052: Do Your Own Thing Because You Know You Can with Melissa DaSilva, Founder of East Coast Mental Wellness

Melissa DaSilva is a licensed Social Worker and founder of the Rhode Island based mental health agency East Coast Mental Wellness. She specializes in providing therapy and hypnosis services to members of the LGBTQ+ community. She is also the host of the LGBTQ+ podcast Pride Connections. She is an artist on her off times and a proud wife and pet parent.

This Episode is Sponsored By

·      Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC

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Questions Answered in this Episode

·      Who is Melissa, and what does her business do?

·      What motivated Melissa to start her own business?

·      How does Melissa help empower LGBTQ communities?

·      How can you get in touch with Melissa?

Resources Shared in this Episode

·      Visit Melissa’s Website

·      Subscribe to Melissa’s Podcast

·      Join the Pride Connections FaceBook Community

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Rhodes Perry

Rhodes Perry is a nationally recognized expert on LGBTQ and social justice public policy matters, with two decades of leadership experience innovating strategy management, policy and program solutions for corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. At his core, Rhodes is an entrepreneur, where he most recently established Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC, a national diversity and inclusion consulting firm that uses an intersectional approach to collaborate with leaders on creating solutions in the practice areas of strategy management, issue advocacy, and stakeholder engagement. Previously, Rhodes founded the Office of LGBTQ Policy & Practice at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, and prior to this assignment he served as the founding Director of Policy at PFLAG National where he led the policy strategy and advocacy efforts for the organization’s 350 chapters. He cut his teeth serving as a Program Examiner at the White House Office of Management & Budget, where he improved upon federal benefit programs designed to provide assistance to low-income communities. Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and obtained a Master of Public Administration from New York University.