About The Ladipo Group
The Ladipo Group is a Black-owned company dedicated to the emotional wellness of Black and African-American people and communities. In our communities there has been stigma against therapy and mental health support for many generations. In 2004 The Ladipo Group was founded to increase access to Black therapists and decrease the stigma of mental health treatment.
As we worked with Black and African-American individuals, couples, and families we recognized that the workplace was a significant source of stress for our clients. The persistent microaggressions, blatant and subtle instances of bias and discrimination were taking a toll on our clients mental and emotional health.
We knew that we could have a greater impact on our therapy clients if we worked within organizations. In addition to our in-person and virtual therapy services we work closely with organizations of all sizes that are committed to creating and maintaining a workplace where everyone feels welcomed and has the same opportunities for career development and advancement. Past and present consulting clients include: Campbell Soup Company, Destinations International, Google, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), Philadelphia Works, and Women Against Abuse.
- Empathy, connection, and opportunity are the foundations upon which successful lives, organizations, and communities are built.
- Information and knowledge are only the starting points of change. Real and lasting change occurs when you do something different.
- Knowledge is great. Behavior change is better.
- Direct and compassionate communication is necessary for all healthy relationships.
- Success in both personal and professional relationships is about how you take care of yourself and treat other people in ways that add value to each interaction.
Led by Tonya Ladipo
Founder and CEO of The Ladipo Group, LLC, Tonya Ladipo, LCSW, is the visionary behind the region’s only therapy, counseling and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion consulting practice specializing in serving Black and African-American communities.
Tonya worked for many years in community mental health agencies, and soon realized that a one-size-fits-all approach often ignored the needs of Black and African-American people. Institutionalized racism, a lack of diversity, and a failure of cultural awareness all conspired to mean that people of color often received poor treatment.
Tonya is on a mission to change that.
She works with an incredible team of skilled counselors, therapists, and psychologists who have an expertise in working with Black and African-American communities. What’s more, she leads an ED&I team that consults with companies and organizations to recognize and address unconscious bias and retain diverse talent by creating a truly welcoming and inclusive workplace for everyone.
An engaging speaker on diversity and women’s self-care and wellness, Tonya has been the keynote speaker and been a featured panelist for a number of organizations across the U.S. including Black Enterprise, Philadelphia Works’, Villanova University, and Black Women Talk Tech.
She has also been featured on radio (National Public Radio (NPR) and WURD Radio), television (NBC-10, Fox-29, and ABC-6), and in magazines (Black Enterprise, Essence, and Madame Noire).
Tonya is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program (April 2016) and Widener University’s Clinical Social Work Master’s degree program (May 2004).
When not working, Tonya is laughing with her husband and identical twin daughters, taking walks alone, and spending time with friends.
Counseling and Therapy Team
Tiffani Kennard, Intake Coordinator
Kimberly Marie Ashby, PhD
Kimberly has worked as a therapist at the Therapy Center of Philadelphia, providing culturally-responsive, individual treatment and outreach to women, transgender, and gender non-conforming community members with a diverse range of social identities and presenting concerns. Kimberly has also provided psychotherapy and social justice/inclusion outreach and facilitation at a number of college counseling centers, including those at Drexel University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Wellesley College, and Salem State University.
Kimberly also has experience as a mental health case manager, working primarily with racial minorities and low-income populations with serious mental illness. Kimberly’s clinical interests include working with individuals and communities with marginalized racial, gender, and sexual identities. Kimberly has a number of clinical foci, including working with individuals processing identity development, individuals who have experienced various forms of trauma, particularly sexual violence, and individuals with mood disorders, anxiety, and relationship challenges.
While Kimberly uses an integrative approach, drawing from psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral perspectives, she identifies as a feminist, relational/cultural therapist who aims to form healing relationships and who thinks critically about the impact of systems of power and oppression on people’s lives. Kimberly has a background in facilitating various forms of outreach centered on social justice, anti-racism, racial identity, and mindfulness meditation.
Cassandra Bolding, LPC
For over 18 years, Cassandra Bolding has been privileged to serve as an addictions counselor, psychotherapist, HIV counselor, coach, and educator.
Bolding embarks on a journey with people from all walks of life in their most vulnerable and empowered states; and support clients to develop creative solutions to improve quality of life. Treating the whole person is paramount in addressing such issues as depression, anxiety, addiction (sexual, gambling, alcohol, drugs and shopping), and trauma (violence related, sexual, combat related and emotional). Bolding looks forward to journeying together to create your best self so you can live your best life.
