Meet The Team

SUCCESSFUL BRIM

President & Founder

Successful Brim is a graduate of Howard University and native of Dallas,Tx. She founded The Minority Psychology Network in 2019. Currently, Successful is a Doctoral Clinical Forensic Psychology student and employee at iHeart Media. Successful is using her platform in media to spread mental health awareness.

DR. MONICA CAFFEY

Chair of the Board

Dr. Monica Caffey is the Regional Director and Assistant Professor of the Psychology Department at National
University where she runs both graduate and undergraduate programs. She is also the Chair of the Behavioral Health Commission for San Bernardino County 4th District and Governor appointee
for the California Behavioral Health Planning Council where she is the Chair of Legislative Committee and Chair-Elect of the Housing and Homeless Committee.

Diamond Larry 

Event Coordinator

BRANDON JOHNSON

Board Member

Brandon Johnson was born and raised in New York, and he is a current 3rd year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student and President of his class at Midwestern University. Brandon is a committed student to developing the necessary skills in the application of clinical psychology as well as research and experimentation to both the criminal and civil legal arena. Brandon currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology, a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology, and he will be earning his second Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology next month. Brandon completed his diagnostic training at the Kane County Diagnostic Center, which is the psychology department for the 16th Judicial Circuit in Illinois. Brandon’s passion lies in increasing mental health awareness, providing psychoeducation, resources, mentorship, and guidance to inner city children and adolescents who may be at risk. As a result, he is currently completing a therapy externship at Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago IL.

TODD HUGHES

Development Director

Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, Todd Hughes is a graduate of Howard University’s College of Engineering and Architecture, a serial entrepreneur, and community organizer. He has applied his engineering and analytical skills, as well as his project management and business development expertise toward helping establish numerous businesses that practice corporate social responsibility and diversity across the country.

TRAJUAN BRIGGS

Chair of Sports & Mental Health

Trajuan Briggs received his Masters in Sports Administration from the University of New Mexico. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas as the Director of Research and Development for a sports leadership consulting firm called Prime U where he facilitates workshops and develops content for the company.

VENUS CHANDLER

Board Member

Venus is originally from Akron, Ohio. She has dedicated 33 years of her life to being a nurse for various medical facilities in the Greater Los Angeles area. Venus is also a Life Coach, published Author, Speaker and an Advocate for survivors of childhood trauma.

DOMINIQUE LLOYD

Chair Member

Dominique N. Lloyd is a full-time second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Forensic Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. She received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Quincy University in Quincy, IL. She is currently working as a substance abuse counselor. She is passionate about being an advocate for people living in the inner-city. She is also committed to help individuals who have suffered trauma and dealing with mental illness. Her research interest include adverse childhood trauma, trauma, and sex offenders.

SHANNON MYART

Vice Chair of Sports and Mental Health

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Shannon Myart is currently an Assistant, Athletic Director at the Boys & Girls Club Wichita Falls Region. Mr. Myart received his Masters Degree from Midwestern State University while being apart of MSU-Texas football program. Shannon hopes to utilize his leadership to encourage others through his work with the youth.”

BRIAN HESSON

Media Marketing Director

Brian Hesson is a Media Marketing Coordinator for Exult Healthcare, an integrated mental health clinic, and works for 97.9 the beat, a hip hop radio station in Dallas. Outside his career, Brian co-founded Turkish Delight Productions where he premieres his sociopolitical podcast “Real With O’Neil” Brian’s ideological stance is based upon the marriage of social and psychological freedom of minority groups in America.

JAMIE JOHNSON

Chair of Education

Jamie Johnson is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  Her areas of expertise include multicultural, trauma, and marriage and family therapy. Currently, She is currently in school working toward a doctoral degree in Marriage and family therapy. Jamie’s goal is to reach as many families of color as possible.  She wants to bring awareness to the issues family may experience and offer opportunities to live a less stressful and more fulfilling life.

CARMEN ARREOLA

Secretary

Carmen Arreola is a very committed individual that displays positivity, dedication, and genuine belief in quality of care for all individuals in need. Her six years of administrative experience working in a behavioral health environment has shown her commitment to support those who are out in the field making a difference.

EKA CHILDS-MCTEAR, M.S

Board Member

Eka Childs-McTear, M.S. is a CA Board of Behavioral Sciences registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with an extensive background  providing therapy, case management,  and housing primarily to inner-city youth/young adults and their families while being placed under the jurisdiction of the  LA County Department of Children and Family Services and/or Probation.

