Meet the 2019 Camp PEACE staff!
Selina Armstrong joined Women’s Resource Center in 2013 as the Director of Children's Programming. Beginning in 2014, Selina also became Director of Camp PEACE. She promotes the safety and well-being of children and families who visit WRC’s safe house, providing support services to mothers to help them maintain the physical, social and emotional health of their children and advocating for children and mothers at various social service agencies, schools and health care facilities. She also forms and maintains partnerships to help meet the needs of families and plans and implements activities for children which incorporate elements of peace education and Cognitively-Based Compassion Training. Selina earned her M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University. She also holds a B.S. in Family and Community services with a concentration in Child Development and a B.S. in Elementary Education from East Carolina University. Selina has completed the Emory University Cognitively-Based Compassion Training teacher training program, Alternatives to Violence advanced facilitator's training and training in the Community Resiliency Model®. She has served as a program coordinator and graduation coach for Communities in Schools of Atlanta; Associate Director at Future Leaders Christian Academy of Atlanta; Project Coordinator for United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta; Peace Education Developer for Sports4HOPE in Atlanta, and Bunia, DRC; Chambers and Registry Intern for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania; Admissions Coordinator for Art Institute of Atlanta; Daycare Director for You Empowerment Project in Riverdale; and was a Sixth Grade Teacher for Welcome Middle School, in Greenville, S. C.
SEE Learning Specialist
Cassandra Velasco-Adams joined Women’s Resource Center in 2014 as a volunteer child and family advocate. She has studied peace education, enabling her to assist in cultivating a peaceful, conflict-aware and safe environment for children visiting the safe house. Through working with the children’s program at WRC, she has been exposed to Emory University's Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, which concentrates on helping children develop compassion and empathy, while also reflecting on and managing their emotions. She has also trained in SEE Learning. She promotes activities that teach children to reflect on the world outside themselves, such as the practice of meditation. She also encourages fun, hands-on and creative learning environments that support the idea that collaboration leads to innovative solutions and produces a larger impact on those working together and the world they are working in. Cassandra holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and a M.A. in Religious Studies with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University. This is her 5th year with Camp PEACE.
Born and raised in Atlanta GA, Ariel appreciates all that the city offers. Ariel also loves helping children realize their own potential and raise their confidence. She understands that children who recognize their own talents, strengths, and personalities will ultimately shape our future. Ariel emphasizes feeling grounded and the importance of prioritizing mental health.
Ariel has studied Child Psychology and Early Childhood Development while working with children at the Buckhead YMCA. Ariel is ready to lead her K-first grader class and can't wait to be a part of their journey at Camp PEACE!
Daniella Petrone is a Georgia State student in her final year of pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She worked as an assistant teacher for a Psychopathology and Abnormal Psychology class at Georgia State University. She found her calling while working for a non-profit organization called Unity4Orphans. During her time with this organization, Daniella completed four mission trips to Mexico. Throughout her trips, she played many different roles, such as transporting donations to the orphanages, fundraising, and interacting with the children. Daniella joined WRC as an intern in January 2019. Daniella’s purpose is to be a listening ear, to pay attention, and to provide support for both students and parents. Throughout the summer, Daniella will utilize the SEE Learning curriculum to guide the students through their feelings and to provide them with healthy outlets to manage their emotions.