Yolo Akili Robinson, 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.
Eva Turner, Healing Justice Training Manager
Eva is a black, non-binary femme social worker, doula , healer, facilitator and certified yoga and meditation instructor based out of Brooklyn. Eva has sought the world outside of what white supremacy and patriarchy has given us through reading, writing, community building and teaching. Eva’s world building has been primarily focused on youth and program development and curriculum and resource development based in healing justice and community care. Eva has taught and built programming for Grand Street Settlement, NYU Langone Center for Early Childhood Development, Sadie Nash, Columbia School of Social Work, The Audre Lorde Project, Harriet’s Apothecary and more. Eva uses she/her/hers/they/them/theirs pronouns.
Dr. Dionne Bates
Senior Mental Health Advisor
As the Senior Mental Health Advisor of BEAM, Dr. Bates oversees all clinical aspects of BEAM’s curriculum and programs. In addition, Dr. 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.
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. Learn more about Erica here.
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. 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.