Umoja Team. Umoja Strong!
Creating the Space for Healing and Recovery
Umoja Health, Wellness, and Justice Collective is place for community. It takes many voices, hands, and hearts to move the work forward. The core team holds the space and allows community to move in and around, creating moments of connection and healing.
Urban Art Institute Director
Community Paramedic Peer Support Specialist
CPSS, CHW, Recovery Coach, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator, Trauma and Resiliency and a Reconnect for Resilience Skills Educator
Founder, Executive Director
Mr. Hayes is a visionary agent of change. Mr. Hayes has found powerful ways to infuse the art of storytelling and the science of resilience into opportunities for healing and recovery. He is the author of the HOPE (Healing Our Past/Personal Experiences) module, a Certified Peer Support Specialist, a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator, and a Reconnect for Resilience Skills Educator. Mr. Hayes is the founder of the Urban Arts Institute and continues to provide opportunities for healing and growth grounded in the arts. Mr. Hayes believes in the power of community and the collective healing process.
Recovery Coach & CHW Candidate
Urban Arts Institute Director
Tyequan was born and raised in Asheville. He is a graduate of Erwin High School. He is the Artistic Director of the Urban Arts Institute, the Arts Program of Umoja. Tyequan is also the Producer of the weekly Hour of HOPE radio show. He’s worked as a bartender and mixologist around Asheville, including at Benne on Eagle, where he was featured in Garden & Gun Magazine. He is a Recovery Coach and a Community Health Worker Candidate and the father of four.
CPSS, PACE & Trauma and Resiliency Educator
HOPE 4 the Future Program Director
Aaron is a mechanic, native of Asheville, '88 graduate of Asheville High, NC Central University & Shaw University, Chair of African American Heritage Commission, CPSS, Trauma & Resiliency Educator, national Bass player, writer-producer and has opened for Cameo, Earth Wind Fire, Chakra Khan & more. Father of four.
CPSS, Recovery Coach, Trauma and Resiliency Educator, CHW Candidate
Community Paramedic Peer Support Specialist & HOPE 4 the Future Staff
Karen is a native of NC who moved to Asheville 10 years ago. She is a CPSS, Recovery Coach, Trauma & Resilience Educator. She is married and mother of 5. She has previously been with Winston Salem/Asheville Housing Authority for 20 years as HVAC technician. She is currently a CHW candidate.
CPSS, CHW, CNA, Trauma Informed Educator
HOPE 4 the Future Program Director
Paula is a native of NC, graduated from MCdowell High '86. She is a CNA & Home Health 25 years, PSS, CHW, trauma informed educator, Community Paramedic team member. She has been Peer support at Buncombe County Jail MAT program and is trained in Motivational Interviewing.
Alex Taylor CPSS
Buncombe County Community Paramedic Peer Support Specialist
Alex was born and raised in Cherokee, NC and relocated to Asheville 7 and a half years ago to better my life and seek recovery. She has been working in the recovery/community support field for over 7 years now. She have worked in various treatment centers, has case management experience, and is currently enrolled in EMT classes. She enjoys helping people find their way out of the darkness as in recovery for 7 and a half years now. A fun fact about Alex is that she has a cat who she treats like her own child!