Mona Duffus is excited to join the Lord’s Place in May of 2018 as the Chief Program Officer. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with more than 10 years of experience successfully empowering vulnerable populations in the fields of mental health, education, and child welfare through executive operation management. Her expertise includes utilizing trauma-informed care interventions to positively impact communities.
Prior to joining the Lord’s Place, Mona was the National Director of Student Services for a Dropout Prevention and Retention Charter Educational Company. In her role, she successfully led her team to receive an exemplary score on a national re-accreditation, which aided in placing the agency in the highest level within the accrediting body. Additionally, Mona effectively procured, developed, and managed more than 330 community partnerships critical to addressing the significant socio-emotional issues of young adult students, including numerous Career and Technical partnerships where students were able to obtain industry certifications and participate in paid internships.
Previously, Mona provided executive leadership as the Director of Social Services for the only Federally Qualified Health Center in Tallahassee, FL, where she developed the behavioral health program specifically serving indigent and under-served populations. Before joining the Federally Qualified Health Center, she led the mental health programs at Children’s Home Society, including the Department of Health’s Sexual Abuse Treatment Program (SATP), which was one of 11 designated, statewide trauma-specific program serving 8 counties in the Big Bend Area. In that capacity, she became a founding member of the Big Bend Human Trafficking Task Force, which combatted sex trafficking through prosecution of traffickers and treatment of survivors. She also proudly served as an Adjunct Professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in the Social Work Department.
In 2015, Mona was one of the presenters at the 4th Annual Instilling Hope Conference, an annual conference for more than 400 social service professionals, where she presented a training entitled Considerations in Working with Survivors of Trauma: Merging Theory and Practice. Her work on a Statewide Homeless Taskforce will be prominently presented at the Florida NASW Conference in June 2018.
Mona is graduate of Florida State University, where she obtained both a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work. Her family moved when she was a child from New York and grew up in South Florida. She enjoys reading, volunteering in the community, dogs, and outdoor pursuits.