Army Captain | Miss USA 2016 | Public Speaker
This campaign is spearheaded by our Ambassador Program in partnership with National Network of Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health’s All of Us Research Program and the Dauphin County Library System
The workshops focus on relieving stress and anxiety with restorative and faith-based yoga, natural therapies to help heal from trauma & mental health issues, building self-esteem among the youth, motherhood & postpartum depression related issues, discussions on emotional disorders, and the social, economic, and cultural impacts that lead to anxiety, with linkage to care for each workshop.
Army Captain Deshauna Barber is a former Miss USA and award-winning international speaker, coach, and entrepreneur with a bold approach to inspiring and encouraging her audience. Deshauna uses her experience as an Army officer, former Miss USA, and STEM graduate to inspire her audience. Deshauna shows the power of perseverance and tenacity to now become a top-rated speaker that is widely sought after by Fortune 500 companies.
In 2016, Deshauna was crowned the first soldier to the win the prestigious title of Miss USA. She spent her year-long reign as Miss USA advocating for our men and women in uniform by encouraging our government to provide additional support for soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She spent her year-long reign as Miss USA partnering with and lending her voice to the organizations such as the USO, Smile Train, Best Buddies, Operation Homefront and numerous others.
The 29 year-old uses her platform to encourage we pay close attention to the mental health of our service members after deployments and their service to our country. Having dealt with depression after the loss of her mother Deshauna promotes the importance of self-care, therapy and breaking the stigma of mental health.
When she is not serving her country, she travels the world as a full time Motivational Speaker. She has made it her life goal to encourage, inspire and strengthen the people around her. Deshauna has appeared on The Steve Harvey Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Fox and Friends, The Chelsea Show, Good Morning Washington, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The T.D. Jakes Show, The Nightly Show, The Source on Sirius XM, The Daily Show, Lunch Break, Live with Kelly, Good Morning America and in Glamour Magazine and Diversity Magazine.”
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The reception kicks off a six (6) week campaign with partners, sponsors, local leaders and community members. We will be announcing the weekly workshop series taking place from January to February of 2020. Reception includes keynote address about PTSD from Army Captain & Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber. Additional speakers include: Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick, and Acting Executive Director of Mental Health Association of PA Shalawn James. Reception includes: Great appetizers and beverages sponsored by “The Vineyard at Hershey.
Are you a self-proclaimed super woman? Do you routinely juggle work, church, and your family and now you’re tired. If you are near burn out and seeking a gentle physical and spiritual refreshing then grab your mat and come on in the room. Join us for this interactive workshop where you will learn how to abide in God during life’s most difficult situations using simple tools and techniques like body prayers, spritual breathing, and Christian meditation for reestablishing your life rhythm.
Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. Commonly referred to as “flow” yoga, it is sometimes confused with “power yoga“. Vinyasa classes offer a variety of postures and no two classes are ever alike.
Be a part of the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and come to the "I'm a Survivor" workshop. This event is an interactive discussion on the mental effects of domestic violence and regaining a healthy cognitive state. The workshop includes refreshments.
Participate in the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and join "Young Minds Matter." This is a family friendly workshop to help educate children and young teens on the importance of mental health through self-esteem building, and cognitive behavioral therapy through reading. Workshop includes juices and snacks.
Participate in the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and attend " Free Your Mind And The Weight Will Follow." This workshop outlines the psychological blocks that hinder weight loss and how to overcome them. Psychological blocks include: negative body image, stress, depression, cognitive distortion.
Participate in the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign an attend " Beating Depression Naturally." This is an Interactive discussion on how to conquer anxiety and depression without medication. The workshop addresses natural supplementation, and physical therapies to reduce symptoms. Note: This workshop is held directly after " Free Your Mind and the Weight Will Follow", however its recommended that you still register for both workshops.
Be a part of the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and attend "Moms Suffering in Silence". This event is a panel discussion which addresses, educates, and provides treatment-related resources on topics that include postpartum depression, racial/cultural disparities that effect treatment/therapy for postpartum, single mother anxiety, and mothers mentally torn over the loss of their child.
Black Girl Health Foundation, Inc is a non-profit 501c3 that creates pathways to improve the health of black women and girls through education, engagement, and empowerment.
The foundation connects with women of color through its College Ambassador Program implemented at educational institutions and communities in the northeastern region. The program helps students and women in the surrounding communities adopt healthier behaviors through through nutrition, exercise, and disease prevention education.
The non-profit furthers its health impact on women and girls of color through it’s National Kickstart Health & Wellness Program; which includes an entire day of interactive workshops by renown health experts, doctors, health screenings, and fitness trainers to motivate women to take control of their health and give them resources to make informed decisions.
