Board Members - Executive



Psychiatric Social Worker

Ms. Admassu is the founder of the African Communities Public Health Coalition (ACPHC), a Los Angeles based non profit organization.

Ms. Admassu assists in the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) African/ African America (AAA) Under Represented Ethnic Population (UREP) subcommittee in assessing mental health service provision in the African Communities.  Ms. Admassu currently serves on the LACDMH AAA-UREP subcommittee  as a cultural broker.

Ms. Admassu provides hands-on, professional and culturally sensitive outreach and engagement to raise the awareness of mental health issues in the African Communities. She has presented a range of training seminars in various nationwide sponsored cultural competency events. Her innovative and interactive workshops include suicide prevention, early intervention, and how to access to mental health services. With more than 8 years of experience in community, non-profit, and public mental health programs, Ms. Admassu’s education and community advocacy efforts have clearly demonstrated her diligence to mental health consumers, especially those of the African Communities.


Associate Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, CHIRLA

Mr. Zerihoun Yilma is the founding Board member of African Coalition and is currently the Associate Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, (CHIRLA), where he has long served to bring immigration issues at the forefront. He has over 20 years of experience in both for-profit and non-profit management.  Zerihoun is a community leader and has provided technical assistance to several small non-profit organizations in Los Angeles. He is also the founding member of the Californians for Human Immigrant Rights Leadership Action Fund (CHIRLAction Fund). He has also served as the Vice-President of the Board of the Virgin Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles and is a member of Black Immigration Network (BIN) an affiliate of Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI). Zeri oversees the financial and program administration, assist in technical assistance around immigration services and serve as liaison to partner organizations. Before joining the African Coalition, Zerihoun has had professional and academic journeys in different countries including India, Botswana, Namibia, and Ethiopia, receiving his Masters Degree from Poona University. His previous experience in corporate management and accounting for several for-profit companies has shaped his expertise in the non-profit sector.



Community Advocate

Romalis Taylor has an extensive career spanning over 30 years experience in Mental Health, Social Services, and the Management field including; program development, administrative systems development, and financial and quality assurance development. Currently he is the Chair for the Compton/East Compton Best Start Leadership Group which advocates, develops, and implements community activities to strengthen families with children 0-5 based on the First 5 Strengthening Families Model. He is also the representative for the Under Representative Ethnic Populations Groups on the Department of Mental Health System Leadership Team. He is a member of the Services Area Advisory Council 6 in South Los Angeles.  Previously he was a Center Director in South L. A, and  a  Director of Government and Community Relations Los Angeles County.

He is active in a number of other community and county advisory councils regarding advocacy and cultural competence in services for African and African American children, youth and families and their  well being. Mr. Taylor received his Bachelors Degree form California State  University of Los Angeles, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration  at  the same University.



Retired Psychiatric Social Worker

Etsegenet Z. Mekasha is a clinical social worker who retired from her job with the State of California after 32 years of service. She is a member of the original board that established the African Community Public Health Coalition. Her volunteer service goes back a long way and the agencies she were associated with are: The Ethiopian and Kenyan YWCA as board member and the Ethiopian Community Development Center in LA, also as board member. Her service for the Virgin Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church began at the inception of the church up to the present time. Her participation ranges from working on various committees to being a vice board member for two terms.


Researcher and Adjunct Faculty. Kofi, has over 10 years community college and university teachinng experience in Los Angeles and New York City. He recieved his MS in Global Health Science from  the Universty of California San Francisco and MPhil from the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra. Kofi comes with an enormous experience in program development and management. As a passionate person, Kofi is unapologically African and his desire is to build an African-born immigrant community in Southern California, whose political strenghth in the United States of America is a strong force to reckon with.



Clinical Director at Personal Involvement Center, Inc.

Alpha Timbo has had an extenisive careeer in Social Work. Before his role as Clinical Director at Peronal Involvement Center, Inc., Alpha founded and directed Alphagee Associates. Previous to that position Mr. Timbo seved as a Clinical Consultant and Trainer at the Dual Diagnosis Mental health Clinic and as the Executive Director at the Youth Intervention Program for Los Angeles County. Mr. Timbo recieved his MSW from the Univeristy of California, Los Angeles.