MEET OUR STAFF!
CRYSTAL LILLY, Deputy Executive Director
Family & Youth Director - Orange County
Crystal Lilly has been working in the mental health field helping children for the last decade. Crystal has her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Criminal Justice. She is one class shy of her PhD in Psychology. Crystal is a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist. Crystal is a certified trainer for WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), Wraparound, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, Family Assessment of Needs & Strengths, and Child Adolescent Needs & Strengths. Crystal serves on the Board of Advisory of the Reflections Program at Mental Health Association of Central FL. Crystal lives with her husband and their six children in Central FL. Crystal has navigated the mental health system and school system advocating for her children that were diagnosed with mental health challenges. She also has experience navigating the Child Welfare System when she adopted her daughter out of foster care. She and her husband enjoy traveling and seeing the sites that Florida has to offer. Her favorite hobby is shark tooth hunting on the beaches in Manasota Key.
SHAMIEKA SEBURN, Family & Youth Supervisor
Shamieka Seburn started out as a Volunteer with Federation of Families in 2014. Shamieka has a bachelor’s degree in both Political Science and Legal Studies with a minor in Mass Communications. Shamieka is currently pursuing her Law Degree to become an attorney. She has served as a Respite Specialist and the Youth Coordinator for Federation of Families. Shamieka brings a tremendous amount of experience working with youth having been a program assistant for a national organization that provided after-school programs for young people, working as a substitute teacher for Orange County Public Schools, and working as a juvenile case manager for a local law enforcement agency. Shamieka has successfully completed an array of trainings, workshops, and certification requirements to enhance her professional development in children’s behavioral health. Shamieka also serves as board member of the Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. Central Receiving Center. Her Hobbies include her love for theme parks and watching movies.
ABNER LICEAGA, Youth Leader Orange County
Abner was born in Puerto Rico and at the age of 10 he and his family relocated to Orlando Florida. Abner is an outgoing, motivated, bi-lingual (English and Spanish), and creative individual that loves helping youth grow into the people they aspire to be. Abner has experience being Youth Advocate with a nationally recognized non-profit organization and connected with the youth to help change many lives and help give youth the feeling of purpose and good energy. Abner has a young soul and likes to have fun especially with music and art. Abner is a committed family man that loves culture and loves to learn. His hobbies are recording music, painting, writing, and traveling.
MELINDA WILLIAMS, Youth Leader
Melinda Williams is a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist and advocate. She has experience supporting a diverse community of individuals in achieving and maintaining health, wellness, and emotional well-being. Melinda has dedicated her career to the well-being of people living with mental health diagnosis and their access to support services. She is an empathetic and compassionate professional who brings a hopeful perspective to supporting people in directing their own lives and their personal recovery process. Melinda received her training in Recovery and Resiliency Support from Magellan Complete Care, and Recovery Peer Support from Federation of Families of Central Florida. Melinda also received Wellness Recovery Action Plan training from the Mental Health Association of Central Florida. While Melinda completed her training in mental health support, she consecutively completed an apprenticeship with Magellan Health as a Recovery Support Navigator. She moved on to achieve a certification in Recovery Peer Support from The Florida Certification Board.
EMARADALISSE ACEVEDO, Administrative Assistant
Emardalisse was born and raised in Puerto Rico, moved to Orlando area in 1999 with three children. Emardalisse has a Bachelor’s in Science of Accounting. After several years of office environment, Emardalisse started to work as a Family Partner assisting families to find resources in the community for emotional, behavioral or mental health based on her own experience.
Emardalisse has experience as Administrative Manager for Behavioral Health and Advocacy. Now became part of Federation of Families to share the experience gained.
MICHAEL HARRIS, JR. - Public Ally Youth Leader
Michael was born in Rahway, New Jersey. He recently relocated to Florida in May of 2019. He is engaged in a 10-month national leadership development program called Public Allies. He is currently serving as a Youth Leader supporting youth involved with the organization. Michael can strongly relate to the youth he encounters and support as he brings personal experience having overcome many of the life changes and challenges that may come with having a mental health diagnosis. After Michael graduates from the Public Allies program he plans to attend school to become a sign language interpreter. Michael enjoys playing basketball in his free time.