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iHeartCommunities Mental Health Check -In

Mental Health Check-In with iHeartCommunities

HOW: Inspired by a conversation with Sgt Jeltema and the need for more regular conversations about mental health.

WHY: Because YOU matter!


  • Marisa Giarnella, LCSW President and CEO Jordan Porco Foundation
  • Sgt Christine Jeltema, Troop F Connecticut State Police and US Army National Guard
  • Renee DiNino, Director of Community Affairs for iHeartMedia Hartford/New Haven

WHAT: We have conversations with a diverse group of people in many fields, organizations, groups about mental health and breaking down the stigma of getting help! Every episode features a new guest and perspective~

Please watch our latest episode with Pastor Johnson

Wesley A. Johnson II

Wes an ordained minister in the Baptist church is a native of Hampton, VA. He lived in the DMV (DC, MD & N.VA) where he served in youth ministry with local churches and as director for a large Christian youth non-profit organization. In the summer of 2010 Wes and his family moved to the Northeast to reignite a large Christian Youth Organization. In March of 2016 he felt compelled to launchThe Gathering ChristianChurch in CT where people can come as they are, be transformed and make a difference where they live. Wes has been recognized as a community organizer and vocal advocate for communities of color that have been historically underserved and under-resourced for over 20 years now.He is an officer with the Danbury NAACP and was a key organizer and speaker at a host of rallies amid the social unrest in 2020.

As the founder of J6 Enterprises Wes facilitates informative and inspirational conversations focused on race, leadership, an organizational culture called“Re-imagine”.He has been privileged to share his unguarded message of hope and encouragement with thousands of young people, churches, colleges, organizations and camps in the US, Africa and the UK. Wes is also viewed as a mentor to many young men and because of his passion for young men he is often called upon to consult and provide counsel to young men who have lost focus.

Wes a former jr. college football player holds a graduate degree from Clarks Summit University in Organizational Leadership and is a doctoral student at New York Theological Seminary with a focus on transformative leadership.Wes and his wife Dionne, and Education Consultant have been married for27 years and have 4 cool children.

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