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2022 Wellness Resources

8 Dimensions of Wellness

NLI will be offering a variety of events and activities related to the Dimensions of Wellness over the course of 2022. We will also promote related activities hosted by trusted community partners. Resource information regarding events, hosts and community partners can be found on this page. Click here to go back to wellness landing page.

















NLI will be offering a variety of events and activities related to the Dimensions of Wellness over the course of 2022. We will also promote related activities hosted by trusted community partners. Check this page for resources related to the Dimensions of Wellness and related events that are being hosted.

Did you miss our kick-off event? Click below for the Dimensions of Wellness Presentation & Community Conversation

Guest Speaker: Danyell Goggans
Danyell Goggans is a licensed psychotherapist and the founder of Nevertheless Life Center (NLC).  NLC provides trauma counseling, healing groups, and wellness retreats.   With over 25 years of experience in the helping community, she is a skilled trainer, motivating speaker and passionate wellness advocate.  It is her hope that her transparent approach and relatable style will help break the stigmas of some of life’s most difficult topics, so healing can begin. 

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Watch the Green Space as Social Justice webinar (click HERE or on the image below):

Donte Gibbs, a native of East Cleveland, is the VP of Community Partnerships at The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park where he works across departments, implementing community initiatives, building partnerships, and developing internal and external engagement strategies. Gibbs and ten other health, civic and grassroots organizations created #Masks4Community, which provided 77,000 free washable cloth masks for Clevelanders and East Clevelanders during the pandemic.

Khalid Ali is the Urban Greenspace Coordinator at Western Reserve Land Conservancy. He works on a number of projects focused on vacant land interventions in the city of Cleveland. While collaborating with a city with over 30,000 vacant parcels, Khalid has been essential in initiatives such as Ground Work and the Side Yard Program to aid in ushering in a citywide vacant land strategy that is manageable and high impact for urban communities. His involvement with Garden of Eleven Angels, Mt. Pleasant Greenspace, Woodhill Community Garden, and the Hough Greenspace exemplify a commitment to bringing quality greenspace projects to the urban core.


EMOTIONAL HEALTH (June – December)

Meditation & Breathing Session videos:
JUNE 1   |    JUNE 8   |    JUNE 15   |    JUNE 22   |    JUNE 29
JULY 13   |   JULY 20   |    JULY 27 |    AUG 3   |   AUG 10   |   AUG 17   |   AUG 24  |   AUG 31
SEPT 7   |   SEPT 14   |   SEPT 21   |   SEPT 28   |   OCT 5   |   OCT 19   |   OCT 26
NOV 2   |   NOV 9   |   NOV 16   |   NOV 23   |   NOV 30   |   DEC 7   |   DEC 14

Caressa Joyce
Caressa Joyce, LMT, CYT, a yoga practitioner since 1996, is honored to bring her years of experience to this Wellness Initiative. She is a 500 hr Yoga Teacher, Therapist, and Instructor of aspiring Yoga Teachers.  In addition, Caressa leads meditation and seasonal celebration circles.  She has been a licensed Massage Therapist since 2013, and practices Reiki and Jin Shin – forms of energy work that calm the mind while relaxing the body. This life-long student earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2004, and her creative artistic interests, along with her loving connection to Mother Earth, inspire both her life and practice. She brings joy and compassion to her classes, aspiring to impart the same thirst for knowledge of the higher self to her students, as she invites them to relax into their bodies, their breath, and the present moment. 

Description of what I envision for the classes: Starting each session by welcoming everyone and introducing myself and setting my intention. Inviting participants to sit comfortably, eyes open or closed, and relax the body.  Invoking the images and qualities of the elements of nature, such as bringing to mind a tree and its roots or a river and its flowing water. Offering instruction on deep, diaphragmatic breathing, releasing tension from the muscles, and quieting the mind.  Then a few moments of not talking, just holding space for them to have their own peaceful experience.  Closing with a gentle invitation to return to the present space and time. Offering words of blessings, gratitude, and a farewell.




Local employment advocates from Towards Employment Inc, and Youth Opportunities Unlimited share their efforts to assist community members with career goals and finding meaningful work at our August Occupational Wellness webinar. Learn more about these fantastic community partners:
Towards Employment, Inc. 
Youth Opportunities Unlimited 
Watch the Occupational Wellness webinar by clicking here.



Click here for access to the Trauma & Self Care video.
(you will need to enter the following passcode to view: %21NUA@3

Sheri Stevens
Sheri Stevens is a Cleveland native. She is a graduate of Case Western University (2000), earning a masters degree in social science administration with a focus on child and family therapy. Sheri is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a Supervision Designation. She is also a therapist at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC). Sheri has been with CRCC for 6 years. Prior to this, she has had years of service in various community mental health agencies.

