwestern College in Winfield Kansas and received a bachelor’s degree in General Studies. Rhybon worked for the Jackson County Juvenile Court for 10 years as a parole officer where Rhybon helped to develop family group sessions for clients and their parents.
Back in Portland worked with Juveniles for 15 years at Janis Youth program, Morrison Center and Volunteers Of America. Rhybon received his CADC 1 and worked with youth and adult populations. Rhybon has been involved with YEP for the past four years and has thoroughly enjoyed it.
For the past 4 years Kim has worked in the Portland Public Schools for YEP. A native Oregonian, Kim graduated from John Adams High School and attended Portland State University. In her decades of experience, Kim has developed and facilitated gender-specific curricula, mentored high-risk youth at multiple organizations, and worked with youth at County Juvenile Departments. Her focus is in facilitating groups and mentoring youth using culturally specific, positive engagement, and mindfulness techniques. Kim has been extensively trained in mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, restorative justice, brain development, culturally specific training, diversity training, peer-to-peer mediation, community mediation and victim offender mediation.
Roger Braker received his Social Work degree from Pacific University. Roger worked for Multnomah County for 20 years as a Juvenile Court Counselor. He specialized in gang affected youth and their families, Female Gender and Low Risk Offenders. Roger Braker also worked as a Social Worker at Youth Village in Lakeland Florida before returning to the northwest where he is currently living in Vancouver Washington with his wife . Roger Braker also is part of an elite Bike Patrol Team that travels to San Diego to work at the San Diego County Fair. Roger Braker has been worker with YEPPNW for over seven years with students at Franklin High School, Arleta Middle School, Grant High School, Rosa Park Middle School and Chief Josh Elementary.