OUR AMERICORPS MEMBERS

Outreach Coordinator/AmeriCorps Member: Sarah Graves 

Sarah Graves is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a Master in Public Health. During her time as a student, she interned with the local public health department in the Infectious Disease Division, Emergency Preparedness Division, and Administrative Division. Additionally, Sarah co-founded a student organization called Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA), which is still going strong today.

As Outreach Coordinator, Sarah’s primary responsibilities comprise of building partnerships between the JSHC and social service organizations, community leaders, and the medical community in Jacksonville. Outside of these duties, she also serves as an information and education liaison to primary care providers throughout the community.

Fun Facts: Sarah recently moved down to Florida from Illinois with her partner of 5 years. If she wasn’t in the public health field, she’d be in the veterinary or animal rescue field because she’s very passionate about animal rights. She loves dogs and cats almost equally, but dogs are always her #1!

OUR INTERNS

Intern: Molly Castillo 

Molly is a graduate student at Albizu University pursuing a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Currently, she’s interning at JSHC under the guidance of Christine Pearson, CCC-SLP.

Since joining the JSHC team, Molly has enjoyed the diversity of patients that JSHC offers its services to and working with the Center’s knowledgeable staff. While interning, she hopes to learn about different therapy methods and ways to treat a variety of patients.

Fun Facts: Throughout her life, Molly’s lived in three different states. She holds a deep love for dogs, calling herself a “crazy dog mom” and also enjoys food, stating that she’s “always hungry, no matter the time of day.”

Intern: Joannie Descardes 

Joannie is a graduate student at Jacksonville University pursuing a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She previously studied at Florida State University, where she earned a B.S. in Communication Science & Disorders in 2015. Currently, she is interning at JSHC under the guidance of Lynda Papale, CCC-SLP.

Prior to joining the JSHC team, Joannie worked primarily in rehabilitation settings for adults. As a result, she’s excited to gain clinical experience and treat the other side of the age continuum while working with JSHC’s pediatric population.

Fun Facts: Joannie is originally from Brooklyn, New York. Recently, back in March, she got engaged to her high school sweetheart!

Intern: Samantha McCravy Bryant

Samantha is a graduate student at New York University pursuing a Master’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Currently, she’s interning at JSHC under the guidance of Dorothy Bourgeois, CCC-SLP.

Since joining JSHC, Samantha has enjoyed having the opportunity to experience a variety of settings, populations, and disorders as part of her internship. While here, she hopes to build strong foundational clinical skills in treatment and diagnostic approaches that will be beneficial as she moves through the final semesters of her graduate program.

Fun Facts: Prior to discovering the wonderful world of speech therapy, Samantha worked 10 years as a piano and voice instructor. She also owned a local music school in Gainesville, FL.