Casondra E. Burkley, LCSW-S, M.DIV, CLSSGB
Casondra Burkley, a native of Houston, Texas, matriculated at Baylor University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Speech Communications as well as a Master's Degree in Social Work. She also obtained a Master of Divinity from George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Casondra is a survivor of growing up in poverty, overcoming a high school rape, and many other life obstacles. Casondra has over 17 years of experience working with children and families. She uses her obstacles as steppingstones to greatness. She is a living example of Conquering the Obstacles of Painful Experiences.
She is an entrepreneur published author, playwright, pastor, poet, international speaker, and licensed clinical social worker. She currently works in the medical field of social work, offering medical and mental health services to children with special needs along with running her own mental health private practice.
While being a mother to her beautiful daughter, she still finds time to serve her community. Casondra is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she serves on the Regional and State Chaplain's Council. She is also a member of Crime Survivors of Safety and Justice, a Sienna Board of Directors Village Representative, a member of the clergy and volunteers with plethora of other organizations.
She has acted in several plays and has graced the stage in numerous programs, banquets, conferences, and retreats. Casondra has offered workshops and seminars around the country. Casondra has been acting since 1996. Casondra wrote and directed her first stage play “A Change is Gonna Come” in 2006, which resulted in her being honored by the Mayor of the City of Waco, with “Casondra Brown Day, May 6, 2006. Her love for the arts and speaking guided her in starting her own production company; Don’t Wanna Miss Productions (DWMP). In 2016 she authored a book and released her second play, entitled Case Closed, based on her own true story of overcoming childhood poverty and a high school rape. Casondra received IMDb credit in 2015 for the movie “Grounds” and acted in the movie “Keep On Loving” in 2018. Her passion for theater has propelled her into writing, directing and producing her first film, “Case Closed.”
Birthed from her stage play and book Case Closed, is Conquering the Obstacles of Painful Experiences (C.O.P.E. Inc.), a 501 (c) (3) organization which offers seminars, workshops, therapeutic and social services that assist individuals in taking what seemed to be a negative road block or obstacle in life and using it as a stepping stone to greatness. (www.morethancope.com)
Casondra’s scripture to live by is Isaiah 6:8 “Also I heard the voice of the Lord. Saying whom shall I send, and whom will go for us? Then said I, Here I am; send me.”