You'll notice that the majority of our leadership has been with E-Nini-Hassee for decades. That's no accident. We love what we do here at camp, and we're passionate about giving our girls an environment where they can flourish.
Jo Lynn Smith
Jo Lynn joined E-Nini-Hassee as a Youth Counselor in 1985, and later received her Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Emotional Disturbances from American University in Washington, DC. This natural born leader has been serving as our director since 1994.
Deb Richmond joined E-Nini-Hassee in December 1991. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor and recipient of the Social Worker of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers/Florida Chapter, Deb currently oversees E-Nini-Hassee’s Social and Clinical Services Department.
As Program Director, Chelsea is responsible for providing leadership to ensure integration of program, education and clinical services within the Outdoor Therapeutic Model at Eckerd Connects E-Nini-Hassee. She is also responsible for overseeing the thematic approach and the program’s overall therapeutic milieu.
Director of Referral Development
Raquel Saavedra, MS is the Director of Referral Development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from DePaul University and a master’s degree in Health Systems Management from Rush University. Raquel has been working in the field of mental health since 2004.
Gale has 25+ years experience working directly with at-risk girls, having joined E-Nini-Hassee as a Youth Counselor in 1988. Over the years, she has held a variety of progressively responsible leadership positions at E-Nini-Hassee to include Master Counselor, Assistant Director and School Principal & Education Coordinator
As assistant director, Shannon is responsible for providing leadership to E-Nini-Hassee’s therapeutic and activity programming including intramurals, arts and crafts, fitness, off-campus field trips and community service projects. Additionally, she provides technical assistance to maintaining the program’s overall therapeutic milieu.
A licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), Tina has more than 12 years experience working with families in crisis and troubled youth. Prior to joining E-Nini-Hassee, she worked in family counseling with the Seminole Tribe of Florida for nearly a decade.