Jummy is a licensed professional counselor who practices in Philadelphia, PA. She founded Relinquish and Transcend Counseling in 2017, it was created to provide a safe, caring, and confidential environment to the black community, especially for women. She has over 10 years of experience with behavioral health services and over 5 years of experience in counseling children, individuals, and families. She believes that her clients are the expert of their life, and she is genuinely interested in their experiences and goals. She relies on elements of CBT and mindfulness, and counsels from a person-centered and strength-based perspective. When working with families, she uses the family systems-based approach. Jummy works eclectically to suit the needs of each individual. Her holistic approach comes from a place of compassion and non-judgement. She is also a trained Perinatal Depression/Anxiety Disorders specialist. Jummy understands the psychological and physical changes that women experience during the perinatal period. She helps women cope with the difficult feelings associated with postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, infertility, miscarriages, and grief/loss. The goal is to restore balance and improve the quality of life.
REV. DR. BRENDA ALTON is a respected preacher, prophetic voice, and prayer warrior; best known as woman of faith and a champion of perseverance. She motivates individuals, leaders of churches and businesses to excel and apprehend their best. Her strong compassion for transformation comes through her incredible life’s journey which she contributes as the hands that have molded her into the person she is today. Her life’s journey has traveled through divorce, domestic violence, sexual harassment, as well as, race and gender discrimination in businesses and religious organizations. As a survivor, Brenda now thrives holistically and stewards’ many to obtain the same. She founded Kingdom Embassy (15 years as Senior Pastor), Holistic Hands Community Development Corporation, Teaching Teachers’ Bible Institute, Sweet Love of Jesus Ministries and she was the first female president of the Interdenominational Ministers’ Conference of Greater Harrisburg, served in the Office of the Mayor for the City of Harrisburg, and pursued the Office of Lieutenant Governor, Commonwealth of PA (2014); a contributor for SUAVV Magazine, the Urban Connection, and Woman Connect Magazine. Currently, she is the CEO of BMA Resources, LLC (consulting business) and the Chief Encouraging Officer of Brenda Alton Ministries (BAM!).
Julia Mallory is a creative, published author. In 2017, she founded Black Mermaids, an evolving creative literary arts company. In addition, she has held positions with organizations such as the Harrisburg School District and the Mental Health Association of the Capital Region, where she served as Executive Director. Julia's latest book, Survivor's Guilt, is a collection of poems and essays and crystallizes her grief experience after the death of her oldest son Julian in 2017. Survivor's Guilt examines how we can support survivors and make space for the complex emotional realities that follow traumatic experiences. Julia currently lends her talents to Perry Media Group, a full-service marketing and public relations agency. I am currently applying this knowledge in my role as System Manager, UPMC Pinnacle Spiritual Care Services, through research as a PhD candidate in Administration and Leadership Studies for Nonprofit and Public Sectors at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Having these venues to display my unique relationship-building skills affords me the opportunity to provide tailored events for diverse audiences.
A native of Annapolis, MD, Shalawn has lived and worked in Central Pennsylvania since 2004. During her time in Pennsylvania she has focused her career on serving the community. During her career she has counseled survivors of domestic violence, worked with children and adolescents at Milton Hershey School, and provided counseling to abused and neglected children and their families. Currently, Shalawn is the Acting Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania (MHAPA). During her tenure at MHAPA she has been a leader and advocate for advancing the rights of those with mental health concerns, advocating for health and wellness for mental health recovery and connecting minorities and members of the LGBTQI communities with effective services and resources. She is an outspoken advocate for equal, affordable, and accessible wellness services for all individuals. In all that she does she commits to the motto of “impact change”. Shalawn is determined that all of her efforts will impact change for those that she has and will continue to serve.
I’m a New Orleans girl living in the Nation’s Capital. I moved to the Washington, DC metropolitan area at 19 years old to attend my dream school as a baby Bison. After receiving my B.S. in Human Growth & Development from Howard University, I began my career in education. I earned my masters degree in Counseling Psychology shortly thereafter. Because I come from a family of educators, I sought after more knowledge and applied to Nova Southeastern University in North Miami Beach, Fl where I earned my EdD in Child, Youth & Adolescence with a specialty in Exceptional Children after 10 years of teaching. Like most career-minded individuals, I continued to excel and experience the stressors of everyday life. I began experiencing intractable migraines, blood pressure spikes and my body weight increased to 219lbs without explanation. After changing my lifestyle, conducting some research and ultimately using traditional doctors as a resource, I was well on my way to resolving my health challenge. Upon recommendation of 20+ medications from 6+ specialists and 2-1/2 years later, I was still without answers. I decided on the natural route. At this point, I was 65lbs down (154lbs). After a lot of sleuthing and the right tests, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. My lifestyle was further tweaked as I lost a total of 101lbs and I sent my autoimmune disease into remission in just 8 months.
