The Author

Curriculum Vitae

See Keesha pictured with Cong. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones and Clevaland Mayor Jane Campbell

See Keesha’s latest award & honor: AKOMA



Keesha McMillian is an African American female. Her educational development began as an undergraduate student at Cheyney State University, in Chester, Pennsylvania, where she received a Bachelor's of Science degree. She then attended Cleveland State University where she received a Masters of Education degree. Keesha is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), a Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC), and a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDCIII-E) with Clinical Endorsement.

Miss McMillian has authored six (6) books for children and families:

These publications have received national recognition and distribution. The Ohio Commission on Minority Health presented an award to Ms. McMillian for outstanding children publications in 1992 and in 1996. In 1999 First Lady Hope Taft (wife of Governor Taft of Ohio) acknowledged Miss McMillian's work stating that," the books are excellent prevention tools and, Ohio is blessed to have her." African American Charities honored Ms. McMillian as a Community Advocate, citing her books as excellent resource materials. She has donated books and materials (& encourages others to do so) to numerous worthy organizations, including:

  • Books For Africa Library Projects Inc. The purpose of the Books for Africa project is to collect books for Ghana Africa to help establish libraries in rural communities, that  lack such resources.
  • Renee Jones Empowerment Center. The purpose of the Empowerment Center is to empower individuals in crisis including the homeless, low income families, and at risk youth.

She has over ten(10) years experience working with families and children in community centers, Drug treatment centers, churches, schools, hospital settings, and private organizations. She has utilized her knowledge and skills as a Prevention Program Director, Family Support Coordinator, Clinical Coordinator, Counselor, Clinical Director, Educator, Mentor, Consultant and Lecturer.

She has made several television appearances, including Just Chilling, speaking with radio & television personalities, Kim Johnson, Betty Haleburton, Denise Dufala, Romona Robinson and Fred Griffith on Channel 43, Channel 25, Channel 5 and Channel 8 spoken on several radio shows and had articles written in newspapers. i.e., The Plain Dealer, CallandPost, Cleveland Life and the SunPress, about her work in the community.

Ms. McMillian carries the torch of SelfEmpowerment in her heart, and it's evident in her work. She believes when people gain insight about why they are living, they are better equipped to carry out their personal life's mission.

Ms. McMillian's personal aspirations are to continue to write and present lectures offering words of hope and inspiration to Families and Children.

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Keesha with U.S. Congresswoman
 Stephanie Tubbs-Jones

Keesha with
Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell 


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Women of Color Healing and Recovery Award,
Presented to Keesha McMillian on June 6, 2003
~ Women Serving Women From the Heart ~

The AKOMA and Cleveland UMADAOP staffs are pleased to present their annual luncheon celebrating healing and recovery by women of color.

This has been a very exciting time for the AKOMA staff. We have enjoyed planning this event and believe it should be a very pleasurable day for everyone attending this affair. The annual luncheon was created to recognize the unselfish efforts of women working and volunteering in the field of substance abuse.

Women of color are not thanked, praised or recognized enough for their countless contributions made to the field of substance abuse, and for their contributions to their communities.

So today we say thank you to all who make a difference in the field of substance abuse. AKOMA honors women for their strength, uniqueness, virtuosity, devotion, guidance and love.

These characteristics describe the true spirit of AKOMA, women serving women from the heart. This year as in the past choosing the recipients for the women of color award has been a rewarding task. The nominating committee felt that many professional in the field of substance abuse were most worthy of this award. The women of color award was presented June 2003.

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