Quantum Team

    

Dr. Cal E. Spinks Ed.D., LPC, NCC, BC-THC
CEO & FOUNDER
Virtual Educator, Walden Core Faculty, Mental Health Practitioner, Radio Personality, & Author

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Dr. Cal E. Spinks stands out as a compassionate and skilled professional in the field of mental health and education. With a rich background in counseling education and a deep commitment to serving diverse communities, Dr. Spinks has established himself as a leader and advocate for inclusive mental health care. Dr. Spinks pursued his academic journey with a focus on both the art and science of counseling. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, which laid the foundation for his understanding of social dynamics and individual behavior. Furthering his expertise, he obtained a Master’s degree in Counseling, followed by a Doctorate in Counselor Education. These qualifications not only reflect his academic prowess but also his dedication to understanding the complexities of mental health. Throughout his career, Dr. Spinks has been actively involved in various aspects of mental health and education. He has served in roles that have allowed him to practice, teach, and mentor in the field of counseling. His experience spans across different settings, including educational institutions, private practice, and community mental health centers. Dr. Spinks specializes in addressing a range of mental health issues with a particular focus on serving marginalized and underserved populations. His expertise includes working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, and identity-related issues. He is especially known for his work with clients from diverse racial, cultural, and sexual backgrounds, ensuring that his approach is inclusive and respectful of each individual’s unique experiences. Dr. Spinks approaches counseling with a client-centered and holistic perspective. He believes in empowering clients to discover their strengths and resilience, guiding them towards healing and personal growth. His methods are rooted in empathy, understanding, and a commitment to helping clients navigate life's challenges with confidence and self-awareness. Beyond his clinical work, Dr. Spinks is a vocal advocate for mental health awareness, particularly in communities of color. He is involved in several initiatives aimed at reducing the stigma associated with mental health and increasing access to quality care for all. Finally, Dr. Cal E. Spinks is not just a clinician; he is a champion for change in the field of mental health. His holistic approach, combined with his unwavering dedication to his clients and students, makes him a valuable asset to the mental health community and an inspiration to many.

PHERREN LEWIS, B.A.

Human Resources Manager 
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Meet Pherren Lewis, a dynamic and multifaceted professional combining expertise in HR management and health marketing with a special focus on behavioral health. Pherren's extensive experience in designing and managing leadership development programs has made him an invaluable asset in creating positive organizational change and fostering workforce excellence. Pherren's proficiency in human resources is comprehensive, covering recruitment, employee training, incentive programs, benefits, and payroll. His ability to understand and manage these aspects effectively contributes to a robust and motivated workforce.  Known for his skills in transformational leadership and intercultural communication, Pherren has a strong track record of coaching individuals and teams. He excels in building cohesive teams and guiding them through change management processes. Pherren holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and has further enriched his knowledge with advanced certifications in Human Resources, underpinning his theoretical understanding with practical, industry-relevant skills.  At the core of Pherren's approach is the creation of collaborative work environments. He believes that a culture of teamwork and open communication is pivotal in achieving organizational goals, particularly in the dynamic field of health marketing and behavioral health.  His initiatives often involve implementing innovative change strategies, aimed at enhancing efficiency and employee satisfaction. Merging his HR expertise with health marketing, Pherren has contributed significantly to promoting behavioral health programs. His strategies not only attract the right professionals but also ensure that the programs are well-received and impactful.  Pherren's commitment to excellence is evident in his hands-on approach to workforce development. He consistently seeks to empower employees through training and development opportunities, fostering an environment where each individual can thrive and contribute to their fullest potential. Pherren Lewis stands out as a visionary HR practitioner and health marketing specialist. His diverse skill set, coupled with a deep commitment to behavioral health, makes him a key player in driving organizational success and promoting excellence in the healthcare sector.

