I find, in being black, a thing of beauty: a joy; a strength; a secret cup of gladness.
— Ossie Davis

Our leaders


We are forever grateful to the late Dr. Maya Angelou, founding Chair of our Board of Advisors.



Community Healing Network Board of Directors



Enola Aird, Esq. - Founder and President | Cheshire, Connecticut

Enola G. Aird is an activist mother. A former corporate lawyer, Aird has worked at the Children’s Defense Fund, leading its violence prevention initiative and serving as acting director of its Black Community Crusade for Children; is a past chair of the Connecticut Commission on Children; and was a visiting scholar at the Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Barnard College, and earned her law degree from Yale University.  She was born in the Republic of Panama, of West Indian heritage, and attributes much of her passion for the movement for emotional emancipation to stories passed down in her family about her great-grandfather, a loyal follower of Marcus Garvey.


Jill M. Snyder, Treasurer | Hamden, Connecticut 

Jill Marie Snyder is a lifelong resident of Connecticut.  She has a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Connecticut and an M.A. in Communication from Fairfield University. Her journey to heal from the emotional legacies of enslavement and racism has included praying, reading, journaling, meditation, mindfulness, yoga and participating in Emotional Emancipation Circles.  She recently published a family memoir based on her parents' love letters titled, "Dear Mary, Dear Luther: A Courtship in Letters".


Dorthula Green | New Haven, Connecticut 

Dorthula “Dottie” Green is the founder of Thank You Rosa Park/Rosa Parks Legacy, an annual commemoration.  A retired school principal, she is a graduate of Tuskegee University (B.A.), University of South Carolina (M.A.), and Southern CT State University (SYD).  As a youth, in southern segregated schools, she was taught to be proud of many accomplishments of African-Americans.  Her emotional emancipation began when she discovered Psalm 139:14- “I praise you [Lord] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  Dottie enjoys travel, hot air ballooning, writing poetry and acting. 


Sheila Warren | Portland, Oregon

Bio coming soon.


Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH. | Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Dr. Powell is Associate Professor of Health Behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Powell is also a faculty member at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Director of the UNC’s Men’s Health Research Lab. In 2011-2012, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow to the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Her community-based research focuses on of the role of modern racism and gender norms on African American male health disparities, mental health, and healthcare system interactions. She is an American Psychological Association (APA) Minority, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Burch and Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow who received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.


Albert Gentry | Olney, Maryland

"It's been 48 years since the "black power" and "I'm black and I'm proud" era began; yet, most Black people remain far behind in terms of education, wealth, employment and health care. Emotional Emancipation can free Black people from the lie of Black inferiority that has been the shackle preventing advancement."

Al Gentry is the founder and Managing Principal of Cornerstone Development, LLC; a mixed-use and mixed-income real estate development and asset management company based in the Washington D.C. area.  Mr. Gentry has served as a Board Member of the National Urban League as well as its affiliates in Hartford and Boston and the Boys and Girls Club of Boston; and, as a member of the Allocation Committee of the United Way of Greater Boston.  Mr. Gentry earned a BA in Political Economy at Williams College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 


Natalie E. Roche, M.D. | South Orange, New Jersey

Bio coming soon. 


The members of the CHN Board of Advisors are

  • Omar Neal, Chair
  • Tom Burrell
  • A.D. Carson
  • Professor Stephen L. Carter
  • Dr. Betty Neal Crutcher
  • Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher
  • Margo Fugate, M.D.
  • Tarice L.S. Gray
  • Professor Anita F. Hill
  • Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr.
  • Dr. Huberta Jackson-Lowman
  • Carl Miller
  • Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D.
  • Stephanie Robinson, Esq.