DASH Leadership

Our team has over 30+ years of experience working with young adults who have been through trauma and/or are lacking the motivation to succeed.

Management Team

Mike Williams, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Mike lived in more than 40+ homes while in the foster care system and experienced homelessness within 2 years of aging out. Rather than becoming a statistic, he chose to use his story to give hope and inspiration to others and to advocate and create solutions for those raised in the system like he was. Mike has helped shaped Florida Laws and has assisted with the design/development of several statewide programs, such as My JumpVault, a software program that provides instant access to health and personal records to youth, foster parents, & social workers (For more info visit: http://www.myjumpvault.org). In 2015, he launched My Jumpstart, a youth development organization that provides experiential learning services to promote confidence, strategy and resilience in young adults as they transition to independence. My Jumpstart is now known for their statewide youth conferences, My Jumpstart to Independence. Today, he is the President and CEO of DASH leading a social service team of experts that plans to launch 21 more homes to serve a total of 100 young adults annually. Mike was also named in Forbes NEXT 1000 for being a bold and inspiring entrepreneur on his way to great success. He is redefining what it means to build and run a business today, especially in the “new normal.”

Chief Marketing Officer, Ian Welsch

For over 15 years, Ian Welsch has been actively involved in education and nonprofit leadership.

Ian earned his BS, as well as his Masters Degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport. Taking a position as an educator in the Miami-Dade County Public School System in 2005, and recognizing the need for additional educational resources, he started an in-home tutoring service. Increasing referrals highlighted a community-wide need, thus in June 2008, The Motivational Edge Inc. was formed.

Executive Director of Programs, Moniece Jackson (MSW)

Moniece is a skilled child welfare expert, youth advocate, and motivational speaker. As a former foster youth of 12 years, Moniece was driven by her ardency not to become a statistic and dedicated her academic and professional career to become a change agent in the child welfare system. Moniece obtained a BSW from Florida A&M University and a double Master’s Degree in Social Work and Public Administration from Florida State University. Notably, Moniece interned under Congressman Al Lawson in Washington D.C. advocating for youth rights and on a congressional panel standing against the VCO exception. She is also the founder of Intentional Hope, a consulting and community development agency that provides supportive services for youth in care and professional development for agencies who serve them.

Chief Financial Officer, Michael Sellinger

Michael holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University and brings with him over 25 years of experience in diverse industries. Most recently, he had a toy importing company. In addition, he is the founder of Cottelston Advisors, a full-service lifestyle marketing and management consulting company specializing in the visual arts. Before working in the art world, he held various positions in banking, real estate and internet marketing. Michael also serves on the boards of the Columbia Alumni Arts League.

Director of Licensing & Support, Sonia Pitts (BSW)

Coming to the organization with a decade of experience, Sonni Pitts, who is also the founder of Heart and Home Community Inc., recognizes the great need of support needed for high-risk teenagers. Sonni comes from a strong faith-based background and believes that love, grace and support are the driving forces to maintaining a positive and healthy home environment. Sonni believed that to focus on meeting the needs of high-risk teenagers and supporting the community in understanding high-risk behaviors, we have to constantly demonstrates a level of support and consistent care in all homes for high-risk teenagers.