Our Staff & Board
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.
William G. Foncham, B.S. Director of Operations
Mr. Foncham joined Kirstin’s Haven, Inc./Kirstin Care L.L.C. as the Director of Operations in May 2017. Mr. Foncham has worked with vastly diverse populations and has an extensive background in the field of human services that ranges over six years combined with more than four years of administrative experience. He has worked in dental clinics, federally qualified health centers (FQHC), physical therapy clinics, hospitals, and a skilled nursing facility. His commitment to serving under served populations includes helping build houses for Habitat for Humanity in West Virginia, assisting dentists and medical doctors at Global Dental and Medical Brigades in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and working as a program coordinator for the Healthy Future’s Program at the University of Maryland College Park. Mr. Foncham’s educational background includes graduating from the University of Maryland College Park with a B.S. in Family Science and he is currently attending The Johns Hopkins University School of Education to obtain his M.S. in clinical mental health counseling. Mr. Foncham is responsible for assessing administrative and management needs of Kirstin Care PRP by developing, implementing, evaluating and managing all non-clinical program elements. He assists the Program Director with the establishment of policies and procedures such as participation in budget preparation, monitoring of contracts, serving as a member of the management team, and the development of program grants and funding opportunities. Mr. Foncham is also responsible for assisting the Program Director with various initiatives and objectives such as daily activities, safety, interaction of others, and ensuring maximum provision of care to individuals.
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. bill benefits, 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.
Kristie Billups, B.A.; A.A.
Ms. 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.
Board of Directors
Michael Strong, B.S. Board Chairman
Michael Strong is a human service professional committed to helping those who are addicted,homeless, and veterans. As a homeless systems administrator, life skills instructor, veteran’s volunteer and more importantly a sponsor, Michael’s remarkable life experiences have prepared him for a lifelong goal of enlightening, teaching and sharing with others how the battles they fight are never lost. Michael is currently employed by Chesapeake Health Education Program (CHEP) as the Program Manager of DCVETS Transitional Housing in Washington, DC. Michael is Chairman of the Prince George’s County DSS Veteran’s Committee and serves on the DC Mayor’s Office of Veteran Affairs Advisory committee. In 2013, Michael launched his own company, Cogent Change Human Services Inc. Finally, Michael is the author of Strong Getting Stronger: An Inspiration. While this book would never capture all the feelings, emotions and events of his often turbulent life, it is Michael’s hope that the book will serve as a beacon of hope and inspire us all to understand rather than be understood and to love more and hate less. Michael has a Bachelor's degree in Human Services from Axia College.
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.
Irving Whitley, Air Force Veteran
Mr. Whitley joins the Kirstin's Haven, Inc. Board of Directors as an honorably discharged Air Force Veteran. He was discharged with a rank of an E-4. He has been residing at one of the Kirstin's Haven, Inc. locations and it has been an extremely pleasant experience. Mr. Whitley is always willing to refer other veterans to Kirstin's Haven, Inc. and to assist other veterans with their issues.
Chanell Gaines, LCPC-S, LPC
Chanell Gaines joins Kirstin Care PRP as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and a board approved supervisor in the state of Maryland. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Washington, DC. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from George Mason University in 2006. In 2009 she completed her Master's degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University. Chanell has been working in the mental health field for more than 10 years. As a clinician, she has worked for private, non-profit and state agencies assisting individuals in community, private practice and outpatient settings and providing supervision for graduate level clinicians and interns. Chanell's goal is to make future clinicians and clinical supervisors successful while also ensuring that members of the community have the mental healthcare services that they need and deserve.
Steven Wechsler, LCSW-C
Mr. Wechsler joins the Kirstin Wellness Group as a licensed clinical social worker and has been a practicing therapist for over 17 years. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and has extensive experience working with geriatric patients and their families. Mr. Wechsler has worked at the VA, Sheppard's Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, and at Community Mental Health. He has also been a volunteer job coach for older workers through AARP. Mr. Wechsler has a trauma treatment certificate from Julie Lopez at the Viva Center and has training from the Johns Hopkins Bayview Behavioral Health Clinic. He enjoys working with adults (individual, couple, or families) across a variety of diagnoses and situations. Some of his work involves giving homework assignments (books, articles, writing) and setting goals from the beginning of treatment Steven is a very active member in the senior citizen community of Prince George’s County and he considers himself an active behavioral therapist because he likes to provide patients resources or letters for disability or employment leave (extra fee may apply). In Mr. Wechsler's spare time he enjoys playing music as an amateur musician (bassoonist) with community orchestras because he likes to incorporate creativity as part of the healing process.
