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Tangie R. McDougald, LPC NCC  

Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Director 

Tangie attended the University of Hartford where she obtained an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology. She went on to receive her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Joseph College. After completing graduate school Tangie worked for a nonprofit organization where she obtained certification as a Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Lead by her passion to bridge the gap of inequalities in mental healthcare, in 1997 she founded Community Matters, LLC. A group practice that serviced both children and adults. Based on the needs of the community Tangie has since pivoted her group practice to focus primarily on adults. She went on to form Community Matters Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Children in 2020 with a mission to focus primarily on the impact that trauma has on children. Tangie is a  best selling author, award winning business leader, life member of the NAACP and sorority member of Theta Alpha Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho, Incorporated. Tangie describes her quest to change the stigma surrounding BIPOC and mental health as PERSONAL. In addition to running her mental health clinics, Tangie serves as a counselor, coach, and consultant to other inspiring clinician's who are looking to start, grow or expand their clinical practices. 


She can be reached at her website; 

IG @ IAmTangie_Lpc

LinkedIn: Tangie R.McDougald, LPC NCC


Ventine Richardson 

Board President 

Born and raised in Hartford, CT, Tyrone Richardson is currently an Executive Director of School Leadership for Hartford Public Schools. He spends his day supervising, coaching, and supporting Principals in elementary, middle, and high schools across the district. He believes that a strong building leader has the most influence on whether students succeed socially and academically in school. Throughout his career he has also been a teacher, math coach, and principal. In addition to being an educator in Hartford, Mr. Richardson hosts the school district’s podcast, “Let’s Talk Hartford Public Schools” where he interviews key stakeholders and highlights the achievements of teachers, students, and families. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Communications, and Theatre Arts from Western CT State University. His Master’s in Education is from Cambridge College and he studied at CCSU for his 092 in Educational Leadership. He obtained is 093 in Executive Educational Leadership from UCONN in 2019. 

Tyrone is an author of two children’s books, “Quadri Lateral, and Saturday.” He is a husband, father, and most recently an “Abuelo.” 


Kyle McDougald 

Interim-Board Vice President

Kyle McDougald is a Hartford, Native. He currently works in defense for Local 376. Kyle majored in Accounting at Central Connecticut State University. Kyle has a natural passion in helping others. Throughout his tenure Kyle volunteers his time helping seniors and mentoring the youth. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and riding his motorcycle. 

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Board Vice President



Dr. Karen McLean 

Board Treasurer 

Dr. McLean currently serves as the treasurer on the Board. Dr. McLean is currently the Department Chair and Associate Professor of Social Work at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury where she teaches policy and cultural diversity classes. Dr. McLean is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Social Work where she received her PhD in Social Work. Dr. McLean’s research includes diversity and inclusion, microaggressions, self-care, and the learning experiences of undergraduate social work students. Dr. McLean is a lifelong resident of Hartford. She aspires to increase dialogue and knowledge on understanding and recognizing differences across communities in order to foster change.


Quiana Harrison 

Board Secretary 

Quiana is a Hartford native who currently resides in the Sunshine state. Quiana currently serves as secretary on the Board for Community Matters Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Children. She has over 20 years experience as a top seller and currently serves in leadership for a Fortune 500 company. Quiana has been instrumental in the development of Community Matters. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and pouring back into her community. 

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