Bolding is a licensed professional counselor licensed in the state of Pennsylvania, as well as a master addictions counselor, HIV counselor, and a trauma specialist. Bolding is well versed in mindfulness-based stress management. Bolding graduated from Lincoln University with a master’s degree in human services.
Victoria Carr, LMFT
Victoria Carr is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who empowers couples and
individuals to improve their relationships and interpersonal attachments.
Victoria successfully obtained a masters degree in Clinical & Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy, awarded by Chestnut Hill College. Using evidenced-based interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, and Mindfulness, Victoria has worked with individuals, couples, and families since 2013. Her area of expertise focuses on anxiety disorders, trauma, depression, LGBTQ, discrimination, communication and conflict issues, as well as relational and attachment issues. Victoria provides collaborative, holistic, person-centered counseling to help individuals and couples enhance their overall wellbeing.
Because research shows that unhealthy relationships can cause both physical and emotional distress, Victoria seeks to help clients explore their family histories, relational patterns, and experiences of intimacy and attachment with others. She also assists in exploring self- talk, stressors, and other life challenges that can sometimes impact the healing process. Victoria thoroughly enjoys helping others on their journey to self-discovery and growth, and willingly offers a listening and supportive ear to whatever challenges may arise.
In her spare time, Victoria loves going to art museums, writing poetry, gardening, and singing with family and friends. She also is an avid consumer of food and coffee, and enjoys watching endless hours of Netflix and reality-television.
Kevin Hubbard, LPC
“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”
– Barack Obama
Kevin Hubbard is a licensed professional counselor. He attended Temple University for both his bachelor’s degree in psychology, as well as his master’s degree in counseling psychology.
Kevin has made it his career to work in communities of color that suffer many injustices, including but not limited to access to quality mental and behavioral health care. Kevin has worked in the African-American community for the last 12 years working with children, adolescents, and adults.
Kevin’s philosophy of care is that therapy is a process that promotes change. People who struggle with life stressors are not alone in their battle. Kevin believes that no issue is too great for an individual to overcome if they are willing to put forth the effort and energy that it takes to confront issues head on. Kevin also believes that as a mental health professional, he must first meet individuals where they are in life in order to understand the extent of their issue or circumstance.
Kevin has continually made efforts to advocate for the black community by speaking publicly at the School District of Philadelphia, training the staff at Philadelphia’s Caring People Alliance, land presenting at the Pennsylvania Childcare Association Conference. He has also taught an introductory psychology course at Temple University.
Aside from his career, Kevin focuses on his own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Kevin is heavily involved in the youth ministry at his church and also serves as a worship leader and musician.
Cynthia Jones, LPC
Cynthia Jones is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist with over 35 years of professional experience. She worked in inpatient and other institutional behavioral health settings providing direct service, management and administrative services, for 20 years before starting private practice and consultation to community-based organizations.
Cynthia holds a master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Hahnemann University, now Drexel University. She has served as a faculty member since graduation. She is an Approved Clinical Supervisor providing clinical supervision to graduate students, new professionals, and seasoned providers.
Cynthia uses trauma informed, narrative and relational approaches to support and assist people managing relationships and life transitions as well as serious mental health issues and addictions. Her work is rooted in the integration of body-mind-spirit for whole-person recovery.
“In all of my years of practice and continuing education, what I value most is the uniqueness of each person and the trust they instill in me to join them in their journey.”
Leah A. J. Lloyd, LPC
Leah hails from southern US roots. She has always desired to explore and provide remedy to life’s challenges. As a young person, Leah loved to engage in intense family discussions ranging from community issues to global affairs.
Leah honed her skills in adolescent and family counseling by completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Bioethics from Tuskegee University. Her graduate studies include a Master of Education degree in Community Counseling, with a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Georgia. Currently, Leah is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. In an effort to remain current in an ever-evolving society, Leah continues to pursue continuing education opportunities.
Realizing that people are not single-faceted, Leah actively pursues a triapartite lifestyle, enriching her body with physical exercise; intellectually stimulating her mind; and spiritually feeding her soul. Leah believes she can best share and partner with someone in the counseling relationship by modeling her pursuit of sustaining a balanced healthy lifestyle.
Leah engages in self-care by spending time with her family and friends, experimenting with new recipes, traveling, listening to podcasts, and video chatting with loved ones.