Sharon Holland, LCSW-C
Ms. Holland joins the Kirstin Wellness Group as a licensed certified social worker clinical who works with individuals, children, and families to maximize coping capacities and improving overall functioning. Sharon believes that all individuals have the ability to grow and change faulty thinking and negative behaviors. Sharon has worked in various human service settings including Baltimore City and Baltimore County Social Services providing trauma informed case management services for families involved in the child welfare system, and Outpatient Mental Health Clinics providing therapeutic interventions. Sharon is specialized in working with children and families, and holds a certification in focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). Sharon is well versed in motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral techniques. Sharon is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Association of Professional Women. Sharon holds a Masters degree in Social Work from The University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work.
Ruth Jackson, M.P.A.
Ruth Jackson joins Kirstin Care PRP as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist with over six years of experience in the mental health industry. She is certified as a Registered Peer Supervisor, Integrated Forensic Peer Recovery Specialist and overall Health Care Advocate. She has worked at the Prince George's County Health Department Behavioral Health Clinic in Cheverly, Maryland, is an active NAMI volunteer and State Certified Trainer for the "In Our Own Voice" Program. Ms. Jackson also sits on the Board of Directors for Greater Baden Medical Services. Ms. Jackson received both her bachelor's (BA) in Criminology/minor in Journalism and Master's in Public Administration (MPA) from Seton Hall University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from her program and is a survivor of the "9/11 Terror Attacks" in New York City.
Krystal Newton, B.S.
Born in the nation's capital Washington D.C., Krystal Newton joins Kirstin Care PRP with nearly ten years of experience in human services. Krystal has mentored and assisted many low income children and families living in Baltimore City, Southern Maryland and the District of Columbia. Upon graduating from a historically black college, Morgan State University, she was presented the opportunity to work in human services specializing in mental health. She is beyond comfortable and patient with field based work. Daily, she works beyond measures to reassure that her clients and family’s needs and goals are met. Krystal has enjoyed this life changing career and is working towards obtaining her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Krystal is a veteran of the Maryland National Guard.
Ms. Stewart joins Kirstin Care PRP as the Marketing Manager and will be responsible for executing Kirstin Care’s marketing strategy to capture and maximize Kirstin Care PRP participant levels. Ms. Stewart is a native of Maryland and has devoted her career into a number of health mission organizations, with proven success in healthcare recruiting, medical supply marketing, community-based health services, residential placement of individuals in assisted living facilities; and rallying professionals from a rich cross section of like agencies to mutually join together regularly and assist each other meet their idealistic and stewardship goals. Ms. Stewart hopes to bring all her expertise to Kirstin Care PRP to enhance their participants’ quality of life. She also plans and implements the annual calendar of activities including fundraising initiative, special events and the official administrative acts.
Adam Gettinger-Brizuela, MA, AIP
Mr. Gettinger-Brizuela, also known as the lead consultant for the POP-CATS peaceteaching firm joins Kirstin Care PRP as a consultant. Adam Gettinger-Brizuela brings a different energy and perspective to the Kirstin Care family. Adam earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice (magna cum laude) from National University in San Diego, then an interdisciplinary master’s degree in Human Behavior, also with distinction. Beyond these, and other academic achievements (California certifications as an Addiction Treatment Counselor and Domestic Violence Treatment provider) Adam has a lifetime of experience in the human services fields. His parents were involved in the Civil Rights and Farmworkers struggles, and, at 15, Adam organized high school kids of color to actively confront a racist whites-only institution in his community. After serving an enlistment in the U.S. Air Force as a journalist, Adam began a long career in the human services. His experience includes literacy programs, bilingual/bicultural education, addiction treatment, community organization, parolee services, mental health casework, staff development for many clients, including the San Diego County Department of Social Services. Re-connecting fathers with their children and teaching parenting and community peaceteaching remain his personal passion. Adam believes peaceteaching can apply to virtually any human situation.
Megan Long, MBA
Ms. Long joins Kirstin Care PRP as a PRP consultant with over 15 years of experience in care coordination, psychiatric rehabilitation services, and conflict resolution. Ms. Long is a graduate of the executive M.B.A. program at University of Maryland University College and is certified in Transformative Mediation. She is a native of Southern Maryland and is grateful to live and serve in her community.