Tanica Renee Jeffries, MS, LPC, LSW holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Youngstown State University. Throughout her career she has taken special interest in developing educational and therapeutic groups to address specific health care and mental health needs of various populations. She has developed Intensive Outpatient groups for individuals with substance related issues, women who were victims of domestic violence and led therapy groups for individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness. She has also worked in the field of medical social services with pediatric, as well as, adult populations. Currently she serves as the Coordinator of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital. In addition to grant writing, transition program planning, community education, and medical social work she develops programs to address the unique needs of individuals suffering from chronic illnesses, such as, sickle cell disease (SCD) and thalassemia. Her most recently developed program is the Peer Mentor Program for Adolescents and Young Adults with SCD. This program links older adolescents with young adults for the purposes of support, education and advocacy and to learn coping strategies for successful disease management.