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Yolo Akili Robinson, BEAM Founder & CEO  

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. 

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Isabel Shawel, BEAM Training Coordinator

Isabel Shawel is a community advocate that has worked to reduce mental health stigma in the Ethiopian and African communities of Los Angeles. She has most recently worked as a case manager and victim advocate for houseless survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in South Central LA. Isabel is passionate about culturally compassionate care for Black communities and is currently working on her MSW at California State University Dominguez Hills, focusing on critical race theory and community trauma resilience. 



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. He 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.