"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Marsha Northern-Turner is a speech-language pathologist for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. With a passion for serving others, she empowers students on their educational journey. A Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) with the National Association of Parliamentarians, Inc., Marsha upholds the highest standards of governance.
Her commitment extends to community service, demonstrated through her membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She finds joy in diverse activities such as horseback riding, bowling, workouts, and relaxation.
As a devoted mother to three children and a loving “Nonna” to four amazing grandchildren, Marsha prioritizes family. Her diverse interests, dedication, and zest for life make her a beacon of inspiration in the communities she touches.
In a world that isn't always safe for Black people, Brittknee Hanani is a therapist takes pride in creating a secure space for clients to be themselves—whether struggling with anxiety, seeking guidance, or just desiring a relatable confidant. The goal is to support clients in life's journey, acknowledging the world's oppressions and aiming to provide a haven for authentic self-expression. Specializing in self-care and addressing issues such as trauma, self-esteem, gender affirmation, and sexuality, Brittknee helps clients discover their inner strength through a strength-based therapeutic approach.
Holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Washington Adventist University and a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Brittknee also serves as the Vice President of the Black People Die By Suicide Too Board of Directors—a role filled with excitement to contribute to the non-profit's impactful vision
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Courtney is a dedicated Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in New Jersey, serving as the owner and lead therapist at A Resting Place Counseling, LLC. With a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University, Courtney is the first in her family to achieve both college and postgraduate education.
For the past 12 years, Courtney has committed herself to empowering individuals and families through her professional and volunteer work. She specializes in addressing issues such as anxiety, trauma, grief, and loss, and readily integrates clients' faith into therapy sessions upon request.
Beyond her clinical practice, Courtney actively engages with her community. She holds roles in the National Council of Negro Women Rahway Section, contributing to the Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship committee and serving as Chairperson for the Health and Wellness Committee. Additionally, she plays an integral part in her local church, Agape Family Worship Center in Rahway, NJ, where she serves across various ministries, organizing events for teens and women and coordinating community outreach initiatives.
In her spare time, Courtney is dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and accessibility within her community. She volunteers to connect individuals with therapists and resources, participating in mental health events hosted by churches and schools. Courtney's overarching mission is to empower individuals and families not only to survive but to thrive, advocating for mental health ownership and wellness for all.
Michéle Simon Stanley is a retired Department of Defense employee, where she worked for over 27 ½ years in the area of finance. Her love for numbers led her to earn an accounting degree from Xavier University of Louisiana.
Michéle is detailed oriented and ensures that all rules and regulations are adhered to. She is a mother to three children and nana to five grandchildren. Since retirement she is able to enjoy her hobbies of playing golf, sewing, embroidering, gardening, cooking, and spending time her family and friends. She has also picked up new hobbies of growing orchids and glass blowing. She is active in her church and enjoys meeting new people and serving her community.
BPDBST provides education and resources that instills hope in Black people suffering from mental health conditions. Our vision is to end suicide in the Black community.