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Mikaila is our newest community engagement manager and provides additional support for our pilot organizations that offer interpersonal safety services. Mikaila is a passionate advocate for people and community care, and she is committed to providing person-driven and rights-based services that promote connection, communication, safety, sustainability, and joy.
Mikaila followed her roots back to Asheville after growing up in Kentucky where she studied environmental sciences. Early in her career, she found herself drawn to supporting and advocating for individual needs and community connectedness. After a year of AmeriCorps service, Mikaila settled into community behavioral healthcare where she focused on trauma-informed care, emotional regulation, communication, and healthy relationships.
As co-chair of the I/DD Advocacy Coalition, Mikaila works closely with the Buncombe County Family Justice Center and partners to support efforts to educate and expand prevention and services for survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual assault, and maltreatment. Mikaila is a strong advocate for neurodiverse folx and believes that with strong collaborative teams and comprehensive care, we can increase community capacity, resilience, and accessibility to health and support services.