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Meet the Team

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Deborah Harris

President | CEO | Founder
 

Deborah Harris was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, a town right outside of New Orleans where she grew up. Jackson Mississippi is where the first half of her teenage and adulthood was spent. She has been a Virginia resident ever since 2002. Mrs. Harris is a retired Cosmetology Instructor and has enjoyed styling hair for over thirty years. She received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice from Hinds Community College in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2000 and an Associates in Business Administration from Strayer University, Newport News, Virginia in 2012 and she is seeking a degree in Health Care Management.  

She is married to her best friend,  and is the mother of three amazing sons and proud grandmother of eleven.

Deborah Harris values her family and she believes God spared her life from suicide and addictions for the sole purpose of helping others.

Registered Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and also holds a certification as a Forensic Peer for the State and she actively utilizes her Peer qualifications in helping to enhance the lives of those in need. She enjoys helping these individuals find their pathways to recovery through a strengths-based approach and by using evidence-based practices.

 

Through the adaptation of resiliency, determination, hope, faith, family support, journaling and creating her wellness plan, she has discovered her own personal pathway to recovery which has transformed her life into the strong, loving, caring and professional woman she is today.

Today, she is a Published Author of several books and Co-Author to a few Anthologies. Her book "Listen" a self-help book that teaches individuals how to manage their mental illness and find their pathways to recovery. Mrs. Harris is a member of, International Society of Female Professionals (ISFP), Black Brand, Hampton Roads Black Chamber of Commerce Accelerator Program, Owner of Just Peers LLC, A Virtual Peer Drop-In and Training Center,  and a Graduate Project Inclusion. Her mission in life is to help as many individuals and families to recover from addictions, trauma, family violence, homelessness, bullying, barriers to re-entry and other unfortunate situations that could possibly lead to suicide. 

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Victor Harris

Vice President
 

With us since our founding, Victor Harris is one of our veteran team members. He brings his years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed. He is currently employed by Norfolk Naval Shipyard and has nineteen years tenure with exceptional work ethics. He is a retired football and little league softball coach, many of the youths he coached have gone on to be professional athletes. He loves the Lord and is active and faithful in his church. He is a loving husband and father.

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Eric K Bracey

Volunteer Supervisor
 

Eric Bracey brings enthusiasm, creativity, and people skills to our team. He is certified in Social Media Marketing and Retail Sales and Distribution. He enjoys writing music and he is a former service member of the U.S. Navy. He sings in the choir in his local church, loves God, and is truly a joy to be around.

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Hananiah Oscar
Virtual Assistant
 

Hananiah Oscar is a passionate graphic and web designer with a keen eye for detail and a flair for creativity. With years of experience in the field, Hananiah specializes in crafting visually stunning designs that effectively communicate his clients' messages. From logos and branding to websites and user interfaces, Hananiah combines technical expertise with artistic vision to bring concepts to life. With a commitment to excellence and a dedication to staying up-to-date with the latest design trends and technologies, Hananiah strives to deliver exceptional results that exceed expectations. 

 

He has been designing for Your Wellness Inc. since 2023.

 

When he's not immersed in pixels and code, you can find Hananiah exploring new design techniques, indulging in his love for photography, or enjoying quality time with family and friends.

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Niki Park

Volunteer
Suicide and Opioid Death Prevention Bootcamp Assistant

​Niki holds a Bachelor's Degree from Old Dominion University from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has worked in various fields ranging from the insurance field to government contracting and from teaching to photography and graphic design.


Niki met Deb Harris in a chance encounter at a community development meeting back in the fall of 2023. Deb told Niki about her work with Your Wellness Inc., and Niki shared with Deb her struggles with bipolar disorder. Being passionate about suicide prevention, Niki basically asked for a job with Your Wellness Inc. on the spot!


Niki is also a survivor of attempted suicide, and she has seen suicide impact her friends' and families' lives many times. She is hopeful about making an impact through YWI's Suicide and Opioid Death Prevention Bootcamp.

These days, she loves making art on her IPad and helping to paint murals in her community. She loves spending time with her family and getting out of town with them as often as she can.

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Lukas Fuller 
Administrative Assistant

Originally from Northern Virginia, Lukas Fuller is the newest addition to the Your Wellness Inc team. He is a Certified Dental Assistant by trade which has sparked his passion for promoting community wellness. As someone who can attest to the importance of mental health services, Lukas is excited to spread YWI's powerful message of peer and professional support to aid those in need during difficult times.

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Dr. Nikia Edwards
Board Committee Chair

Is an asset and behind the scenes precious gem to our organization who brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, passion, and dedication to our team.

Native of Connecticut where she received her education and training in psychology and clinical mental health counseling at the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State University, respectively. She completed her doctoral studies at Capella University earning a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. She is an experienced licensed professional counselor in Virginia who specializes in clinical supervision, crisis and trauma, recovery, and relational issues. Dr. Edwards is also a certified substance abuse counselor (VA), an approved clinical supervisor for the state of Virginia, and a national certified counselor (NCC).  Currently, Dr. Edwards serves as a military and family life counselor at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. As the clinical director and owner of her private practice Abundant Solutions, LLC, she is blessed with helping others heal with her holistic approach to treatment and services.  This allows her to meet clients where they are along their life journey while honoring the client as a whole being.

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Willie Brown

Board Member | CEO, Big Mind Entertainment LLC & Network

 

Mr. Brown is all about helping to spread our message of hope and compassion throughout his many media outlets.  Willie is also Major, USAF Retired. He has an extraordinary story of survival from a grenade explosion that caused him to spend nine years in a wheelchair. After waking up from a coma, Willie has been helping to enhance the lives of others.

Senior Account Executive/Artist Promotions WTJZ Praise Radio

General Sales Manager at The Groove 101.9

Elder at The New Testament Church

Board member of The Hope Foundation

Sponsorship and Marketing Coordinator of the Hampton Roads Encore Awards Show.

He is an awesome asset to the YWI team of experts.

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Dycelia Weiss

Board Member | Licensed Financial Educator, Life, Health, and Annuities

This awesome and brilliant financial educator brings with her beautiful spirit over 20 years of customer service experience and client relation. Certified Financial Educator through the Heartland Institute of Financial Education. She has hands-on experience with teaching adult learners, knowledge of the latest services in the financial industry, excellent people and interpersonal communication skills, along with a passion to learn and increase her skill. We are honored to have Dycelia on our team of experts.

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Cheryl Hannah
Board Member

 

A native of Greenville MS, Virginia resident since 2017. Retired licensed social worker with over 30 years of work experience. Work for the Department of Human Services, Delta Community Mental Health, MS Department of Education, MS Holistic Hospice Care and Humana Health Services. Mrs. Hannah brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in helping individuals, groups, families, and couples, to help develop strategies to change their behaviors or to cope with difficult situations ; often referring clients to other resources or services, such as, food banks, support groups, or other mental health workers.  Mrs. Hannah is in the process of developing her Group Home, “Angels of Senior Living” which will be a warm and inviting home-like setting, where the residents will feel safe and secure in their living environment and have a sense of purpose and dignity. Cheryl believes that God gives us all gifts in which to assist and help others and to glorify Him.

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Paul Arrington
Board Member

 

Born in Jamaica, New York, Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer (E-7) Paul earned his undergraduate degree at Norfolk State University, a Masters of Education from Cambridge College in Cambridge Massachusetts, (Chesapeake Campus), and a Master’s in Theology from NC School of Theology. Paul worked as a teacher in Virginia Beach for twenty years and served as Pastor at Bible way Church of Deliverance in Naples, Italy and Co-Founder of International Christian Ministry in Yokosuka, Japan. He served as Senior Pastor at St. Stephen Holiness Church for 25 years. Paul will be an asset to our Ministry Team.

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