Tiffany Turner-Allen, Executive Director of Prince George’s County Nonprofits
Tiffany’s passion and work have been intense across various public health and education issues. Her areas of expertise include Violence in the Black Community, Violence Against Women, Engaging Black Men and Boys, HIV & AIDS, Adjudicated Youth, Educational Equity, Animal Abuse, Bullying, School to Prison Pipeline, Infant Mortality, Healthcare Reform & Access, Food Deserts, Technology & the Digital Divide, Returning Citizens, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking and Stalking. As a proven leader with remarkable dedication, she is driven to experience new things, people, and opportunities and lives by her desire and determination to enhance the lives of others! She was the Program Director for Ujima – The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community. She focused on developing the organization’s communication platforms, training, education, outreach, and policy advocacy around domestic violence, sexual violence, and community violence in the Black community. Her work covered the entire US and the territories. Tiffany is currently embarking upon the next and natural phase in her career as the Executive Director of Nonprofit Prince George’s County. Her mission is to see her community, Prince George’s County, MD, become a model of racial equity. Lastly, she is very proud of her roles as mother, wife, daughter, pet-parent, friend, advocate, activist, trainer, mentor, and mentee.
Brandon Jones, Executive Director of Minnesota Association for Child’s Mental Health & consultant
Brandon is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health & consultant. He specializes in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Historical and Intergenerational trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Leadership, and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). Brandon holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a master's in Community Psychology from Metropolitan State University, and a master's in Psychotherapy (MFT) from Adler Graduate School. Brandon is also a 2013 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. He lives by the motto of “Live life with Purpose on Purpose.”
Dr. Raj (Nadarajan Sethuraju), associate professor at Metropolitan State University
Dr. Raj is a recovering criminologist, alcoholic, and survivor of sexual abuse, with over 20 years of community-based activism as a researcher and educator. Inspired by our youth's resilience and the men in our prison systems, he trains school staff, probation agents, community members, and justice personnel on restorative practices, trauma and healing, value-centered leadership, community building, and unpacking implicit biases. He believes in raising consciousness utilizing the restorative circle process. In his latest work, raj explores our justice system's depths and creates a framework in which knowledge, critical consciousness, and heart become the root of our practices.
Curtis W. Marshall, MS, Public Health Strategist/Consultant for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health
Curtis works as a Public Health Strategist/Consultant for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. He provides technical assistance, and health equity consultation to local health departments, health consortiums, and community-based organizations and national workgroups. He led strategic partnership development and was recently reassigned as a COVID-19 regional community testing coordinator.
Curtis has over twenty-five years of experience 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.
Sam Simmons, LADC, Behavioral Consultant and owner Samuel Simmons Consulting, LLC
Sam Simmons has over 32-years’ experience as an alcohol and drug counselor and behavioral consultant specializing in culturally sensitive trauma informed strategies and working with 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 he received the Champions for Children Award for his trauma work with parents. In 2018 Sam received Public Health Hero Award for his innovative and culturally specific trauma informed work from the City of Minneapolis. Sam is co-creator of the Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing conference called “Groundbreaking and Visionary " For that work, in 2018, he received recognition from both Minneapolis and St. Paul Mayors and Minnesota's Governor.
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