Jade Logan, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Jade Logan is a licensed and board-certified clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and completed post-doctoral training in the area of sexual trauma at New York University’s Counseling Service. She is board-certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Logan’s areas of expertise include PTSD related to sexual trauma and intimate partner violence, anxiety and mood disorders, relationship issues, substance abuse, gender identity, and women’s issues. She treats early and middle adults in individual and group psychotherapy.
Dr. Logan has offered topic-focused psychotherapy groups such as social anxiety, sexual trauma, substance abuse, and depression. She has also provided support groups for women of color who are coping with the stressors of working and/or being educated in predominantly white work and school environments. Dr. Logan uses a holistic approach to understand how her clients’ presenting concerns impact their overall well-being. She also provides individual and group supervision to master’s and doctoral trainees.
Dr. Logan is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. She is originally from the Philadelphia area, and enjoys watching football, cooking, and spending time with friends.
Cheryll Rothery, PsyD, ABPP
Dr. Rothery utilizes the Relational Cultural model of psychotherapy, which places a high value on healing through relationships, while considering each client’s cultural context.
Dr. Rothery is a Professor of Psychology and a frequent workshop presenter on topics related to culturally conscious psychotherapy with African American clients and transracial adoptees, clinical interventions for microaggressions and racial trauma, culturally conscious supervision of trainees and clinicians, Relational-Cultural Therapy; and racial, ethnic, and sexual identity formation. She has served on the Executive Boards of the Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists (DVABPsi), the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists (PSCP), the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA).
Dr. Rothery is the recipient of the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Alumnae Award for Distinguished Career Achievement given to alumni “who have distinguished themselves by contributions they have made in their chosen fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to the larger society resulting from their activities,” and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Distinguished Service Award “for outstanding service to the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and profession of psychology.” Dr. Rothery received her doctorate from Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, and Clinical Board Certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology.
A native New Yorker, Dr. Rothery has lived in the Philadelphia area for the past 22 years. Prior to starting her graduate training, she taught and performed in an international dance company. Dr. Rothery enjoys dance, music, and theater productions.
Albert Bristol III, MS - LAC
Albert is a Licensed Associate Counselor with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Monmouth University. He has been in the field of Mental Health for the past 7 years working in various roles throughout that journey. He has experience working in settings at multiple levels with clients ranging from ages 14-65. Albert specializes in addictions counseling, relationship counseling and thought disorders while using a wide range of interventions like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy.
Albert’s philosophy in counseling comes from the belief in one’s natural-born value, strengths, and capabilities. Although challenges are inevitable, he believes that problems, struggles, and difficulties all provide opportunity. Albert believes that when we are able to view struggles through the lens of possibility, we can begin the work of healing – and that healing is communal. Albert is dedicated to the uplifting and improvement of the community and evidences such via community service through the organizations of which he is a member.
Although Albert is native to New Jersey and proudly represents, he has been engaged in service to and has a strong affinity for the Philadelphia community over the past 5 years. Albert’s passions are music (creating and listening) and education. He also enjoys creative writing, spoken word, anime, arts & crafts, and spending quality time with family/friends.
EDI Consulting Team
Nicole Blackson, Lead Trainer
Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She has over a decade experience in the field of Social Work. She became an entrepreneur in June of 2016.
One of the companies she worked with as a contractor for was The Ladipo Group. She became a contractor in 2018 to create content and training facilitation for various clients. In November 2019, she became a full - time employee with The Ladipo Group as the Program Specialist. She will still be developing curricula and providing training facilitation for various clients, as well as being the point person to coordinate training and content development. Providing Case Management services for clients affected by Mental health & homelessness has opened the door for Nicole to facilitate psychoeducational and supportive groups for the client population and engage others in the healing process with the group dynamic. She utilizes her experience in the Social Work field and personal values of facilitating radical conversations within the group process to evaluate, empower and effectively impact others and environments.
Vanessa F. Freeman, PhD
Hello! My name is Dr. V and I am a licensed psychologist with an interest in serving the Black community and communities of color.
I believe that every person deserves access to mental health resources and that therapy has the power to help individuals unlock, access, and/or reconnect to their authentic selves. It is through this connection to our authentic selves that we can live our lives to the fullest and support those around us. Making the decision to begin therapy can be a challenging and scary one and I work with clients to honor that feeling and figure out the best way to use the time we have together. I see myself as a person who is knowledgeable in psychology and counseling, and the client as the expert in their experience. Together, we work to understand what the client wants to change, address, and/or improve.
I also see therapy as a tool that may be used many times in life for a variety of reasons. In my mind, we might never be “done” with therapy because life will present us with challenges and opportunities that require the support of a therapist to navigate. I have a lot of experience working with college-aged individuals and older adults trying to explore their identities, navigate relationships, and figure out what their passion is in life. My goal in therapy is to help the client feel seen, heard, and validated as well as challenged to see new perspectives.
