Behind the S.M.I.L.E Board
Tracy Allen is a Clinical Social Worker with over 14 years of experience working with youth and families. She attended Morgan State University and the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Her background includes juvenile justice, school-based therapy, inpatient psych, substance abuse, EAP, and policy. Most of her career has been centered around providing services for families in Baltimore and the District of Columbia. She currently runs a private practice, Reclaiming Hope, LLC, offering therapy services to adults and children. She prides herself on being able to engage the most difficult families. Ms. Allen believes that you have to really meet people where they are in order to get results. Her creative non-traditional approach is what drives her success. Her goal is to erase the stigma of mental
health treatment. In her downtime, she likes to shop, spend time with her 6 godchildren, and travel.
Antione is a native of Baltimore and a huge lover of seafood! Professionally, full-time, he is an Assistant Professor of Academic Literacies at Anne Arundel Community College. He also teaches part-time at CCBC, BCCC, and Goucher College. Antione received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Stevenson University and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University. In addition to mentoring students, Antione loves reading, writing, and traveling the world. Antione is always open to having conversations around issues of equity,
diversity, and inclusion as he truly believes we cannot move forward without them. He truly believes that "persistence leads to excellence!" When Antione received the opportunity to be apart of BTS, he could not resist. He said, "this is a great space to continue using the knowledge gained from my Mental Health First-Aid Certification! I fully stand behind supporting mental health and BTS!"
When human beings experience trauma or severe life stressor, its not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My great passion is bringing healing, comfort and support to people who have been through traumatic and stressful experiences. I help my patients find a healthy perspectives of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as complete, peaceful , healthy and safe while dealing with their traumas.
My educational background was 1st in Electrical engineering. I then found my passion working with people. I worked for Baltimore County Fire Dept for several years, before transiting into the nursing field. I am currently studying to be a Physician Assistant.I currently reside in Georgia.
Lashelle Stewart is the Executive Director for Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc. Lashelle received her MBA from UMUC. She is a graduate of the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Executive Program and a member of Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute’s Bunting Leadership Fellowship’s inaugural graduates. Lashelle has provided services to families for over twenty years and has a passion for working with mothers and babies. She takes pride in delivering services that will have multi-generational impact. Lashelle also serves on various other committees and Boards including the Maryland Breast Feeding Coalition and The Inter-generational Women's Coalition.
Darryl FollowtheDj Dungee AKA Mr. Turn the Heat Up; was born and raised on the tough streets of Baltimore City Maryland. No stranger to obstacles, music helped him to cope with the many tough–turning moments in his childhood. His love for music began at the age of 10 where the ever-presence of industry artists like Toni Braxton, Me2U and Prophet Jones were around because of his godfather’s musical writer career. It was then that he learned about melody, bpm (beats per min) base lines, drums, turned into a passion. Creating music, evolved into an outlet and at the early age of 15, FollowtheDj “the brand” was born. Over a decade of grinding, FollowtheDj has produced an undeniable brand and follow ship.He has also work with the late Khia “Dj K-Swift” Edgerton and was featured on her album entitled, “Jump Off Vol. 8: Next Level Edition”. As well as Dj Rod Lee’s album titled, “Rod Lee the Producer”. Each album is distributed by Unruly Records
and Club Kingz.
John Porter currently serves as a supervisor with the Bibb County Juvenile Court Intake Unit. Prior to his assignment in Juvenile Court he served as a Parole or Probation Specialist with the State of Georgia, Field Training Officer, Gang Investigator, Security Risk Officer and a Deputy Sheriff. Mr. Porter is a proud graduate of Fort Valley State University where he earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. Mr. Porter is also a proud and active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated and continues to make a difference in his community by being a mentor for several
young men in Bibb County.