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Child and Family Charities welcomes Andrea Calabrese and Jaynaya Barlow

Wednesday, October 18, 2017  
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Andrea Calabrese and Jaynaya Barlow recently joined the Child and Family Charities team; Calabrese will serve as the new chief operations officer and Barlow as the director of the juvenile justice division.

A lifelong resident of Michigan, Barlow graduated from Eastern Michigan University and holds a masters degree in social work. She began her career in public service, writing speeches, press releases and newsletters for state representatives and committees. In 2004, she worked with U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow to help Michigan residents with issues related to Social Security, education and immigration. Previously, Barlow worked with Child and Family Charities and the Lansing School District. 

“I’ve always had a passion for serving others,” said Barlow. “Joining the Child and Family Charities team gives me the opportunity to help local youth overcome adversity for a successful future.”

Calabrese, a Michigan native, earned her doctorate in social work from Rutgers University School of Social Work. As a licensed clinical social worker and credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor, she’s spent over 10 years working in the areas of substance abuse, mental health treatment, homelessness and supportive housing. Calabrese’s advanced education permits her to be a master trainer and curriculum developer to educate social services staff.

“We are fortunate to add such qualified and passionate professionals to our team,” said Julie Thomasma, Ph. D, executive director of Child and Family Charities. “These women are key contributors in supporting children and youth, strengthening families, and provoking change in our community.”

To learn more about Child and Family Charities, contact 517-882-4000 or

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