Brandon Jones M.A. is a psychotherapist and professor specializing in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), historical and intergenerational trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and youth justice. He is a professor at Metropolitan State University and Century College. He lives by the motto of “Live life with Purpose on Purpose”.
Brandon is a Psychotherapist, Professor and currently serves as the Integrated Services Manager at Northpoint Health and Wellness Center. He specializations in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Historical and Intergenerational trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Leadership, and Youth Justice. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Brandon has survived living in a home of domestic violence and various other forms of trauma. Brandon holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Community Psychology from Metropolitan State University, and a Masters in Psychotherapy (MFT) from Adler Graduate School. Brandon is also a 2013 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. He is also professor at Metropolitan State University and Century College.
Curtis Marshall works as a Public Health Strategist/Consultant for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. He currently leads strategic partnership development and has recently been reassigned as a COVID-19 regional community testing coordinator. He provides technical assistance, and health equity consultation to local health departments, health consortiums, and community-based organizations and national workgroups.
Curtis has over twenty-five years of experience of assessing organizational capacity and readiness for leading population-based health improvement strategies. He is recognized as an engaged change leader who builds, and facilitates healthcare partnerships, to make sustainable progress on community health issues.
Curtis has provided consultation to Wisconsin and national fatherhood agencies and consults on the impact of fatherhood on maternal child health and birth outcomes. He co-authored the Wisconsin Statewide Fatherhood Plan under Former Governor Jim Doyle’s Administration.
LaDonna Redmond is an activist that has worked on several initiatives that have created greater access for community residents. LaDonna co-founded a substance abuse treatment facility, Sisterhouse. Sisterhouse is dedicated to the recovery of women.
LaDonna successfully worked to get Chicago Public Schools to evaluate junk food, launched urban agriculture projects, started a community grocery store and worked on federal farm policies to expand access to healthy food in low-income communities. LaDonna is a 2003 WK Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow. In 2009, Redmond was one of 25 citizen and business leaders named a Responsibility Pioneer by Time Magazine. LaDonna presented at 2 Tedx events: Twin Cities and Manhattan. Her Tedx Manhattan talk is Food + Justice = Democracy is widely distributed.
In early April 2013, she launched the Campaign for Food Justice Now (CFJN), a membership-based organization that uses a race, class, and gender analysis to promote food and agricultural system reforms and advocate for the adoption of right-to-food policies in the U.S.
She is currently Diversity and Community Engagement manager for Seward Community Co-op. In that role, LaDonna leads an effort to build a natural foods co-op in a historically African American community. The 2nd co-op opened October 2015. LaDonna is a Qualified Administrator (QA) for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). LaDonna is also a facilitator who believes that every community has the intellect to heal itself. As a facilitator, LaDonna supports any configuration of a community to find its unique pathway to wholeness and sustainability.
Sam Simmons has over 30-years’ experience as an alcohol and drug counselor and behavioral consultant specializing in culturally sensitive trauma informed strategies and working African American males and their families. He is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota.
Sam received the 2016 Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma award and the Black Tear Drop Award for his vision and leadership in culturally sensitive trauma informed work in the community and around the country. In 2017 Sam received the Champions for Children Award for his trauma work with parents. In 2018 he received Public Health Hero Award for his unique, innovative, and culturally specific trauma informed work from the City of Minneapolis.
In 2018 Sam was honored by the NFL for his work to end violence against women and interpersonal violence. In 2019 he became project consultant on the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Advisory Council on Opioid Use Disorders in the African American Community. Sam is co-host of "Voices” radio show on KMOJ FM that addresses issues of the urban community. He is co-creator of the Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing conference and for that work in 2018 he received recognition from both Minneapolis and St. Paul Mayors and Minnesota’s’ Governor. “
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