Kirstin’s Haven Staff
Stephen Foncham, MBA Founder/President/CEO
Stephen Foncham has more than 17 years in the human services industry. He has strong and progressive experience in business development, program management and program operation. This experience was gained through his ownership and operation of an Avis-Rent-A-Car agency, Shell and Citgo gas stations. However, his passion for underserved people in around his community remained.In 2009, Stephen was a consultant for the Center for Enrichment and Development, LLC. There, he became involved in mentoring and advocating to improve the quality of life for adults with disabilities and Veterans in the Metro area. He quickly realized that he wanted to further serve this disadvantaged population. To achieve this goal, he founded Kirstin’s Haven Incorporated (KHI); a non-profit 501(c) (3). It was established to provide comprehensive supportive services and transitional/permanent housing to homeless families and veterans in Prince Georges County.
Kirstin’s Haven mission is to provide the homeless with the tools and services they need to achieve and sustain self-sufficiency and independent living.Stephen is a member of the Baltimore Area Association for Supportive Housing (BASH), Prince George’s County Homeless Service Partnership (HSP) and the Southern Maryland Tri-County Homeless Board. He sits on the Veteran’s committee of the HSP and plays an important role in helping to shape services for homeless veterans in the county. He has received accolades for his assertive and persistent work in his community. Stephen earned his master’s degree in business administration from California Baptist University Jabs School of Business, and his bachelor’s degree from University of California San Diego.
Board of Directors
Chesley Richardson, MPH Board Chairman
Chesley (RoD) Richardson founded, incorporated, and served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director of a 501(C )3 corporate entity for more than 25 years. Before completing his undergraduate studies at The Detroit Institute of Technology, as a Natural Science major, he completed two years, of a four year obligation, on active duty in the United States Naval Reserves as a Medical Corpsman. He received an Honorable Discharge and also received a National Defense Service Medal… After discharge from active duty in the Navy he completed undergraduate studies, using G.I. billbenefits, to receive a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health. After receiving his MPH and prior to serving as CEO of the 501(C)3 Rod was employed as a “Senior Program Development Analyst” with a BlueCross/BlueShield Alternative Health Care Program and as “Assistant to Senior Executive Vice President” at a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO).
Concurrent positions included “Consultant Surveyor” with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals Mental Health/Substance Abuse Programs and an appointment as an “Expert Consultant” with the U.S. Department of Health Education & Welfare/ Public Health Service. Other credentials held by Rod include Certifications in the following areas: Herbal Extract Specialist, Substance Abuse Addictions Counselor; Fitness and Nutrition; Holistic Nutrition Practitioner, and Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED (2014/2015). Rod has also ABD’ed a 15 month Alternative Health Care Practitioner program.
Tamura Hill Thomas (formerly Upchurch) is known lovingly as “Tami” and has an electrifying personality and is an established motivator, leader, and public speaker focusing on leadership, team building, and self-empowerment. She is committed to impacting the lives of those in the greatest need in communities throughout the United States and has been a prominent speaker in many forums alongside political appointees and community officials. Tami’s extensive training in federal grants and program management afford her opportunities to work with city and state government officials across the nation to strategize on homeless program implementations and the implications of government policy. Her vast tenure expands from frontline program operations delivered to homeless and disabled populations to Sr. Management as the Lead Agency for the CoC functioning as the governmental liaison. She is often consulted upon by high level Government officials, Executive Directors and Board Members, Pastors, and Entrepreneurs for her insight into developing coordinated systems between federal and local government and public and non-profit agencies with a proven record of building community based initiatives and establishing team building approaches. Her dynamic mentorship has led to stronger leadership accountability in government and greater community service organizations.
Tami has received accolades from several community advocates and governmental officials including former President Ronald Reagan and Vice President Joe Biden for her outstanding work in the plight against homelessness and her impact to the lives of those in the greatest need in communities throughout the nation. In 2003, Tami was appointed to the District of Columbia’s Mayor’s Committee on Persons with Disabilities as an Advisor and, in 2015, she received one of the highest honors for a federal employee, the Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Accountability Effectiveness and Efficiency.
Tami is co-Chair of the advisory board for an Atlanta based non-profit, serves on the board of a New Orleans based business development agency, and is a guest professor at Kennesaw State University. She facilitates wellness empowerment and strategic building sessions internationally and has partnered with medical professionals and community leaders to develop community health empowerment and education conferences across the nation. Experienced in program development and team building, Tami is a strong resource and mentor to fitness professionals, vocalist, and professionally trained choreographers. She is a respected advocate for health and fitness who has bridged connections between mainstream health information and practical living application for child years to elderly care. Tami is a passionate trainer, mediator, team builder, a certified Fitness Professional with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, licensed Evangelist, and a Chaplain with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office in Atlanta.
Tennille Combs, MBA
Tennille Coombs is the acting Chairperson at Kristin’s Haven Incorporated. Ms. Coombs worked in the nonprofit sector in various roles starting fifteen years ago. Through hard work, education and on the job training, she rose through the ranks as an Administrative Assistant to a Program Director in a span of eight years at Second Genesis, Inc. Her experience ranges from Case Management services, Assessments and Screenings, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance working with Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Ms. Coombs has dedicated herself to the field of Human Services and Supporter for adults and adolescents in the community with goals to empower improve and build a stronger foundation.
Ms. Coombs received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Master’s in Specialization in Criminal Justice Management and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Coombs is also a certified in many scales in the Co-occurring field, and she can build computers in her spare time.
When she is not working, Ms. Coombs loves to spend time with her family, which keeps her busy. She and her husband are natives of New York so they visit New York whenever they are not busy with activities with their children.
|Kristie Billups, B.A.; A.A.
Kristie Billups is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and currently works for the U.S. Department of State as an IT Specialist. She has over 15 years of experience in telecommunications and networking to include; satellite communications, network management and policy and planning.
Provides Kirstin’s with an strong expertise in real estate. For over 30 years Sonia has conducted her own real estate investments and is knowledgeable in all phases. She also served as real estate consultant for a large development company on east coast of Florida and Nevada. She has volunteered for many charities as fundraiser and event organizer.
Dwight E. Walters, Veteran
Retired U.S. Army Veteran