DR. LYZ AMARILLO
Clinical Supervisor, Virtual Mental Health Clinician, & THRIVE Evaluator

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Dr. Lyz Amarillo is a seasoned mental health provider who has been making a profound impact in the field since 2008. As a bilingual psychotherapist licensed in Illinois, Texas, and Tennessee, Dr. Amarillo brings a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and expertise to her practice. Her role as the evaluator at THRIVE further enhances her contribution to mental health services. Dr. Amarillo's career encompasses a vast array of experiences in the mental health sector. She has worked with domestic violence survivors, substance detoxification and residential programs, minors in residential programs, psychiatric hospitals, crisis teams, and in private practice. Her experience is notably marked by her dedication to serving communities of color and high-risk areas, particularly in the city of Chicago. Treating a diverse clientele including youth, adults, couples, families, and geriatric clients, Dr. Amarillo believes in the transformative power of psychotherapy. She sees it as a tool to help individuals recognize their strengths and embrace their authentic selves. Her approach is tailored to each individual, acknowledging that everyone's life journey and needs are unique. Also, Dr. Amarillo employs an eclectic style of psychotherapy to provide personalized treatment plans. This flexible approach ensures that each client receives the specific support and guidance they need for their individual success. A passionate advocate for the mental health profession and its clients, Dr. Amarillo is active at both state and federal levels. She is deeply committed to promoting mental health wellness discussions, especially in communities of color, to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Her message emphasizes the importance of recognizing signs and symptoms of mental health issues, advocating for self-help and support for others.  Dr. Amarillo encourages clients to take an active role in their therapeutic journey, including the selection of their psychotherapist. She believes in the importance of client autonomy and finding the right therapeutic match.  In situations where a client might feel uncertain, she ensures that their comfort and success are the priority, even if it means referring them to a colleague better suited to their needs. In her capacity as the evaluator for THRIVE, Dr. Amarillo brings her extensive experience and insight, ensuring that the programs and services offered are effective, client-centered, and continuously improving. Dr. Lyz Amarillo is not just a psychotherapist & Evaluator; she is a guide, an advocate, and a dedicated professional committed to the well-being and success of her clients. Her work, especially in the realm of evaluation at THRIVE, is instrumental in shaping effective mental health services that resonate with and empower diverse communities.

JAIME PARKER, LPC
Virtual Mental Health 
Consultant

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With a career spanning nearly two decades, Jaime is a dedicated and experienced mental and behavioral health professional based in Texas. As a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, she brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to her practice, underscored by her certifications as a Dialectical Behavior Therapist (DBT) and a Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).  Jaime's expertise lies in helping individuals navigate through their trauma towards a life that feels worth living. Her approach is person-centered, trauma-informed, and deeply empathetic, ensuring that each person's journey is respected and valued.  As a DBT-certified therapist, she focuses on helping her clients develop skills in mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness – essential tools for anyone working through complex emotional and behavioral challenges. Jaime's professional experience is particularly remarkable for its focus on serving underserved and marginalized populations. This includes work with BIPOC communities, incarcerated youth, individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, houseless and low socioeconomic groups, and LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults.  Her commitment to these communities stems from a belief in equitable and accessible mental health care for all, regardless of background or circumstance.  In addition, Jaime advocates for a holistic approach to therapy, emphasizing the importance of mind-body awareness. She believes that understanding and nurturing this connection is crucial for healing and personal growth. Part of her therapeutic work involves establishing routines for healthy self-care and self-soothing, managing emotions effectively, and fostering meaningful relationships and communication skills. Jaime extends an open invitation to those seeking support on their path to a fulfilling life. She considers it an honor to be a part of her clients' journeys, offering her expertise, empathy, and unwavering support every step of the way. Jaime's extensive experience and specialized training, combined with her compassionate approach, make her an exceptional counselor and ally in the mental health field. Her dedication to serving diverse communities and her holistic approach to therapy have positively impacted countless lives, guiding individuals towards healing, empowerment, and a life worth living.