I obtained my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Delaware and my doctorate in counseling psychology from Florida State University. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching true crime shows, learning about the universe, and sitting quietly with a hot cup of tea. I am also very passionate about the fight for racial and social justice and finding ways to create more inclusive environments for Black folks, communities of color, and other marginalized groups.
Elizabeth Byrne, MA, NCC, LPC
Elizabeth is a licensed and board-certified counselor with over 18 years of experience providing therapy to individuals, couples, and groups as well as training and facilitation in community and professional settings.
Elizabeth has developed clinical tools for a wide variety of applications including smoking cessation, drug and alcohol treatment, integrative primary care, out-patient mental health, and residential treatment settings. Tools that she’s had the most fun creating were graphic novels and animations for clients to utilize in conjunction with their therapeutic work.
In addition to her therapy and facilitation work, Elizabeth is an educator and has led large
teams of care coordinators. She is a skilled leader who works hard to optimize the strengths and interests of those she works with and is always striving to find ways to develop greatness in each member of her team. As a natural connector and rapport builder, Elizabeth finds ways to make any material relatable to her audience and delivers information in ways that stick long after the training is over.
Specific areas of training expertise include Motivational Interviewing, tobacco cessation, SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment), early recovery relapse prevention, program development, and implementation, and LGBTQ sexual and gender identities, coming out, integration, relationships, and family development. Elizabeth is also a published author and was recently recognized by the PA Counseling Association with the Outstanding Practitioner Award.
When she’s not at work, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her four young children, hiding in the kitchen to eat chocolate in peace, and practicing yoga.
Liah Agouras, Administrative Specialist
Liah Agouras is a young professional who lives to serve others. She has always been an active member of her community frequently utilizing her voice to help dismantle discriminatory systems and serve the underserved.
Liah is ecstatic to continue to positively serve her community at The Ladipo Group. In the role of Administrative Specialist, Liah is responsible for administrative and systems support within the Consulting department.
Liah graduated from Marymount University where she majored in criminal justice and minored in psychology. She was also a 4-year NCAA athlete who played women’s lacrosse. Liah used her platform as a student-athlete to raise money for sexual assault awareness, coached the special Olympics, ran canned food drives, prepared meals for the homeless, and volunteered as a student mentor for underprivileged children in her community.
Human Resources & Operations
Kimberly Glenn, Administrative Assistant
In the role of Administrative Assistant, Kimberly is responsible for administrative and operational support to the Chief Operating Officer.
Kimberly is a Human Service professional with 8+ years of experience serving as Administrative Support for multiple programs that assist individuals, families, and communities. Kimberly has 10+ years combined of Case Management, Event Management, and Administrative Assistant experience.
Kimberly holds her Associate’s Degree in Behavioral Health & Human Services from the Community College of Philadelphia. She plans to continue her studies in the field of social work which is her passion. In her free time she works with her local community committee writing the community newsletter, community outreach, and development. She also works with her local School Board, Home & School Committee, and the County Bureau of Elections.
Constanzia Churn, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Constanzia “Connie” Churn, MBA, is currently the Chief Operating Officer at The Ladipo Group. Under her leadership are all services of The Ladipo Group including Operations, Human Resources, and Culture.
Connie is a healthcare professional with more than two decades of revenue cycle management & operations experience. Before joining The Ladipo Group, she was the Director of Operations of Revenue Cycle Quality & Transition Management for a full-service Revenue Cycle Management firm that serviced 500+ physicians. Connie previously served as Director of Revenue Cycle Management for Health Management Services Organization (HMSO) for Lourdes Medical Associates, Lourdes Cardiology Services, and St. Francis Medical Center (Trenton) as part of Trinity Health. Connie successfully led multiple teams to increase cash collections, reduce days in AR, and optimize operations for primary care and multi-specialty practices for 200+ physicians within the network.
Throughout her career, Connie has found that Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is her true passion. She was formally Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee at Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton, where she led initiatives and programs that spotlighted diverse groups. While at Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton, Connie was nominated several times for Most Valuable Employee due to her ability to communicate effectively and connect through positive interactions with multiple stakeholders. Her teams and colleagues have often recognized her as a motivational, inspirational, and compassionate leader who believes in collaborative efforts geared toward successful outcomes. She believes everyone should be treated with fairness, dignity, respect, and presented with equal opportunities, regardless of their life position
Connie earned her Executive MBA from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. She is currently enrolled as a Temple alumna in the Master of Science in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship and the Fox Board Fellows programs. She's a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA - NJ and Philadelphia chapters), the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM), the National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM), and the International Association of Women.
