About AGAPE

Imagine individuals, families, and communities being loved unconditionally. Imagine a place where all people with various backgrounds, life experiences can bring their whole selves to receive therapy and coaching free of judgment. Imagine a world where these individuals are viewed as experts in their own lives searching for a guide to be with them on the journey of self-discovery, self-liberation, restorative healing, and authentic connection to themselves, their identified families, and communities. Imagine Therapists and Coaches providing therapy and coaching strategies from a holistic, humanistic, loving, connecting, and inspirational place. At scale. This is the reality we’re building at AGAPE Family Therapy and Coaching. 

We’re already helping some of the most influential community leaders, inspiring families and courageous individuals to reach their highest potential in self-leadership. They are engaging in community and self-care, advocating for a better workplace and community life, loving and communicating with their families in healthier ways and being mindful of what their needs are, and communicating that effectively with their identified family and community. AGAPE is loving unconditionally, which follows from the filling up of self and the outpouring to others. A fresh start to loving deeply. 

Meet Our Team

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Melissa is a serial entrepreneur with a mission to be a change agent for equity, humanity, self-leadership, and liberty. She is an avid lifelong learner whose lens is rooted in Christianity and Anti-Oppression. Melissa holds an MSW from NYU and a BA in psychology and a minor in African and Latino history from Baruch College. Melissa holds a certificate from Leadership that Works/Coaching for Transformation as a certified professional coach. She is a licensed clinical social worker (084193-1) with R privilege in the state of New York, she holds an executive education
certificate from Fordham University and a Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) certified from
Hunter College (CUNY).

She is the Founder and CEO of Agape Family Therapy and Coaching. 

Melissa Elliott, LCSW-R, CPC, SIFI

Founder and CEO

She is the founder and CEO of AGAPE Family Therapy and Coaching, which provides psychotherapy to clients experiencing peri-natal and post-natal anxiety and disorder, couple counseling, family counseling, clinical supervision She is an adjunct professor at NYU teaching Practice I & II and Field instruction I & II, Field lab experience, and Diversity, Racism, Oppression and Privilege. She provides clinical supervision to Master of Social Work Students at CUNY Foster Youth College Success Initiative. She provides life, leadership board and executive coaching internationally and nationally Cultivating liberatory practices for those who experience inequities by examining internalized racial oppression and anti-blackness; developing voice and choice in the workplace.

 

Melissa holds a graduate master’s degree in social work from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in African and Latino history from CUNY-Bernard M. Baruch College. Melissa holds a certificate from Leadership that Works/Coaching for Transformation as a certified professional coach. She is a licensed clinical social worker (084193-1) with R privilege in the state of New York, she holds an executive education certificate from Fordham University and a Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) certified from Hunter College (CUNY).

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Nadira Ramcharan, MBA

HR and Operations Consultant

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Nadira is an entrepreneur providing HR and Operations consulting services to organizations. In her role at Agape, she supports with organizational strategy, recruitment, and finance support. 

Nadira holds an MBA and Advanced Graduate Certificate in HRM from Empire State College, a BA from Baruch College, and an AAS from TCI-College of Technology. Nadira is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration from Capella University.

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Nadira Ramcharan, MBA is a consultant, trainer, coach, and executive with over a decade of professional experience. Nadira focuses on building partnerships with stakeholders and setting strategies for program, operations, projects and talent management. She supports leaders in creating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) Operations and HR policies and practices to enhance organizational operations and performance. She strongly believes that employees at all levels, regardless of roles and titles, should have access to professional development, opportunities, and career paths to support their professional growth. 

 

She holds an M.B.A. and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management. She has a B.A. from the City University of New York-Bernard M. Baruch College. She is a John C. Maxwell Certified Coach, Speaker, and Trainer. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in Leadership. Nadira serves as the Board Treasurer at The Christmas Experience, Inc. and at Just As I Am YOUth Empowerment, and she is an Advisory Board Member for the Design Thinking Program at Pace University and at Black Nurse Rock Association - San Antonio Chapter.

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Yanill Quezada

Clinician

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Yanill is a bilingual Licensed Master Social Worker with experience working with individuals, throughout the lifespan, couples, and families. Serving a variety of clients from immigrant backgrounds and as a daughter of immigrants, she acknowledges the role our many identities play in how we navigate the world and understand how society, systems, and structures perpetuate oppression for minoritized populations. As a social worker, I use my power and privilege to address the inequities and injustices in our communities, with hopes of promoting collective healing. 

