Stacey Camacho A.A, B.A., M.S, M.A., leads the MindWise Team Mental Health Affairs
Stacey Camacho A.A, B.A., M.S, M.A., has a master’s degree in Psychotherapy and a master’s degree in Buddhist Psychology and Contemplative Psychotherapy from American Psychology Association accredited universities in the United States.
For fourteen years following graduate school where she took park in volunteer work and internships, working with clients of various ages and from a wide range of backgrounds, she continued her career in Miami and then Trinidad providing individual, family, and group counselling gaining experience while treating clients with trauma, depression/anxiety, attachment issues, and substance abuse. Working in the trenches of the social system of Trinidad and volunteering around the world gave her an invaluable perspective on the many faces of suffering, and the need to connect to something other than pathology. She then decided to advance her career due to the yearning to work deeper and more effectively with her clients and the community at large. She has broad clinical experience with over 18 years of experience practicing psychotherapy in various countries and in various settings. She is also teaches yoga, meditation, and mindfulness classes.
Maria leads the implementation of our digital assets for the project
Maria Divina O’Brien is the founder of STAY- A Coping Resource– set to deliver in 2018-2019 and presented at the Commonwealth Technology Organization’s Broadband Caribbean Forum in 2016. STAY is a mobile application whose design is inspired by the deficit of coping resources for those at risk of Suicide in developing countries- most of which do not have national suicide prevention programmes. Suicide currently ranks as the second leading causes of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 29.
Maria has over fourteen years experience as a digital designer in various sectors of the digital landscape from 3d animation to UI/UX Design. She currently works at the Office of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago as their Lead Animator. She is a lifelong volunteer and advocate and started a collaborative called the Digital Alliance, helping Non Profits and NGOs with targeted and critical digital asset development and design. She is part of the 2018 cohort of Google Women in Tech and firmly believes in the furthering of women led organizations through digital training and resources.
Rhonda is the creative guide for our projects
Rhonda Chan Soo, B.Sc Earth and Environmental Sciences, MA Documentary Filmmaking – is a documentary filmmaker by trade. She pursued a Master’s degree in documentary filmmaking at Wake Forest University, with an interest in cross cultural communication and storytelling. Upon returning to Trinidad in 2014, she has worn several hats in the local film industry, from camera department PA, to video assist, to script supervisor.
She worked closely with director Emilie Upczak on her maiden narrative feature film, Moving Parts (2017) in the capacity of co-producer, on everything from casting, to locations and fundraising, and worked as production manager during production. Two of Rhonda’s short documentary films produced in Trinidad and Tobago have won awards locally – “Riding Bull Cart”, which won the Best T&T documentary short at the trinidad + tobago film festival in 2015, and “Quiet Revolution” which won the Jury Award at Trinidad and Tobago’s Green Screen in 2016. She is now focusing primarily on documentary film, with an interest in social issues, environment and cultural identity.
She is working with NGOs to create documentary content in these areas, and is also developing personal creative projects.
Elysse spearheads the research and content focus of our project
Elysse Marcelin M.Sc, B.Sc, brings to her role over 6 years research experience and 2-3 years of experience in activism and advocacy. Shehas developed expertise in research design and practice; idea generation and conceptualization for projects and advocacy initiatives. To date, she has also worked on two nation wide research surveys, and provided technical expertise on smaller projects. She has also successfully strategized, co-organized and hosted several awareness campaigns. Her long term career goal is in mental health and the development of a local research and clinical institute for local research. Elysse is also a member of the Google Women in Tech Cohort of 2018.
Arnaldo leads the design of events and experiences for MindWise
Honouring the ingenuity and resistance of Black peoples in a world-structure actively pursuing their exploitation, Arnaldo James works towards equity and prosperity. Centring sustainability and feminism in his endeavours, he organises safe spaces for collaboration and community building. A graduate of the University of the West Indies and Cardiff Metropolitan University, James is a graphic and product designer, photographer, project strategist and curator from Trinidad and Tobago.
For several years, James has freelanced as a graphic designer developing material for institutions like the Trinidad and Tobago Theatre Workshop and his alma mater the University of the West Indies. In education, his work includes volunteer mentorship in English literacy, in addition to various subjects in digital media with a notable focus on communication design and digital photography. James’ photographic works have exhibited within and outside of the Caribbean including commercial content for enterprises such as the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and The Cloth Caribbean.
The major project, of his MSc Advanced Product Design, drew from his passion for imaging, where he developed marker clusters used with optical motion capture systems. Those marker clusters provide the Cardiff School of Sport with improved data collection accuracy, reduced expense and an eco-effective research tool.
“Working with a team that’s invested in the improvement of national wellbeing is completely inspiring,” James stated. He oversees our art, film and new media collaborations, and leads the design of events and experiences.
Melissa handles all Public Relations for MindWise Project.
Melissa Griffith-Belgrave PgCert, B.A., has over 5+ years as a corporate communications professional. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in the Communications Studies from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and a Postgraduate Certificate in Communications, Media and Public Relations from the University of Leicester.
She has a keen interest in photography, event planning, social media marketing and public relations. In addition, she is a member of the Public Relations Association of Trinidad and Tobago which seeks to represent public relations and communication practitioners in Trinidad and Tobago.
Ingle supports the Creative team as a Producer | Editor lending us her skills and experience.
Ingle Watson is a dynamic and creative individual with a genuine enthusiasm for, and yearning to develop a career in the media industry. She possesses an eagerness to continue gaining experience, and developing her technical skills as an editor and in digital media production. She also seeks experience in live television production, especially training and experience in the roles of a Technical Director and Camera Operator.
Katrina supports the Content and Research efforts of MindWise
Katrina McIntosh has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a specialization in Counselling. She is the author of the published work Letters to the Broken, Healing and Healed where she employed the art of poetic prose to address accounts of abuse, gender-based violence, feminism and suicide. Her work is committed to guiding her readers through the phases of the healing experience. She continued these conversations by producing weekly blogs on her self-produced website and has become relevant in our current social and economic climate.
As a mental health advocate, she considers it vital to combine her love for words and her passion for social change and therefore has guided her work to speak on taboo topics within her culture. She currently works at the Ministry of Education Special Education Unit. It is her
hope to bring light to under-researched areas in the region such as the association between social displacement, illicit drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness.
Alyssa will be supporting the development of two mental health network based projects.
Alyssa Khan, B.Sc, is a recent graduate from the Johns Hopkins University where she majored in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Molecular & Cellular Biology. While working as a Research Assistant at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for 3 years, she became passionate about strengthening national mental health literacy. From 2017-2018, she joined the Ministry of Health of Trinidad and Tobago as an Associate Professional, where she gained experience in the development of national policies and programmes. Alyssa is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health in Global Health Policy at the George Washington University, in pursuit of a career as a mental health policy analyst.
She has joined the MindWise team as a Senior Intern – with a focus in network development and will be applying her knowledge base and skillset to the advancement of our Mental Health Stakeholder Project and National Directory Development Project.