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.

Board Members

Christine Baranowski

Christine has understood her purpose from a very young age - helping others in need. As the daughter of a special education teacher and mechanical engineer, she brings a unique set of abilities that combines her altruistic mindset with the love of solving complex strategic, operational and people challenges. Christine currently serves as the Managing Director and Chief Human Resources Officer for Via Group Partners where she is responsible for leading the firm’s Talent Strategy practice. She is also an Executive Advisor to Veteran Ventures Capital, a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned growth equity investment group focused on supporting military entrepreneurs.

As an accomplished global Chief Human Resources Officer, Talent Acquisition Executive and Human Resources Business Partner, Christine's experience crosses highly diverse industries including technology, financial services, event management, e-commerce, telecommunications, consumer products, non-profit, retail, and professional services. She has worked for some of the world's most recognizable brands including USAA, Gartner, Adidas, and MCI-Worldcom/Verizon. She is known as a trusted advisor who is genuine, collaborative, and able to seamlessly transition between strategic and operational initiatives to deliver impactful results.

Christine serves on several boards in addition to The Nava Center including Special Olympics of Oregon and Leadership Worth Following. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business where she majored in Human Resources, Economics and Psychology. She is a certified Executive Coach in addition to having certifications in Behavioral Interviewing and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programming in the Workplace.

Elena Grant

Elena is Vice President of Marketing for Taffy Event Strategies. She has over 20 years of experience creating successful marketing campaigns and initiatives working in the corporate environment, government, and the event industry. Elena joined Taffy Events in June 2016. In her role, she leverages data and analytics to understand the needs of the audience and utilizes emerging technologies and traditional tactics to grow attendance and increase revenue. She previously was Vice President of Marketing and held other positions at National Trade Productions. Prior to this she was Director of International Marketing for the Consumer Electronic Show where she successfully increased international attendance and created global partnerships for the association and show. Elena also worked for Software AG as a senior partner program manager. In this role, she managed strategy and execution of partner marketing and program initiatives. Elena received her undergraduate degree at Dickinson College and her MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She is certified as a Virtual Events Institute Professional.

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.

Shana Jalbert

For the last five years, Shana has served as the Director of Communications for the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, where she works to ensure all Pennsylvanians have access to high-quality, affordable, and equitable health insurance and to help people understand our complex healthcare system. Prior to her current role, she has over a decade of experience in development, marketing, and communications in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds with organizations ranging from a small NGO in West Africa to a large international medical device company. She is passionate about issues of healthcare access & equity. Shana holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA in Political Science from Brown University. When not at work, she spends most of her time in South Philly with her two young children.

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.

Danielle Worthy

Danielle Worthy’s commitment to working with underserved communities spans more than twenty years, nearly 10 states and a variety of volunteer and professional roles from writing instructor in Oakland’s youth detention center to trauma-focused clinician in Chicago public schools. For the past seven years she’s been working as a Researcher for the State of New Jersey's Juvenile Justice Commission where she is responsible for helping local jurisdictions develop policy and practice changes to improve outcomes for young people who become involved in the youth justice system. She received a B.A. in Communications from Wake Forest University and a master's degree from University of Chicago's Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice. She is an avid sports fan who loves true crime, photography and chasing her young son around local parks!