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Yanill is a bilingual Licensed Master Social Worker with experience working with individuals, throughout the lifespan, couples, and families. Serving a variety of clients from immigrant backgrounds and as a daughter of immigrants, Yanill acknowledges the role our many identities play in how we navigate the world and understand how society, systems, and structures perpetuate oppression for minoritized populations. As a social worker, Yanill uses her power and privilege to address the inequities and injustices in our communities, with hopes of promoting collective healing. Practicing through an anti-racist and trauma-informed lens, her clinical approach incorporates relational, ecological, psychodynamic, and strengths-based therapies. Yanill will be completing my EMDR training, a treatment modality designed to help people recover from traumas and other distressing life experiences. 

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Jose Rodriguez, LMSW

Clinician

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José Rodriguez, pronouns he/him/his, has dedicated his life's work to helping individuals who look like him. As a queer Afro-Dominican, José understands the importance of addressing mental health concerns while respecting and celebrating unique cultures and experiences. Using his own lived experience, he has created bonds and helped foster safe communities within various intersectional spaces in adult health management, child welfare, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and workforce development. 

Jose has an MSW from NYU. He enjoys bike riding, binge-watching anything, and facetiming with his 4-yr old twin godsons.

José Rodriguez, pronouns he/him/his, has dedicated his life's work to helping individuals who look like him. As a queer Afro-Dominican, Joséunderstands the importance of addressing mental health concerns while respecting and celebrating unique cultures and experiences. Using his own lived experience, he has created bonds and helped foster safe communities within various intersectional spaces in adult health management, child welfare, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and workforce development. Much of José's work focuses on a person-centric approach utilizing an individual's strength to inform the partnership and process. José has obtained his Master of Social Work degree from New York University and is in debt from it. During his spare time, he enjoys bike riding, binge-watching literally anything, and facetiming with his 4-year-old twin godsons.

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Sam Gruppo

MSW Intern, Intake Specialist

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Sam is currently a first-year MSW student at the NYU School of Social Work. His goal is to integrate radical abolitionist perspectives into clinical practice with individuals and groups. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Upon graduating, Sam worked in digital marketing, and then transitioned into education and worked as an ESL teacher in Madrid, Spain for several years, and then Edinburgh, Scotland. While abroad, he also obtained a master’s degree in sociology, concentrating on the criminalization of migration in the United States. Throughout his summers while teaching, Sam led student travel programs in Costa Rica and Ecuador for Putney Student Travel.

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Kamarra Straker

Billing Specialist

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Kamarra currently serves Agape as the Billing Specialist working to support the organization with managing all aspects of billing and payroll support.

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Kamarra serves AGAPE Family Therapy and Coaching as the Billing Specialist. In this role, Kamarra coordinates all aspects of billing and supports the team with efficient billing operations. 

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Adam Kavalin

MSW Intern, Community Outreach and Partnerships

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Ad is a second year master's student at NYU Silver School of Social Work. They are passionate about approaching social work through an abolitionist framework. In their practice, they strive to create a healing atmosphere based in compassion and nonjudgement by incorporating elements of mindfulness, somatic therapy and transformative justice. They are interested in continuing to develop their practice with individuals and exploring work with couples and families, however people define those relationships.

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Austin Dalgleish

MSW Intern, Clinician

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Austin Dalgleish is an NYU Master of Social Work Intern. Austin approaches their practice from a holistic approach with an emphasis on how our body can tell the stories about what’s going on in our mind. With an emphasis in working with the queer community, Austin hopes to apply an affirmative lens to all client’s narrative working with them to attain higher levels of self-esteem, resilience, and interconnectedness.

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Imam Kurniawan

MSW Intern, Macro Practice Specialist

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Imam is a Master of Social Work Candidate with a strong background in research, non-profit, communication, presentation, and project management. With 3 years of experience with design and planning for non-profit and research, Imam specializes in workshop delivery, budgeting, and facilitation in non-profit and company settings.

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Angela Mayack

MSW Intern, Clinician

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Angela is a MSW intern clinician with experience providing individual psychotherapy to adolescents and adults living with anxiety and complex trauma. Her approach in treatment is the meet the client where they are by supporting clients through difficulty emotions and challenging interpersonal relationships through the use of various therapeutic modalities. Angela will receive her MSW from New York University in May 2023. 

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