Malkia Kendricks, MSW has 20 years of professional experience including PTSD counseling, mental health clinician, clinical supervision, HIV/AIDS coordinator, substance abuse counselor, residential house manager, and lecturer. She earned her Master’s in Social Work and a certificate in Urban Leadership at Simmons College of Boston, and attended Springfield College where she received her Bachelors Degree. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, (NASW) and a board member at AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), Women of Color Round Table (WOCRT) and the Community Advisory Board (CFAR). Malkia is currently the Director of Women Connecting Affecting Change (WCAC) a drop-in center for women at risk in the Dorchester and Greater Boston area. She is an innovative visionary leader who has forged links with various organizations with comparable missions to assist in providing necessary services to the target population. In her role as Director she has developed and implemented strategic ways in which to serve the target population on a minimal budget. As a Clinician, Malkia is constantly seeking creative ways to implement trauma informed services, engage, assess, and refer women to treatment, shelter, medical and mental health care services.
Yolani Dolmo brings over 15 years of experience within the direct service field. Ms. Dolmo has worked in various capacities within the Human Services Field and has utilized her education, experiences and certifications to better work with the communities that she serves. As a graduate of Lesley University with a BS in Human Services and a certification in Counseling Psychology, Ms. Dolmo provides individualized counseling, risk reduction and psycho-social groups within the WCAC drop-in center. In addition, Ms. Dolmo holds an AA in Business Management and certifications in Medical Assistance, Family Planning, Domestic Violence and Batterers Intervention Counseling. Ms. Dolmo has worked extensively with women of color in prisons, clinics, shelters, and domestic violence programs. Ms. Dolmo uses her Spanish language skills and her Latina cultural roots to build trust with Latina clients and to reach out to the Latino Community on behalf of WCAC.
Kendall Bruce has been in the Human Service Field for over 10 years. She is a former street worker for the city of Boston. She is currently a student at Springfield College where she is concentrating in Community and Youth Development. Her passion is working with youth and families. Ms. Bruce was one of the first graduates from WCACs youth program years ago.
Peer Outreach Educator
Ann Riley is an intricate part of the outreach team as the Outreach Educator she motivates and inspires its members. She has been part of WCAC since 1999 when the agency moved to the Blue Hill Avenue area. Ann brings her unique skills, engaging and enlisting new members to the women's drop-in center. She not only reaches women through outreach services but also volunteers her time within the drop-in center to support drop-in center staff.