The Branch Family Institute


The Branch Family Institute's volunteer Board of Directors comes from a variety of industries and communities impacting our client population.

Genivee Chapman, CPA
Roseland Hospital Chairman

Barbara Norris, Board President, CPA
Village of Park Forest
Frances Gatherings LCSW, Board Vice-President
Metropolitan Family Services
Peggy Neal, Board Treasurer
Beacon Therapeutic and Diagnostic Center

Patricia Eggleston, Attorney at Law
Private Practice

Advisory Board

Beverly Price, Publicist, Chief Executive Officer
The Beverly Price Company

Sarah Hawkins, Esq.
Cook County Public Guardian

Nikia Thompson Director  
City of Chicago Family Support Services

Ieisha Taylor, Ph.D.

Rachel Pleasant

Social Work

David Thomas
Financial and Credit Consultant

Ed Davis
Insurance Professional

Alison Jenkins

Graduate Student, DePaul University

Fundraising Committee
Brenda T. Thompson

Nikia S. Thompson

Jasmika Cook

Sarah Hawkins, Esq.
Rachel Pleasant
Dr. Ieisha Taylor, PhD.
Ed Davis
Alison Jenkins



We have a diverse staff of professional clinicians who are culturally-sensitive and client-focused. Our staff have been trained in social work, psychology, and other related fields. Collectively, we offer more than 50 years of clinical experience. Several of our staff members have extensive experience working with domestic violence clients and their families.

Executive Staff   

Brenda T. Thompson, President/CEO   

Nikia Thompson, Executive Vice President    

Jasmika R. Cook, Vice President of Operations   

Eddie Mae Carter, Office Manager    

Steven Thompson, Billing Manager


Veronica Robinson
Cynthia Phillips
 Andrea Lampkin    

Stacy Naderhoff    

Chandra Hildreth     

Dhara Narthwarmi     

Luis Courtet



The Branch Family Institute is a leading family service agency that identifies, recognizes, and trains experienced and qualified practitioners to provide quality services to communities of color.


The Branch Family Institute, Inc. is a non-for-profit agency that 
was established in 2001 by co-founders Nikia Thompson, Jasmika Crooks, and Brenda T. Thompson. BFI is a subsidiary of its parent for profit organization E.M. Branch & Associates, Inc. ( The practice was established in order to provide culturally relevant services to individuals, families and communities impacted by the injustices of poverty and racism.  BFI's   program uses a strength based approach to empower individuals and communities to overcome oppression.  The agency believed in a systematic approach to address client concerns.



Our mission is to strengthen families and communities by providing quality, culturally-relevant services to underserved populations.



E.M. Branch & Associates was changed from an individual private practice to a group practice in October 2000 in honor of Ms. Branch-Carter who dedicates her life to those who are less fortunate. We are proud to fulfill her life's mission of helping those who are in desperate need of assistance. In order to fulfill this mission E.M. Branch & Associates developed a strategic plan in 2001 to form a non-profit organization to serve economically disadvantaged families. With the encouragement of our funders, the Branch Family Institute was founded..

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