Who We Are

Sun in the distance

The Nava Center is here to help you flourish through empowerment focused psychotherapy, essential education, and creating sustainable change.

Jessica N. Shore, PsyD

President and Founder of The Nava Center

Dr. Shore is a clinical psychologist with over ten years specializing in trauma and the founder of The Nava Center. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland and then went on to earn a Master of Arts in Professional Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College). Dr. Shore completed a Certificate in Traumatic Studies at The Trauma Center at JRI where she completed her internship and post-doctoral work. Outside of her professional interests, Dr. Shore loves a good mystery novel, when her dog wants to snuggle, and watching television shows only popular in the 80s and 90s.

Clinicians

Jodi Hasko, MS

Jodi obtained her MS in Mental Health Counseling, from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is currently working on obtaining her Psy.D. from Immaculata University. She works as an outpatient clinician at Joseph J. Peters Institute where she provides treatment to survivors of varying forms of trauma. Jodi previously worked Northern Children’s Service where she provided group services to children and families within the Philadelphia area. She is a certified Prolonged Exposure Therapist and Dialectical Behavioral Therapist. Jodi has a passion for empowering and advocating underserved communities and has spoken out against the lack of diversity in the counseling profession, as well as ways to increase diversity and inclusion in the field. Her commitment to anti-racist work includes taking part in CSTA's PE Culturally Competent Task Force and her prior work as the President of the Culturally Aware Psychology Student Organization at PCOM. When Jodi is not working, she enjoys being outdoors with her two dogs and spending time painting or listening to music.

Stacey Rettew, MS, LPC, NCC

Stacey currently works with trauma survivors across the lifespan in a community mental health setting. She obtained her Masters of Science Degree in Community and Trauma Counseling from Thomas Jefferson University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Prior to entering the counseling field, Stacey worked in education in both public and private school settings. While raising her four children, Stacey has long been involved in both community-based volunteerism and non-profit work that especially supports women and children. Stacey has been trained in multiple trauma-focused interventions and believes in an affirming and eclectic approach to treatment. In addition to her focus on family and volunteerism, Stacey’s self-care includes writing, running, and entertaining her two very energetic dogs.

Board Members

Kenyetta Harris

Kenyetta is a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. She attended Lock Haven University where she received her Bachelors of Science degree and Masters of Physician Assistant Studies degree. She has experience working with an array of patient populations from the acute inpatient treatment settings, to the outpatient level of care. Kenyetta’s primary role as a PA is the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric conditions with the use of medication management. Currently, she is treating clients with mood disorders, eating disorders, and co-occurring substance abuse disorders within the partial hospitalization setting. It is because of this experience she is well aware of the vast need for trauma based therapy in Philadelphia. Kenyetta serves on the Nava Center’s board to increase fundraising and community outreach.

She currently resides in Philadelphia and enjoys a robust social life with her family, friends, and hobbies such as dancing.

Mindy Kang Hwang

Mindy Kang Hwang is currently an Executive Director of Product Development in Comcast’s Technology, Product and Xperience (TPX) group. In this role, Mindy oversees the tools platform for the network construction organization. Her role includes leading the ongoing strategy for the platform, as well as managing the Product Management, Engineering and Architecture teams.

Mindy graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business, with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Business. She lives in Philadelphia with her son and husband. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, baking and bad karaoke.

Dana Morelli

Dana Morelli has worked in the women's clothing industry specializing in sales, management, visual merchandising, and public relations for over 25 years. She is a graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia and Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, with a degree in marketing and design. She has held past fundraising and development roles as a junior board member of the Historic Landmarks Society of Philadelphia and served on various committees within the Junior League of Philadelphia. Ms. Morelli also received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Joseph's University and a Master of Social Work with a certificate in Violence Against Women and Children from Rutgers University. She has worked for the past 6 years as a mental health therapist specializing in trauma. Dana currently serves on the Mission and Vision committee within the board of The Nava Center. Her favorite form of self-care is relaxing at the beach and listening to the sound of the waves crashing to the shore.

Ben Shore

Ben Shore is a social entrepreneur fighting for justice. In addition to serving Members of Congress and the White House, Shore has proven results fighting for change here in NJ. Shore has gone city to city to fight discriminatory ordinances that disproportionately affected POC. Shore has fought hard for Civil Rights, testified before the State of NJ, and has pushed civil rights legislation that has been signed into law. Before graduating from Cherry Hill High School East, Shore helped lead the Student Walkouts to advocate for safety. Shore is currently a sworn Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children.

Elise Wakeland

Elise obtained her Masters in Social Work and Masters in Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University. For many years, Elise worked in community mental health with survivors of sexual trauma before she started at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center where she currently provides psychotherapy for veterans and caregivers. Elise has a private practice in which she focuses on relational psychotherapy for the treatment of trauma, sexuality concerns, anxiety/depression, and a myriad of mental health concerns. Elise is a certified Prolonged Exposure Therapist, is currently obtaining her certification in Gestalt Therapy from the Gestalt Therapist Institute of Philadelphia and is dedicated to anti-racism. When Elise isn't working she enjoys moving her body, getting outside, and dreaming about the dog she doesn't yet own.