Meet The Team

Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness

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Camesha L. Jones, LCSW
 
Founder &
Executive Director

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Camesha is a Radical Social Worker, Social Entrepreneur, and Community Mental Wellness Advocate. She is the  Founder of Sista Afya. She's lived with a mental health condition for over 5 years and overcome many challenges to achieve optimal mental wellness. She combined her 7+ years of social work & personal experience to create the social enterprise, Sista Afya to help Black women experiencing mental health challenges to get the information, community support, and resource connection necessary to be mentally well. Camesha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois. She graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Spelman College with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and received her Master's degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

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Betty Hailu, LSW

Therapist

Betty is a Social Worker and Therapist at Sista Afya. Born and raised in Ethiopia, Betty Hailu, MSW has always been an advocate for mental health awareness and well-being. Betty’s background encompasses a range of tasks providing therapy to clients of diverse backgrounds, with behavioral problems, trauma, mental illness, life transitions, and stress. Betty also brings many years of hosting various educational events, activist, and social programs for Black and minority communities, offering her voice to amplify others to tell their own stories. Betty graduated with a Bachelor's in Human Services from Northern Illinois University and a Master's in Social Work from Illinois State University. 

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DeJada Daily

Administrative Coordinator

DeJada is the Administrative Coordinator for Sista Afya and is

a “Jada of All Trades”. She is a graphic designer getting a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Digital Journalism at Dominican University. DeJada is passionate about personal growth and helping others. She’s excited to aid in the goal of catering to Black women’s mental wellness in an accessible and affordable way. DeJada’s lifelong goal is to have a positive impact on the lives of Black women. She loves jamming to anything Noname, Solange, Ari Lennox and SZA."

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April Threatt, MA

Therapist

April is a Qualified Mental Health Professional who serves as a Therapist at Sista Afya.  She specializes in servicing women and adults. She empowers her clients to understand various factors in their lives that contribute to their unhappiness. She is committed to being compassionate and present with her clients as they discover their inner strengths to bring about desired change. Her approach is person-centered and she believes that building relationships with clients is essential in therapy in order to assist them in working through issues, overcoming obstacles, and becoming the best version of themselves. She received her Master's in Community Agency Counseling from Saint Xavier University at Chicago.

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Danielle Swan, MAATC

Therapist

Danielle Swan (she/her) is a dedicated art therapist and counselor with master’s level training from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked with individuals and groups of all ages experiencing mood disorders, chronic illness, and issues relating to substance use. She aims to promote sustainable healthy healing by guiding participants in meaningful creative expression and mindfulness. Danielle’s mission is to assist with healthy identity formation and encourage positive relationships with self and others. She believes firmly in the therapeutic alliance with clients and works diligently to align herself with liberated practices rooted in Black feminist theory.

Sista Afya Community Care, NFP

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Candice Gant, LCSW
 
Therapist

Candice is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Therapist. 

Her therapeutic approach is eclectic and incorporates multiple orientations and techniques to meet the client where they are. She believes in fostering the strengths of each person and working towards sustainable healing. She is certified as Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and Financial Social Worker. She has trained in providing integrative evidence-based behavioral health services with young and middle-aged adults. She has previously provided services to people who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, substance use, sexual assault, developmental issues, and interpersonal difficulties. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her Master's degree in Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Tiana Hill, LCSW

Therapist

Tiana Hill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and clinical therapist who is passionate about mental wellness and healing. She is dedicated to helping clients work towards their highest self and thrive. She loves incorporating art and creative interventions to help clients develop new skills, break generational cycles, heal from trauma, and discover themselves. Her therapeutic approach is holistic and client-centered.  Tiana graduated with a Master's in Social Work from the University of Southern California and received her B.S. in Family Studies from Miami University at Ohio. 

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Ami Abdullahi, BA

Mental Health First Aid Trainer

 

 Ami Abdullahi (they/them) passion is to work on initiatives and programs that are centered on the wellbeing and liberation of folks with multiple intersectionalities.  They are excited to work with our community by educating and destigmatizing mental health and empowering people to support people with mental health conditions.

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Madison Sparkman, BA

She Heals Intern

 

Madison is our She Heals Intern. She has notable clinical experience in community-based settings and a passion to empower, educate, and collaborate with clients who have been historically neglected and excluded from care. Her approach to therapy is person centered,
narrative based, and holistic. She believes in creating safe spaces for clients to show up as they are. . She received her bachelor’s in Psychology from Spelman College and is matriculating through a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s degree program at DePaul University.