Our Team Members
Weare the Toivo Team, ready to greet you with a warm and friendly smile! We are your peers, and we understand your challenges. We are experienced professionals, here to help you on your path to healthy, intentional living!
Do you have a question on holistic health and healing? Ask the Toivo Team!
Kelvin believes that healing begins from within. After many years of battling with drug addiction, anxiety and depression, he began his healing process in prison. While incarcerated, Kelvin learned about the transformative powers of meditation, which helped him look within to find inner peace in a very hostile and restrictive environment. Kelvin is a Holistic Stress Management Instructor, Sound Healer, Certified Addiction Recovery Coach and Recovery Support Specialist. He was featured in a powerful documentary called “Meditation: The Journey Within” and serve on the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Multicultural Advisory Council. In 2014 Kelvin was presented and awarded the “Professional of the Year Award” from the Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative and also received special recognition from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for being a positive role model and directly contributing to the success of reentry efforts. Today, Kelvin sustains a healthy lifestyle by eating a vegan-based diet, practicing meditation on a regular basis, spending quality time in nature, and building healthy relationships with others.
Hilary is a 200-hour certified Yoga Instructor. Her yoga journey began in 2005 when she took her first class while seeking treatment for depression. Hilary practiced on and off until yoga became a central part of her life in 2012. Loving the clarity of mind, body and spirit that a regular practice brought, she decided to make it a career. Stepping onto the mat every day is now the most important part of her approach to peaceful daily living. Hilary is overjoyed to bring the healing power of yoga to everyone she can.
Deron has reshaped his life by incorporating intentional living practices. After years of struggling, he found peace and health when he stopped seeing himself as a victim and started to take ownership of his past and present actions. Yoga, meditation, healthy relationships, positive habits and nutritious foods have allowed him to live his life free of the destructive behaviors he once engaged in. The workshops he facilitates are designed to help maximize one’s human experience.
Annette translates Toivo materials into Spanish and informs the logistics and activities of the holistic health initiative through the lens of Latino culture. In 2013, LUPA recognized Annette as one of Connecticut’s top 50 most influential Latinos. Advocacy Unlimited was also awarded the LPRAC Community Service Award for advocacy efforts and support in the Connecticut Latino community.
Linda uses her peer based recovery to educate, support and walk beside people during their process. She is the main facilitator of Recovery University and also facilitates Healing Trauma by Stephanie Covington at York Correctional Institute. As an experienced trainer, Linda supports others by drawing on her lived experience with the mental health and criminal justice systems. On a daily basis Linda incorporates running, meditation, healthy nutrition, and spiritual readings into her life. She facilitates Toivo walk/run activities.
Through the use of mindfulness practices, sound therapy and meditative self inquiry, She shed the layers of depression, anxiety, and suffering that had ruled her life for many years and renewed my passion for living. Kelli hold sacred space for individual and group healings in various modalities that include meditation, sound therapy, plant medicine and art.