Staff Bios
Brown, Amy Amy Hawkins, MA, LPCC, CPRW – E3 Program Instructor, has been affiliated with New Directions Career Center since 2007 and has served as an intern, contract instructor, and career consultant. She is currently serving as our E3 Program Instructor, providing class and support group facilitation for E3’s evening and weekend services. Amy earned her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from The Ohio State University in 2008.  Amy works full time as a Career Counselor for Columbus State Community College, and has a passion for assisting students with socio-economic and other barriers to achieve higher education and fulfilling employment.  Amy is a Certified Wellness Counselor and has maintained a private mental health counseling practice since 2008.
LAUREL Laurel Durrett, MFA, MSEd, LPC – Career Counselor & Instructor, provides individual career counseling and classroom instruction. Laurel earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Native American and Indigenous Peoples Studies from The Evergreen State College, her MFA in Writing and Poetry from Naropa University and her MSEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Dayton. In 2018 she received certification in The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), a mind-body framework for addressing complex relational and developmental trauma. Laurel has a solid grounding in meditation, mindfulness, self-awareness and self-compassion, all of which are foundational to her work both at New Directions and in her private practice. LDurrett@newdirectionscc.org
AAEAAQAAAAAAAAJOAAAAJGYyNzdjNWExLTUwYmEtNGQyNi1iNDNkLWYxOGU1MWY5ZmNjZg Chelsea Francis, MSEd, LPC – Program Instructor, joined the NDCC staff in 2013 as a counseling intern, and as a program instructor in 2015. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Dayton.  Chelsea works as a career counselor at Columbus State Community College, where she assists students with career planning and exploration. Prior to her role as a career counselor, Chelsea worked at Columbus State’s Center for Workforce Development, where she collaborated with Columbus area employers and community partners to build effective education and job training programs for students. Chelsea currently teaches the Advanced Career Techniques course at NDCC.

Jewel Golphin, Director, Operations, joined the NDCC staff in November 2014. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Writing from Capital University. Jewel comes to us with more than seven years of experience in the fields of mental health advocacy and non-profit program and office management, as well as a background in news writing and editing. JGolphin@newdirectionscc.org

Margaret Monroe, Administrative Assistant, joined NDCC in January 2019. Margaret received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2018 from Franklin University. She has over 10 years of experience in working with client relations, something that she truly enjoys. She strives to provide a listening ear and a comforting word to all who visit the Center. Margaret thrives on using her skills to to positively impact the Center and the clients we serve. MMonroe@newdirectionscc.org
Jami Phillips Jami Phillips, Employment Specialist, received her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University in 1989 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication. Since 2006, Jami has volunteered in the classroom, conducted mock interviews, led informational sessions at several Columbus Public Library branches and currently is working on a contract basis in Employment Services working with NDCC graduates who are in search of new career opportunities. Prior to becoming associated with New Directions, Jami worked as a Recruiter for more than 15 years where she assisted client companies in Central Ohio fill vital positions with top talent. JPhillips@newdirectionscc.org
Linda Warden

Linda C. Warden, Executive Director, brings more than 30 years of experience in fund development and management to her position at the Center. Her primary responsibility is to lead the overall direction of the Center. She focuses on ensuring that the quality and quantity service goals are met; promoting NDCC programs and services in the community; fund-raising to support the Center’s work; maintaining appropriate financial controls within the organization; and working with the Board of Directors to see that the mission of the organization is carried out. LWarden@newdirectionscc.org

Aneeza Pasha-Stamm, Program Director, joined NDCC in January 2019. She is a British/US citizen and has spent her career working in Africa, Asia and southeast Europe. She has a 20 + year history in international humanitarian development working in over 20 countries affected by conflict (including Kosovo, South Sudan, Iraq Afghanistan, Angola, etc.). Her roles covered community liaison, community conflict negotiation over land, training of nonprofit personnel on explosive ordnance safety, training of community workers in different countries/cultures, monitoring, project start up and support, project management, multi-disciplinary coordination, girls education, adult education, development of risk education programs, writing of international guidelines and protocols, and research.

As Program Director she is responsible for the development and implementation of programming, team management,  improving the quality of service and development of effective partnerships. Aneeza, like many of the NDCC clients, is starting afresh in a second career that fulfills her passions. APasha-Stamm@newdirectionscc.org

Brandi Allen, MA, LPC – Career Counselor & Program Instructor, joined NDCC in early 2019. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology with a minor in women’s studies from OSU and her Master’s Degree in counseling psychology from Trinity Western University. Like many of the clients the Center serves, her career path has had many twists and turns, including years spent as the primary caregiver of her two children. Brandi welcomes clients with various backgrounds and identities. She provides a perspective that is trauma-informed and, most importantly, facilitates self-empowerment and self-compassion. BAllen@newdirectionscc.org