CHANCIA (Chance) WILLIAMS
Virtual Mental Health Consultant

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Chance is a deeply committed and multicultural Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor, recognized by the NBCC and certified in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Her extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Adoption Competency underscores her comprehensive approach to client care. Chance's professional journey is marked by her experience in working with a wide range of clients. Her expertise spans across various demographics, including the elderly, military personnel, community members, adolescents, children, and individuals in adoptive and foster care.  She has played a pivotal role in supporting families and couples as they navigate the complexities of their daily lives, offering guidance, support, and effective therapeutic interventions. Specializing in trauma, depression, anxiety, and self-esteem issues, Chance's therapeutic approach is tailored to address the unique needs of each individual and family.  Her expertise is particularly significant in helping clients overcome trauma, manage depressive and anxious symptoms, and build a stronger sense of self-worth. Utilizing the flexibility and accessibility of teletherapy, Chance is able to connect with clients regardless of their location, providing consistent and effective mental health care. Her therapeutic toolbox includes Psychodynamic Therapy, DBT, CBT, and other modalities, ensuring a well-rounded and client-centered approach to treatment. A key aspect of Chance's therapy involves helping clients develop and refine coping skills that are specifically suited to their individual needs. This includes mindfulness-based interventions, breathing exercises, and other emotional management tools. Her focus is on empowering clients to take charge of their lives, manage their emotions effectively, and embark on a path to healing and self-discovery. Chance is dedicated to providing a safe, non-judgmental space for her clients, where they can openly discuss their challenges and work towards their goals. She strongly believes in giving clients the autonomy to lead their healing process, guiding them to become more empowered and resilient. Chance is more than just a counselor; she is a facilitator of change and growth. Her commitment to multicultural competence and her diverse skill set makes her an invaluable resource for those seeking to overcome trauma, manage mental health challenges, and embark on a journey of self-improvement and empowerment.

GAYLA GIBSON, LPC
Virtual Mental Health Consultant

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Hey! I'm GAYLA...It is my belief for people to be happy and whole, they must be fully aligned – mind, body, and spirit. I support those struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma/PTSD utilizing 18+ years of education and training in behavioral health treatment and 5+ years of education and training in nutrition and fitness. Therapeutic methods/techniques I use in my work with clients consist of person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, emotional freedom technique/tapping, internal family systems (IFS) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Amid my time in the behavioral health field, I also worked in the field of law enforcement for 17 years, served over 21 years in the Air Force Reserve and am a veteran of the Iraq/Afghanistan war. Each of these roles has taught me more about service and enhanced my desire to help others. Additionally, it has given me insight and firsthand experience as a first responder, veteran, and service member. Overall, my life is that of a servant leader. I am a tool used to strengthen and empower my clients to shape/reshape themselves into the person they want to be - a person who accepts and loves self unconditionally and knows they are working towards the life of their dreams.

Talia Stewart, MA
Virtual Mental Health Consultant

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Hailing from the vibrant city of Chicago, IL, Talia Stewart brings a decade of experience in education to her role as a Virtual Mental Health Consultant at Quantum. Holding a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Talia has dedicated her career to nurturing the mental well-being of individuals, particularly within the Black and Brown communities. At the heart of Talia's approach to mental health is her firm belief in the power of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She operates under the philosophy that “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts,” a testament to her commitment to helping clients reshape their thought patterns towards a more positive and empowering outlook. Talia's treatment style is characterized by her motto “let's have a conversation.” This approach encapsulates her dedication to creating a warm and healing atmosphere for her clients, fostering a space where open dialogue and genuine connection pave the way for healing and growth. Beyond her one-on-one work with individual clients, Talia also extends her expertise as a group counselor for teen girls. In these sessions, she focuses on promoting personal development and growth, guiding young women on their journey to becoming confident and self-aware individuals. Talia's work is driven by her goal to assist each person in becoming their most authentic selves, a journey she believes is synonymous with healing. Her holistic approach, coupled with her passion for education and mental health, makes her a valuable asset to the Quantum team and an influential figure in the lives of those she counsels. When not engaged in her professional duties, Talia continues to advocate for mental health awareness and invests time in her own personal growth and well-being.

