staff & board

Erica Woodland (He/Him/His)

Founder & Executive Director

Erica Woodland, LCSW is a Black queer, trans masculine/genderqueer facilitator, consultant, psychotherapist and healing justice practitioner who was born, raised, and is currently based in Baltimore, MD. He has worked at the intersections of movements for racial, gender, economic, trans and queer justice and liberation for more than 20 years. He has extensive experience working with young people, Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities across the country, from Baltimore to the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Erica is the Founding Director of the NQTTCN and under his leadership, the organization has trained and mobilized hundreds of mental health practitioners committed to intervening on the legacy of harm and violence of the medical industrial complex while building liberatory models of care rooted in abolition. 

Erica came into liberation and healing work in the early 2000s by way of harm reduction and abolitionist organizing with survivors of state, community and interpersonal violence. Working at the nexus of collective care and political liberation has been central to his practice as a clinician, facilitator, and healer. From 2012-2016, Erica served as the Field Building Director for the Brown Boi Project, a national gender justice organization, where he led movement building work to transform masculinity and confront sexism, misogyny, and queer/transphobia.

Erica is co-editor of Healing Justice Lineages: Dreaming at the Crossroads of Liberation, Collective Care and Safety, with Cara Page (North Atlantic Books, 2023). In 2017, he was awarded the Ford Public Voices Fellowship and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Fellowship. Erica’s op-eds have been featured in Role Reboot, Yoga International and Truthout and his healing justice work has also been highlighted in Time magazine, CNN, Healthline, Complex, and the New York Times. He is also a principal author of Freeing Ourselves: A Guide to Health and Self Love for Brown Bois (Brown Boi Project, 2011).

Arianna Harrison smiling in front of a black background and a slight vignette.

Arianna Harrison (She/Her/Hers)

Operations Coordinator

Arianna is the daughter of Iranian and Danish immigrants, born and raised in Southern California. She now resides in the Pacific Northwest on Duwamish land, with her spouse and kiddos (2 human and 2 fur babies).

Her extensive experience with administration tasks in both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds have allowed her to align her skillset with her passion for justice. She deeply believes that the vision-casters for social change are BIPoC and QTPoC – and that world change can come swiftly when they are unburdened with administrative tasks and details.

Arianna is deeply grateful and honored to play a role on the NQTTCN team. The work done within the network to transform mental health support and access for BIPoC, in a way that’s rooted in healing justice, is both exciting & imperative. After only a couple years on the staff team, Arianna is eager to support in expanding upon what’s been created. It’s also a great bonus to work with amazing people like Erica, Bere, Chels & Parker!

In the words of cellist Pablo Casals, “You must cherish one another. You must work — we all must work — to make this world worthy of its children.” Arianna believes that the work NQTTCN does will allow for a world worthy of its children to be birthed.

When Arianna isn’t in the NQTTCN lane, you can find her binging the latest sci-fi show, drinking too much cold brew coffee or taking her kids to find new local playgrounds!

Bere Cruz standing in front of a textured white background and two buns in their hair.

Bere Cruz (They/Them)

Program Manager

Bere Cruz is a trans non-binary, queer immigrant, who was born in San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco. They migrated to El Norte when they were a kiddo and were raised in the southwest side of Chicago. Bere was a Tejas transplant for some years, co-conspiring in Rio Grande Valley and is currently back, living in the city that raised them.

Bere is a licensed clinical therapist and has been doing trauma centered work for over seven years. They began their healing community work in the neighborhood of La Villita, co-creating youth programs and offering free mental health services to primarily black and brown communities in the southwest side of Chicago. They have also organized around issues of immigration, trans and gender diverse rights, education, public health, disability and reproductive justice, alongside their community and various organizations in both Chicago and Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

As a community healer and therapist, Bere’s work is grounded in an intersectional approach with a healing and disability justice lens specifically towards collective, community care and liberation.

When this norteñe jalisciense isn’t immersed in healing and organizing work, you can find Bere brewing plantita medicine, running after the elote cart, napping, and having Juanga and Bad Bunny dance parties, in their casita.

Parker T. Hurley smiling standing in front of greenery speckled with red.

