Our People

TALIA BROWN: Project Manager

Talia joined UMFS in 2012 as the Project Coordinator and became the Project Manager in August 2015. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in Public Relations and Spanish from James Madison University. Prior to her involvement with UMFS, she worked as a case manager at a highly respected mediation and arbitration firm in Richmond. She brings a variety of skills and knowledge to the Project LIFE team in the areas of event planning, project management, marketing, public relations and administration. Talia is passionate about the youth in her community and has served as a mentor for at-risk teens for many years through her involvement with several mentoring programs and the youth group at her local church.

Phone: 804.239.1044 | Email: tabrown@umfs.org

KEARA CHAMBERS: Project Coordinator

Keara joined UMFS in 2013 as a Case Support Specialist for the Richmond Regional TFC Program and became the Project Coordinator for Project LIFE in March 2017. She currently attends Virginia Commonwealth University and is pursuing a degree in Political Science. She brings a variety of skills and knowledge to the Project LIFE team in the areas of event planning, public relations and administration. Keara is passionate about the youth in her community and has served UMFS through various programs, by volunteering for Project LIFE and UMFS Grief and Loss Retreat over the years, as well as holding a seat as a member of the UMFS Young Professionals Committee in effort to give back to the community and raise awareness for at-risk youth and families.

Phone: 804.239.1066 | Email: kchambers@umfs.org

SOPHIA BOOKER: Youth Development Coordinator

Sophia joined the Project LIFE team in 2014. She first became involved with Project LIFE in 2010 by serving on the Youth Advisory Council and attending statewide youth conferences as a participant. She later served as a volunteer for the conferences and was employed as a Youth Counselor for Project LIFE’s Summer Learning program in 2012 and 2013. She currently attends Virginia Commonwealth University and is pursuing a degree in Social Work. Sophia enjoys playing basketball and football, reading, cooking and learning about the weather and history.

Phone: 804.353.4461 x1504 | Email: sbooker@umfs.org

WILLIE DUTY: Independent Living Consultant

Willie joined UMFS in 2014 and brings with him almost 10 years of experience in the human services field. Prior to joining UMFS, he worked as a Therapeutic Foster Care Specialist at an organization in Western Virginia. He has also worked as a Foster Care Social Worker and coordinated a Teen Living Group that offered independent living education for teens. Willie has a bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from Berea College and a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. He is an alumnus of the foster care system and values his experience growing up in the system and then being adopted. Willie enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, writing books, and reading comics.

Phone: 540.798.9908 | Email: wduty@umfs.org

JAMESIA HARRISON: Independent Living Consultant

Jamesia originally joined UMFS in 2014 as the Community Liaison for the Bridges out of Poverty initiative. In April of 2016, she became a part of the Project LIFE team. Jamesia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Prior to joining UMFS, she worked as a Project Coordinator at Central Virginia Community College.  She is passionate about helping and empowering others. In her spare time she enjoys amusements parks, museums, reading and videography.

Phone: 434.846.2002 | Email: jaharrison@umfs.org

GEORGE MACK: Independent Living Consultant

George originally joined Project LIFE in 2012 as the Central Region Independent Living Consultant. He recently relocated and is now serving as the Independent Living Consultant in the Northern Region. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice with a focus in Juvenile Justice from Virginia Union University. Prior to his involvement with UMFS, he worked as a Program Director of a Therapeutic Day Treatmant company in Richmond. George is passionate about working with youth and continues to serve as a mentor for at-risk teens in foster care.

Phone: 804.366.9250 | Email: gmack@umfs.org