Alexis graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a BA in Forensic Psychology and earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in 2014, with a concentration in Group Work and specialization in Youth & Families. Her passion has always been to serve those involved in the justice system.
It was during her undergraduate internship with the Office of Children & Family Services where she developed her passion for working specifically with court-involved youth. Alexis assisted in coordinating trips for families of detained youth to and from detention facilities and coordinated parent and youth workshops.
In 2006, Alexis joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, as a Program Manager in the Juvenile Justice Program which served youth who had been arrested and/or were on probation and youth whose parents were incarcerated. For close to ten years, she worked collectively with mentors and families to provide support, counseling and advocacy on behalf of youth. Alexis also facilitated group visits for youth and families to Sullivan Correctional Facility, a maximum security state prison where youth met with inmates to learn the hard truths about prison life, poor decision making and the importance of positive influences in their lives. It was during this time she decided to pursue a degree in Social Work and ultimately, climbed the ranks to become an Associate Director.
As part of her internship requirement to determine and fulfill a need at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alexis developed and facilitated an all-girls character building workshop series for clients ages 14-17. Together the group focused on college readiness, career exploration, peer relationships, self-esteem and a wide range of other relevant topics.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, it has always been important to Alexis to give back to the community that gave her so much. Alexis is excited and honored to serve the many residents of Brooklyn as a Social Worker in the Criminal Defense Practice.