Avis is a program developer and entrepreneur with the ability to connect with people. Avis is passionate about adding value in the lives of couples, youth and singles and the community at large, but especially in the African American community in which she lives.
Avis received a B.A. in Human Services from The University of Toledo. She has worked in the social service arena for over 25 years in the areas of domestic violence, drug addiction, housing and homelessness, and in the area of Healthy Relationships for 10 years. She has facilitated healthy relationship curriculum with her husband Michael for over nine years. She is versed in data collection and program outcome and achievements.
Avis has traveled to a diverse array of venues speaking on subjects such as fathers and domestic violence, recruitment and retention of African-Americans, Co-Parenting and outcome results in programs. Avis’ interactive presentation skills engage the audience and encourage active participation by all.
Avis was Program Coordinator for an OFA grant funded healthy marriage program for 5 years (2006-2011) and Program Director for 3 years for OFA grant funded healthy marriage program (2011-2015). In October 2015, Avis joined Economic Opportunity Planning Association of Greater Toledo dba Pathway as Director of Family Supportive Services where she serves as Program Director of the OFA funded Brothers United Fatherhood Program.
Avis is a Program Director, Certified Survival Skills Facilitator and Grant Writer with skills in program development and implementation as well as grant compliance.
In January 2015, Avis and her husband Michael began Just Us Files, LLC. Avis is currently Chief Operating Officer of their relationship coaching business that serves couples (one on one mentorship and group), singles, youth and specializing in blended family life issues. Avis and her husband Michael are the couples’ ministry leader of Two of Us Couples Ministry at First Church of God under the direction of Bishop Robert Culp. Her motto is: Change A Father, Change A Family, Create A Future.
She is the wife of Michael Allen Files (13 years) and they have four children and one grandson.