About Us

Dr. Sonyia Richardson, MSW, LCSW   

Dr. Richardson possesses a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (UNC Charlotte), a Master in Social Work degree (UNC Chapel Hill), and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Urban Education (UNC Charlotte).  She has over 19 years of experience as a social worker. She is licensed as a clinical social worker in North Carolina (LCSW).  Her specialty is working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts.  Additionally, she offers specialized services focused on healing and addressing issues specific to African American individuals, families, and communities.


Her favorite quote is “Lives fall apart when they need to be rebuilt.”  - Iylana Vanzant 


Dr. Richardson utilizes her teaching and supervision experience in higher education to design exceptional training and consulting experiences.  Dr. Richardson is married to Rondell Richardson who is a medical entrepreneur (orthotics and prosthetics) and they have two children. 

Training and Certifications:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused-CBT, DBT Informed Practices, Motivational Interview, Veteran & Military Informed Best Practices, LCSW Supervisor (Completed certification training), Systems of Care

Triva Caple, Owner                                                                                           

Triva Caple joined ALCC in 2007 and has over 20 years of experience within the Healthcare Administration field.  She is a military veteran and has extensive skills with medical billing, accounting, office management, and process management.  Triva can lead others in demanding circumstances and remain calm in stressful situations.  She believes we are all capable at any age of reinventing ourselves if we have the passion and desire.  This belief guides her work as a co-owner of ALCC. 

Her favorite quote is "Broken crayons still color" - Shelley Hitz

Triva Caple is a mother of two children; a college graduate and a teenager.  She enjoys spending time with her family and treasure those moments.

April Simmons-Liner, Owner 
April Simmons-Liner has over 25 years of experience within the health and human services industry.  Her experience includes direct care, case management, quality assurance and improvement, organizational development, training and facilitation, coaching, and office management. 
Her favorite quote is, "Tell people about your truth whether your truth is good or bad.  It is your truth and it is important that you accept it and let others understand it." - Phyllis Newshouse
Training and Certifications:  Certified Systems of Care Lead Trainer
Vernell Copeland, MEd
Vernell Copeland is a retired educator from Charlotte Mecklenburg School System with over 34 years of experience. She received an M.Ed. degree from UNCC Charlotte and a certificate in Human Resource. She received a BA degree in Education from Johnson C. Smith University.  Mrs. Copeland has over 10 years of experience working at ALCC as the Human Resource  Coordinator. She is dedicated to making sure all staff has the required credentials and certifications to provide qualified and professional mental health services to clients. She believes that taking people to the next level requires empathy, quality, and compliance.
Her favorite quote is, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - Phillippians 4:13
Ciara James, BSW, MSW, LCSWA

Ciara James possesses a Bachelor's degree in Social Work (Elizabeth City State University) and a Master’s of Social Work degree (East Carolina University), She is licensed as a clinical social worker in North Carolina. Ms. James has a diverse background in working with children and families, specifically those who have suffered from severe trauma. Ms. James is also highly passionate about uplifting and impacting the lives of individuals’ so that they will become the best version of themselves.

Her favorite quotes are:

“Stay strong, your story isn’t over yet.”

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” - Gandhi

Training and Certifications:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT, Trauma-informed Practices, DBT Informed Practices, Motivational Interview

Iesha Williams, MA, Ed.S, NCC, LPCA, LCASA

Iesha Williams graduated from North Carolina Central University with her BA in
Psychology and from Gardner-Webb University with her MA/Ed.S in mental health counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate.  Ms. Williams has a wide range of
experience ranging from children, adolescents and adults with mental
health and substance use disorders. She is a big advocate for all her clients and
wants nothing but greatness from each person that she meets.

Training and Certifications:  Motivational interviewing, Person-centered planning, Cultural competence, Resilience factors for people who use drugs, increasing the effectiveness of suicide prevention strategies, Understanding co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder

Matthew Mills, MSW, LCSW

Matthew Mills has both Master and Bachelor degrees in Social Work from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He has experience working with youth and families of multiple cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds.  Mr. Mills also has a focus on youth and adults who have had contact with the criminal justice system.


Training and Certifications:  Youth Mental Health First Aid, Person-Centered Thinking, DBT Informed, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dejah Alston, MSW, LCSWA

Dejah Alston from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a BSW degree. She obtained her MSW from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She practices as a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate in the state of North Carolina. She has ample experience working with adolescents and adults. She is an interactive, insightful and nonjudgemental therapist. She believes that everyone is capable of greatness, and she believes that having someone to encourage and guide them along the way is essential to their success and development.


Her favorite quote is:  "Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best." - St. Jerome

Tayla Suitte, Intern

Tayla Suitte is a senior Health Systems Management major and public health minor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She will graduate with her degree in December 2020 and aspires to continue her academic career by pursuing either a master’s in public health or Health Administration. Although she wishes she could work in every field of healthcare, Tayla is especially passionate about improving the quality of care patients receive and aims to work on equity initiatives for vulnerable groups.  Tayla’s goal as a future representative of healthcare is to be an empathetic and persistent advocate for the populations she serves.

Her favorite quote: To all the crazy things that happened that made me who I am. Amen. To everyone who ever hurt me. I’m stronger ‘cause of them. And I might not have more answers, but the questions make more sense. Amen -Andra Day

Liza Tindall, Intern

Liza is a Health Systems Management major and Gerontology minor at UNC Charlotte with plans to graduate in December 2020. She plans to further my education by getting my Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Physical Activity and Nutrition. She is interested in a wide variety of health care topics including EHRs, medical billing and coding, the aging process, and promoting optimal aging. She aspires to be an activity director at an assisted living facility. In her free time, she enjoys making priceless memories with my family and friends. 

Her favorite quote is “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt