Our Story

Holistic Homes grew out of our recognition that adults living with a mental illness had few permanent housing options when they are released from hospitals. Our founding board members held meetings monthly to explore ways to address the housing shortage. We developed a plan for creating a model supportive housing concept that would leverage new and existing self-help wellness programs and workshops to help those living with mental health conditions learn new coping and healthy living skills.


As a first step, we identified communities conducive to healthy lifestyles with art, healing disciplines, and an organic food cooperative. Then we began outreach to potential practitioners of art therapy, healthy cooking, meditation, and yoga.

With our plan in place, we kicked off our first fundraising campaign in 2023 on Giving Tuesday. With your support, Holistic Homes will realize our mission to provide permanent holistic housing to help our neighbors, family and friends thrive in recovery from mental illness.

Photos courtesy of Young Masters Inc. Healing Studio

Our Board

Lisa Bass Cooper

Founder & President

Mabel Campbell

Operations Director

Tyra Dent

Programs Director

Mache Steed

Finance Director

Tekiyah Ward

Housing Director

Lisa Bass Cooper

Lisa is a digital media consultant, serial entrepreneur, and former journalist. She has run for public office, served on civic association boards, and participated in NAMI programs in Washington, Montgomery County, Maryland, and Delaware State Chapter.

During her career as a news reporter and manager, Lisa received an award for a radio series exploring children’s mental health from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Her experience as a parent of children who grew into adults with mental illness motivated Lisa to create Holistic Homes.

Mabel Campbell

Mabel is president of Medsa Healthcare Agency and a minister at Kings & Priests Court International Ministries. She has been a licensed practical nurse for over 25 years.

Throughout her career, she has worked with children, seniors, and mentally ill and developmentally disabled patients and clients. Her passion is nursing and serving God. She is married with two children and three grandchildren. 

Tyra Dent

Tyra is the current National President and former Executive Director of the African American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA), a nonprofit volunteer organization, dedicated to promoting and preparing African Americans for advancement into and within the senior and executive ranks of the federal government.  In this capacity, she leads the board in planning, developing, and implementing the organization’s strategic goals and objectives.

Tyra has extensive managerial and leadership experience in Human Resource Management policy and operations, having served in leadership positions at three cabinet-level federal agencies. Tyra volunteers with the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Montgomery Board of Directors and serves as an instructor for the eight-week Family-to-Family class.

Mache Steed

Mache is a financial analyst at Cresa Global and tax accountant at Intuit TurboTax. She has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Morgan State University. Her expertise included corporate tax law, IRS regulations, GAAP, audits, and financial analytics. She is also experienced in data processing and project management. With a keen analytical perspective, Mache has a track record in strategic planning and organizational growth.

Tekiyah Ward

Tekiyah Ward is a seasoned realtor with an impressive nine years of experience in the real estate industry. Known for her commitment to helping individuals achieve their real estate goals, Tekiyah has built a reputation for excellence in the Upper Marlboro, Maryland area.

Tekiyah brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role as chair of the Housing Committee for Holistic Homes. She holds a master’s degree in management and marketing from the University of Maryland University College and combines a deep understanding of the real estate market with a genuine passion for client satisfaction.

Tekiyah believes selling real estate is not just about houses but also about helping people turn dreams into reality and building generational wealth.

Debra Bennett

Debra serves on the Maryland Commission on Behavioral Health Care Treatment and Access, legally created in 2023. A retired federal government civil servant, her interest in mental health stems from her family’s struggles with mental illness. She is a member of Prince George’s County’s NAMI Chapter held many leadership positions with the chapter since 2012.

In September 2021, Debra supported Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) legislation by testifying at a hearing held by the former Lt. Governor Rutherford’s Commission to Study Mental and Behavioral Health. Debra shared the challenges her family members experienced. At the end of the meeting, Frederick County’s Delegate decided to sponsor an AOT Bill in the 2022 legislative session.