Mental Health

Bio for MH education & support group 

Paula Dobbs-Wiggins, MD, is the Chairwoman of the Parkland Board of Managers. Dr. Dobbs-Wiggins is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. 

Dr. Dobbs-Wiggins is in private practice, specializing in the treatment of adult affective disorders. She is an ordained minister and recently retired Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Care at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. Throughout her career, Dr. Dobbs-Wiggins has worked to increase dialogue and collaboration between mental health and religious professionals to promote greater understanding and decrease the stigma that often results in people not availing themselves of effective treatment. She is a member of St. Luke “Community” UMC where she serves as Clinical Coordinator of the Mental Health Ministry and Directress of the Angel Choir.

Dr. Dobbs-Wiggins is married to Attorney Kevin B. Wiggins. They are the proud parents of four young adult children: Lauren Nichelle, Kyle Eliot, Paul Wesley, and Kevin Jarrett.

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All In With Mental Wellness: Navigating the Journey

July 17, 2021 10am-1pm

BIOS-SPEAKERS

YOUTH SPEAKERS:

 ASHANTI BRANCH, M.ED

Ashanti Branch, who was raised by a single mother on welfare in Oakland, went on to study engineering at California Polytechnic – San Luis Obispo. A Civil Engineer in his first career, Ashanti found his passion for teaching while tutoring struggling students. In 2004, as a first-year teacher, Ashanti started The Ever Forward Club to provide a support group for African American and Latino males, who were not achieving the level of their potential. The Ever Forward Club has helped 100% of its members graduate high school.  Branch is on a mission to change the way that students interact with their education and the way schools interact with students. 

 After being featured in The Mask You Live In documentary, and Fellowships at the Stanford d.school, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, and The Gratitude Network, Ashanti has launched the #MillionMaskMovement to connect people all over the world in a self-reflective experience that helps people visualize and realize, “I am not alone.”

EARL CRAWFORD, JR, M.ED

Earl Crawford Jr is a public-school educator with 18 years of experience who hails from Oakland, CA. He’s currently Director/Principal – Hayward Community School/QUEST Academy, as well as a doctoral candidate. Under Earl’s leadership, his team has motivated and guided over 65% of expelled youth to complete their expulsion plans and reenter their districts. He coached and instructed 150 students to focus on communication, critical thinking, and imaginative analysis. Earl was awarded the California State Civic Engagement Award and the African American Male Achievement (AAMA) award for literacy. One of his schools was even awarded for being the pioneering school for implementing restorative justice practice. Earl is a powerful force in the California public school- system and he passionately works to empower students, parents, and teachers around collaboration strategies to achieve the best outcomes for students.  His son and two daughters inspire Earl. In his free time, Earl likes to read, travel, play basketball, and enjoy his family.

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Rev. Dr. Pamela Fox, Ph.D., M.Div., LCSW-S

MIND & BODY ASPECTS

Rev. Dr. Pamela Fox is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Texas Board Approved Social Work Supervisor, and is an Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ. 

Dr. Fox is an Assistant Professor in Practice at The University of Texas at Arlington – School of Social Work, where she has served on the Executive Commi+ee, on the Culture and Climate Sub-committee, was the Diversity Studies Program Liaison, and a member of the Inter-Professional Continuing Education planning commi+ee, regarding “Interprofessional Perspectives of the Impacts of COVID-19: A Case Study, End-of-Live Care, and Moral Distress”. She also is the Clinical Director of the Synergy Counseling & Coaching Center and Fox6re Outreach Ministries, where she provides individual and couples psychotherapy and social work supervision.

Dr. Fox earned her Ph.D. in Social Work Research from The University of Texas at Arlington – School of Social Work, a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from The University of Chicago – School of Social Service Administration. 

Rev. Dr. Fox has provided professional training and workshops to businesses and organizations, including the Friendship-West Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, The University of Texas at Arlington – Center for African American Studies, The Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Psychologists, The University of Texas at Arlington – School of Social Work and its’ African American Social Work Student Alliance, Close Up Radio/EIN Presswire, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Wallethub.com Blog, the Mutual Assistance Association for the Ethiopian Community/Young Ethiopians American Ambassadors of Richardson, Texas, and St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church of Dallas, Texas.

Rev. Dr. Fox has published in professional journals and books and specializes in social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and cultural sensitivity. A wife, mother, and grandmother, she is enjoying her best life with her delightful family, friends, and colleague.

RAMONA WOODS

SPIRITUAL ASPECTS     

In 1986, Ramona joined the Shabach Christian Fellowship Interdenominational Church and was soon hired as the Church Administrator. In addition to performing this ministry, she assisted the Founding Pastor in teaching (Bible Studies, School of Ministry classes, workshops, etc.), conducting Worship services (includes preaching and teaching), pastoral counseling, performing weddings, and other sacerdotal duties. Now, at the Los Angeles Shabach Foursquare Church, Ramona continues to serve as Church Administrator and Co-Pastor. Pastor Ramona possesses many years of ministry experience having been actively involved in ministry since age nine.

She is highly equipped with knowledge and skills in Biblical Pastoral Counseling. Dr. Woods is the founder and director of M.A.T.U.R.E. Ministries, LLC. She shares not only wisdom in her ministry, but much excitement as she proclaims the full gospel of Jesus Christ to all.

Dr. Woods earned the following degrees-Doctorate of Ministry (DMin) from The King’s University, Van Nuys, CA, and  Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Woods has blessed many with her publications: Re-Establish Your Focus, Somebody Please Tell Mama!, A Primer in Transformed Personhood, and It’s Not Complicated!.

Dr. Woods is also actively engaged with NAMI Urban Los Angeles (NULA).

Dr. Woods, a mother of two adult daughters, grandmother of seven, and great-grandmother of four, resides in the county of Los Angeles, California.

PATRICK LE BLANC, PURSUING DOCTORATE

SOCIAL/CULTURAL ASPECTS

“I recognize that males, especially those within minority communities, struggle with acknowledging mental health issues; camouflage or masking these issues will eventually impact the family and the community.  I am passionate about assisting men to understand that it’s okay not to be okay and that the measure of a man is not how much he can shoulder but his willingness to seek help when he needs it.”

Patrick LeBlanc is an advocate for mental health.  After spending over 15 years working with mental health facilities in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, Patrick knows the value of identifying signs for concerns before a crisis occurs.  He has presented at conferences and workshops throughout Texas before audiences large and small and is known for engaging those in attendance.

Patrick holds a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Masters of Biblical and Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, and currently is in the DEdMin. program at Dallas Theological. 

He and his wife live in Duncanville, TX (empty nesters, thank you Lord!!) and attend the Concord Church.  He enjoys gardening and cooking, mainly Cajun food (Chicken Fricassee, Crawfish Etouffee, and Gumbo) which makes the wife happy. 

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