MEET THE STAFF
Rev. Mary Diggs-Hobson
Reverend Mary Diggs-Hobson is a Cofounder and the Executive Director of African Americans Reach and Teach Health (AARTH) Ministry, a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2002 to respond to HIV/AIDS and other chronic health conditions that disproportionately affect African and Black people in the diaspora.
Rev. Diggs-Hobson and her staff are the organizers of a host of state and regional health conferences for health providers. She and her staff continue to develop, sponsor and deliver culturally appropriate behavioral health-change and clinical education and training for communities,
organizations and health institutions throughout Washington and five regional states including, Utah, Oregon, Alaska, Colarado, and Wyoming.
She is a 1992 graduate of RHEMA Bible College Tulsa, Oklahoma with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. Reverend Mary and her husband, Reverend Lee Hobson have served since 2010 on the Pastoral Leadership team at Damascus International Fellowship in Seattle, WA where Reverend James P. Broughton III, is the senior pastor.
Dedra Barrow, MPH
Dedra Barrow is the Program Director at AARTH. Born in Seattle, WA but raised in Atlanta, GA, Dedra considers herself to be a native of the Pacific Northwest. Dedra is a dedicated mother, daughter and health equity advocate. Prior to joining the AARTH family, Dedra served as a Health Center Administrator at Sea Mar Community Health Centers from 2015 to 2018 where she oversaw daily operations.
Dedra’s educational background includes a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Georgia (UGA)., as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Georgia. Dedra was a member of the UGA track & field team, and is a self-proclaimed, die-hard UGA football fan. Go Dawgs!
Dedra is passionate about striving for better health outcomes for the black community. Dedra believes that working at AARTH is an honor and she is always looking for opportunities to partner with others who share her vision and passion for a thriving, healthy, equitable African American community.
Linda Chastine, BSW
HIV Program Coordinator
Linda Chastine is a Black Queer Femme living, working, and building community in Seattle, WA. Graduating from the illustrious Clark Atlanta University’s Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work in 2015, Linda has been dedicated to health equity, for marginalized communities, since her introduction to the field. Linda's health equity journey has taken her from working at Planned Parenthood Southeast as an intern, moving to Seattle through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps to volunteer as a Community Outreach Liaison with The Hepatitis Education Project, to now working as the HIV Program Coordinator with AARTH, since her re-introduction to Seattle in 2017. Linda’s mission and purpose are to create and facilitate spaces for Black, Brown, & Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), to safely share their narratives as a joyful proclamation of defiance, resiliency, reclamation, and reparation. Ultimately, Linda is dedicated to dismantling all forms of oppression so that one day, all beings may have the ability to live in fullness with love, joy, & dignity, free from fear, shame, and injustice.
Angeilea' Yancey, BSW
ELAW Program Coordinator
Angeilea’ Yancey-Watson is a Tacoma, WA native. Angeilea received her dual bachelors in Community psychology and Health Administration from the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!) in 2017. Since then, her career has been focused on the advocacy and care coordination for underrepresented populations. Angeilea became a certified in-home caregiver in 2014, which was the catalyst to discovering her passion for African American behavioral health. In 2018 and 2019, she served as an Assisted living Director specializing in Alzheimer's and Dementia care. Prior to joining AARTH, Angeilea served as the Director of behavioral health for Sound Wellness Group, a private practice in Tacoma. Her community health journey has led to currently operating as AARTH’s ELAW program coordinator. Angeilea is intentional about using health promotion to expose new ways of social awareness and to encourage the African American community to both control and redefine their reality. She is extremely humbled to be a part of AARTH’s continuous work at discovering and increasing existing resources that improve quality of life.
Tariq Ibn Sahali is a Technology Evangelist originally from the City of Angels (Los Angeles, CA), but dedicated to tech supporting Seattle’s Black Community for over 30 years. When not preaching the tech gospel, Tariq is dedicated to his partner and children, maintaining and preparing them for the future as healthy Pan-African citizens of the world. Tariq has been behind the scenes of RealNetworks, Adobe Systems, Tideworks Technology, The Coolout Network, The Garfield Teen Life Center, Washington Hall, Meany Hall, The NW African American Museum, The Black Historical Society of Washington State, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, The Intiman Theatre, Wa Na Wari and plenty of other cultural & Black spaces in and around the Pacific Northwest. Now, Tariq is here to help our community gain greater access to health resources, learn about living with chronic conditions, and aging well during these everchanging times
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