Essynce Moore is the only African American teen author that has written three books that are mandatory readings for several school district curriculum including Hillside, NJ School District; Brooklyn, NY Charter School(s); and Orange, NJ School District. Her books are a part of a series that she created called The Middle School Chronicles. When Essynce's first book (6th Grade Middle School Chronicles) was released in 2015, it went on to become an Amazon Top International seller. Her second book (7th Grade Middle School Chronicles) was released in 2016, and her third book (8th Grade Middle School Chronicles) was released back in April 2017. The third book completes the series, and the series is available for purchase on Amazon.com. Essynce Moore started designing clothes at the tender age of 6 with just for fun doodles in her school binder and notepads. Her passion was and still is, to find her own style and to share her creative UPSCALE clothing ideas and styles with youth around the world. Essynce is a “TEEN” that has turned her passion into a business for 2013, with the launch of her official clothing line branded Essynce Couture, LLC with the motto “a child’s passion for fashion.” Essynce Couture also has a natural body product line for children, tweens, and teens labeled “Wynk” by Essynce Couture.
SHERRELL MOORE-TUCKER is an author, speaker, and wellness expert who specializes in holistic stress management. Sherrell is the creator of MindBody FAITH. An approach to wellness that bridges the gap between science and faith while exploring holistic tools and techniques for health and healing. One of those tools is Faith & Flow Yoga®. A yoga practice that teaches people how to use their faith, body, and breath to raise their level of consciousness, reconnect with God, and themselves on a deeper mental, spiritual, and physical level.
Dr. Deborah is a board-certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with over 30 years of experience in this field. She has been practicing yoga since 1982. She is a yoga and North African dance instructor, Reiki and Colorpuncture practitioner, and has done extensive training in meditation, traditional Chinese medicine, Native American and traditional African healing practice. Her yoga training has included Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga and Kemetic yoga. She has been a yoga instructor since 1991. She uses yoga to maintain her own health and vitality and recommends it highly to her patients.
Saleemah McNeil, Reproductive Psychotherapist completed her Master's degree at Chestnut Hill College in the Counseling and Psychology program with a concentration in Marriage & Family Therapy. As a woman who survived postpartum depression, traumatic birth survivor, trained Doula w/ postpartum services & Certified Lactation consultant, Saleemah has dedicated her work to helping families of color heal from traumatic birth experiences and transitioning to parenthood. Through her efforts she founded a nonprofit organization, Oshun Family Center and launched a citywide initiative to reduce Black maternal mortality with the Maternal Wellness Village. Surviving the 4th trimester can mean life or death therefore Saleemah’s work is grounded in helping those families not only survive but thrive! Saleemah has been featured on several media outlets which include providing expert advice on FOX29, PBS39, Quincy Harris Show, WDAS, KYW and has contributed to several news articles discussing maternal mental health, birth trauma and maternal mortality. Her passion has driven her to explore new endeavors such as impacting policy change and ultimately shifting the provider - client dynamic in healthcare by addressing the disparities for Black women. ” A win for one can be a win for all if we rise together and hold each other accountable. As a community we can break those barriers and bridge the gap in healthcare.
Dr. Judy Johnston founder of “i aMe3” is a lifelong educator and champion of leadership development in single mothers. The vision of i aMe3 imagines females reaching their fullest potential – unrestricted and unashamed, with a mission focused on instilling self-worth and internal value into females by centering on 3 PILLARS: EDUCATION - cultivating transformative growth, a reorientation of self through a holistic approach that focuses on a healthy mind, body, and spirit EMPOWERMENT – a reformative increased development of one’s obtained knowledge and growth with grace and humility ENGAGEMENT – a platform designed to foster a connective relationship to the greater society as a part of one’s life mission As an educator with a focus on developmental and integrative learning, Dr. Johnston works to create sustainable leadership roles for single mothers. She has established methods that help single mothers to develop leadership skills by tapping into their lived experiences. By putting a voice to life skills that individuals already possess, she is able to foster personal growth and empower individuals to pursue leadership roles.
Khetnu Nefer is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Educator, Massage Therapist and Herbalist. She has over 15 years experience helping others integrate various holistic health modalities and protocols into their everyday lives via her mobile holistic health practice A Soulful Touch Wellness, located in Washington, DC. As a graduate of The American College of Health Care Sciences in Portland, Oregon, Khetnu utilizes several different therapies such as therapeutic massage, botanical medicine, aromatherapy, detoxification protocols, hydrotherapy, plant based diet, and nutritional and supplemental assessments including Food Intolerance Evaluations to help her clients with their physical and mental health. She also heavily advocates for the usage of chemically safe personal care and home-care products, and is happy to make recommendations in this area to further enhance your healthcare goals. Her other areas of expertise include: stress and anxiety management, insomnia, immune system dysfunction, hormone imbalances, women's health issues and massage therapy.
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