Darnice’s Place, a Women's Re-entry Services Organization, is a start-up nonprofit social services organization created to provide life skills training and emergency assistance for mothers recently released from incarceration and are in recovery from substance abuse. 


Christine Yates

Christine Yates is the driving force behind Darnice’s Place and fills the role of Chief Executive Officer.  Christine Yates has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Nyack College and Associates of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Southeastern University.  Ms. Yates has over 13 years of substance abuse counseling.  While working as a Certified Addictions Counselor at the Better Way Program, a non-profit, faith based outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility, she provided substance abuse counseling to numerous women and provided treatment plans to assist with reuniting them with their children.


Christine currently volunteers with the Women’s Re-Entry and the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment programs at the Correctional Treatment Facility in the District of Columbia.  Christine serves as a group facilitator on the topics of Effective Parenting and Relapse Prevention.  In addition, she facilitated an Anger Management group at the Fairview Halfway House.



  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management, Nyack College, Washington, DC summa cum laude, June 2012;

  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, Southeastern University, Washington, DC, summa cum laude, June 2009. 


Volunteer Work: 

  • Correctional Treatment Facility

  • Fairview Half Way House

  • Better Way Program

  • Community Action Group


Sophia Ferguson

Ms. Ferguson employed with the Child Protective Services Administration (CPS) with Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) in the District of Columbia. Ms. Ferguson is responsible for investigating abuse and neglect of children in Washington, DC.  In addition, she is responsible for conducting risk assessments for children and ensuring that children are safe in their homes.  Ms. Ferguson has vast experience working with families across all socio-economic status and is tasked with identifying the needs, services and resources for families.  Ms. Ferguson has worked with families struggling with substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence.  Ms. Ferguson has serviced families with absent parents due to death or incarceration.  Further, she understands the difficulty for parents, especially mothers, to transition back into their home, family life, and community.   



  •  Bachelor of Arts in Social of Work, Morgan State University, June 1999;

  • Master’s Degree in Social work, University of Maryland at Baltimore, June 2000.


Warren K. Graham

Warren K. Graham is employed with the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College as an Assistant Director of Field Education. Previously Warren was a NYS Office of Court Administration Project Director overseeing the administration of Nassau County Family Treatment Court and the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court. In this capacity he was responsible for program development, supervision, management, and grant management.  The program coordinated services for court involved, adolescent substance abusers on probation, and adults with Child Protective Services involvement.


While with the NYS Office of Court Administration, Warren was an active member of the Nassau County Probation Department's Placement Review Committee, the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect's Child Protection/Substance Abuse Task Force, Nassau County’s Disproportionate Minority Representation Advisory Group, and previously on Roosevelt School District’s Truancy Court Committee and Nassau County’s Father’s Rights Subcommittee.



  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, State University of New York at Old Westbury College, May 2003;

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, February 2007. 


Volunteer Work: 

  • National Association of Black Social Workers

  • National Association of Social Workers


Donnell Lawson

Donnell currently works at New York University in the building maintenance department, and has 12 years of experience working with children between the ages of 2 to 12 years old  in low income neighborhoods in the New York City area.  He provided educational lesson plans for 2 to 5 year olds (speaking, early writing and motor skills) and assisted with homework and tutoring for the 6 to 12 year old students.  Donnell plans to bring this experience, knowledge, and dedication to the clients of Darnice’s Place Re-entry Transitional Housing Program. 



  • Central New England College, Worchester, Massachusetts, Associates of Science, Early Education, 1979


Angela Macon

Angela has been in the Accounting/Finance industry for over 25 years. During that time she has held numerous positions such as Corporate Accountant, Staff Accountant, Accounting Manager, and Financial/Investment Specialist. In previous Accounting related roles, at employers such as Library of Congress, MCI WorldCom, NetTel, and government contractor IMRG Resource Group, Angela managed and oversaw the daily operations of the accounting department according to GAAP. She performed and processed month and year-end reports, accounts payable/receivable, cash receipts, general ledger, payroll and utilities, revenue and fixed assets reconciliations, statement reconciliations, and check runs. While her experience proves her generational knowledge and strength with accounting and number crunching, her true passion is working with people. In 2001, she transitioned from the Accounting field to Finance/Investments.



  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Maryland University College, College Park, MD (graduation June 2017)

  • Associates Degree in Business Administration, Prince Georges Community College, Largo, MD 


Lynnwood Powers

Lynnwood M. Powers is employed with the Montgomery Country Fire and Rescue Service as a Facilities Supervisor.  His current position is responsible for the day to day management of maintenance activities at multiple locations, coordinating all monitoring both major and minor repairs/upgrades at all fire and rescue facilities.  Lynnwood has over 31 years of experience in electrical and plumbing industry.  Lynnwood has been working with clients who have substance abuse issues for the past 12 years.  His expertise in the electrical and plumbing will be a great asset once Darnice’s Place has a facility along with his dedication to working with clients to assist with striving them to a better way of life.



  • Chanute Training School (USAF) US- Illinois (Aircraft Electrical System -552)

  • Repair Technician – 90 hours

  • Delaware State College (Two years College Coursework Completed)


Volunteer Work: 

  • Better Way Program (12 years) – facilitating 12 steps meetings and mentoring clients.


Cynthia P. West

Cynthia West is employed with the Center for Accessible, Affordable, Health, Research and Education (CAARE) Incorporated as Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in Durham, North Carolina.  Ms. West also holds two additional positions, one as Certified Peer Support Specialist for the past eight and an In-take Coordinator at the Wilmington Street Homeless Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Ms. West is a Prime of Life Instructor and a National Certified Addictions Counselor I. 


Cynthia is also a Board Member of Recovery Community of Durham, NC (RCOD) in which she not only empowers other in recovery, but the recovery lifestyle they are seeking. This board promotes recovery in Durham NC by involving other agencies such as the Police Department, Probation Officers, Drug Court, Transitional Housing, and Recovery Houses, to learn and become more involved with the recovery community. Cynthia also served as a Board Member for the Mission House for Women in Raleigh, NC for several years. 



  • Wake Technology Community College, Associate Degree, Human Services Technology, (June 2017)


Volunteer Work:

  • Board of Director, Recovery Community of Durham, NC

  • Board of Director, Mission House for Women, Raleigh, NC










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