She is an EMDR therapist and is currently pursuing my EMDRIA Certification. She is also a student of a 3- year program in pursuit of becoming a practitioner in the Somatic Experiencing modality.  Sheri’s treatment modalities include body-mind therapies. One of which is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), in that it is a structured therapy that supports and assist in encouraging a brief focus on the trauma memory while experiencing an increase desensitization in the body through bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements).

In addition to being a therapist, she is a Christian, a wife and a mother. Sheri states, “Because I have over 25 years of career serving others, I believe I have a strong commitment to providing a safe space that is supportive, accepting, compassionate, empathetic, non-judgmental and non-shaming. I have been in the field since 1996 and I also work in private practice.”

Linda Garcia-Cruz
Linda Garcia-Cruz was born in Guatemala and immigrated with her family to the United States at the age of 12 in 1994. In 2012, she received a master’s degree in social science administration, with a concentration in alcohol and drug addiction studies from Case Western Reserve University. She has worked with the Hispanic community of all ages in community mental health treatment for over 14 years. In 2017, her journey in treating trauma with sexual assault survivors began with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. She has been trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and is in her third year of training to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Her therapy approaches primarily stem from mind-body modalities and applied Polyvagal Theory. She also works in private practice.

Caroline Brennan (Physical Wellness/May 2022)
Caroline Brennan is one of the Program Coordinators for the True2U Program. Originally from Boston, she started dancing when she was three years old and hasn’t stopped since. Caroline danced throughout high school and now continues to dance with Cleveland Dance Project. 

This dance fitness class will be a great workout for all ages! We’ll start with some stretching before we go over a few basic dance moves. Then we’ll take those moves and put them together to get our bodies moving and grooving. All you need is clothes you can move in, sneakers and a water bottle!

Kimberly Archibald Russell (Physical Wellness/May 2022)
I found yoga while pregnant as a needed de-stressor after multiple miscarriages. The pregnancy I incorporated yoga practice represents the start of my family! This practice remains near and dear to my heart. I tell new practitioners; yoga has seen me through maternity to menopause and will meet you where you are. After maternity leave, jumping back into corporate work and the busy life of a working mother, I began my first yoga teacher training “to deepen my knowledge of the practice”.  FAST FORWARD…five yoga teacher trainings, a corporate downsizing, a daughter off to college and yoga is still seeing me through! After teaching evenings and weekends while working full-time, I quickly discovered the healthcare disparities that exist in urban Cleveland as I introduced yoga in a corner of my hometown. After 30 years of corporate work, I was downsized and transitioned to teaching full-time.  Wanting more yoga knowledge, I added yoga therapy training. Today, the company I founded, MY VILLAGE YOGA partners with local non-profit agencies where my target audience frequents, offering diagnosis-specific classes, community karma classes and private chair and mat yoga sessions .  Additionally, I’ve established MY VILLAGE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING, a Registered Yoga School, certifying yoga teachers via a 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered training program. Yoga, more than exercise…a mind, body, spirit experience will meet you where you are, embodying MY VILLAGE YOGA’s motto: ‘yoga for everyone and everyBODY’

Laura Huffman
Laura graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1989 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and earned her Master of Arts in Education from Ursuline College in 1999. She enjoys photography, fiber arts, collage, and making jewelry. She loves to share her art experience, to teach and inspire others to find their creativity.

What is Mindful Art? It is a creative form of meditation. If you are an experienced artist, a beginner or anywhere in between, mindful art is for you! When creating mindful art you are encouraged to notice your breath, thoughts, sensations, emotions, etc. You will focus on the creative process rather than the final product.

We will be creating Word Art Collages. What is collage? Collage is an artistic composition made of various materials. Using newspapers, magazines, tissue paper, printouts of favorite quotes, string or found objects, you will create a collage that encapsulates who you are as a person. Creating a word collage is a spontaneous exercise and can lead to surprisingly beautiful results. The images, words, colors and textures you select represent your uniqueness, who you are and what you value.

Shaii White (Emotional Wellness)
Shelley (aka Shaii) is a certified Reiki Master/instructor and co-founder of One Mind Energetic Wellness Practitioners (One Mind).  Gifted the first two Reiki attunements (Levels I and II) from a Reiki Master in the late 1990’s, she acquired her Master and Instructor Level attunements and Certifications in 2011.  From there, she continued her studies in Energetic Wellness including Polarity Therapy and BioEnergetic Wellness Therapy, for which she received another certification in 2016.   Shaii teaches Meditation and Mindfulness, with a foundational focus on the breath to her Reiki students.  The combination of both wellness therapies calm and support the body, and releases stress, all the while synchronizing the mind/body/spirit connection (holistic approach).  Proper breathing allows for clearer thinking, improved brain function, and often increases overall endurance that can lead to a greater sense of well-being.  Concentrating on the breath is a great way to unwind before bed.


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For more information about the Wellness Initiative, you may contact Molly Feghali by phone, 216-658-1364  or email,