Christina Simmons, MA 
Virtual Mental Health Consultant

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Christina Simmons hails from St. Louis, MO, and is in the process of completing her Master's Degree in Professional Counseling with a focus on relationships and clinical mental health. Christina has a special interest in providing treatment for individuals struggling with anxiety and depression, while also possessing a passion for working with marginalized populations and families. Christina's dedication to mental health stems from her belief that every individual has the right to access quality care and support regardless of their background or circumstances. She strives to create a safe and nurturing environment for her clients, where they can share their experiences, thoughts, and feelings freely without fear of judgment. In her practice, Christina utilizes evidence-based therapeutic techniques tailored to each client's unique needs, drawing from her expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and solution-focused therapy, among others. Her goal is to empower her clients to develop coping skills, increase their self-awareness, and create positive change in their lives. Beyond her work with individual clients, Christina is also committed to advocating for mental health awareness and reducing the stigma associated with seeking help. She believes that education and open communication are crucial in promoting mental wellness and creating a more inclusive and compassionate society. 

Bridget Ryan, MA (Intern) 
Virtual Mental Health Consultant

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Greetings, I am Bridget, a mental health expert and an intern at Quantum. Currently, I am pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As part of my work at Quantum, I specialize in conducting intakes for new clients and providing treatment for individuals grappling with anxiety and depression. Beyond the counseling room, I am passionate about nurturing my well-being through activities such as gardening, baking, and music. I believe that mental health is crucial to our overall well-being and I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve optimal mental health. Through my training and experience, I have developed a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health issues and am equipped to provide evidence-based treatment to those in need. As a mental health expert, I approach each client with empathy, understanding, and respect, creating a safe space for them to share their experiences and challenges. My goal is to empower individuals to take control of their mental health by providing them with the tools and strategies needed to manage their symptoms and achieve their goals. I am committed to staying up-to-date with the latest research and techniques in the field of mental health counseling, and I work closely with my colleagues at Quantum to provide the best possible care for our clients. It is a privilege to be part of the journey towards mental wellness for each and every one of my clients, and I look forward to helping many more individuals achieve their full potential.

JOHN NOTICE, MA 
Mental Health Counselor Intern

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Welcome to Quantum Consulting Group, where we are honored to have John Notice as part of our dedicated team. John is currently in the final phase of his master’s degree in clinical Mental Health Counseling, bringing a rich tapestry of experiences and a deep commitment to mental health advocacy. John’s journey in counseling is underpinned by a unique blend of academic and personal experiences. With a Master of Law degree and a decade-long residence in Houston, John's multifaceted background enriches his approach to mental health care. Growing up in Queens, NY, and now a husband and father in an inter-racial marriage, John’s life is a testament to diversity and resilience. His family, including children with special needs and experiences in adoption, has not only shaped his worldview but also drawn others with similar stories towards him. Recognizing that mental health care has evolved yet still overlooks certain groups, John is devoted to amplifying the voices that often go unheard. He stands as an unwavering ally for those marginalized, aiming to shed light on and advocate for overlooked populations. His commitment is not just professional; it's a personal mission to ensure that every individual feels seen and heard. John’s counseling approach is grounded in Client-Centered and Reality Therapy models. These frameworks allow him to lead interactions with compassion, understanding, and intention, exploring and empowering clients towards new beginnings. John believes in the interconnectedness of individuals within various systems and environments. He emphasizes the importance of understanding both how we are perceived by others and how we perceive ourselves. Living by the mantra “Know yourself and know your audience,” John advocates for self-awareness as the foundation for understanding the world. His strengths lie in his humor, reflective nature, empathy, and ability to grasp the ‘big picture’ in the context of individual experiences. His multicultural competence is a vital asset in empowering diverse mental health individuals. Lastly, John is passionate about building community relationships, fostering connections that resonate with Quantum Consulting Group’s ethos of inclusivity and empowerment.

