our board of directors

Cleveland Houser, Ed.D.

​Dr. Cleveland Houser serves as the Executive Director for the Don’t Follow Me organization, and is the Prison Ministry Consultant and Trainer for the North American Division. His participation in community outreach has won him numerous awards, honors, and citations from USA Today, the Philanthropic Award from Fisk University for Youth Outreach, and a Humanitarian Award for “His War on Drugs”. Dr. Houser was cited by former Governor Ned McWherter of Tennessee, for leading the war on drugs among Tennessee youth.

The Mental Health Initiative, Inc. was incorporated by the state of Tennessee on March 22, 2010 and was organized to educate the Middle TN community and individuals about mental health and wellness. The organization conducts and distributes research, resources, and other information pertaining to holistic mental wellness to the Middle TN community. Additionally, the organization objective is to encourage consumer advocacy and treatment acceptance, civic engagement and outreach, and alleviate stigmas surrounding mental illnesses and symptoms. For over 6 years, the Mental Health Initiative has concentrated its educational and outreach services on addressing stigmas, mental health awareness, treatment assistance and resources, and policy issues regarding mental health care. 

Rep. Harold Love, Jr. 

Rep. Harold M. Love Jr. is currently the pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Nashville, TN and serves as a House Member of the 108th General Assembly, Tennessee House of Representatives.  Additionally, Rep. Love serves a member of Tennessee’s House Education Committee, House Insurance and Banking Committee, House Education Subcommittee, and is the House Democratic Caucus Secretary for the 108th General Assembly.  

Erin Lynch Alexander, Ed.D.

Dr. Erin Lynch, is an instructor of state-of-the-art and current methodologies for special education, foundations of education, vocational/transitional education, and characteristics of mild/moderate disabilities at Austin Peay State University’s Department of Educational Specialties. Dr. Lynch has developed $1,524,188 worth of grant proposals for research projects and has successfully acquired funding from federal and foundational proposals for several pilot models.

The Mental Health Initiative was initially a graduate course assignment, but it became a valuable resource for many in need of support. I'm  blessed to be able to impact the lives of others, all while partnering with some of the most passionate and driven philanthropists and organizations!.

our History



Jonathan Adair is the Founder, President & CEO of The Mental Health Initiative, Inc. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in business finance from Clark Atlanta University.  He received his Master of Science degree in counseling psychology from Tennessee State University.  Jonathan completed his master's level clinical training at Meharry Medical College's Department of Psychiatry outpatient clinic. He has over 10 years of clinical experience as a behavioral health professional. 

Additionally, Jonathan has made tremendous strides in the field of social and behavioral health.  In 2015, he was named Nashville's Black 40 Under 40 and a top 5 finalist for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce's 40 Under 40 Nashville Emerging Leader Award and was recently nominated for the same award in 2016. Both recognizable achievements in the fields of community service and  health care.  In 2014, Jonathan was appointed to Middle TN's HIV Planning Council by former Mayor Karl Dean, hired as a consultant for the Contributor newspaper, highlighted by LifeTriage for outstanding accomplishments in the field of mental health, and was featured as the 2014 fall/spring spotlight member of the Society of Addiction Psychology (SoAP).  

Our founder

Arthur Lee, M.D.

Dr. Arthur Lee is a family medicine doctor and public health advocate with a strong background in addiction treatment. Currently, Dr. Lee serves on many community activity boards; one of which is at the Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center at Meharry Medical College. His current major interests include brain science and applications in the behavioral sciences, addictionology, education, and justice. 

LaKeisha Thomas, MBA

LaKeisha brings over ten years of experience in Nonprofit Organization Operations and Program Management. In addition, LaKeisha is skilled in areas of program development, volunteer management, human resources, training, and coaching. She brings her passion for youth, community development, and relationship building. LaKeisha spearheads the development and implementation of the program component to the Long Live Life Initiative. She also serves on the Civic and Community Engagement Committee of the Urban League Young Professionals of Middle Tennessee.

Lindsay Evans Mitchell, M.D., J.D.

Dr. Lindsay Evans Mitchell is a child psychiatrist at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Mitchell practices at Vanderbilt University's Department of Psychiatry in Nashville, TN, which provides inpatient and outpatient services to children, adolescents, and adults with mental illnesses. Although Dr. Mitchell's psychiatric interest lies with forensics, she has training in addiction, child and adolescent, and adult psychiatry. Additionally, Dr. Mitchell holds a law degree from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in Tempe, AZ.