Meet the Team
Meet our amazing team who is committed to serving our community in the journey of healing trauma!
Executive Director & Founder:
She earned a Bachelor of Education degree from State University of New York at Fredonia in 2000 with various certifications and taught in both an economically challenged community in North Carolina and in Buffalo. She attended training in community building and organizational work with Faith and Action in Tennessee and she recently attended the Woman of Color Summit at Buffalo State University. She is trained in the administration of Narcan and Mental Health First Aid. Kelly is also a foster parent in Erie County.
Unfortunately, Kelly had to endure trauma herself as she was adopted into an abusive family as a baby, suffered a debilitating car crash (she took college classes in a wheelchair), was in an adult abusive relationship, and suffered the loss of a child, addiction and chronic illness. Kelly healed from her trauma and all its repercussions by using a variety of healing techniques like music, journaling, sharing her truth, utilizing peer-based relationships, all while being rooted in her deep faith.
Throughout her life, as a woman of color, Kelly was failed by every system she encountered, so she decided that our communities in Buffalo need a Healing Hub. So that all people from all backgrounds can heal from unaddressed trauma, which can have such tragic ramifications for generations. As a fully healed woman in body, mind and soul, Kelly’s heartfelt mission is to share the gift of healing with those who need it most.
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Also: Workshop Coordinator
Nicole loves writing, designing and all things creative, which she has done for over ten years, and she currently does projects for companies and individuals. She is passionate about supporting the multidimensional nature of individuals, as evidenced by her own myriad of interests and activities. She believes that when individuals are free to live their own truth and operate authentically, they are able to help others do the same. The two workshops Nicole offers at the Hub focus on relationships and self-growth.
Also: Fundraiser Coordinator
Le’Candice and her husband own a home in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city of Buffalo (Riverside) with their five children. As the block club leader on her street, Le’Candice, is heavily invested in her community. As a servant leader, she responds to the community’s needs by hosting clothing, food and bookbag giveaways, health fairs and other community events, particularly for children and families. Le’Candice runs one of the Hub’s food giveaways in Riverside called Healing Souls Saturday.
Also: Outreach Coordinator
Also: Food Giveaway Coordinator
Mrs. Willard is passionate about helping to bring unconditional love and healing in the foster care system and working with victims of Domestic Violence. She fills her heart by practicing and facilitating with Erie County Restorative Justice Practices, helping tocreate a space for healing to begin by giving love to everyone in her sphere. Erricka is also an advocate for unity and justice for all. Her strong faith has blessed her and helps her make her way through this journey called life.
Also: Youth Program Coordinator
Also: HR Coordinator
A graduate of Ithaca College, Yale University and SUNY Stony Brook, Dr. Royal is honored to be a part of the Hub and support the strong leadership in place. She learned about the Hub from the founder and director, Kelly Whitfield, who had been her flute student when she was a child. Susan currently is Coordinator of Human Resources for the Hub.
A believer in each person’s responsibility to share light and love every day, Susan has volunteered for Hospice for twenty years, as well as for LiteracyVolunteers, Habitat for Humanity, North Chautauqua Canine Rescue, the National Flute Association, the Fredonia Presbyterian Church and as a political community organizer.
Felicia has served hundreds of individuals and families through both her private practice, Maté Masie Holistic Counseling and Healing and as Executive Director and Co-Founder or her organization No Wound Untreated Inc. Her work includes helping individuals, families and communities process and heal from extreme stress and trauma, racial trauma, find coping for depression and anxiety, guide through shadow work and work to break and heal from generational curses and unhealthy relationship patterns.
Felicia is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with extensive training in working with those dealing with trauma, racial trauma, depression and anxiety. She is trained in and works extensively in restorative practices, diversity, racial equity and Inclusion. Felicia is trained in counseling methods including EMDR, DBT, ACT, CBT and TF-CBT. She is a certified Reiki Master Healer/Teacher, crystal healer, and EFT practitioner.
Felicia holds a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from The State University of New York College at Buffalo and a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Medaille College.
When Felicia is not trying to work on her goal of “healing and loving her people” she can be found spending quality time with her close friends and family or supporting a locally owned business or restaurant.
Pastor James Giles
Advisor to the Board
He sits on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities, Northland Workforce Training Center, City of Buffalo EMS Board and Opportunities Collaborative. He has received many awards for outstanding service to the community, For his Reentry work with Returning Citizens he received The Community Foundation 100 Year Celebration Award, granting him $200,000 for his continued work in Western New York. Also he has received the Certificate of Excellent Award from Mayor Anthony Masiello and the Harriet Tubman “Change Maker” award from Mayor Bryon Brown. In 1994 he founded and developed Back To Basics Outreach Ministries, Inc., a leader in Restorative Justice, Prisoner Re-entry, transitional housing, youth development and spiritual enrichment, as well as Gang and AntiViolence Initiatives.
He has received countless awards and accommodations from two Mayors, two County Executives, Agencies and governmental officials for his work as a community servant and leader, including The Civil Right and Social Change Award from the Stop The Violence Alliance, a national organization, and the Buffalo Bills Inspire Change Award in 2022.
Pastor Giles has certifications from area colleges in Psychology (Niagara Community); Sociology/African American History (Buffalo State); and graduated from Medaille College’s NYS Substance Abuse Counseling degree program. He is the Pastor of Greater Works Deliverance Fellowship which is part of the Dunamis Covenant Fellowship Churches. He shares these accomplishments with his two children, Antonio and Alisha; grandson Jalen; and with his beloved and supportive wife of 52 years, Delores Y. Giles.
Jefferson Avenue Food Giveaway Coordinator
As an active volunteer in the Healing Hub of NY, American Legion Post #430 and WNY Freedom Lounge in Buffalo, Ebony looks forward to looking back one day and knowing that she made a difference by helping others in her hometown. She shares her expertise and compassion with the Hub, as well as her infectious smile and positivity.
Social Media Coordinator
Khristina Sly promotes workshops, food giveaways, and events on our website and social media platforms. She also supports digital engagement for an agency of the U.S. federal government and has been a civil servant for more than sixteen years.
A mother of two and a native of Western New York, Khristina has always had a heart for helping others. She grew up helping the community through church events and became a life member of Alpha Phi Omega in college.
Once Khristina became a member of Epic Church of Buffalo, she and her children also began volunteering with Hope Rising Together (formerly Let Them LOL), an organization working to empower communities in Buffalo, NY and Sierra Leone, Africa through sustainable development. She is honored to help The Healing Hub of NY in its mission.
Saturdays Food Giveaway Coordinator & Doula
She is the vice president of Benevolent Beauties, a social club which serves the community by feeding the homeless and offering activities for youth. Involved with the Hub almost since its inception, Maxine has been leading one of the food giveaways for the Healing Hub every Saturday for years, offering hot food, coffee and love to the homeless community on Ellicott Street. A volunteer at Durham Stress Free Zone, she also serves as a trained doula for the Healing Hub, providing services, advocacy and education to expectant moms.
Harold "Knuckles" Erbacher
Kristy enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, drawing, painting and creating jewelry, signs and other items. She and her husband of twenty years are currently starting a small crafting business.
Kristy assists Healing Hub with making computer files and helping at the Friday food giveaways in the summer—along with her teen daughter, Evelyn.