M.S., 2008, Georgia State University, Professional Counseling
B.A., 2005, Georgia State University, Sociology
Lacell is a Senior Training Specialist in the National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC), which is housed in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, where she conducts trainings and provides on-going consultation and support to sites implementing SafeCare. This includes active revision of the SafeCare curriculum (English and Spanish), accreditation and certification maintenance of sites, and updating training protocols.
Lacell is a licensed therapist in the state of Georgia who has years of experience working with community- based programs and clients. Prior to joining staff at Georgia State, she began her community-focused work as a Pregnancy Counselor and General Therapist at Catholic Charities Atlanta. During that time, she built expertise with case management, diverse populations, and client assessment. Her transition from direct service to management/implementation support came with the role of Program Manager for an immigrant/refugee youth mentoring program in the Atlanta area. This position included volunteer administration, program development, and workshop facilitation. She continues her involvement with the community as an active member of the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta’s Young Supporters Board and with serving as a board member for the Council of Volunteer Administration from 2012-2017. She also maintains her skillset as a trained facilitator for both the Anti-Defamation League’s Classroom of Difference® and Darkness to Light, which educates communities about how to prevent, recognize, and act on suspicions of child abuse.