The Black Family


Takiyah

Battles-Smith

Lead Program Coordinator

SUD Primary Prevention

"E.F.F." / "Y.L.D."

Takiyah is a Family Advocate servicing the African American families in reconnecting who they are as a unit, assisting with the thought process of how one thinks and feels about the world around us and being conscious in our behavior and senses. She has done work in social services, the Oakland Unified School Districts, and is going back to school to obtain her license as a Masseuse. In the near future, Takiyah would also like to write a book on the process of healing one's self. She comes from a large family of 13 (a blended family of siblings, half siblings and their siblings) and loves to be surrounded by their spiritual groundedness and their sense of growth for a united family.

Quinton "Que"

 Richardson

Program Coordinator

SUD Primary Prevention

"Life's Choices"

Michael developed a strong passion for revitalizing the African American community by helping the reunification of families through the use of culturally grounded programs and services. His extensive background includes serving for over a decade in the military and then civilian medical fields, working with at-risk youth their families, providing support and guidance to improve the quality of their lives, in areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, education and social services. Michael has pursued both Psychology and Black Studies undergraduate degrees, and a graduate degree in Human Services with an Emphasis in Youth and Family Counseling. Michael is an Oakland native, a West Oakland resident since 1972, and the proud father to three (3) adult children.

Adafo L. Austin, M.Ed.

Program Manager

SUD Primary Prevention

Michael developed a strong passion for revitalizing the African American community by helping the reunification of families through the use of culturally grounded programs and services. His extensive background includes serving for over a decade in the military and then civilian medical fields, working with at-risk youth their families, providing support and guidance to improve the quality of their lives, in areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, education and social services. Michael has pursued both Psychology and Black Studies undergraduate degrees, and a graduate degree in Human Services with an Emphasis in Youth and Family Counseling. Michael is an Oakland native, a West Oakland resident since 1972, and the proud father to three (3) adult children.


Mukasha A. Allah

Assistant Program Coordinator

SUD Primary Prevention

"E.F.F. / Y.L.D."

Michael developed a strong passion for revitalizing the African American community by helping the reunification of families through the use of culturally grounded programs and services. His extensive background includes serving for over a decade in the military and then civilian medical fields, working with at-risk youth their families, providing support and guidance to improve the quality of their lives, in areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, education and social services. Michael has pursued both Psychology and Black Studies undergraduate degrees, and a graduate degree in Human Services with an Emphasis in Youth and Family Counseling. Michael is an Oakland native, a West Oakland resident since 1972, and the proud father to three (3) adult children.

Michael C. Nobles

Executive Director


Michael developed a strong passion for revitalizing the African American community by helping the reunification of families through the use of culturally grounded programs and services. His extensive background includes serving for over a decade in the military and then civilian medical fields, working with at-risk youth their families, providing support and guidance to improve the quality of their lives, in areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, education and social services. Michael has pursued both Psychology and Black Studies undergraduate degrees, and a graduate degree in Human Services with an Emphasis in Youth and Family Counseling. Michael is an Oakland native, a West Oakland resident since 1972, and the proud father to three (3) adult children.


LaTanya C. Stewart, M.A.F.M.

Accounting & Financial Director


3B Financial Services

Michael developed a strong passion for revitalizing the African American community by helping the reunification of families through the use of culturally grounded programs and services. His extensive background includes serving for over a decade in the military and then civilian medical fields, working with at-risk youth their families, providing support and guidance to improve the quality of their lives, in areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, education and social services. Michael has pursued both Psychology and Black Studies undergraduate degrees, and a graduate degree in Human Services with an Emphasis in Youth and Family Counseling. Michael is an Oakland native, a West Oakland resident since 1972, and the proud father to three (3) adult children.

The Board of Directors

Providing Advocacy and Support

Darren White

Board Member

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Alex Anderson

Board Member

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Venus Noble

Board Member

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Lorrie Williams

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The Elders - Founders

from left to right

Lawford L. Goddard, Ph.D.

William E. Cavil, III, M.A.

Wade W. Nobles, Ph.D.



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