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511 West 165th Street, Unit 309
New York, NY 10032-0309
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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Dr. Raphael K. Works, PhD, DBA, MBA

Board Chairman, CEO & Founder



Dr. Works has the unique experience of serving in the Army as an enlisted member and officer for over 20 years. During that time he has completed over 70 training courses, obtained several officer branch qualifications & functional areas of expertise. During his tenure in the Armed Forces, Dr. Works has acquired extensive academic education throughout many institutions.

Among his many achievements in education are doctorate degrees in Organizational Leadership, Business Management, Nonprofit Management, Clinical Psychology, Public Health and International Relations from various academic institutions across the continental U.S. and internationally.

His previous work experience was as President & COO for SBE, Inc., a consultancy organization that provides strategic business development and ownership plans tailored to those creating initial start-up organizations, to include a complete business guide outlining various platform development. Dr. Works has held numerous directorship positions for nonprofit and financial institutions.

Dr. Works has also taught as an interim adjunct professor in the subjects of advanced English, education, psychology, and career planning for those seeking entry into post secondary colleges and universities. He's continued to consult students on advancing their education and collectively working with them to strategically assess subject criteria to suit many job demands and their need.

He's collaborated on various occasions with the New York City Mayor's Office of Veteran Affairs under the direction and leadership of the late Michael J. Handy on numerous Fleet Week activities. He was recommended and awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for his recognition, selfless service and dedication to the Mayor's Office. He is also a certified grant writer assisting those to formulate proper grant content for current and start-up entities.

Dr. Works has held various positions within the Army, which include; Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Battalion Adjutant, Civil Affairs Special Operations Officer, Assistant Team Chief and Deputy Operations Officer for the G-5 section in Kosovo for Task Force Falcon. He's held a variety of positions and volunteered at the Battalion level to enhance readiness and accountability of many Army wide inspections.

He's received numerous training certificates in finance, logistics, transportation, program management and emergency management operations (FEMA). He has extensive skills in the areas of operations, administration, technical, strategic and organizational management. He's worked with various organizations in which veterans are the topic of concern. He's also distinguished himself as a lifetime member of the Reserve Officer's Association and the Civil Affairs Association.

Dr. Works is also a member of the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) which collectively collaborates with CEO's around the country to formulate and discuss ways to enhance organizational readiness, strategic preparedness, fiscal accountability, personnel management and other various methods to effectively determine the macro-economic picture by producing significant outcomes of cutting-edge leadership throughout corporate America.

Dr. Works has utilized his expertise with many organizations as a consulting psychologist providing psychotherapy (group & individual), clinical evaluations, psychosocial's, research assessment to children, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients, mental health, HIV/AIDS, primary care, nutrition, acute behavioral, diagnostic & invasive investigational medicines. He has provided collaborative diagnostic assessment with various doctors on the effects of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), behavioral management, neuro-cognitive rehab therapy and various emotional and mental health issues as it relates to the veteran with combat syndromes. Dr. Works has also become a SME (Subject Matter Expert) as a therapeutic facilitator by assisting immediate family members of our coveted heroes by addressing personal and environmental difficulties.

He is also a member of C.O.V.O. (Coalition of Veteran Organizations) which was created by several nonprofit Veteran Service Organizations (VSO's) in collaboration with the Chairman of Veterans Committee of the New York City Council, former Councilman Hiram Monserrate (Queens-21st District). This collective group was established as a think tank organization to determine, strategize and create legislative bills that would directly impact assisting veterans within the five boroughs. C.O.V.O. has several prolific organizations that seek to achieve due reciprocity of the most pressing issues affecting veterans on a daily basis. Dr. Works is also a member of the Veterans & Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA).

During his 20 plus years of military and civilian service, he has met several veterans that have had various issues go unresolved, with this said, Dr. Works decided to initiate this organization to restore and advocate on behalf of veterans and their families by enhancing adequate living conditions socially and economically to a sustainable standard equaling that of their civilian contemporaries.

He currently resides in New York City.