Meet The Team
DeJada is the Administrative Assistant 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.
Candice Gant, LSW
Candice is a Licensed Social Worker and Clinical Therapist. She believes in meeting the person where they are and fostering the strengths of each person. She is certified as a Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional and trained in providing integrative evidence-based behavioral health services with young and middle age 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 University of Illinois at Chicago.
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.
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:
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.