​​Treatment Resources for Youth, Inc.

Cheri Williams is a Certified Addictions counselor (CAC-AD), as approved by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a focus in Addiction Counseling from Walden University. She has worked in the field for several years in outpatient treatment programs with men and women who suffer with addiction. She is currently working towards her Master's degree in the field of Human Services to better help those in need. Her passion is to continue to help those in the community to better understand the risks associated with continued substance use while having a positive impact on the lives of those she serves. 

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Byran Lee is an addictions counselor (ADT), approved by the Maryland Department of Health, Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where he is pursuing a master's degree in Social Work, concentrating in Clinical/Macro with a specialization in Behavioral Health. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore, College of Public Affairs and received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement and Correctional Administration at the Baltimore City Community College.
Before joining TRY, Inc., Byran worked as an addictions counselor providing clinical services, patient care, education, and opiate addiction counseling services to patients receiving methadone maintenance and detoxification treatment. Additionally, he has worked in various capacities within Higher Education, providing academic coaching and teaching life skills. 

Byran is passionate and dedicated to helping individuals impacted by the disease of addiction, mental illness, and providing services to those involved in the criminal justice system. Byran specializes in supportive services/counseling that helps clients develop and achieve goals related to their drug use, education, and  job/career attainment .  

Joseph Embree, Jr.  is graduate of Grambling State University; he has an Associate of Science degree in Law Enforcement and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.  Joseph is a Certified Counselor, Alcohol and Drug (CAC-AD).   He is also an Approved Alcohol  and Drug Supervisor with over 15 years of experience. Joseph has been working in the mental health and substance abuse field for over 25 years.  Joseph currently serves as the School Based Supervisor where he is responsible for overseeing the treatment services that are rendered in the 8 Baltimore City public schools  that TRY serves.  Joseph also coordinates the " Dealers Group "  This group targets former drug dealers and those who have a history of distribution charges.  The focus of the group is to highlight their strengths and skills and encourage positive alternatives. Joseph is also involved in drug prevention initiatives and spent several years running Life Skills groups in various elementary and middle schools in the ommunity.

"Our job is not to judge. Our job is not to figure out if someone deserves something. Our job is to lift the fallen, restore the broken, and to heal the hurting."

Brenda Greenis the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration of Treatment Resources for Youth, Inc. She has over thirty five years of accounting, finance and supervisory experience. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Management from the University of Maryland College Park. Responsibilities include effectively managing all the financial and human resources of the Agency which has two sites. She is also a licensed residential real estate agent. Born in Baltimore City she is committed to the mission of the agency to provide high-quality counseling and substance abuse prevention and treatment services to adolescents and their families in a non-judgmental and confidential environment.

Cathy Townes is a certified Addictions Counselor, certified by the state of Maryland’s Board of Professional Counselors.  She earned her  Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Psychology from Coppin State University.  She has more than twenty years of experience working in the field of Human Services.  Mrs. Townes has experience working with families, adults, adolescents, homeless individuals, and diagnosed individuals with mental health and substance use issues.  Mrs. Townes also facilitates prevention education groups in several Baltimore City public schools.  Cathy enjoys facilitating and co-facilitating the Strengthening Families program, whose goal is to strengthen communication and relationships within the family system.  Mrs. Townes has been a TRY staff member for more than five years and she is committed to helping to improve the quality of life for the individuals and families she serves. 

LaTavia Little LCSW-C, AADS, has more than fifteen years of experience in mental health and substance abuse counseling with dually-diagnosed adolescents and young adults in the community and in correctional facilities. 

Currently, LaTavia is the Executive Director of Treatment Resources for Youth, Inc.  Prior to becoming the Executive Director in 2006, LaTavia functioned as the Clinical Director at Treatment Resources for Youth for 3 ½ years.  As the Clinical Director, LaTavia raised the bar for clinical performance and documentation.    

LaTavia Little was born in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Western High School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Towson State University, where she majored in Mass Communication and minored in Business Administration. She obtained her Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work (Clinical Specialization with Mental Health and Substance Abuse sub-specializations) and became a Licensed Certified Social Worker in 2001. 

LaTavia has training experience in the areas of Effective Management, Clinical Supervision, Treatment Planning, Time Management, and Team Building, to name a few.  LaTavia has been called upon as a consultant and trainer for Clinical Supervisors in the Substance Abuse field.  

As the leader of Treatment Resources, LaTavia is always focused on making Treatment Resources a leader in providing quality programs and services for Baltimore City’s youth and families.  She is most proud of completing a merger in 2012, which led to the addition of another program location, and obtaining CARF accreditation in March 2016.  



Yolonda Lewisis the program recruiter for Project EXPOSED! This is a job readiness program for youth within Treatment Resources for Youth, Inc.  Prior to joining the TRY, Inc team she was a licensed esthetician.  She enjoys working with people and helping them to “reveal their true beauty.”   Yolonda’s  passion is working with teens as a mentor/counselor.  She conducts “teen girls’ night out” where they discuss self-esteem, health and beauty.  Yolonda graduated from Bennett College with a degree in psychology.

Kim Howie-Downs is a Certified Addictions and Prevention Counselor (CSC-AD,CPP) with 27 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families at Treatment Resources for Youth, Inc. formally Northwest Baltimore Youth Services, Inc. She works with elementary and adolescents in the school systems providing individual and groups sessions on topics that  empower and enlighten students.  Her passion is creative learning where she enjoys engaging those she serves in “ thinking outside the box”. Her goal is to empower youth with an attitude of self-improvement, self-discipline and self-perseverance.

Ricardo Gamble(CAC-AD, CPP) is  graduate of Coppin State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology. Ricardo has been a Prevention Counselor and Substance Abuse Counselor for Northwest Baltimore Youth Services Inc. now Treatment Resources for Youth Inc. for 28 years. During this time Ricardo has had the opportunity to create and develop several programs to benefit the youth of Baltimore City such as the Fashionable Gents a mentoring program for middle school boys, the Northwest Middle School Basketball League and Middle School Flag Football League conducted throughout all of Baltimore City. Ricardo provides substance abuse treatment and prevention to youth from ages 12 through 19, conducts male behavioral groups in middle schools and facilitates parenting groups to strengthen families. 

Angela Roberts is the program coordinator for Project EXPOSED! This is a job readiness program for youth within Treatment Resources for Youth Inc.. She is a certified addictions counselor (CSC-AD) with 8 years experience in the field of addictions. Prior to coming to Treatment Resources for Youth, Angela worked in the prison system providing substance abuse treatment to those in need as well as working inpatient treatment in the community. She has her associate's degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling from CCBC and her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Baltimore. She has experience working with youth and women who have been affected by substance abuse.

Mia L. Rhodes is a Certified Addiction Counselor and Alcohol and Drug Supervisor (CAC-AD, ADAS). Mia holds BS in the field of Social Work and Social Science from Coppin State University. She has been working in the human services field for many years working with children, youth, families, couples, mentally challenged, homeless population, mentoring teenage mothers, and the elderly population. Mia's passion is to continue the work of serving her community and help make a positive impact in someone's life.