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Our Board Members

Tamu K Lane

CEO & Founder / Board President

Who is Tamu Lane? She is a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an activist, an artist, a writer, and a servant of the Lord. Tamu is the CEO of Healing Wounds and TKLANE, LLC. She also is employed part time as The Director of Social Justice Programming at AVANZAR. She has been in the field of domestic violence and sexual abuse for over 11 years. Tamu is committed to education; she has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Also, many years ago she had to come to terms with her own past and heal so that she could help others. Therefore, she became a published author of her first book entitled, “Finally Free,” which is about her struggles around Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders. For many years Tamu has talked to hundreds of men and women around issues of mental illness, domestic violence, sexual abuse, suicide and much more. Through these conversations she now wants to step it up and create multiple documentaries showing the lives of those that have went through struggles in order to show that healing can happen.

Juwana McNear

Board Secretary

JuWana McNear is the Primary Prevention Specialist for AVANZAR in Linwood, New Jersey. Serving as the Chair of the Coalition Against Sexual Assualt, JuWana works to collaborate with community partners to provide sexual assault prevention education via Media Literacy and various other trainings. JuWana brings 25+ years of experience in the field’s management and training. JuWana also serves as trustee at Agape Faith Fellowship Church.

Sharon King

Board Member

Retired from more than 30 years in the field of mental health. Educational achievements include a master’s degree in Administration, Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and Associates degree in Human Services. Work experience in the field of mental health includes; Supervising Program Development Specialist, program analysts, social worker in both a general hospital and state psychiatric hospital, crisis counselor and community mental health center case manager.

Jason Lane

Board Member

Jason T. Lane, Sr., is an Ordained Reverend in the State of New Jersey. Mr. Lane is currently a para-professional working with children within the Winslow Township School System. Formerly. Mr. Lane was the Director of Human Resources for a private, non-profit social service organization based in Atlantic County, NJ. Mr. Lane is also founder and principal of Vision Realty Holdings, LLC which is a real estate investment company. In his spare time Mr. Lane enjoys reading, particularly the bible; spending time with his family and golfing.

Tyanio Whitaker

Board Vice President

Tyanio Whitaker is the CEO of Exclusive Fashions Firm where custom designed clothes are her passion. She creates for the every day individual. She also does home interiors. For the last 36 years “Ms.T” as she is affectionately called has served the truth-state area including churches and private institutions ministering through clothes. Outside of her roles as entrepreneur, she is a consultant, Public Relations and marketing specialists, facilitator, soon to be accomplished author, and mother of three extraordinary adult children all success full in their own right. When not serving the Lord or a client, she likes to spend time resting, reading, and relaxing. Her favorite scripture John 15:5, 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” All that I was, I am, and will be is because of Christ.

Deborah V. Vermaat

Board Member

Working for racial justice and equity began for Ms. Vermaat in 1987, after awakening to difficult family history. Co-founding and working with a non-profit organization in the 1990s, providing training and resources in the field of conflict resolution, revealed how we, as humans, struggle with not only how to talk with one another but also talking about what keeps us at odds. She has 25 years of mediation experience, working in court-based programs and with her local County Human Relations Commission. Her recent experience includes volunteering with the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV), working with their social justice forums to forward anti-racism initiatives. Her areas of expertise include “Mining the Gaps” of distorted and absent historical narratives, skills-building around having difficult conversations around race/privilege and finding space for courageous community-wide truth and reconciliation efforts.

Nashima Hartsfield

Board Member

Nashima Hartsfield is a Behaviroal Counselor for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health in Clementon, NJ. She earned her Social Service degree from Cumberland County College. She has worked and served in the social service and mental health field for over 20 years. Nashima also worked as a former consultant for NJ Child Assault Prevention where she educated and taught child assault prevention to K-8th grade students in the Cumberland County school district. She was a former consultant for Community Treatment Solutions providing therapeutic care to abused children and teens in treatment homes, DCPP and foster care. She is also the found and CEO of Far Above Rubies, LLC where she inspires, empowers, mentors and educate teens and women to live a purposed filled life! She hosts women empowerment events and networking summits in south jersey. This is her 2nd term serving on the Board of Directors for Healing Wounds. 

Nubia Bowen

Board Treasurer

Nubia is a Youth advocate who participates in strengthening relationships in the Community. Advocating for positive change by identifying issues, serving as a role model using strategic communications, while collaborating advocacy to help youths and their families.

Adrienne Simpkins

Board Member

Adrienne Simpkins, is a Licensed Associate Counselor in the State of New Jersey. She began her career as a domestic violence advocate in 2012 transitioning into her current role as a Clinician providing therapeutic support to Survivors in 2014. Adrienne provides group and individual counseling to address mental health care needs associated with trauma. In addition, Adrienne is Co-Chair of the Women of Color Task Force of the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence, where she collaborates with other domestic violence service providers to address and eliminate barriers to services for victims of undeserved communities. Adrienne finds it of upmost importance provide safe, healing spaces for those who have experienced trauma. She aspires to help those she serves shift from victimization to healing, liberty, wholeness and self-actualization.

Hilda Massenburg

Board Member

Hilda Massenburg holds a Master Degree in Social Work with a Certificate in Violence Against Women and Children from Rutgers, The State University. She is also a New Jersey State Certified Domestic Violence Specialist.

Hilda received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Kean College of New Jersey where she was very active in Student Government and one of the founders of the Interfaith Campus Ministry.

While attending Kean, she met and ultimately married her husband of thirty-six years, Gerald D. Massenburg, retired Associate Chancellor of Student Life at Rutgers, The State University, Newark, campus.

Hilda is a devoted member of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church located in Haddonfield, New Jersey where she actively serves as a Trustee, Deaconess, Missionary, and sings in the Music Ministry as well as diligently works in various other ministries within the church.

Hilda serves as one of the Co-chairs for the Women of Color Task Force and a Board Member of the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV). She is also a Board member of (GLAM), Giving Life Anew Meaning, a non-profit organization established to send school supplies to children in the Caribbean Islands, and Maude S. Walker Missionaries of Camden County.

Hilda is the proud mother of two daughters, Aminah K. Massenburg, Esq. Director of Compliance and Privacy Officer at The College of New Jersey and Akirah T. Fenimore, Assistant Director for Housing Operations & Business Affairs at Seton Hall University and a “son”, Michael Fenimore.

Hilda’s motto is, “I will not be the bridge that brings you down, but the bridge that will help carry you over.”