Parker T. Hurley (He/Him)

Network and Community Engagement Manager

Parker T. Hurley, Ph.D., LCSW is a queer, black, non-binary, trans healing justice practitioner born and raised in Essex County, New Jersey. Dr. Hurley came of age in the dyke scene of the late 90s/early 2000s in NJ/Brooklyn and has called North Carolina home for the past 14 years. Since earning his Master’s degree from Hunter College School of Social Work with a concentration in community organizing in 2006, he has provided advocacy and support within LGBTQQ communities to predominantly black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) living with major mental illness, youth, and seniors. Dr. Hurley also holds a doctorate degree in Educational Studies with a concentration in Higher Education from UNC-Greensboro. He has served nationally as the Deputy Director of the Trans People of Color Coalition and locally as the first Black LGBTQQA Coordinator at Guilford College, co-founder of Queer People of Color Collective based in Greensboro, NC, and co-founder of NC Trans Pride in Action, a statewide event lifting up the histories, lives, and experiences of trans and gender non-conforming BIPOC. 

Since 2017, Dr. Hurley has worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at The Radical Healing Center located in Durham, NC, providing individual therapy as well as support and therapeutic horticulture groups that center queer and trans BIPOC living with mental illness and neurodivergence. You can find Dr. Hurley outside every Sunday as a collective member of the HYPHA Healing Garden & Apothecary- a queer and trans BIPOC led organization dedicated to strengthening relationships to one another and to the land.

Dr. Hurley’s passions lie within the healing and transformation of our homes, schools and communities through self and community care, mutual aid and love, building deep connections with nature, and working exhaustively at the intersections of all social justice movements.

Advisory Board

Anjali Alimchandani, Ph.D., MPP, (pronouns: she/her) is an Indian American, cisgender, queer-identified psychologist, currently working in both the Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team and the Transgender Care Team at the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center (GLA VA), as well as in private practice. She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at New York University in late 2015 and a Masters in Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard University in 2006. Her clinical and research passions include the provision of culturally responsive, justice informed psychotherapy for marginalized populations facing a multitude of complex mental and social health issues (PTSD, complex trauma, substance use disorders, psychosis, etc.), intersections of oppression with trauma and other mental health issues, contributing factors to resiliency within oppressed groups, and the intersections of psychology practice with social justice advocacy. In addition to helping develop the transgender care team services at the GLA VA, Anjali has provided multiple trainings/presentations on client-centered care for transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) individuals to psychiatry, psychology, and primary care staff members and residents/trainees at GLA VA, and is invited annually lecture on this topic for first-year medical students at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) David Geffen School of Medicine. She held a Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor position at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine in 2018-2019 and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor position within the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to coming to the field of psychology, Anjali worked in a variety of fields aimed at social justice promotion, including public policy/human rights advocacy, domestic violence prevention/response, international development, and direct social services with refugee and “at-risk” youth. Her commitment to healing justice began in the wake of recognizing that in the context of structural oppression, healing, in and of itself, is a form of activism, that psychological healing and resilience are integral to building community-driven sustainable social justice movements, and that healing compassionate justice can liberate us all.

Violeta is a spirit, human, and black woman and femme invested in deep soul work, intergenerational trauma, and generative healing. Her commitment to this work is rooted in systemic change and ancestral backing. She is clear that systemic harm robs us of our wholeness and our ability to see ourselves in our fullness. As a healing justice practitioner and mental health professional, she deeply believes that community-care and self-care are dialectically linked - one informs the other and that decolonial therapy practices can amplify that healing at the biological, psychological, social, spiritual levels

Violeta's training comes greatly from personal experience, intuition, and communal guidance and space-sharing. In 2013, she deepened her spiritual path from an African diasporic perspective through study she pursued in Brasil and continued in Luanda, Angola from 2014 to 2015. From 2016 to 2019, she was a core collaborator within the Detroit-based women of Color collective, "Healing by Choice!". As a Reiki practitioner within HbC!, she worked with groups like the Allied Media Conference, Mothering Justice, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation, the Queering Racial Justice Conference, and the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan in the creation of healing justice practice spaces for Detroiters and those entering to hold space for radical work. With all of this, some of her most important movement work has come inside her family as a co-caregiver and story-holder.


Violeta will graduate in December 2019 from the University of Michigan School of Social Work with an MSW focused on Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health. Trained in substance use disorders and actively sober, she is especially passionate about the spirit and mental health of a person in the throes of addiction particularly while experiencing systemic oppression and day to day pain points. Sense of connection to ourselves, each other, how we relate to the known and unknown, and how we connect to our environment are paramount to building equitable and pleasurable futures. In her personal and professional life, she has co-facilitated some of these conversations in community spaces, at universities and invited talks, and at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. 


When Violeta is not in deep Sagittarian thought about holistic and integrated health, she is usually on the phone with her mom, cacklin' with other Black folx, or resting as resistance.

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