Jonathan McKinney, BS
Virtual Life Transformational Coach 

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Meet Jonathan, a counselor in training/transformational life coach whose approach to therapy is both pragmatic and holistic. At the core of his practice, Jonathan integrates Transpersonal Theory and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), guiding his clients with empathy and mindfulness as they navigate their healing journey. Jonathan brings to the table a rich tapestry of personal identities and experiences. As a heterosexual, cisgender, biracial male, and an ally to diverse communities, he embodies a deep understanding of varied life perspectives. Jonathan’s neurodiversity further enriches his ability to connect with clients on multiple levels, offering a unique vantage point in understanding mental health challenges. Passionate about the vibrancy of life, Jonathan is dedicated to empowering others to realize their full potential. His commitment is deeply rooted in aiding individuals to transcend their personal challenges and embrace a life of fulfillment and purpose. This passion extends beyond the therapy room, as Jonathan actively seeks to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those he encounters. Jonathan's educational background is as diverse as his life experiences. He began his academic journey at Pikes Peak Community College, where he honed his skills in empathetic communication by tutoring combat veterans and individuals grappling with developmental or learning disabilities. He then pursued a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Bakersfield, further broadening his perspective. His professional experience is marked by a commitment to serving marginalized and at-risk communities. Jonathan has worked with at-risk youth in a juvenile correctional step-down rehabilitation facility, where he applied his skills and knowledge to support young individuals at a crucial juncture in their lives. Currently, as he embarks on the internship phase of his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Jonathan brings a wealth of experience in residential outpatient treatment. Here, he has worked with individuals diagnosed with a spectrum of mental health conditions, including schizophrenia, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, substance misuse, and co-occurring mental health diagnoses. Jonathan's journey is one of continuous learning and growth, both professionally and personally. His unique blend of educational and life experiences positions him as an invaluable asset in the field of mental health counseling. As he progresses in his Master's program, Jonathan remains committed to his mission of guiding individuals through their most challenging times and helping them discover the resilience and beauty within themselves.

Sharman Williams
Virtual Life Transformational Coach 

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Hello, I'm Sharman Williams, your dedicated life coach committed to guiding you on your path to self-discovery and personal excellence. With years of experience in life coaching, I bring a wealth of knowledge, empathy, and a genuine passion for helping individuals like you unlock their full potential.  At the core of my practice is a solution-focused approach where conversations are directed towards creating an action plan tailored to your unique goals and aspirations. I view each client as a partner, not a patient. This perspective fosters a collaborative environment where you are an active participant in your journey of self-improvement.  Together, we will navigate through your life's sticking points and stumbling blocks, transforming challenges into steppingstones towards your success. My mission is to be the bridge that connects your current state to your desired future. It's about aligning your reality with your vision.  We will identify areas for growth, set realistic and achievable goals, and work diligently towards actualizing your dreams.  My role is to empower and support you, ensuring that the journey to your best self is fulfilling and transformative.  Every coaching session is uniquely tailored to meet your individual needs and aspirations.  Expect to walk away from each session with clear, actionable steps that progressively lead you towards your goals.  Our sessions provide a safe, non-judgmental space where your thoughts, feelings, and ambitions are heard and respected. Remember, I am deeply committed to your personal growth and success. Together, we will embark on a journey that not only reaches your goals but also enriches your life in ways you may not have imagined.  As your life coach, I am more than just a guide; I am your ally in the pursuit of your best self. Let's embark on this journey together, where your dreams and aspirations are not just distant hopes but achievable realities. You have the power to create the life you desire, and I am here to support you every step of the way.

