DBGM’s Board

dbgm_CEO Antoine Craigwell, Founder, President, and CEO
Antoine contributed as a writer for Out In Jersey magazine, The Bilerico Project, for several publications including FORTUNE Small Business magazine, The Bronx Times Reporter, The New York Amsterdam News,  was the assistant editor with The Network Journal, and a contributor to mainstreet.com. He graduated from Bernard Baruch College of the City University of New York, and in 2008 he earned awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists. He produced the documentary “You Are Not Alone” and facilitates discussion forums on depression in Black gay men. In July 2012, he presented a poster exhibition “Examining Depression and HIV in Black gay men” at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. With DBGM, Antoine has facilitated discussion fora, accompanying documentary screenings in communities around the country and internationally, and at various national conferences. In collaboration with other non-profit organizations, he planned and hosted in October 2014 the first-ever LGBT Peoples of Color Mental Health Summit at Rutgers University, Newark Campus, and in October 2015, the first-ever LGBT Peoples of Color Mental Health Conference at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel in Union Square, NYC, which has grown into an annual conference, being held at the Alexander Hamilton US Customs House Building in 2016, at the Stewart Hotel in 2017, and in collaboration with the Metropolitan College of New York in 2018. Antoine lectures on cultural competency for LGBTQ populations a medical school. He is a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, sponsored by NYC DOHMH and provided by the National Council for Behavioral Health. He is in the process of completing a book in which Black gay men share stories of their struggles with depression.

dbgm_gardere Jeffery Gardere Ph.D
Jeffery Gardere, Ph.D. is Co-Executive Producer for the documentary “You Are Not Alone”. Better known as “America’s Psychologist”, Dr. Jeff is one of the most widely sought-after experts in the field of mental health. He is a regular guest on The NBC Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, HLN, The Maury Povich Show, The CBS Early Morning Show, Fox Business News, FOX News, Nancy Grace, Tru-TV Reality Specials, and court shows. Dr. Jeff has authored several books, including his controversial book, “Love Prescription.” He is also the co-author of “Practical Parenting” with Montel Williams. Dr. Jeff’s first book, “Smart Parenting for African-Americans: Helping Your Kids Thrive in a Difficult World.” With a private practice, Dr. Jeff is on the faculty of the Harlem, NY-based Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.

dbgm_noimage Lauren Johnson, PHR

Lauren has more than 20 years of experience as a Human Resources (HR) professional, and in payroll and facilities management. Bringing a wide range of experiences to the DBGM Board of Directors, she worked in the music, retail, non-profit, fashion and insurance industries. In other community work with her church, Lauren manages a monthly lunch program dedicating to feeding people in need. Working with DBGM, she uses her HR skills in formulating the organization’s policies and procedures, interpersonal and interagency relationships, and has responsibility for ensuring accountability and transparency.

dbgm_adams Chris Adams,LMSW – Acting Secretary/Treasurer

At a recent Board meeting, Chris was elected as the organization’s acting Secretary/Treasurer. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University in Journalism and his Master’s degree from Fordham University. He has more than 15 years’ experiences working with children and youth in homeless shelters, such as Non-Secure Placement, an alternative to incarceration and foster care system connecting them and their families to services throughout the New York metropolitan area. Adams also served on the Spence Chapin Adoption African American Advisory Board, was the Board President of Kids X-Press publication, and host of the cable show In The Black Media “I am American Too”. As a member of DBGM’s Board of Directors, Chris was instrumental in planning and executing the organization’s first LGBT People of Color Mental Health Summit held at Rutgers University, Newark Campus in October 2014, spearheading programmatic initiatives, an integral part of the planning team for the first-ever LGBT People of Color Mental Health Conference, held in October 2015, and was the co-leader of the programming planning team for the 2016, second annual LGBT People of Color Mental Health Conference, which was held at the Alexander Hamilton US Customs House Building.

Legal Representation

dbgm_sanders Robert Schaffer, Troutman Sanders LLP
 Robert, as a partner with the law firm, Troutman, Sanders, provides pro bono legal services for DBGM, ensuring compliance with applicable federal and state regulations, and contracts and agreements are executed efficiently and in the shared best interests of DBGM and its collaborators.


dbgm_noimage Venice Northe
 Venice, as a grants manager with a large city-wide hospital corporation, provides bookkeeping and accounting services on a volunteer basis, to support the work of the organization’s Treasurer.