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Meet The Team

Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness


Camesha L. Jones, LCSW
Founder &
Executive Director

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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.


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. 


Melanie Clavelle, LSW


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.


April Threatt, MA


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.


Amber Kelley, LSW


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.


Danielle Swan, MAATC


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.

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Candice Gant, LCSW

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.


Tiana Hill, LCSW


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. 


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.


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. 

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