Meet The Team
Our Ambassadors provide community outreach, event assistance, and mental wellness promotion in the Chicagoland area. For 2019 - 2020 we've selected 7 women to serve as Ambassadors for Sista Afya.
Our 2019 - 2020 Ambassadors are:
Sequoya Hayes, LSW
Sequoya’s pronouns are she/her. She is a queer black feminist social worker, licensed in Illinois and Indiana and certified as a Telemental Health Practitioner. She works in the intersections of anti (queer) violence advocacy, queer community literacy, basic need insecurity, mental wellness and healing justice. As a consultant, she provides strategic planning, independent research and data collection advisement for the services curated by Sista Afya.
Cairá Lee Conner -Ware, BFA
Brand & Design Consultant
Cairá Lee Conner-Ware is a fine artist, illustrator, and graphic designer rooted in her love of aliens, spaceships, pyramids, and Black culture. She provides her artistic expertise to Sista Afya's branding and design of our merchandise.
She is a Chicago native and graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago BFA program, with a concentration in Fashion and Illustration. To see more of her work, visit www.CairaLeeConner.com.
Camesha L. Jones, LCSW
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.
Latania J. Franklin, LCSW
Latania J. Franklin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who obtained her Master’s in Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. Before entering private practice, Latania was a Licensed School Social Worker.
Latania loves to service both adolescents and adults living with anxiety, depression, and trauma. Latania also assist her clients through communication struggles, life transitions, self-esteem, and stress. Latania truly believes that each person has the natural ability to heal and
she is there to help each person on that journey.
Betty Hailu, MSW
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.
Ammie Brooks, LSW
Ammie Kae is a Licensed Social Worker and Clinical Therapist, who has dedicated her professional career to cultivating spaces for Black women and girls to heal and grow. Prior to working in individual and group therapy settings, she developed her roots as a practitioner working closely with victims of gender based violence. Ammie Kae is committed to integrating technology, arts, and relevant research into her therapeutic approach to provide both communities and clients with safe environments for mental restoration