Dr. Alexandra M. Burrel completed her Doctor of Philosophy (2019) in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University, Bachelor of Arts (2006) in Sociology and her Master of Arts (2008) in Counselor Education: College Counseling both from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. For the past 14 years, her professional career has been focused on student development, diversity & inclusion, recruiting, institutional event planning, and administration while working for institutions such as Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, Morgan State University, Howard University, Monmouth University and is currently the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at the University of La Verne. In addition to her work within Higher Education, Alexandra has assisted organizations for the past 11 years in making their meetings productive and beneficial as a Senior Account Executive with Diversity Communications Associates.
Dr. Burrel also holds a license as a professional counselor (LPC) in Michigan and is nationally certified as a counselor (NCC) as well. Currently, Alexandra provides educational advising and counseling referral through her Limited Liability Company (LLC) Peaces of Cake.
Dr. Burrel plans to continue advancing the resources in which individuals use to attain their educational goals and holistic development. She is dedicated to meeting the needs of her students and clients in her professional life while continuing to work daily to add to the success and enhancement of herself and others. She holds a seat as a Board of Directors member for Caleb’s Kids and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Anthony Barnes, Survivor
Kiesha Jackson, MHA
Margo C. Hill, MA, LPC, NCC., Margo has over 13 years of experience working in the mental health field. She is a Clinical Supervisor, Professional Counselor and Therapist who is focused on providing strength based individual, family, couples, and group counseling services. She has extensive training, education, and experience in supporting severe mental illness, grief and loss, substance abuse and family mediation services for youth ages 4 - 24 and throughout the lifespan. While working with children and families, Margo focuses on evidenced based practices to help her client’s reach maximum healing to accomplish their goals.
Margo is nationally certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). These mental health treatment modalities provide her clients, parents and families with the necessary skills needed to champion their adverse childhood experiences as well as aid them in improving theirs emotionally regulation to decrease and eliminate their thoughts, feelings and ideations of self-harm and suicide. She is currently the leader of the school-based mental health therapy program as well as the Inkster Outpatient Therapy clinic at Starfish Family Services, contracted through Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network. In her role as clinical supervisor, she utilizes the Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students (TRAILS) model and works with several school districts in Wayne county to provide emergency trauma response, counseling & cognitive behavioral therapy services as well as behavioral interventions to aid teachers in the classroom and parent workshops that provide psycho-education to assists in supporting their child’s mental health, behavioral health and social-emotional development. Margo sits on the Board of Directors for Caleb’s Kids and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Alexandra Burrel, PhD, LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
University of La Verne
Anthony ‘Ace’ Barnes is Detroit, Michigan native and a Purdue University alumnus with over 15 years in aerospace engineering and program management working for Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company. At Sikorsky, Ace led various internal employee resource groups as well as external STEM scholastic programs for the local communities. Ace has held active and leadership roles in various organizations such as NSBE, INROADS, and the NAACP. Throughout Ace’s professional career he has personally hosted or participated in over 100 community STEM scholastics and urban community events benefiting over 5,000 youth. With his professional and civic leadership and service, Ace received various awards for community engagement and mentoring.
Most importantly, Ace Barnes is also a humble survivor of a 2010 suicide attempt. Through faith, family and counseling, Ace leveraged his spirituality, positivity, and professional therapy to overcome his mental health challenges. Ace’s journey to better mental health illustrated the importance of counseling, education and access to resources as well as a interpersonal support systems. Ace brings an insightful and interpersonal perspective to the strategy of Caleb’s Kids.
Kiesha Jackson is the Founder and Executive Director of Caleb’s Kids. Under her leadership, Caleb’s Kids has provided scholarships to high school seniors, sponsored holiday care and wellness benefits for surviving families of suicide loss, and has provided life changing outreach, materials, and workshops to thousands of Detroit Area youth and parents. Kiesha is passionate about mental health education, awareness, and advocacy, specifically as it relates to youth. She has spoken in numerous conferences, panel discussions, radio interviews, online and written publications advocating for youth mental health, and is a 2018 Walker’s Legacy Power 15 Recipient, 2019 BMe-Skillman Vanguard, a 2020 Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network Stakeholder of the Year Award Recipient, and a 2021 National Alliance on Mental Illness-Michigan Special Honoree Award Recipient.
Kiesha has always had a strong passion for philanthropy and helping others. She has volunteered with Hands on Atlanta, Hands on Ohio, Meals on Wheels, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Habitat for Humanity to name a few. Through the Donors Choose Program, she has also contributed financially to numerous educational campaigns helping students in the city of Detroit. Kiesha is a proud graduate of The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and Central Michigan University where she earned a Master of Science in Health Services Administration. She is currently in internship as a School-Based Therapist as a part of a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Bellevue University that will be conferred June 2022.
Margo C. Hill, MA, LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Starfish Family Services