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. 

Amanda Cohen

Girls Circle Facilitator

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Amanda Cohen is a Girls Circle Facilitator for The Oasis Center for Women & Girls. She is a current graduate student at Florida State University with an emphasis on school social work. Amanda is ecstatic to be apart of the Oasis team!

Mary Deschler

CSWG & Special Projects Coordinator

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Mary is the Special Projects Coordinator for The Oasis Center. She recently graduated from Florida State University and double majored 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!

Saskiya Fagan

Girls Circle Facilitator

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Saskiya is passionate about building community-centered alternatives to the carceral system and the current ways we address things such as crime, poverty and mental health crises. With experience working with youth and adults who have experienced various degrees of trauma, she is deeply committed to Nonviolent Communication and Transformative Justice both as our response when harm occurs as well as the foundation for how we take care of one another. She is grateful to be working with an organization invested in the empowerment of people who deserve to be seen, heard and valued. 

Kristina Jean-Baptiste

Research Intern

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Kristina Jean-Baptiste is the research intern for the CSWG. She is currently a masters student at Florida A&M University studying community psychology. She has completed research on women’s issues surrounding body image, racial identity and self esteem. With hopes to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology in the future. Kristina is excited to contribute and be a part of the Oasis Center.

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).

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.