A native of Louisiana, Connie has a deep-rooted love for family, good food, and music. She's an avid reader whose favorite pastimes are attending concerts, cooking, fishing, and sports. She also enjoys travel and family time with her husband, their two adult children, and two grandsons.
Tiffani Donaldson-Berry, M.Ed
Program Director of Training & Consulting
Tiffani Donaldson – Berry, M.Ed., is currently the Program Director of Training & Consulting at The Ladipo Group. Tiffani brings many years of experience in training development, focusing on e-learning design and instruction.
At The Ladipo Group, she has successfully balanced and managed existing, new, and potential clients and new and current staff. She has assisted with conducting over two hundred workshops across six industries and trained over 16K individuals during a global pandemic. Tiffani also oversaw a successful virtual DEI Assessment while increasing various scopes of work with significant clients.
She has overseen multi-year projects assessing racial equity within workplaces to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all by way of training staff, conducting in-person interviews and distributing and analyzing surveys. In addition to overseeing assessments, Tiffani has managed multiple projects within the technology, transportation planning, workforce development, urban redevelopment planning, and social services industries ensuring their staff was provided training on topics such as microaggressions, unconscious bias, race, gender, and LGBTQ concepts. She has also been the facilitator for training on topics such as Vicarious Trauma, Time Management, Customer Service Skills, SMART Goals, and various new hire orientations. Her experience includes creating, testing, controlling, monitoring, and evaluating recruitment and training processes and strategies at a global level.
Tiffani holds a Master's degree in Adult & Organizational Development from Temple University and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from West Chester University. She also has an E-Learning Instruction Design Certificate from the Association of Talent Development and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business. She has worked cross-functionally to implement new and customized training programs in various departments, including IT, HR, Finance, E-Commerce & Marketing. She has a solid ability to work directly with all levels of the organization, quickly establish credibility as a trusted resource, coach leaders to increase effectiveness, and partner effectively to drive business results.
Tina Perez, MPA, SHRM-SCP
A native of Detroit, Tina has many years of experience fostering programmatic, operational and
strategic growth in organizations, across various industries, including nonprofit and the private
Tina holds a SHRM-SCP certification and has led a wide variety of organizational programs,
including implementing key processes, software and policies supporting sustainable business
growth, with relationships and collaboration at the center of her work. With a passion for
education and social justice, she was previously the founding Director of Operations for a
start-up school in New York City and serves as a board member of a national nonprofit created
to develop Black-centered curriculum for students.
Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University in Washington, DC and
an Master of Public Administration from the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International
Affairs at Baruch College in New York. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, home
decor, listening to podcasts and spending time with family.
Tim Massaquoi, MA, LPC
Tim Massaquoi, MA, LPC, is currently the Clinical Director of Counseling Services at The Ladipo Group. Under Tim’s leadership is the Counseling Department where he oversees day-to-day operations of the clinical staff as well as develops and delivers strategic goals in alignment with company objectives. He has 10+ years of extensive experience in Counseling, Program Development, Process Improvement, Public Relations, and Mental Health. Tim is also a retired NFL player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills.
Tim is a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania and owns a private therapy practice in the region. Tim uses a diverse set of therapeutic approaches such as Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-behavior therapy, Dialectical Behavior-Therapy, all to support clients to actualize their whole selves. For the past 5 years, Tim has served as the Director at Youth Emergency Service, a homeless youth shelter in Philadelphia, Pa. He has worked in the child welfare and social service industry for over 10 years providing supportive services to youth who experience homelessness and case management.
Tim serves as a board member of the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative as well as a board member of the Youth Collaboratory. “I believe therapy should be active, insightful, and action-oriented. I truly believe the therapist and the client work together to resolve, uncover, and understand the presenting problem's nature. Although most come to therapy to address a certain problem, therapy can also be a space geared towards discovery and improvement. My desire as a therapist is for my clients to have peace with themselves and their world. In his book “the gift of therapy,” Irvin D. Yalom wrote, “a heightened sensibility to existential issues deeply influences the nature of the relationship of the therapist and patient and affects every single therapy session.” Activating awareness allows us to know our unknowns. Lastly, the journey is beautiful and encapsulates all the things that make us human beings."
Tim received his MA in Counseling Psychology from Eastern University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.