Immerse Arkansas adds seven to staff

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Immerse Arkansas, a Little Rock-based nonprofit that serves youth in crisis, recently hired Mojadesinuola Adejokun, Alicen Bennett, Robert Butler, Debbie Chambers, Jana Coleman, Chelsea Taylor and Letha Todd. The organization also created five new positions to expand its staff.

Mojadesinuola Adejokun is serving as Immerse’s first Communications and Development Specialist. Adejokun’s responsibilities include overseeing the organization’s internal and external communications, working to cultivate and expand donor relationships, and ensuring all donor giving is accurately recorded and current-donor as well as prospective-donor tracking is within protocol.

Alicen Bennett has two decades of experience with family and foster services that will benefit her in her role as a LifeBASE Supervisor. Bennett will support transitional age youth and families in the Immerse Arkansas LifeBASE Care and Teen program by overseeing program operations, supervising coaches and resident assistants, and expanding the reach of both programs throughout Arkansas.

Robert Butler is expandingImmerse Arkansas’s staff as the organization’s third Overcomer Central (OC) coach. His responsibilities will include planning and implementing creative life skills classes, coaching youth, and promoting healing through transformational experiences.

Debbie Chambers will be serving as the first Employment Coach for Immerse. She will support the teens and young adults across all of the organization’s program areas with the goal to help them learn, grow, and succeed in employment by teaching skills, facilitating practice, helping them apply for and retain jobs, and building employer partnerships.

Jana Coleman joins Immerse Arkansas as the first Grants Manager for the organization, and she comes with multiple certifications from the National Grant Writers’ Association and experience as a program administrator for the Arkansas Department of Economic Development. Coleman will be in charge of overseeing the organization’s grant fundraising through funding research, grant writing and reporting, and grant and data management.

Chelsea Taylor has been hired as the first Trauma Therapist for Immerse Arkansas. In this role, Taylor will support transitional age youth participating in the organization’s programs by offering direct therapeutic services (including individual and group therapy), connect teens and young adults with external mental health support, and provide coaching to ensure youth are given opportunities that promote development and growth and lead to self-sufficiency.

Letha Todd will serve as Immerse’s Director of Finance. With more than two decades of experience in the account management and human resources fields, she will be responsible for supervising all financial and human resources operations, as well as serving on the Immerse Arkansas leadership team, that guides the organization’s overall direction.

Immerse Arkansas was founded in 2010 with the singular mission of transforming youth from crisis into overcomers. The nonprofit organization serves youth between the ages of 14 and 24, whose past trauma and challenges have created barriers to becoming independent, healthy, successful adults. Immerse Arkansas coaches work with youth and families to address the underlying trauma resulting from abuse or neglect.