August 2020, AzABSE presented a new Commission that was critically needed during the disparaging times of COVID-19 and social unrest. In order to truly impact sustainable change for better educational experiences and outcomes, AzABSE committed to unite with health and financial professionals and the Health and Wellness Commission, later changed to Cultural Health & Wellness Commission, was formed. The Commission is centered on cultural capital and is directed towards improving the social, physical and financial well-being of students, educators, and communities. The membership includes those who are directly related to providing health, mental, and social and emotional needs in school settings such as nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech pathologists, school psychologists, educators, financial advisors, and community stakeholders.
Our Wellness Friends
Kelli Randon, MEd, MAPC, LPC
Kelli Randon is a Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, and owner of Lenity Art and Wellness, a counseling private practice centered on creative therapies to help people heal. Kelli is also the clinical director at Agape Love Community Center, an outpatient treatment facility for substance abuse and other mental health issues. Before becoming a therapist approximately 6 years ago, Kelli was an educator for 7 years in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area. Kelli taught primarily black high school students in the subjects of science and music. Through this experience and others, Kelli discovered the correlation between good mental health and successful educational outcomes. Kelli is passionate about practicing creative therapies through a trauma-focused lens, in order to help others find purpose, hope, and fulfillment despite what they’ve been through or currently facing. Additionally, Kelli is a singer/songwriter and general creative that cares deeply for her loved ones, good soul music, a good coffee, and hiking when it’s not hot.
Lindsay Love, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Dedicated to social justice issues, she works closely with teens and adults experiencing trauma, and endeavors to create safe spaces for marginalized voices. Lindsay values the diverse stories from within her community as she recognizes the strengths of individuals and groups. Using her positions on the Chandler Unified School District Governing Board and as the ASBA Black Alliance President, Lindsay has prioritized mental health, equity with an anti-racism lens, and LGBTQIA+ protections. Lindsay has lead racialized trauma trainings for the Black Alliance, community mental health agencies, VENERA Leadership Academy for Young Girls and the Health is Queer Resistance Series with Equality Arizona. Lindsay graduated from Emerge Arizona in 2018 and went on to become the president of their board in 2019 to support Democratic women running for office. Lindsay believes in the importance of having a seat at the table. As a true social worker, Lindsay is dedicated to dismantling systems of oppression that maintain power over oppressed groups.
Pat Gillum, Mindset & Empowerment Coach
Pat Gillum is the CEO of Pat Gillum Consulting a successful personal and professional development coaching firm. She is an award-winning international speaker, author, and certified mindset & empowerment coach. She is known for helping women gain clarity, increase their confidence and improve self-esteem to start businesses, grow businesses, write books, improve relationships, and get healthy. She gives women the keys to Success.
Iron Sharp Fitness, LLC
Greg Tremble is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, who’s been involved in community, collegiate, and corporate fitness for over two decades. He is the founder and owner of Iron Sharp Fitness, LLC where his focus is, building family, faith, and fitness, from within through physical, mental, and spiritual sessions. He is also a man of God serving as Pastor, Minister, and Mentor to the body of Christ. Some of his greatest accomplishments are salvation, his wife of 27 years Tanya, coaching his 5 children through sports and life while enjoying time with his grandson. He is currently available onsite and online at the Spa at Pilgrim for personal and corporate fitness sessions.
Your Financial Story
With over 16 years of experience in the financial services industry, Shehara L. Wooten, CFP® is the founder of Your Story Financial, LLC, a virtual fiduciary boutique firm committed to helping women and #STEM professionals. She graduated with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 2004, she changed careers to pursue her purpose of helping clients achieve financial success. With her first financial services role, she worked with a global financial services company and never looked back! Five years later, she became a financial advisor so that she could help individuals and families improve their financial position in a bigger way. With some time in the profession, she recognized there was a limit to who she could help. If you didn’t already have assets, you were mostly on your own until you accumulated assets. If you were younger and didn’t have an inheritance or something like that, you would likely get passed over by a well-meaning financial advisor. This didn’t sit well with her and she wanted to help people craft their amazing financial success story regardless of their age or amount of assets. She realized there was another way. By becoming a fee-only CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, she helps gainfully employed women and STEM professionals who hadn’t quite accumulated the assets required to work with a traditional financial professional access solid financial planning. That was the birth of Your Story Financial, LLC, a virtual fiduciary boutique firm.
Teachers Pensions: Adam NeVille, firstname.lastname@example.org/480.695.9838
Adam NeVille is the area manager for Teachers Pension. He has been in the finance industry since 2016 and takes great pride in helping people prepare for retirement. Although Adam specializes in helping educators, he also helps non-educators plan for the future as well. Prior to starting in 2016, he worked as a project manager building new residential homes and worked for the University of Phoenix. Which is where he earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Management. Adam is the oldest of 6 boys and when he is not helping his clients protect and grow their wealth, he spends time with his wife Kari. Adam, in his spare time volunteers running a local non-profit youth football league that currently has over 1,000 kids participating in playing flag and tackle football.
Julie RobbinsLicensed Real Estate Agent & REALTOR®
Choosing a real estate agent who is willing to take the time to understand your needs is vital to having a successful experience when buying or selling a home. This is true whether you are a first-time home buyer or an experienced investor. Julie Robbins will take the time and effort to discover your unique needs. Julie is a licensed Realtor® with HomeSmart. She relocated to Phoenix from Pittsburgh in 2005. Julie received her bachelor's degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and she earned her master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Her high level of integrity and passion for meeting the needs and goals of her clients comes from her professional background in public education. This experience also makes her a strong advocate for her clients. She is especially passionate about educating prospective first-time homeowners about the homeownership process. Please reach out to Julie Robbins if you'd like assistance in achieving your real estate goals.
Kofi Okyere, Mortgage Broker: email@example.com, 800-676-9763
Homeownership has always been one of the best avenues to building wealth and obtaining financial security. Kofi O. Okyere, a licensed mortgage professional, has made it a priority to educate and guide new and existing homeowners, along with seasoned investors, as they work to meet their financial goals. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Kofi Moved to Phoenix, AZ, in 1996 where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Finance at Arizona State University. Kofi went on to work in the mortgage industry excelling in various positions which led him to open O Capital Group in 2018. O Capital Group, is an Arizona mortgage brokerage dedicated to making a difference in the community. O Capital Group works with multiple wholesale lenders to provide options for a wide array of mortgage needs and make the home buying or refinance process as simple as it should be for families and individuals. Kofi is always available to answer questions about homeownership and all things home loan related.