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Meet Our Board



Co-Founder, President

Javon is a Bronx native and has experienced firsthand the impact incarceration has on the lives of children and families. Raised by her grandparents in a New York City Housing Authority residence in the Northeast section of the Bronx, Javon experienced the emotional and social effects of having an incarcerated mother and the hardships endured by kinship households. Raised in the midst of a drug epidemic that plagued NYC streets, and at that time, an ambiguous HIV/AIDS pandemic, Javon learned at an early age that “family” extends beyond the confines of the home and that neighbors, grocery store clerks, crossing-guards, and school teachers all play a vital role in the safe and healthy upbringing of children in marginalized communities.  Javon has devoted her career to aid organizations and systems that contribute to breaking the cycle of generational poverty and incarceration.

Javon holds a Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  

A nonprofit executive professional with over 18 years of nonprofit experience, Javon has had the privilege to work in organizations servicing the infectious disease, mentally ill, chemically dependent, at-risk youth, children and families, and LGBTQIA populations in NYC, Westchester, and Long Island.

Javon is also the owner of Outside-In Consulting, a management consulting business that partners with non-profit organizations and leadership professionals seeking professional development and agency strategic planning support.



Co-Founder, Treasurer

Melanie Rowe is passionate human rights and family advocate. Melanie has over 10 years of non-profit experience. This includes working with homeless housing and youth organizations. Melanie will use her professional experiences in compliance, employee training, Human Resources, data analytic, fundraising, and social media to drive and support the Protecting Chrysalis mission. 



Co-Founder, Secretary

Kibasa Samuel has experience within the nonprofit sector which has afforded her the opportunity to learn and work within the Health and Human Services industry.

Kibasa has her Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Psychology from C.W. Post Long Island University and a Masters in Social Welfare (MSW) from Stony Brook University.

Kibasa is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and an Advanced Credential Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).

For over twenty years, Kibasa has worked in various capacities; as a board member, direct care worker, mentor, and leader. Kibasa joins Protecting Chrysalis as Secretary and looks forward to being a part of an organization that supports those who are often marginalized and forgotten.

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