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Board Members and Staff

Board Members


DeShawn Woods, MSOL, CLC

CEO and Founder

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Melissa Blackmer, MBA, MSEd, LMFT, LMHC

(Board Member) - Program Director

Melissa is a licensed coach and mental health specialist, who is passionate about human interactions and whole-body health.

Melissa directs the policies, practices, and interactions for the program.


Shakirah Kellam, MBA

(Board Member)- Development Director

Shakirah is an experienced recruiter for PPD, Part of Thermo Fisher Scientific. She is extremely passionate about skillfully leading and guiding individuals to reach their full potential.

Shakirah strategically directs outreach, recruitment, and event planning for the program. 

Staff : Our Team

Volunteer Coaches

These volunteers help bring the Holistic Life Coaching model to reality.


James Johnson, MSP

Spiritual Wellness Coach

James Johnson is an Associate Pastor for New Day Life Ministries. James is enthusiastic about leading others to achieve their spiritual goal and ultimately fulfilling their purpose.


Xavier Williams

Career Development Coach (Marketing & Entrepreneurship)

Xavier Williams is a professional marketing coach that is skilled at increasing involvement and engagement with audiences. Xavier has zeal for assisting up-and-coming business owners by teaching them the ins and outs of marketing and owning a business.

Staff : Our Team
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