Our Staff

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Pamela S. Sheffer
Founder, Just Us

Director and Founder of Just Us, Pam serves as the leader of the team of professionals who directly deliver Just Us programming to LGBTQ+ youth. In addition to supporting her team, Pam focuses on developing and implementing multi-tiered strategies which advance systemic climate change for LGBTQ+ youth throughout the state of Tennessee. Due to the significant over-representation of LGBTQ+ youth within juvenile justice, foster care, and the homeless youth population, Pam works to build strategic collaborations and professional relationships with local, regional, and national agencies which have the potential to positively impact the lives of LGBTQ+ youth in Tennessee.

With a deep understanding that Just Us cannot meet the needs of LGBTQ+ youth throughout the entire state, Pam dedicates a significant amount of energy to delivering training and consulting with professionals who directly work with youth, to ensure LGBTQ+ youth are respected, supported, and empowered to grow and thrive. Additionally, Pam provides program development consulting services to organizations who are seriously interested in developing positive youth development programming for LGBTQ+ youth within their communities.

For more information about this Equity Driven work, connect here: www.equitydriven.justusoasis.org

psheffer@oasiscenter.org 615-983-6862
Joseph Clark, M.S.
Program Manager

Hailing from the great state of Michigan, Joseph Clark, M.S., serves as the Program Coordinator for Becoming Us, Just Us, Students of Stonewall, and TYME. With 10 years of positive youth development experience, Joseph strives to create a safe and affirming space where LGBTQ+ youth feel empowered to explore and celebrate their identities, build community, and express themselves authentically.
Beyond providing direct youth service, Joseph also delivers trainings to current and future educators, counselors, and community organizations to ensure that all LGBTQ+ people have equitable access to services and can thrive in their communities.
Outside of work, Joseph enjoys black coffee, kayaking, puzzles, and The Golden Girls.

jclark@oasiscenter.org 615-983-6855
Dan Dumont, LMSW
Program Counselor

Dan Dumont is a transgender social worker who is passionate about mental health and youth empowerment. As a counselor at Oasis, he collaborates with youth and families to create spaces for healing, resilience, and transformation. He previously worked as a social work intern at a psychiatric hospital, Parthenon Pavilion, and as a program coordinator at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s mentoring program. As a trainer, Dan has delivered presentations on trans* and LGB issues in diverse settings including middle and high school classrooms, LGBT volunteer groups, and cultural competency trainings for behavioral health professionals. Dan is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and is working towards clinical licensure. He received his Bachelor degree from the University of Southern California, and his Master degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Outside of work, Dan enjoys spending time with family, practicing vipassana meditation, and reading science fiction. He has been married since 2007, and he & his wife have two children.

ddumont@oasiscenter.org 615-983-6884
Maxine Spencer
More to Me Program Specialist

Maxine Spencer is a Black Transwoman passionate about the connectedness of racial justice and LGBTQ+ equity. As the More to Me Program Specialist, Maxine focuses on the advancement of LGBTQ+ Black and Brown people through the lens of youth empowerment. Throughout her work, she has been dedicated to educating others in various academic and professional spaces and creating change for LGBTQ+ Black and Brown people in her community. Maxine founded “BlackOut” – the first affinity group for LGBTQ+ Black people at Vanderbilt, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. When not focusing on decreasing the disparities which exist for LGBTQ+ Black and Brown people, Maxine enjoys spending time with loved ones, singing, reading, playing games, and gardening.

mspencer@oasiscenter.org 615-983-6863