meet our team

Hello! My name is Melissa Elliott (she/her), I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R, CPC, SIFI)

and I am the Founder and CEO of AGAPE Family Therapy &'s a little bit about me:

Melissa Elliott is the founder and CEO of AGAPE Family Therapy & Coaching, which provides psychotherapy to clients experiencing perinatal and postnatal anxiety and mood disorders, 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. Provides clinical supervision to LMSW, LMHC, LMFT, LCAT, LCSW in the state of New York. Known co-facilitator of (DEIB) workshops/groups for Board of Directors across the country. Sought after facilitator of Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) affinity groups for organizations. Known for developing and facilitating retreats for Assembly Members and community based organizations in New York City. Provides trauma-informed coaching and consulting through a DEIB lens to BIPOC professionals and organizations. 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. Her approach to coaching and consulting is rooted in five (5) core values, to create a space that is authentic, non-judgmental, confidential and transformative to all those served. If you want to learn skills to manage your inner critic and develop your inner author, actualize your highest potential in life, achieve academic success and/or maximize your gifts and talents in your professional career, or build deeper meaningful relationships, she is that coach.


Melissa holds a master’s degree in social work from New York University, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with 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).

We have an amazing team of professionals that are here to get you to all the resources you are looking for. Each of them have specialized experience and training that allow for a diverse range of approaches.

José Rodriguez (he/him), LMSW


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. 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.

Yanill Quezada (she/her), LMSW


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. 

Franchesca Santos (she/her)

Intake Specialist, MSW Intern (NYU)

Franchesca is an intern from the masters program at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She studied Psychology in undergrad and spent the first couple of years of her post-grad providing youth development and counseling for adolescents in high school. She is passionate about mental health and has been providing intake assessments and guidance to families seeking  mental health services for the last 3 years. She approaches her work through a social justice lens with an emphasis on mindfulness and meeting the client where they are.

Angela Mayack (she/her)

Clinician, MSW Intern (NYU)

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. 

Ad Kavalin (they/them)

Clinician, MSW Intern (NYU)

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.

Nadira Ramcharan (she/her), MBA

HR and Operations Consultant

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.

Imam Kurniawan (he/him)

Macro Practice Specialist, MSW Intern (NYU)

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.

Kamarra Straker (she/her)

Billing Specialist

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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