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Meet The Team

Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness

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Camesha L. Jones, LCSW
 
Founder &
Executive Director

Camesha L. Jones, LCSW is a Community Mental Wellness Changemaker who serves at the intersection of culture, community, and social justice. She is the Executive Director of Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness, a social enterprise providing low-cost mental wellness care that centers the experiences of Black women in Chicago. Since Sista Afya's founding in 2017, they've served over 1000 Black women through their innovative, community-driven programs. In 2020, she launched Sista Afya Community Care NFP, a nonprofit that provides free mental wellness care and education to women experiencing multiple barriers to care. Camesha's work at Sista Afya has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Vogue, Allure, TEDx, and Rolling Out. Camesha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois who graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor's in Sociology and received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Camesha strongly believes in eliminating barriers in the mental health field that people of diverse cultural backgrounds experience by creating affordable and accessible care that centers the well-being of the whole person.

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Betty Hailu, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

and Therapist

Betty is a Clinical Supervisor and Therapist at Sista Afya. Born and raised in Ethiopia, Betty Hailu 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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Gaby Cordero
 

Social Media Manager

Gaby (she/her) is a Chicago-based author, graphic designer, yoga instructor and entrepreneur.

 

Gaby is obsessed with all things holistic and wellness-related. A huge lover of community, she Is thrilled to be on the Sista Afya team and to be a small part of such an important organization. On her days off, Gaby enjoys cooking, reading, doom scrolling and spending time with her pets and family. 

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Melanie Clavelle, LSW
 

Therapist

Melanie is a Licensed Social Worker, who enjoys serving young adults, women, and families. IShe specializes in working with those struggling with complex trauma, depression, anxiety, and managing life challenges. I believe each individual has their own unique story and is worthy of positive change.  Her therapeutic approach involves creating individualized plans to reflect each individual and their needs. In doing so, she uses empowering, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness techniques to support one’s journey to healing. Melanie received her BSW and MSW from Governor's State University.

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April Threatt, MA
Maternal Mental Health Coordinator

and
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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Amber Kelley, LCSW

Therapist

Amber Kelley is a Licensed Social Worker who serves as a Therapist at Sista Afya. 

She enjoys serving Black women and girls who are seeking therapy to heal from trauma and other interpersonal difficulties. She works with people to overcome  barriers that have them stuck to move to a place of growth, healing, and self-actualization.

She  provides therapy that is rooted in psychodynamic theory to explore childhood events and attachment.  She uses  trauma-informed lens to explore thinking patterns, behaviors, and life events that are impacting your mental wellness. Amber received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago.

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Ngozi Williams, LPC
 

Therapist

Ngozi is a Mental Health Therapist that is deeply aware of the courage it takes to advocate for oneself, and to stay committed to the healing journey. This is why she creates and maintains a safe space for you to explore feelings, thoughts, and personal insights regarding your relationships and lived experiences. Safety, connection, collaboration and active listening are priorities in her intention as your therapist in walking alongside you and empowering you to know that things can be different.

Ngozi works with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, self-esteem/body confidence, daily life stressors, trauma/PTSD/C-PTSD, intergenerational trauma, and grief.

Sista Afya Community Care, NFP

To learn more about Sista Afya Community Care's team visit:

www.communitycare.sistaafya.com/team

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