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Sharika Zellars, LPC
Vice President, Community Programs
Sharika is an experienced clinician and supervisor that has been the Program Director since 2019. Prior to her work at CHRIS 180 she has served in the field of Foster Care for over 6 years and in social services for over 15 years. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Alabama A&M University and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University Atlanta. Sharika is a licensed therapist ,a certified IMPACT trainer, certified Together Facing the Challenge trainer, and certified SAFE Supervisor. Sharika reports that what she likes most about working in this field is giving children and families a voice who sometimes don’t have one.
Emily joined CHRIS 180 in 2007 and has more than 17 years experience working within Georgia’s social welfare and mental health systems. At CHRIS 180, Emily has been an innovator of change, developing several successful programs to address the gaps in services for family and children, including the inception of the CHRIS Counseling Center, statewide intensive community-based wraparound services, the adoptions program, and reentry services for young adults. She chairs the DeKalb Local Interagency Planning Team and is part of several committees including the DeKalb Board of Health Coalition and Region 3 Crisis Collaborative. The Keeping Families Together department received the 2016 Program of the Year award from the National Center of Excellence and Innovation under her leadership. Emily earned her BS and MS degrees in Psychology from Georgia College and State University. She is a passionate advocate for at-risk youth and their families within the mental health systems of Georgia and is working to change the systems to better suit those that historically would fall through the cracks.
Originally from Tennessee, Lindsay moved to Atlanta in 2018 and began working with CHRIS 180. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tennessee Wesleyan University and has ten years of experience working in child welfare. Lindsay is a certified IMPACT trainer, certified Together Facing the Challenge trainer, and is SAFE certified. She is dedicated to identifying, certifying, and helping to build foster and adoptive families.
Adoption/Foster Care Specialist
Tameka is an experienced clinician working with children and families. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Southern California in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Communication. Tameka is passionate about working with families to reduce disruptions by providing trauma-focused services.
Gateway House Parent
Originally from District Heights, Maryland, Chrissy relocated to Georgia to work with CHRIS 180 as a Gateway house parent. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Coppin State University and gained several years of professional experience working with at-risk children prior to choosing to become a full-time foster parent. She is also a certified Together Facing the Challenge trainer which enhances her skills as a therapeutic foster parent. Chrissy is committed to enriching the lives of the young people in her care and preparing them for successful futures with their forever family.