Program Directors

Jeffrey White – PHR Executive Director

Jeffrey White, PHR (Professional in Human Resources), joined The Nest-Center for Women, Children, and Families in January 2010. Jeffrey brings with him more than 35 years of financial, human resource, and management experience. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and an active member of the Bluegrass Society for Human Resource Management. Jeffrey is also actively involved in social service endeavors throughout the community. Email

Jenny Norman – Child Care Director

Jenny Norman is a Berea College graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Family Studies. She joined The Nest in July 2006 as the two-year-old teacher. In 2010, she assumed the role of Child Care Director. Jenny has more than 12 years experience working with young children. Email

Sheri Estill – Director of Crisis Care Program

Sheri Estill worked in the corporate sector for 17 years specializing in management, coaching, and development of employees. She has taught adult literacy classes, welfare to work programs, and was her company’s coordinator/mentor for at-risk high school students.  She supports the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana and is a volunteer reader for RadioEye. She enjoys reading, crafts, and music.  Email

Katie Mooney – LCSW Director of Clinical Services

Katie Mooney has worked as a social worker for 13 years in a variety of settings including hospital, outpatient clinics, and schools.  She has spent most of her career working with children and adolescents. Katie began working at the Nest in September 2012. She counsels victims of domestic violence, works with families of children who have been abused, and is involved with the Intense Infant Parenting program. She enjoys spending time with her family and horses. Email

Front Office Staff

Rosie Harris – Office Manager & Administrator

Rosie Harris received her B.S. in Accounting from Eastern Kentucky University.  She has worked in the accounting field for over 24 years in a variety of settings.  Rosie started as a volunteer and quickly became a part of the staff at The Nest.  She is originally from Oregon, but currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky with her beautiful daughter.  Email

Marquetta Brown Community Outreach – Economic Empowerment Corps, AmeriCorps

Marquetta is a non-traditional student attending the University of Kentucky.  She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and ultimately would like to obtain a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She resides in Lexington with her two beautiful boys. Email

Rachel Madden Community Outreach – Economic Empowerment Crops, AmeriCorps

Rachel graduated in May 2018 with her Masters in Social Work.  She came to us through the AmeriCorps program in August 2017. In her free time, Rachel enjoys playing volleyball, baking and playing the piano. Email

Respite Child Care Staff 

Shelly Ginter – Associate Director of Child Care

Shelly Ginter joined the staff as Associate Director of Child Care in January 2010, bringing with her numerous years of experience in Early Childhood Education.  Her education and training was focused on children with special needs. Shelly is active in the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender youth community, proud mother of three beautiful children, and an advocate for equality for all of Kentucky’s children. Email

Karrie De Torres –  Lead Teacher, Infant Classroom

Karrie de Torres earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Lindsey Wilson College in 2009.  She is currently working towards a MA in Education.  Karrie has worked with children for over 5 years in education and camp settings and with adults with disabilities for 3 years in the human services field. She enjoys water activities, traveling and resides with her husband and son in Kentucky. Email

Blair Bush – Lead Teacher, PreK Classroom

Blair has worked at The Nest for 16 years.  In 2014 she moved to Malaysia with her husband and daughter for one year.  While she was living there, she praised the programs at The Nest to everyone she met. Blair realized then that her heart was still at The Nest. When she moved back to Lexington, a teaching position became available and she happily accepted.  We are very glad to have Blair back with us at The Nest! Email

Marlese Bess –  Lead Teacher, Toddler Classroom

Lisa Everett –  Lead Teacher, Toddler Classroom

Lisa Everett began volunteering at The Nest over a year ago and is now our lead teacher in the Toddler Classroom. Lisa resides in Lexington with her husband and two beautiful children. Email

Domestic Violence/Parenting Staff

Brooke Martinez – Intake Coordinator

Brooke Martinez was an intern at The Nest in 2011 with the Crisis Care Program and is excited to be back! She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Kentucky and is now facilitating parenting classes at The Nest.  She is actively involved in the social service community in Lexington and enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. Email

Faith Smith – BSW

Faith Smith earned her Bachelors in Social Work from Eastern Kentucky University.  She currently is working as a Parenting Administrator/Facilitator, Domestic Violence Court Advocate and in our Child Care Center.  Faith enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Email

Katherine Beard – LPCA Counselor

Katherine Beard earned her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University in 2013. She’s been a counselor with The Nest since January 2014 and provides individual and group counseling to children and adults affected by domestic violence.  Katherine enjoys watching movies, taking her dog to the dog park and visiting with her family. Email

David Waters – MSW, LCSW, CADC

David Waters, MSW, LCSW, CADC has more than 19 years of experience in addiction treatment, anger management, domestic violence intervention, parenting skills, mental health, and family counseling. Through his private counseling practice, he has helped guide hundreds of individuals and families to a better and non-violent way of living and relating. He has also served as executive director of numerous nonprofit and faith-based organizations serving the homeless, addicted, veterans, domestic violence victims and perpetrators, the developmentally disabled, youth, and many others. David earned his Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor.

Iris Gutierrez – MSW, LCSW  

Iris Gutierrez is one of our Clinical Social Workers who is fluent in Spanish.  She is originally from Argentina and came to the United States in 2000. She facilitates the “Entre Amigas” bilingual support group for clients of The Nest.  She currently resides in Lexington. 

Cassidy Melvin – CSW

Cassidy Melvin earned her Masters of Social Work from the University of Kentucky in 2016 and is a Certified Social Worker. She’s been working in the field since 2014, both as a therapist and a victims’ advocate. At The Nest, she now leads a Domestic Violence Educational/Support Group and provides individual counseling services to clients. Cassidy enjoys going to the movies, hanging out with her cats, and visiting her family in Eastern Kentucky. Email

Hunter Hickman – Attorney at Law

Hunter received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the Charlotte School of Law. He previously worked for Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Winston-Salem office, where he represented indigent clients in a variety of fields.  Hunter represents victims of domestic violence in their DVO and IPO hearings for The Nest. Email

Lissa Keller – MSW, CSW

Lissa Keller assists victims who have filed Emergency Protective Orders in Mercer, Madison, and Woodford Counties. She also assists them in finding appropriate resources, and leads Domestic Violence Educational/Support Groups. Lissa earned her B.A. and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Kentucky. She currently resides in Lexington with her husband.  They are blessed with two wonderful children. She enjoys church and family activities, hiking, kayaking and attending her son’s basketball games. Email

Patricia Carcamo Acosta

Patricia Carcamo Acosta has been a bilingual Domestic Violence Court Advocate since June of 2013. She received a BA in Business Administration from Kentucky State University in 2003. After working in the corporate, small business, and international non-profit sectors, she finds great satisfaction in assisting victims of domestic violence through the legal process of obtaining protective orders. Patricia has received the Victim’s Assistance Training from the Office of Justice Programs, as well as other training. Email