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LEADERSHIP TEAM

Joanne Correia-Kent, LCSW, DCSW

In 2002, Ms. Correia-Kent co-founded and began co-directing the Christina G. Smith Community Mental Health Foundation.  She founded the nonprofit organization with Donna Lavalle in memory of her friend and colleague Dr. Christina Smith, who lost her life tragically while providing services within a local hospital.Ms. Correia-Kent has close to 30 years’ experience in the field of psychiatric social work.  She has worked in private practice, community mental health, and inpatient hospitalization settings. 

Ms. Correia-Kent provides administrative and clinical oversight at the Christina G. Smith Community Mental Health Foundation and the for-profit Smith Community Mental Health. In addition, she has worked for Project HOPE in community psychiatric social work in Grenada, West Indies and psychiatric social work education.  She was a director of psychiatry at a full-service hospital before co-founding Smith Community Mental Health and C. G. Smith Community Mental Health Foundation.  In 2010, Ms. Correia-Kent received the “TIMES” award for her service in mental health by the Broward Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Donna Lavalle, M.S.W

Ms. Lavalle is the co-founder and co-director of Christina G. Smith Community Mental Health Foundation.  In 2002, she founded the nonprofit organization with Joanne Correia-Kent in memory of her friend and colleague Dr. Christina Smith, who lost her life tragically while providing services within a local hospital.  Ms. Lavalle has more than 25 years working with youth and families in need within hospitals, private practice and community settings.  She focuses her work on treating all people with sensitivity, compassion and dignity.

In addition to her administrative and clinical work with Christina G. Smith Community Mental Health Foundation and the for-profit Smith Community Mental Health, Ms. Lavalle participates on many community committees that focus on youth and family advocacy as well as the improvement of behavioral health services in Broward County.  In 2010, Ms. Lavalle was recognized for her community advocacy and leadership and was presented with the EPIC (Exceptional People in the Community) Award from the Mental Health Association of Broward County.

Ms. Lavalle is a native Floridian providing services in the community where she was raised.  She holds a master’s degree in social work from Barry University in Miami and a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University.