Rosebel Mercado
Virtual Administrative Assistant

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Rosebel's professional evolution traces a compelling narrative from her extensive tenure as a human resource generalist to her current vocation as a virtual assistant, driven by a fervent pursuit of her true passion. Armed with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, her transition into the realm of virtual assistance was not just a career shift but a seamless fusion of her academic background with her innate talents and interests. This unique blend of qualifications equips her with a multifaceted perspective that enriches her role as a Virtual Administrative Assistant, distinguishing her as a valuable asset in the virtual landscape. Throughout her career, Rosebel has garnered a reputation for her unwavering reliability and consummate professionalism, traits that underpin her exceptional performance in managing diverse administrative responsibilities with finesse and efficiency. Her adeptness in handling intricate tasks reflects not only her proficiency but also her dedication to delivering high-quality results consistently.

However, Rosebel's impact transcends the confines of administrative duties. She is deeply impassioned about mental health advocacy, recognizing the profound significance of emotional well-being in individuals' overall quality of life. Her belief in the transformative power of mental wellness permeates every facet of her life and work, propelling her to advocate tirelessly for its prioritization in society. Rosebel is driven by a conviction that fostering mental wellness is not just a noble endeavor but an essential component of building resilient communities and nurturing thriving individuals. By integrating her expertise in administration with her steadfast commitment to mental health advocacy, Rosebel endeavors to effect positive change in the lives of those she serves. She approaches her work with a holistic perspective, recognizing the interconnectedness of administrative efficiency and emotional well-being. Through her dedication to providing exceptional support and her unwavering advocacy for mental wellness, Rosebel aspires to make a tangible, lasting impact on the lives of others. In every task she undertakes, she channels her passion, expertise, and compassion, striving to create a world where individuals are empowered to flourish both professionally and personally.

Project THRIVE 

Welcome to the THRIVE Project, an innovative initiative born out of a collaborative partnership between Quantum Consulting Group and Southampton Healthcare. At the heart of our mission, THRIVE seeks to transform the landscape of mental health and wellness services by providing comprehensive, culturally sensitive, and inclusive care. This project specifically caters to the unique needs of the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, offering a sanctuary where every individual is seen, heard, and valued. Leveraging the medical expertise of Southampton Healthcare and the therapeutic excellence of Quantum Consulting Group, THRIVE stands as a beacon of hope and progress. Our goal is not only to address immediate mental health concerns but also to empower our clients to navigate life's challenges with resilience and confidence. At THRIVE, we are committed to dismantling barriers to mental health care and fostering a community where diversity is celebrated, and holistic well-being is attainable for all.

HEZEKIAH WILLIAMS
THRIVE Coordinator

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Meet Hezekiah Williams, a dynamic and passionate advocate in the field of HIV awareness and support, particularly for the black and brown LGBTQIA community. With a decade of experience that began in his late teens as a volunteer at The SPOT, Hezekiah's journey has been one of relentless dedication and personal growth.  Hezekiah's involvement in the HIV advocacy field started in his formative years. Volunteering at The SPOT, he gained invaluable experience and insights that shaped his future path. As a black, gay, HIV-positive man, Hezekiah embodies the intersectional challenges and strengths of his community. He uses his personal experiences to foster understanding and support for those living with HIV. Hezekiah has been instrumental in creating and facilitating various support groups, leadership meetings, and educational seminars. His initiatives focus on creating safe and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and community building.  He emphasizes promoting healthy relationships between HIV-positive and negative individuals, challenging stigma, and fostering a sense of pride and acceptance within the community. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Hezekiah's academic journey is aligned with his mission to uplift and empower his community from within.  His educational aspirations are not just about acquiring knowledge but are deeply intertwined with his commitment to be an effective leader and advocate for his community. In his role as the THRIVE Coordinator, Hezekiah is at the forefront of coordinating activities and programs that directly impact the lives of the community he serves. He is responsible for overseeing the center's operations, ensuring that the services provided are responsive, inclusive, and impactful.  Hezekiah is driven by a vision where being HIV-positive is not a source of shame but a call to resilience and solidarity. He strives to create environments where individuals can share, learn, and grow without fear or judgment.  His leadership style is marked by empathy, inclusivity, and a deep understanding of the cultural nuances that affect his community. Hezekiah Williams is more than just a coordinator; he is a beacon of hope and a catalyst for change. Through his work at the THRIVE Center, he continues to break down barriers, build bridges, and champion the cause of HIV awareness and support within the black and brown LGBTQIA community.

