Lovella Calica is currently pursuing her master’s degree in social work at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. At CHRT, Lovella will be supporting the Washtenaw Health Initiative and working with Resilience Washtenaw Collaborative to assist in organizing activities and, potentially, trauma-informed care trainings. In addition, Lovella will support efforts related to connecting public safety and mental health.
Before joining the CHRT team, Lovella started a creativity and wellness non-profit for veterans called Warrior Writers. She is the founder and director of this Philadelphia-based national organization and has experience in community organizing, facilitation, training, leadership development, grant-writing, editing, relationship management, project planning, and development.
A long-time writer, Lovella has used writing and art to help build community and combat social isolation. She is a trained Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) practitioner and hopes to share this powerful self-care tool with anyone interested in learning it. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in child development from Central Michigan University.