MSW, LCSW, LICSW, PMH-C
Valon Alford is an award winning clinical social worker with advanced training and
certifications in Sex Education, Sex Therapy, and Maternal Mental Health. Currently, Valon
works as a Clinical Instructor and Psychotherapist with the University of North Carolina’s
Women’s Mood Disorder Clinic. Additionally, Valon is the Owner of Vitality Wellness
Solutions, PLLC, a sexual health organization that promotes pleasure, wellness, and advocacy through workshops, consultation, and therapy. In past professional roles, Valon has worked with children and families across the lifespan in various capacities, including permanency & adoption social worker, intensive outpatient mental health clinician with veterans, medical social worker & psychotherapist for active duty military personnel, and liaison for retired NFL players. Valon’s work embodies cultural humility and emphasis on intersectionality, or the ways in which multiple systems of oppression affect Black people (and Black women) in particular, especially as it relates to mental, sexual, and maternal/reproductive health.
Valon is a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional through Postpartum Support
International. She completed the Sexual Health Certificate Program at the University of
Michigan School of Social Work in 2019, where she obtained a certificate in sex therapy and
sexuality education. Valon received dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Human Development & Family Studies and African American Studies with a minor in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009. She received her Master of Social Work degree from Howard University in 2011. She is licensed as an independent clinical social worker in the District of Columbia and North Carolina. Valon currently lives in Durham, NC with her family.
CEO and Founder | Vitality Wellness Solutions | PLLC
Aka "Coach Rees"
Ariassa Wilson, known as Coach Rees is a dynamic, authentic, growth minded individual. Former head college basketball coach, current student, retention manager, supervisor, professor, curriculum developer and consultant; she brings 15 years of leadership, teaching and coaching experience from basketball courts, classrooms, to boardrooms and Zoom.
Coach Rees’s passion for life and seeing other people grow, led her to:
Earn a Bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry and Psychology
A Masters in Coaching and Administration
Playing professional basketball in Brazil
Create a non-profit geared towards leadership and life skill development for marginalized youth.
Visit all 50 states and 26 countries
Hard work, passion and purpose driven are a few phrases to describe Rees. Coach Rees has coached up individuals across the globe, in countries like Colombia, to rural parts of Alaska; speaking at assemblies and numerous college leadership development events. Her background includes coaching individuals from all walks of life, from first generation college students, professional athletes, professors, entrepreneurs, to real estate investors.
Coach Rees’s life conviction is to empower others to believe they are worthy of investing in themselves. This is done through passion, love, repetition, relationship. Rees will assist you in discovering your life's mission, vision and purpose. Using specific tactics that contribute to growth in your emotional intelligence, self-efficacy and behavioral finance, empowering you to thrive with confidence by centering yourself.
When not serving others, Rees is working to complete her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, running real estate investment companies, and traveling the world. Rees is proud to lead and serve and to be a role model for others while dismantling injustices and stereotypes, to promote anti-racist structures.
Founder | You-Ish
Hey, my name is Lauren, and I am the Founder and Executive Director of Propel Productions Center, Inc.
I'm a Clinical Social Worker and while working within the realm of mental health, I've noticed that there are no "fun" or "engaging" agencies that truly meet people where they are. That had to change! I decided to create an organization that inspires people to want to participate in mental health. I wanted to design a place that I needed when I was younger...a space to process difficult emotions and create. As an adult, I need this space now more than ever!
I love so many different forms of expressive arts. However, my favorite art genre is dance. I'm able to tell stories through my body that I may struggle to convey through words alone. Recently, I've also gravitated towards gardening (herbs & succulents) and aromatherapy. There's something purely magical when you play in the dirt. I'm looking forward to baking with my fresh ingredients soon.
Anyway, it's so important that we begin to prioritize our mental health. It is at the foundation of who we are and how we function. Using the expressive arts to do that makes emotional wellness more manageable and enjoyable.
I envision PPC becoming the 'Parks & Rec' of the mental health and wellness space. A community pillar for healing.
Founder & Executive Director | Propel Productions Center Inc.
Former Clients and Guest Speaker/Panel Events
Black Athlete Empowerment Workshop
San Francisco, California
Virtual Meditation and Mental Wellness Event
Impala Racing Team
San Francisco, California
Athletic Identity Workshops for Female Cross Country Runners
University of Texas-Austin
The African-America Sport Experience Panel
PUMA and DTLR: HER Lifestyle Panel
Super Bowl Miami
Soulkation Life Class Panel: Family Matters
Family Trauma, Co-parenting, and Breaking Generational Curses
IHeartRadio: West Palm Beach Radio
Your Best Life Show: Joy 106.3 FM
NCNW: National Council of Negro Women USF Chapter
FAR: Female Athletes ROCK
Black Girl Volleyball Magic
EBR Magnet Programs