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Nia Lancelin-Brantly is a Peer Support Specialist and Training Specialist for Project Return Peer Support Network. Her 20 years of teaching in the entertainment industry made her realize there was a need for mental health services on a large scale. Therefore, she decided to get the training necessary to serve her community and others. On this journey, she found a home with Project Return and enjoys giving training as well as working, formerly, on the warm line. Nia has administered trainings that include HOP (Honest, Open, Proud) and Group Facilitation. Her goal is to “focus on changing lives in order for lives to change.

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Bessie Smith Lancelin is the Director of Clinical Services for Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare Inc. and is currently the Co interim CEO/ President.   Her credentials are LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), ACSW (Academy of Certified Social Workers) and ACADC. Bessie presently serves on the State Board for Licensing Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselors which is a governor appointed position and served as a past president of that board.  She also serves on the board for Interested Citizens for Voter Registration (ICVR).  She has served as president of the State CAASSP Committee (Child and Adolescent Service System Program). She has served on numerous local, state, and national boards too numerous to mention.

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An experienced organizer and Rutgers University graduate (class of 2020) Aron Pines connects diverse groups to mobilize power and enact positive community changes. As trainer for strategy and coalition with New Day Labor, Aron supported 30 organizers in labor rights at Rutgers University New Brunswick. For three years at Gateway Foundations in Yardville, NJ, Aron facilitated programs and represented the interests of youth participants to program executives (2012-2015). Aron is a passionate advocate for survivors of juvenile justice, a freelance writer, and organizer of prison reform.

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Ray Tebout, SPHR, GPHR, CASAC is an experienced human resource consultant who helps organizations improve both employee equity and productivity outcomes through coaching, training, and professional development. He most recently ran an in-prison college program at Rutgers University, as Assistant Dean and Director. Ray’s practice areas include Theory Y leadership development, HR management, human resource development, and performance improvement planning. He also trains addiction counselors in the knowledge and skills needed to earn their practice credential and provide better service to the addiction community. Ray holds a BA in Counseling Psychology and Economics from the City University of New York, several human resource and human service certifications, and non-profit board seats. He is currently completing his MS in Human Resource Management with Central Michigan University.



Taryn Williams, named ASI "Woman of the Year" and College of Business Outstanding Graduate, recently completed her undergraduate studies in Management at CSU Long Beach. While there, she received prestigious titles such as CSULB President's Scholar, US Department of Education McNair Scholar, and CSU Pre-Doctoral Program Sally Casanova Scholar. Taryn has presented research on topics such as community pushback to farmers' markets, multiple regression analysis of opioid overdoses in the US, as well as bias and judgment as barriers to human growth and upward mobility. Most recently, her honors thesis explored the creation of faculty development diversity training focusing on formerly incarcerated students.

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Lydia York, Ph.D. brings 10 years of university teaching and research in race, gender, and psychoanalysis including a year-long lectureship in critical thinking and research methods in Zhejiang, China (2019). Lydia currently serves as instructor and consultant for curriculum equipping mental health professionals and communities impacted by mass incarceration. A facilitator of Doing Our Own Work: A Seminar for Anti-Racist White People since 2005, Lydia partners with corporate and not-for-profit clients for virtual training and community accountability.

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