Our Team

Working together with you to build a community in which all women and girls thrive

Joycelyn Abury

Girls Circle Facilitator

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Joycelyn Albury is originally from Miami, Florida. She is a current doctoral student in the Combined School and Counseling Psychology program at Florida State University and has experience working with various client populations including those struggling with eating disorders, inmate populations, crisis intervention, as well as within community mental health agencies supporting both children and adolescents. She believes that by empowering others and by emphasizing each of our unique strengths, that we all have the capability to achieve our personal definitions of success. 

Mary Deschler

Administrative Intern

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Mary is the Administrative Intern for The Oasis Center this spring. She is a senior at Florida State University and is double majoring in Family & Child Sciences and Psychology. She believes the best way to improve your community is by empowering others to reach their dreams. Mary is looking forward to learning and growing through this opportunity!

Karley King

Administrative Intern

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Karley is currently studying to earn her Bachelor’s of Social Work at Florida State University. She works with the Girl’s and Women’s Circles. taking the personal philosophy that every person deserves a place to grow and thrive with the support of their community. Through an intentional strengths-based stance, she hopes to partner with clients and work towards gaining the skills and support they need to thrive in their unique spaces. She is excited to be part of the Oasis Center team and help make a difference in the Tallahassee area.

Jae Littles

Women's Empowerment Coordinator

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Jae received her BA Degree in Sociology and Communication with a Gender Studies minor from Florida Gulf Coast University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University.  Jae incorporates self care, fun, growth, and more into her practice. She is passionate about helping humans to thrive, gain confidence, learn coping skills, assist with life transitions, and handle family and relationship troubles.Jae serves in the specializes in anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders/life transitions, and  PTSD/trauma  (intimate partner violence, racial trauma, complex trauma).

Melissa Melincoff

Girls Empowerment Coordinator

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Melissa is the Girls Empowerment Coordinator at Oasis, organizing the Girls Circle program. She earned her BA at The University of Central Florida, and MA at Florida State University, majoring in education. She is a former high school teacher who has a passion for working with youth. She feels that the best way to empower the future generation is to help embrace what makes each person unique and help them grow to be the best, authentic version of themselves. She is very excited to be a part of the Oasis team and honored to be serving the women and girls of our community.

Kelly Otte

Interim Executive Director

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Kelly has been working to make the world a better place for women and children for 35 years, 25 here in Leon County.  She is the Founder of the Oasis Center for Women & Girls and is currently serving as its Interim Executive Director. Kelly was formerly the Executive Director of Pace Center for Girls/Leon and Refuge House, Tallahassee’s domestic and sexual violence program. She has worked in domestic violence centers, rape crisis programs and women’s centers in Carson City, Nevada, Norfolk, Virginia, Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee. In addition to her work with women and girls, Kelly has a passion for the nonprofit sector. She co-writes a column “Notes on Nonprofits” for The Tallahassee Democrat and was the first Executive Director of United Partners for Human Services, a coalition serving 90 human service organizations in Tallahassee.  Kelly has been an Adjunct Professor at FSU in both the Askew School of Public Administration and the College of Social Work and formerly taught at the University of North Florida. She holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Florida.

Catherine Register

Staff Liaison to the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls

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Catherine is the Coordinator for the Tallahassee-Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CSWG) at the Oasis Center for Women and Girls. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and has completed graduate coursework in Social Work with an emphasis on Community Organization. Catherine’s experience as both an entrepreneur and a human service provider has deeply informed her work as a policy advocate. Her lifelong commitment to empowering vulnerable people is fueled by her role as the mother of three young girls. The responsibility of raising empowered and confident women has motivated her to remain committed to both personal and professional growth. She works in and out of the office to assess needs in the community and target resources to direct to those requiring support. 

Trent Smith

Special Projects Coordinator

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Trent has been a part of multiple circles since moving to Tallahassee in 2012. He graduated from Florida State University in 2016 and has made impacts in Real Estate, Property Management, and the Non-Profit arena.

Trent works with all corners of The Oasis Center, helping bridge Special Projects that move the organization forward.