Monique Johnson, MEd (she/her) | Interim Executive Director | at DAC since August 2019
Monique started at DAC as the DFC Project Coordinator and currently serves as the Interim CEO. She began her career as a K-12 educator and has significant experience working with various community groups and systems to build upon the strengths of those with barriers to success. Monique is passionate about improving outcomes for those in our city and the surrounding areas. She is a dedicated leader and advocate for our most vulnerable populations. Additionally, Monique teaches in the Human Services Department at Purdue University Fort Wayne. She is a wife and mother to two grown children, as well as mom to an incredibly cute and spoiled canine fur baby named Fawn.
Tanya McKinney, BS MOL (she/her) | Director of Operations | at DAC since Fall 2018
Tanya is responsible for the oversight of several of our grants and serves as our Director of Operations here at DAC. Tanya gathers and assembles demographic and societal statistics to prioritize funding and programmatic goals. Her work drives DAC’s community change initiatives that align with our most pertinent mental health and substance use concerns. This work also ensures the outcomes we are seeking are effective and impactful. Tanya coordinates with our state partners to communicate our work in a way that helps them to understand the status of our community’s needs and successes. She is a Wife and Mother to two amazing daughters, and a pet-mom to as many animals as she can sneak past her husband (currently 3).
Emily DelGrosso, HS-BCP, BSHSRV (she/her) | Creative Engagement Specialist | at DAC since August 2019
Emily started out as an intern with us from Purdue Fort Wayne, then we decided to keep her on once she graduated with her B.S. in Human Services and decided to move back to her home state of Oklahoma! She got married in June of 2020 and has a fat cat named Opal and her energetic little sister, Onyx. Emily is a Notary Public and a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner. Here at DAC, she coordinates our Handle with Care and Trauma-Informed Communities program, tracks and reports for multiple of our grants, and assists with OFR as well as the BRAVE Alliance.
Amanda Clemmer, BA (she/her) | Business Manager | at DAC since July of 2020
Amanda has worked for mission-driven organizations in both Washington, D.C. and northeast Indiana with a focus on advancing women into positions of leadership. With experience in development, event planning, and other administrative responsibilities, Amanda supports the DAC staff in carrying out their mission. When not at DAC, she is busy raising her family and finding other ways to move her community forward.
Kris Wise, MSW/LCSW (he/him) | BRAVE Clinician | at DAC since August of 2022
Kris comes to DAC bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience having served the LGBTQ+ community for over 20 years. He is passionate about his community and believes in the infinite worth of every individual. He provides specialized therapy services for the continuum of sexuality and gender identity care for clients of all ages, as well as family members of queer youth. He has done extensive work within the Standards of Care for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (NPATH). He is a lover of books and is excited about the library and upcoming book club at BRAVE. Other hobbies for Kris include writing, art, and design, and being dog dad to two cute scruffy puppies Harvey (Milk) and Saul (Alinsky).
Korrin Taylor, BA (she/her) | BRAVE Program Manager | at DAC since January of 2023
Korrin coordinates BRAVE events and oversees groups and drop-in activities at the BRAVE Alliance. She has many years of experience serving in public health and community mental health with focuses on HIV/STI prevention and education and complications related to substance misuse. She is an active ally and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and is honored for opportunities continuing to support queer youth in navigating the many adversities faced and celebrating how wonderfully magical they are--JUST as they are. Hobbies second to promoting social justice include dog training/handling, gardening, yoga, appreciating theatre arts/ballet/music, and letting her inner child shine.
Ms. Doris (she/her) | Older Adults Group Facilitator | at DAC since March of 2022
Originally from Tennessee, Ms. Doris has called Fort Wayne home since early in her high school days. Ms. Doris co-facilitates our WISE groups and is the kind and friendly face of DAC at various events throughout the community. She has a striking grace about her that people are drawn to, so naturally her list of admirers is long. It only takes a brief meeting to understand the treasure that is Ms. Doris.
Cristina Sanchez, BS-HSRV (she/her) | BRAVE Project Coordinator | at DAC since November of 2022
A Fort Wayne native, graduate of South Side, lover of plants, books, music, and quiet time, Cristi is a true helper by nature jumping in to assist with all the different projects run by DAC. Her calm and collected aura creates balance and adds harmony in times of chaos. She looks forward to spending time hanging with the youth at BRAVE and adding positivity to the safe space and community there.