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Meet our team and board of directors committed to changing the mental health community by erasing the stigma associated with mental illness. 



Stephanie Johnson, Executive Director. She is a mental health professional with several years of experience. She earned a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from University of Northern Iowa and a B.A. in Psychology from Dillard University. She has worked as a Clinical Therapist and a Clinical Research Coordinator. Stephanie has a passion for mental health and a vision to move LTYF forward.

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Lauren Carson, Mental Health First Aid Facilitator. She is also the founder of Black Girls Smile Inc., an organization dedicated to encouraging positive mental health education, support, and resourced geared toward young African American women.  Lauren has worked on various mental health advocacy and educational initiatives including working with the Clinton Global Initiative University, SXSW and the United Way. She has over 10 years of work experience, including 7 years of non-profit management, leadership, partnership development and strategic planning.

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Sandra Williams, LPC, is the Foundation's Clinical Mental Heath Training Facilitator. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with T2S Enterprises, LLC, an organization comprised of a network of programs designed to facilitate living the life you aspire to live. T2S Enterprises, LLC seeks to minimize the negative impact of mental illness through the provision of high quality, easily accessible mental health services to the communities in which it serves. Sandra facilitates on-going programs with the Lee Thompson Young Foundation at several Atlanta metro-area schools.


Board of Directors

Tamu Lewis is the Co-Founder of the Lee Thompson Young Foundation. She is also a compensation consultant at Culpepper and Associates, a human resources consulting firm.  Tamu has worked on various types of strategic projects including compensation strategy, performance management, succession planning, career pathing, training, work force strategy, and competency development. She has over 21 years of work experience, including 17 years of human resources consulting experience focusing in compensation and performance management.

Kevin Adams is a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan. Kevin is an accomplished equity trader with top tier investment firms on Wall Street. He lends his financial planning expertise to LTY Foundation as an Advisory Board Member to provide a forward thinking investment and sustainability strategy to maximize our community reinvestment goals.

Nilaja Green is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with the Atlanta Department of Veterans Affairs. She works in general mental health; individual and group counseling for veterans with various Axis I, Axis II (including PTSD) and co-occurring substance use disorders; providing recovery oriented care using interpersonal approaches and EBTs. Dr. Green is an Advisory Board Member with LTY Foundation.

Archie L. Dixon is Director, Sponsorship Sales & Strategy for BET Network. In this role, Archie is responsible for sponsorship sales, new business development and contract negotiation for the BET Experience. Archie sets and executes sales strategy and works with BET Ad Sales and Business Development to maximize sponsorship revenue for the growing BET Experience property.

Michele Dock is the Founder and Managing Partner of Integrated Performance Consulting, Inc. (IPC), and has over 35 years of know-how as a practitioner of individual and organizational performance. She founded IPC with a commitment to creating productive, healthy and fruitful businesses by equipping people with new capabilities and mindsets, and positively transforming the organizations within which they work. 

Shay Lawson is a practicing attorney and diversity consultant who has engaged with over 100 Non-Profit, Fortune 500, and Higher Education organizations to create lasting strategies to attract, retain, and promote diverse talent. Her legal experience is focused on contract law for entertainment professionals. Shay is responsible for brokering large scale client deals with: EA Sports , Universal Music Group, Def Jam, and Miller Coors. Shay is a featured TEDxJNJ speaker on the topic of diversity and inclusion

Stephen Lewis is the president of the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), which focuses on cultivating a new generation of Christian leaders. He has more than fifteen years of experience in corporate and nonprofit leadership, strategic planning, program development and group facilitation.

Velma E. Love, mother of Lee Thompson Young, is the author of Divining the Self: a Study in Yoruba Myth and Human Consciousness (Penn State University Press, 2012). She was the Project Director for “Equipping the Saints: Promising Practices in Black Congregational Life,” a Lilly Endowment funded project at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC.

Norman C. Sauce III is the executive director for elementary schools for Griffin-Spalding counties in the Atlanta-metro area. Previously, he served as the principal of Chamblee Charter High School in Atlanta, GA. He grew up in the Long Beach, California-area. He spent the first half of his professional career as a high school social studies teacher and assistant principal at several high schools in the greater-Los Angeles basin.