Field Advisor Spotlight

Joy R. Clark Newkirk

Joy R. Clark Newkirk

Joy R. Clark Newkirk is a native of Miami who holds a bachelors degree from Savannah State in accounting 1995 and a master degree in social work from Barry University 2005. She started her career as an accountant but transitioned into social services/social work. Joy has worked over 13 years in the field and has experience in individual therapy with adults and children. Joy's experience includes, but is not limited to, work with homeless families, foster children, foster families, women and children victims of domestic violence, victims of trauma who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), families with children who are victims of child maltreatment, adopted children and their families, crisis intervention with families, and individual and group counseling with unaccompanied refugee minors. Joy is a registered clinical social worker intern and has completed hours towards a PhD in Public Service Leadership (Human Services). Joy is passionate about the field and loves working with individuals and families from all backgrounds. Joy has experience in grant writing, budget/fiscal oversight, program management, service delivery oversight, and strategic planning. Joy holds the following certifications & trainings: Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern, ISW 4542; Notary Public; Certified Field Instructor; Trained in Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR); Trained Peer Reviewer for the Council on Accreditation (COA); Trained in Motivational Interviewing; Trained in Effective Black Parenting; Trained in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Trained in Human Trafficking; CICC Parenting Instructor ~ Effective Black Parenting; Trained in CSEC Community Intervention Project; Trained in Domestic Violence; Trained in Family Team Conferencing (FTC); Certified Adoption Competency Trainer; Certified in Children’s Functional Assessment Rating Scale (CFARS) & Functional Rating Scale (FARS); Certified Commercial Sexual Exploited Children Trainer

Most Notable Accomplishments

Successfully completed and awarded 4 HUD renewal grants; 2 United Way renewal grants; 2 CDBG grants; 1 United Way Hurricane Wilma grant; and 2 State of Florida Food & Nutrition Program grants; Serves as a field educator for Barry University, Nova Southeastern University, Florida Atlantic University and Florida Memorial College. 2011Children’s Trust Champions for Children Excellence Award for Health, Family or Community Services;

Personal Accomplishments

Chair of the Oversight Committee for the Crisis Stabilization Unit; Served 5 years as a Girl Scout Troop Leader; Field Educator for New Horizons Community Mental Health Center & Urgent, Inc.


Cassandra Scott

Cassandra Scott

Ms. Scott is the Executive Director of the Salvation Army Center of Hope. The Center of Hope is a transitional housing program that provides substance abuse and mental health treatment services along with case management and housing. Ms. Scott has a Master of Social Work (Management of Human Services – concentration) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and holds a Limited License (macro) from the State of Michigan. Her previous work experience includes community corrections, hunger advocacy, domestic violence, early childhood education, personal protection order services, and housing services for persons with mental illnesses and/or children with emotional illnesses. Ms. Scott is on the Board of Directors of several youth, faith-based, and family strengthening agencies and is a member of the Palm Beach County Continuum of Care, Homeless Coalition, and committed to the integration of sustainable gardening and housing for homeless persons.


Ernestine Smith Davis

Ernestine Smith Davis

Ms. Davis has extensive experience with social work, welfare services, sociology and psychology. She retired from Miami Dade County Dept. of Human Services after completing thirty-five years of service. During her tenure with the County, Ms. Davis provided clinical services to numerous families. She also worked on county initiatives such as emergency housing, victims of domestic violence, intergenerational programming, parenting skills training and employment services.

Ms. Davis also worked as a psychotherapist with the University of Miami utilizing the person centered approach, family systems and brief strategic treatment models. She provided therapeutic services to HIV positive women and families of delinquent youth.

Ms. Davis received her MSW from Barry University in 1991. She became a field educator with Barry in 1994 and joined the Barry team as a field advisor in August of 2010. Ms. Davis became a field educator for Project Hope in Liberty City August 2011 and supervises BSW and MSW students.

Most Notable Accomplishments:

Honored by the Miami Dade County Board of County commissioners and Park and Recreation as an Honoree in the “Company of Women” for work with Intergenerational Mentoring Programs in Dade County.

Named Social Worker of the Year for Miami Dade County. Consistently displayed high levels of effective performance while coordinating a mentoring program matching high-risk youth and senior mentors.

Received Unsung Heroine for the City of Miami Commission on the Status of Women because of long time dedication and commitment to children and family welfare.

Additionally, received Clinical Field Instructor appointment for Barry University and Florida International University.

Ms. Davis is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor, and a Certified Parenting Instructor.

Personal Accomplishments:

Ms. Davis is the current President of the Zonta Club of Greater Miami, District 11, Area 3, Club 149, which is part of The Zonta International Foundation. Their work is to Advance the Status of Women Worldwide.

Ms. Davis also attends Miami Vineyard Community Church, and is an active member on its Woman Ministry.

Ms. Davis is also the co-owner of her own business, “Life N Design”, this is a club in which young ladies are given instruction in: etiquette, manners, respect for self and others, fashion, art and craft, and how to have good clean fun.

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