B.A. Psychology & Master's Family Therapy/ Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Abeke Baker, LMFT is a 2011 graduate of Mercer University School of Medicine's Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Degree program. She has a unique career path in the Mental Health/Social Services fields that began at the age of 14. She started as a youth counselor for the Red Cross Lock Key Kids safety program and has more than 18 years of hands on experience ranging from a Program Director of a Howard County Parks and Recreation in Columbia, MD which included youth and young adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities, autism, and mal-adaptive behaviors to Inpatient Crisis Stabilization Hospital for adolescents and adults.
Abeke has been an AUU basketball assistant coach since 2003. In 2015, she also began volunteering with a program that helps find housing for homeless LGBTQ youth.
Chantel Kufeji, LMSW
B. A. Social Work & Master's Social Work/ License Master Social Worker
Chantel is a Licensed Master of Social Worker with over 8 years of experience serving children, adolescents, adults and families. She is Nigerian and Jamaican and originally from Miami, FL but resides in Atlanta, GA. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Florida A&M University and her Master of Social Work degree from Barry University. Chantel has facilitated various trainings to provide education to childcare workers on how to provide services to underserved youth and their families. She has worked in many roles from case manager for children and families to director of a psychiatric hospital. She has experience working in the mental health field, assisted individuals struggling with substance abuse, and advocated and supported people of the LGBTQ+ community. Chantel has a passion for the social work field and strives to be a strength-based change agent with a trauma-focused perspective.
Zachard (Zay) Roberson, LMSW
B.A. Social Work/ Licensed Masters of Social Work
Zachard Roberson, LMSW is a 2006 graduate of North Carolina A&T and 2007 graduate of Howard University School of Social Work programs. He has a 10 year portfolio that spans the child welfare, public health and social science research sectors. Previously, Zachard was coordinator of the Gay Men's Health Collaborative of Northern Virginia (GMHC). While serving at the coordinator of GMHC he helped revitalize and implement HIV/STI prevention program for 18-34-year-old males within the gay, bisexual, or transgender community.
Zachard has collaborated with the Alexandria Health Department, of Alexandria Virginia, and Virginia Department of Health, participating in outreach program development and public health activities to include community health.
Voltrina (Trina) Williams, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Voltrina Williams Jones, aka Trina, is an LCSW with 20 plus years of extensive quality assurance, licensure, certification, counseling, and training experience in the fields of adoption, foster care, education, and hospice. In past positions, she has supervised professional level staff to include a child psychologist and registered nurse, trained adult learners, as well as taught in a special needs youth classroom. She has serviced clients with a wide range of abilities working in direct service provision for social service personnel, hospice patients, foster and adoptive (both domestic and international) parents, and for special needs clients with mental retardation, emotional disturbance, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and/or medical fragile issues. Currently a contract staff, she works with a large managed care organization focused on providing support to families to address the psychosocial issues that come with mental health crisis, chronic illness, aging, frequent hospitalizations, death and dying. Trina’s career strengths include strong written and oral skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse groups and levels of employees. She will contribute greatly to our staff as she possesses knowledge and experience in such areas as quality assurance, counseling, training and special events planning. Trina and her wife, AJ live in the Augusta area. Together they have two sons, aged 19 and 17 and a 24 year old daughter.
Denise Spear, LAPC
Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
Denise Spear, LAPC with over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. As a native of Atlanta, GA and graduate of Grand Canyon University, she has a MS in Professional Counseling and Post Masters Certification in trauma counseling. Denise has collaborative experience in foster care settings, educating foster care parents on LGBTQ challenges, psychiatric hospitals, group home settings, quality assurance, case management, addiction counseling, and is also a Certified GA Educator in Special Education. She considers herself a lifelong learner and believe there is never enough education to prevent one from becoming better. From a clinical approach she focuses on trauma therapies, cognitive behavior, person-centered, strength-based, and mindfulness. In her space there is warmth and comfort as she supports you in becoming your most authentic self.
Denise Spear, MS, LAPC
"It’s important to question anything and everything because you learn more by looking for the answer than you do finding it." - Author Unknown
Director of Administrative Services
Chanel Haley is a national award-winning lgbtq gender policy consultant, speaker, and politico. She is a 2019 Atlanta Pride Grand Marshall and one of 2020 OUT Georgia 100's Most Influential. Ms. Haley holds certification in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University.