Shonnii Haynes, MS 
THRIVE Care Manager

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Introducing Shonnii Haynes, a trailblazing Transgender Woman who has made remarkable strides in the fields of Human Service and Social Justice. Shonnii's journey is distinguished by a strong educational foundation and a wealth of professional experience. Her academic journey began with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Harris Stowe State University, followed by a Master's Degree in Justice and Security Management from the University of Phoenix. These educational pursuits have equipped her with a deep understanding of the justice system and its multifaceted nature. Since graduating high school in 2011, Shonnii has dedicated herself to the field of education, currently excelling as a Positive Behavior Intervention Specialist for St. Louis Public Schools. Her role reflects a profound belief in the transformative power of education and positive reinforcement in shaping young lives. Shonnii's passion for service extends beyond the educational sphere as she steps into her role at Quantum Consulting Group as a Clear Care Manager. Bringing 12 years of human service and advocacy experience to the team, Shonii has significantly contributed to various causes. Her work includes impactful contributions to the foster care system and dedicated advocacy for HIV prevention and treatment. She has been a staunch advocate for LGBT rights and transgender rights, with her efforts focused in Memphis and St. Louis. At her core, Shonnii is committed to making a positive impact in her community. She approaches her work with empathy, knowledge, and a deep commitment to social justice, driven by a desire to create a more inclusive and equitable society. Shonnii Haynes is not just a professional in her field; she is a change-maker, a community advocate, and a source of inspiration. At Quantum Consulting Group, we are proud to welcome Shonnii Haynes to our team. Her experience, advocacy, and commitment to social justice significantly enhance our mission of providing inclusive and empowering support for all.

DEVONTA THOMAS
THRIVE Prevention Specialist

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Meet Devonta Thomas, THRIVE's Prevention Specialist, whose dedication to HIV prevention and public health education has made a significant impact within the community. Devonta brings a blend of expertise, passion, and personal commitment to his role, focusing on the prevention and awareness aspects of public health, particularly in HIV/AIDS.  Devonta's journey in public health began with a deep-seated interest in community welfare and health education. His expertise has been honed through years of dedicated work and continuous learning in the field of HIV prevention. As a Prevention Specialist, he plays a crucial role in implementing strategies and programs designed to reduce the incidence of HIV and promote overall health in the community.  At THRIVE, Devonta is responsible for overseeing and executing various prevention initiatives. This includes conducting outreach programs, organizing educational workshops, and providing resources on HIV prevention and general health.  He works closely with at-risk groups, providing them with the knowledge and tools they need to protect themselves and make informed health decisions.  A key aspect of Devonta's role is his active engagement with the community. He believes in building strong relationships based on trust and understanding, which are essential in effective health education and prevention efforts.  Devonta regularly collaborates with local organizations, healthcare providers, and community leaders to expand the reach and impact of THRIVE's prevention programs. Passionate about raising awareness, Devonta often leads campaigns and discussions aimed at destigmatizing HIV/AIDS. He advocates for regular testing, early treatment, and the reduction of misconceptions surrounding HIV.  His approach is inclusive and empathetic, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background, feels supported and informed.  Devonta is committed to his personal and professional growth, consistently seeking new information and training that can enhance his effectiveness as a prevention specialist. He also plays a mentorship role, guiding and inspiring new members of the THRIVE team and the broader community. Devonta Thomas is more than a Prevention Specialist; he is a pillar of strength and knowledge within the THRIVE community. His commitment to public health, combined with his ability to connect and communicate effectively, makes him an invaluable asset in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in promoting overall community health.

JASMINE SPINKS
THRIVE Data Entry Specialist and Administrative Manager