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Yolo Akili Robinson, RYT 200  

Yolo Akili Robinson is the Founder and CEO of BEAM. Yolo began his career in public health supporting Black communities as an HIV/AIDS counselor. He then branched into violence prevention, working as a family intervention counselor with Black men and boys for Men Stopping Violence. In addition to his emotional health work, Akili has written for numerous publications including the Huffington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ebony and Everyday Feminisms. Read more about Yolo's work by clicking below. 


Erica Woodland, LCSW

Erica Woodland is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker,  facilitator, and founder of the National Queer and Trans Therapist of Color Network. Erica is committed to broadening the impact and engagement of social justice movements. She works directly with social justice leaders to move through barriers and gain clarity in their work to increase awareness and alignment. Erica is also a healing practitioner who supports organizations and individuals in developing deep-rooted relationships and enriching the critical intersections of their work. 


Holiday Simmons, MSW

With a background in social work, education and performing arts and activism, Simmons has worked with youth in foster care, taught GED courses, managed education initiatives and facilitated numerous creative writing and spoken word workshops with groups of youth, LGBT people, women and Africana and Latino communities both in the United States and abroad.




Dr. Dionne Bates

Dr. Dionne Bates is the author of the Self-SOULstice self-affirmation model and works with her clients to help them reach optimal mental health by affirming self, affirming others, and living authentically. She is a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia and is a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor.  As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Dr. Dionne Bates, Ph.D., L.P.C., C.P.C.S. provides a range of psychotherapeutic, supervision, and consultative services.

 Dr. Michael A. Chan-Frazier

Michael A. Chan-Frazier, Ph.D., LPC, is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs in the Department of Communication Sciences and Professional Counseling at the University of West Georgia. Dr. Chan-Frazier earned his M.Ed. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Miami (FL), and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of West Georgia. He holds licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia.