Healed Men Heal Men
To provide access to mental health treatment, psycho-education, and community resources to men of color.
Meet Our Team
Tasnim Sulaiman, LPC Founder/CEO of Black Men Heal, Tasnim is a licensed psychotherapist who also owns a private practice in Philadelphia. Tasnim, (warmly known as Taz), is on a mission to dismantle broken systems that uphold the lack of equity and access to quality mental health care for communities of color.
An engaging speaker and media contributor, Taz’s expertise has been featured on notable platforms such as The Breakfast Club, NBC Universal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, PBS Nightly News, NBC 10 Philadelphia, KYW 3, The New York Times, New York Magazine, and The Psychotherapy Networker. Taz has been a keynote speaker at national conferences and has been featured as a presenter or featured panelist offering expertise for major companies such as Major League Baseball, Ralph Lauren, New York Life, MassMutual, and Netflix.
She leads the BMH team in offering DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) consulting and training to companies and organizations. Presently, Tasnim is proud to be in development of programming and actionable steps towards alleviating disproportionate health outcomes, as a part of the highly selective Political Determinants of Health Learning Laboratory Program, presented by The Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine.
Zakia Williams, MBA Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer for Black Men Heal, began her career in the mental health field over 17 years ago. She started with a background in Human Development, Social Work and Case Management for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. In 2015, Zakia became the President and CEO of Interface Psych Services which employs therapists and services individuals, families and elders. Zakia continues to be very passionate and active around social justice, racial oppression and their intersectional impact around mental health inequities. Her mission is to educate and remove the stigma surrounding mental health in the Black community.
A fiercely passionate presenter, Zakia has been featured on nationally syndicated show The Breakfast Club; The Philadelphia Inquirer, PBS Nightly News, NBC 10 Philadelphia,WURD, WHYY, and KYW 3 to name a few. She has also been featured as a contributing panelist around DEI issues for companies such as Ralph Lauren, MassMutual, Second Muse, Spring Health and Netflix.
Kevana Nixon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who services the greater Philadelphia and Delaware area. Kevana currently serves as a full-time Program Manager at a non-profit agency in Delaware by supporting individuals, couples, and families.
Kevana is co-founder of Black Men Heal, provides individual and couple counseling in a private practice setting, and is in the process of obtaining her Doctorate in Couple and Family Therapy from Drexel University.
In addition, Kevana supports her community by lending her time and talent to local organizations that promote and support mental health initiatives. Kevana’s love and purpose is to transform the lives of people by providing healing in a safe and supportive environment.
Charlotte Andrews is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Behavior Specialist & Professor of Psychology with her own private therapy practice in Philadelphia! She graduated with a Bachelors’s Degree in Psychology from North Carolina A&T State University and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Psychology from Holy Family University.
She has also received her law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law with the goal of practicing mental health law. Charlotte is currently serving as the Clinical Coordinator for Black Men Heal which is a nonprofit organization that promotes, advocates, and provides mental health services to men of color, and Girl Secure Yourself which is another non-profit organization that focuses on women empowerment. She is also a permanent feature on “After 6 pm” a podcast and radio show which airs weekly on PQRadio1.
Charlotte also owns an online store that provides education on alternative and holistic treatments for physical and mental wellness, which includes a host of wellness products for sale. Her passion is to empower others to become their best selves, no matter what they’ve been through. Her goal is to educate the community about the importance of mental health treatment in order to play her small part in eradicating the stigma that plagues communities of color about mental illness.
Douglas McNeill Reed- Doug, (affectionately known as DReed), is a military veteran and dedicated social justice/mental health advocate. Doug currently serves as the Director of Partnerships for Black Men Heal. He has a spansive career that includes experience in law enforcement, organizational management, government contracts, and working toward achieving greater diversity and equity within our armed forces. In addition to being a crucial part of Black Men Heal’s non-profit development, Doug has also helped to develop a nonprofit with a specific focus on justice reform in regional jails and prisons as an extension of his participation in his church’s Prison Ministry. Douglas has lectured in courses at Columbia University that address concerns regarding correctional systems and institutions. Doug is well known as a face of Black Men Heal as a present and stable host of King’s Corner-a free weekly virtual mental health support group that has serviced over 1000 men across the country.
Doug’s positive and charismatic energy is a strong influence and motivational tool to those who engage with his passion and intellect. His dynamic speaking and presenting skills have been featured on panels alongside notable mental health advocates and experts such as Charlamagne Tha God, Dr. Alfiee, and former NFL players Jay Barnettt, and Ryan Mundy.
Douglas’ vision and commitment to enhancing our social world can be best described through the words of Douglas Adams when he says, “to give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”
Reginald A. Howard – Reginald A. Howard is a multiple suicide attempt survivor turned mental health activist. He captured much of his early life in his self-published book entitled; Suffering into Success: A Paradigm Shift Of Struggle To Achieve Happiness. Reggie’s dedication to healing provoked him to start the Black Mental Health Podcast which currently has 50,000 downloads and earned media attention from the Philadelphia Tribune, Women’s Health Magazine, and various other media outlets.
Reginald joined Black Men Heal as the Senior Program Coordinator in 2020, after first entering the organization through its inaugural cohort. Reg’s commitment to seeing improvement in the health care system led him to become a Community Consultant with the Collaborative Opportunities to Advance Community Health (COACH) Trauma-Informed Healing – Centered Practices Advisory Group from the Health Care Improvement Foundation.
His passion for mental health earned credentials from the Pennsylvania Certification Board as a Community Health Worker and Certified Peer Specialist. He serves on many boards including the board of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Drexel University and the National Alliance of Mental Illness.
Reginald’s emotionally connecting journey has been captured in many presentations including the City of Philadelphia, Rotary Clubs, Philadelphia Prison System Training Academy, the Philadelphia Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Training and multiple engagements with the School District of Philadelphia. He currently attends Drexel University with the intention of becoming a Psychiatrist in the future. Reg puts the motivation into Mental Health so that it can be the focal point of today’s conversation. He uses his life experiences to ignite, inspire and empower others to prioritize their mental health.
Akiva Harris: Akiva is a clinically trained therapist who uses a holistic approach because it treats the whole person and promotes individual growth and stability. She serves as a change agent that provides support and empathetic understanding, allowing clients to gain new awareness of themselves, which facilitates health and healing. She draws on her personal experiences and insights to join with her clients. Akiva uses various modalities, such as evidenced-based practices like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, in order to create an individualized plan of action for her clients.
Akiva holds a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling from Chestnut Hill College and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed in the state of PA. She specializes in mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, low self-esteem, codependency, addiction, and trauma-informed care.
Akiva emphasizes the connection with her client’s true self because that is where all answers lie. She is the conduit, supporting her clients on that journey. This happens through self-awareness, disrupting old behavior patterns, and creating healthy replacement behaviors. She believes some essential elements of the healing process are: allowing ourselves to feel the original pain, the forgiveness of self and others, reframing our narrative, and changing behaviors.