Meet the Team
LaToya Logan is the founder and executive director of Project LIFT Services. Ms. Logan is a clinical social worker (LISW-S) who specializes in trauma, cultural inclusivity, and innovative recovery practices for sustained independence. She is also a certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist. Ms. Logan is dedicated to eliminating the antecedents of incarceration, homelessness, and mental instability related to community and institutional dysfunction.
She has served on the Cleveland Community Police Commission since 2016, actively working towards police reform with a clear focus on accountability and transformational change. As a Commissioner, she was twice elected co-chair and currently chairs the Accountability Committee and is the training review liaison to the Cleveland Division of Police. LaToya has served as the Region 3 Director for the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers since 2017, actively working to ensure racial trauma is more than a discussion, but that tangible practices are implemented to address the historical and current role of racism within the behavioral health field. She is also a certified Anti-Oppressive Informed Practitioner, specializing in the use of services and training to deconstruct norms which disempower historically disenfranchised populations.
Ms. Logan is the author of The Case of the Brownie: Examining Aggression, Trauma and Apathy in Black Males and It’s Not About the Damn Brownie! Workbook, purposed to highlight how trauma is often mischaracterized and penalized in Black males. LaToya Logan is originally from Detroit, MI and holds degrees from Michigan State University and Case Western Reserve University.
Corryn Freeman is a native Clevelander and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Ms. Freeman plans to pursue a career as a prevention and intervention specialist for at-risk youth.
She’s currently working to obtain her certification as a community health worker and prevention specialist.
Chachet is responsible for developing relationships with the barbershops, supporting their engagement and understanding of the program, completing initial referral paperwork, and collecting data as needed. She has strong ties to local businesses through her entrepreneurial endeavors where she makes and sells wellness products. She worked as a mail carrier for 8 years, where she developed an understanding of community need and how to engage difficult people. She is the mother of 9-year-old Jamir.
Juacquis Simmons, BA
Case Manager/Group Facilitator
Juacquis facilitates the Nurturing Fathers curriculum, working with fathers who are court involved through child welfare case plans or formerly incarcerated fathers seeking to reunify with their children. Mr. Simmons had his own experience with the criminal justice system and can provide lived experience to challenge youth’s behavior and thoughts about crime.
Jacari is a compassionate and engaged young man who wants to improve outcomes for youth like himself. He is responsible for engaging youth and providing education information that specifically addresses the needs of males, 14 – 24. He is a recent graduate of CMSD schools and is currently pursuing a health certification through Towards Employment. For the past three years, he has worked at a nursing home, where he was responsible for supporting the residents’ care and overall operations.