JANICE ELENA CASTRO 

Board Member

Janice Elena Castro was born and raised in Maryland and of Peruvian descent. She is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar Alumni and received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently, she holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and is a doctoral candidate in the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is completing her doctoral psychology internship through the trauma-track at Children’s Institute, Inc in Los Angeles, CA. Her clinical and research interests are in intimate partner violence with a focus on social justice and multiculturalism. Her current research is examining Latina survivors of intimate partner violence and their coping and resiliency. Her professional identity is deeply rooted in multiculturalism and serving as an agent of social change. She is passionate and committed to giving back to her community by amplifying the voices of marginalized and underrepresented individuals. 

NATALIA BYGRAVE

Board Member

Natalia Bygrave graduated from the illustrious North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State university, where she ran four years of indoor and outdoor Track and Field . She is currently a doctoral student in Clinical Forensic Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. Natalia has worked at mental health residential, assisting adolescence for the past four years. Natalia is passionate is in African American mental health awareness and services.

CAMILLE DIAL

Board Member

Camille Dial is registered with the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a specialization in Trauma. She works with high risk adolescents and their families as well as adolescents under the jurisdiction of DCFS and/or Probation. Camille is very passionate and dedicated when it comes to mental health and advocating for young people. Her goal is to help young people of color successfully overcome trauma to accomplish their dreams. 

SHELDON MAURICE

Board Member

Sheldon Maurice is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is currently a doctoral student within the Clinical Forensic Psychology program at the
Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Sheldon seeks to provide mental health services and psycho-education within minority communities.

Janice Elena Castro

Board Member

Janice Elena Castro was born and raised in Maryland and of Peruvian descent. She is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar Alumni and received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently, she holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and is a doctoral candidate in the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is completing her doctoral psychology internship through the trauma-track at Children’s Institute, Inc in Los Angeles, CA. Her clinical and research interests are in intimate partner violence with a focus on social justice and multiculturalism. Her current research is examining Latina survivors of intimate partner violence and their coping and resiliency. Her professional identity is deeply rooted in multiculturalism and serving as an agent of social change. She is passionate and committed to giving back to her community by amplifying the voices of marginalized and underrepresented individuals. 

Wilma Elliott

Board Member

Wilma Elliott is a LA transplant from Atlanta, GA. She is currently a doctoral student in Clinical Forensic Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Georgia State University and her M.A. in Criminal Justice from Clark Atlanta University. Her passion includes helping and advocating for inner-city youth, juveniles, gang violence prevention, the re-entry population, and victims of abuse. Her research interest include the aforementioned areas as well social media and its effects on body image satisfaction, eating disorders, and overall well-being. 

MICHAEL FLORIAN

Board Member

“My name is Michael Florian or Mike for short. I was raised in Los
Angeles, CA, and Pocatello, ID. I currently reside in Rialto, CA. My
current position and role in MPN is Chair of Mental Health Law and
Policy and committee member in Spirituality and Community Outreach
Committees. I am currently a full-time worker in shipping and
receiving at a Trader Joe’s Distribution Center. I received my GED in
2011. I received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy in
2018. I received an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in
2020. My major professional accomplishment is going from a GED to a
Masters degree in the span of almost a decade. An Interesting fact
about myself is that I really enjoy music, both playing instruments
(including violin and reading sheet music), and I have started to make
music using a production machine. I am involved in MPN because I think
mental health is a human right. It belongs everywhere from the
workplace to home. And I believe having a community that cares so much
about mental health and the different aspects of it is nurturing and
rewarding.”

LEI RAIZA

Board Member

Lei Raiza Zervoulakos was born & raised in the Philippines and moved to Los Angeles, CA in 2011. She is a new member of MPN. She graduated with a BA in Psychology at LMU, and received her MA in Forensic Psychology with a police concentration at TCSPP where she is now in the middle of completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology. Lei has worked has worked at a substance abuse clinic for 2.5 years and is now working as a research assistant for the Institute of Adolescent Suicide Prevention and has prevented at IVAT regarding fostering healthy parent-child communication. She is committed to helping and advocating for others as well as empowering individuals who have suffered abuse in silence, raising awareness and reducing the mindset of victim blaming, victimization, and stigma attached to mental illnesses. Her research interest include sexual assault, abuse, trauma, PTSD, and sex offenders.