Randy L. Wilson is the Executive Director of the Hope Unity Freedom Center where he currently oversees all administrative and clinical functions. Randy is a leader and actively influential in researching and exploring creative and innovative strategies to assist the Hope Unity Freedom Center in its daily mission of enhancing the mental, emotional, and physical functioning of the people living in psychiatric distress. Randy provides weekly hands-on knowledge, educational materials, and trainings to the staff of the Hope Unity Freedom Center to enhance the social workers and medication technicians on the DSM IV and other related issues. Randy leads the management team’s efforts to coordinate and enhance social skills, community skills, life skills, occupational development, and the overall mental health of the organizations mental health population.
Randy received his undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Public Policies and Community Services from Emory & Henry College. Randy attended both Virginia State University and the University of Phoenix for graduate school. Randy received his Master’s of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix in Arizona.
Randy is an Executive board member for Senior Connections (The Capitol Area Agency on Aging), a leader and active engaged member of the Urban League for Young Professionals, intern in the Virginia General Assembly Office for the House of Delegates, certified trainer in Handle With Care Behavior Restraint Techniques, and a member of the Bonner and Americorp Programs of Virginia.
Mr. Wilson’s professional work experience is quite diverse having worked in variety of different mental health and substance abuse facilities and programs that include working with the mentally ill in the criminal justice system, blind and vision impaired mentally ill, direct individual and family counseling with both adults and children, day treatment counseling, residential counseling, outpatient group counseling, and in various roles of clinical supervision. Randy has been identified as a mental health specialist in his local community and states of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee for providing clinical supportive services and contributions as a leader and advocate for those in need of mental health services.
Randy was a recipient of Style Weekly’s Magazine’s Top 40 professionals under 40 in 2010, and is a proven leader in working with the mental health population across the state of Virginia.
Randy’s community work led him to being the recipient of the Emerging Leader Award from the Urban League of Greater Richmond in March of 2011 at the 97th annual scholarship and dinner celebration. Randy is the first recipient of the award in the Urban League of the Greater Richmond’s organizations entirety.