We’re happy to welcome to new staff members to the YWCA Clark County team: Beth Landry and JJ Jones.
Meet the new Vice President of our SafeChoice Domestic Violence Program, Beth Landry. Beth has an extensive background in nonprofit work in Clark County and will play a critical role in helping us advance our mission to advocate for, educate, and support those affected by domestic violence in our community.
Beth says she is thrilled to be joining YWCA Clark County! She’s worked with private nonprofits and government agencies, primarily focused on serving survivors of trauma who have experienced poverty, housing instability, or homelessness, says Landry.
In her personal life, Landry shares she is a survivor of trauma, and is in recovery. She says these experiences have given her the strength to push for positive change through her professional work. Landry currently lives in Woodland with her partner, two cats, and beautiful new baby, Isla.
“I hope to add to the amazing work of this agency and build upon the Domestic Violence services through increased stability and innovations that will demonstrate our commitment to equity and anti-racism,” said Landry.
Welcome JJ Jones, SafeChoice Program’s new LGBTQ+ Domestic Violence Advocacy Specialist. JJ joins us with a wealth of knowledge and experience, and we are so excited to have them at the Y.
JJ (ze/zir/they/them) was born and raised in Bridgetown, Barbados, fleeing in 2006 at the age of 16 to escape the torture and persecution of LGBTQIA+ community members.
JJ has an extensive and rich history rooted in abolition of working in communities at the intersections of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and many forms of state sanctioned violence. Some of their roles and experience include The New York City Chapter Lead Organizer and Research Hub Leader with the Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP), Deputy Director at Black & Beyond The Binary Collective, and as current board chair for the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project.
Over the past decade, JJ has been an innovative leader in HIV Prevention & Treatment fight, migrant rights, economic empowerment, and mental health access specifically for Black LGBTQIA+ Migrants.
During their spare time, JJ enjoys hiking, tending to their plant babies, cooking, baking, and spending time with their 8-year-old Labrador, Cesar.