AFIL Professional Staff and Leadership Team

AFIL is governed by a fifteen member Board of Directors. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. The Director of Education, Director of Admissions and Director of Residential Services report to the Executive Director. The House Parent and Life Skills Mentors report to the Director of Residential Services. Staff, interns and other volunteers work directly with the students providing educational and social/recreational support. Other volunteers work on Board committees consisting of Fundraising, Program, Governance, Finance and Long Range Planning.

We have six full-time staff and a talented group of PRN (as needed) staff to help with whatever needs to be done. The staff oversees the day-to-day operations of the AFIL organization. Each staff member works directly with each student, and they are responsible for their education and safety on a daily basis.


Yolanda A. Warner, MS, CRC:

Yolanda has a Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and has earned the CRC Certification. She began with AFIL as an Intern while attending UNT. Yolanda was instrumental in developing the community partnership with New York Life and AFIL. She has also served as the Program and Vocational Coordinator and the Director of Education prior to becoming the Associate Executive Director.


Helene Reese, BA:

Helene is a retired federal employee who holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology. She was hired as a part-time supervisor for the supervised apartments program in 2007, and assumed the live-in Apartment Supervisor position in January 2009. She was promoted to Senior Supervisor in 2012, and to Director of Residential Services in 2015.

Sarah Causey, MS, CRC:

Sarah was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She grew up with dreams of helping others in some way, but how her passion would be applied was yet to be seen. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2007. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and her Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor both in 2013. Sarah began with AFIL as an Intern while attending the University of North Texas and feels blessed to have been given the opportunity to stay and grow with the organization. She first served as the Admissions and Assessment Coordinator upon hire, was soon promoted Director of Admissions, and is now back serving as the Program Director. She is thrilled to now see how her passion can be applied and dreams fulfilled working with this wonderful population.

Nadja R. Esaw:

Nadja attended The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (UAFS) from 2012-2014 as a Psychology major.  She started with the AFIL team as a Life Skills Mentor in August 2014. She also served as an Administrative Clerical Assistant to the Executive Director.  She has since assumed the Program Coordinator position as of January 2016.