Breaking Free To Be

Rev. Dr. Mecca S. Carter-Marshall, Ph.D., CCLC, CPLC,
Founder, President, CEO

Reverend Dr. Marshall (or Dr, Mecca as she is affectionately called) is a Pastoral Christian Counselor and Life Coach, with over 30 years’ of experience helping survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She has also worked as a Court Appointed Advocate for abused and neglected children and served in shelters for abused women. In her current role, as a Sexual Trauma Restorative Counselor, she helps survivors of sexual assault, and domestic violence, and those suffering from various forms of trauma reclaim their lives by providing a pathway to emotional healing and restoration through spiritual counseling.


Grounded in Christ, with a spirit of advocacy, resulting from her own abuse, she founded Unspoken Courage, a counseling and coaching ministry for survivors. Whether it is through life coaching, counseling or advocacy, her goal is to be a voice for those silenced by the harsh realities of life. To further this important work, she founded Breaking Free to Be Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and training aimed at decreasing and preventing sexual assault and domestic violence, specifically in African American and faith-based communities. Through this organization, she developed five pillars in hopes of building connections to bridge the gaps and strengthen our communities response to those in pain.


She holds a Ph.D. in Law & Public Policy, a Master of Science and Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, Master of Art in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University, and is working towards a 2nd Ph.D., in Clinical Pastoral Counseling at Colorado Theological Seminary. She is a Certified Christian Life Coach. Certified Professional Life Coach. Certified Trauma Healing Group Facilitator, Amazon Best Selling Author, Public Speaker, Educator, and Social Justice Activist. She serves as the Political Action Chair for Springfield Ohio’s NAACP, and a member of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW).


She teaches Victimology at Clark State Community College, and Liberty University, as well as teach various graduate level public policy courses on-line while chairing dissertation committees. Aside from her dedication and devotion to GOD and her community, her most cherished role is wife and helpmate to her husband Wayne, who she feels GOD created especially for her.


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Dr. Ti'Onya Green
Board Chair
Grants Director

Victoria Dawson-Scruse
Board Vice-Chair
Fundraiser director

Marisa Felon
Chief financial officer

Annette Hardin
Board Secretary
director of administration

Terry Felan
Committee Advisory Chair
project director


Executive Assistant


Christin Worthington - Teens and young adults Division

robin crossley - the village division

Minyon patton - Women Shelters division

Stephanie Cameron - military/ VA Division

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