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Speakers Bureau

HEART's staff of experts bring insights and ideas to a wide range of professional audiences. We are available for keynotes, conferences, panel discussions and joint presentations, in-depth training on the latest change theory, as well as an array of digital options such as web events and videos. Our speakers inspire audiences with messages of research, professional development, vision, imagination and hope.

We have a diversified menu of topics or we can customize a presentation:


Umar Adeyola - President//Founder

A dynamic grant writer, Umar has now authored $1.2 million in grants for education and training projects working with ex-offenders and high school dropouts. His efforts continue to pilot much-needed federal funding to this region to lower achievement and wellness gaps through HEART's broad suite of supportive services.

Umar has built a strong reputation as a leading voice and educator on court-involved youth. Crossroads, HEART's collaborative pilot adolescent diversion program with Buffalo City Courts, is earning low recidivism and accolades from judicial officials across New York State.

Umar's presentation highlights include the following topics:


·         Community-Based Programming

·         Resiliency

·         Religious / Spiritual Communities

·         Problem-solving Judicial Reform

·         Ex-Offender Programming

·         Personal Loss

·         Advocacy

·         Stigma Reduction

·         Race/ Ethnic Minorities


Dr. Candice P. Cooper, LMFT

Dr. Candice Cooper earned her Ph.D. from Drexel University in couples and family therapy. Her doctoral dissertation was a retrospective study on African-American experiences of witnessing intimate partner violence as low income youth, and its impact on adolescent self-identify and development.

Dr. Cooper also holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from University at Buffalo and a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from Syracuse University.  In 2013, Dr. Cooper shared her research and evaluation presenting at the following conferences:

Ujima Rochester Inc. Annual Conference (Rochester, NY, Oral Presentation) Healing an Invisible Population: Low-Income African American experiences of witnessed Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Clinical Implications

Black Doctoral Network Conference (Philadelphia, PA, Oral Paper Presentation) Exploring Black parenting in social contexts promoting well-being of youth

International Family Therapy Association (Orlando, FL, Oral Presentation) Intimate Partner Violence: Impact on Low-Income African American Youth's Self-Identity and Development

She is also an adjunct professor at SUNY Buffalo State. Dr. Cooper's presentation highlights include the following topics:


·         Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

·         Depression

·         Marriage and Family Therapy

·         Bipolar Disorder

·         Stigma Reduction

·         Sex Offender Therapy

·         Stigma Reduction

·         Race/Ethnic Minorities

·         Trauma


Ronjonette Harrison, LCSW-R

Ronjonette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 15 years of experience.  An accomplished psychotherapist, professional speaker, organizational consultant and recognized leader, Ronjonette earned a bachelor's degree in social work from SUNY Buffalo State and an MSW degree at Stony Brook University. 

Ronjonette specializes in depression, trauma, children, adult relationships and abuse. Her professional expertise and adaptive, versatile management style are highly sought after by nonprofit organizations, corporations and professional associations.

An adjunct professor at SUNY Buffalo, she has published several articles and/or collaborated on works for the Buffalo News, National Association of Social Workers (NYS Chapter) and Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).  Ronjonette's presentation highlights include the following topics:

·         Suicide

·         Depression


·         Trauma

·         Women and Mental Health

·          Non-profit Leadership

·         Foster care 

·         Mental Health and Advocacy

·         Stigma Reduction

Maurice Curley, LCSW, CASAC

Maurice is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, who earned a masters of social work degree and a masters of education from Cleveland State University.  He brings 25 years of clinical experience in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions, and mood disorders for adults and adolescents. He has been able to integrate his clinical knowledge and expertise into higher education and the consulting arena. 

Maurice has been a life-long student of human behavior and social interaction.  He began his clinical career with the Veterans Administration Hospital as a stress disorders therapist and began teaching as a graduate assistant in Cleveland State's University Department of Education.  Maurice moved into the private sector as a successful program director with Laurelwood Hospital.  When significant cultural and social events manifested in America, he furthered his education in organizational development graduating from the prestigious Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, thus beginning his consulting and training career. Mr. Curlee maintains that all human behaviors are learned, and therefore can be unlearned.

His repertoire in the areas of multicultural counseling research, cultural responsivity, trauma and social justice advocacy as a conduit for educational reform, has guided his work in higher education and community settings for over a decade.

Maurice is an educator that models bravery as he brilliantly facilitates a culturally affirming environment that challenges candid dialogue surrounding the most taboo issues in culture and race in his clinical presentations.  Maurice's presentation highlights include the following topics:

·         Post-Traumatic Stress

·         Mood Disorders

·         Addictions

·         Bipolar Disorder

·         Stigma Reduction

·         Organizational Change

·         Stigma Reduction

·         Race/Ethnic Minorities

·         Trauma

For more information, contact us at 716-834-0080.


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