The Black Family


Takiyah

Battles-Smith

Program Coordinator

SUD Primary Prevention

"E.F.F." / "Y.C.E."

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.

Lead Program Coordinator

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.

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, MAFM

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.


Mukasha A. Allah

Assistant Program Coordinator

SUD Primary Prevention

"E.F.F. / Y.C.E."

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 BLACK FAMILY ELDERS

Wade W. Nobles, Ph. D.

Founding Executive Director

Dr. Nobles is Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies and Black Psychology at San Francisco State University; a co-founder (and Past President) of the Association of Black Psychologists; and the Founding Director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family, Life and Culture, Inc. He is the author of over one hundred (100) articles, chapters, research reports and books, including African Psychology: Toward its Reclamation, Reascension and Revitalization, Seeking the Sakhu: Foundational Writings in African Psychology, The Island of Memes: Haiti’s Unfinished Revolution. Since 1996, he has co-led “The Enyimnyam Project”, a unique and special study-development project designed to connect Africans from the Diaspora with Africans from the continent.

http://www.drwadenobles.com/

Lawford L. Goddard, Ph. D.

Co-Founder / Former Director of Education and Training

Dr. Goddard received a Ph.D., in Sociology from Stanford University in 1977. He along side Dr. Nobles, co-founded The Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life and Culture, Inc. He served as Director of Education and Training of over three decades. Retired tenured professor of Africana Studies and Black Psychology at San Francisco State University. He is holds the position of Chair on the National Convention Committee for the Association of Black Psychologist.

William E. Cavil, III, M.A.

Co-Founder / Former Director of Community Development

Mr. Cavil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, a Masters of Arts in social science and is a Doctoral Candidate at Western Institute for Social Research. Mr. Cavil has worked in the area of family research and development and has always been interested in our youth and has worked both as a professional and volunteer counselor for teen parents and juvenile offenders. Mr. Cavil is the co-founder of The Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life and Culture, Inc.'s signature H.A.W.K. Federation Male Development Program. His expertise has been the media impact and indoctrination and is one of the leading theoretical / behavioral scientist in the analysis of television and its effect on African-American people.

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