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Kirstin Health & Wellness services collaborates with caring & dedicated therapists, rehabilitation consultants, recovery support specialists, instructors and office personnel. We strive to serve our clients with integrity, respect and a smile.
Kirstin’s Haven inc 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.
Kirstin’s Haven 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. 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.
Michael Strong, B.S. Board Chairman
Michael Strong is the founder and owner of Cogent Change Human Service Solutions www.cogentchange.com. Where the business focus is securing funding for prisoner re-entry, housing and workforce development for the underserved populations in Greensboro, North Carolina, Maryland and Washington, DC. As a human service professional, Michael Strong is committed to helping those who are addicted, poor, homeless, and veterans. As a homeless systems administrator, counselor, life skills instructor, grant writer, veteran’s volunteer and more importantly a sponsor, Michael’s 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 also employed by Communities Helping and Empowering Patriots, Inc. (CHEP) as the Program Manager of DC Vets Service Intensive Transitional Housing in Washington, DC. Michael recently completed the Professional Counseling Education Program in Washington and is currently interning in preparation for a second career as a Certified Addictions Counselor. Additionally, Michael is: Member of the Prince George’s County DSS Veteran’s Committee, Member of Prince George’s County Veterans Stand Down and Homeless Resource Day Committee, Member of District of Columbia Veteran’s NOW committee, Michael has a degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix, Finally, Michael is the author of Strong Getting Stronger: An Inspiration. Michael’s words to live by are from Elizabeth Wharton who wrote, “There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
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.
KIRSTIN CARE PRP & KIRSTIN WELLNESS GROUP STAFF
Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner
Justin Leahy, PMHNP-BC
Judith Lelchook, LCSW-C
Judith Lelchook joins the Kirstin Wellness Group as a licensed clinical social worker after 30 years of searching for a way to combine her love of literature and writing with psychotherapy and clinical social work. Having learned a collection of social work skills in a spirited and radical setting at Antioch New England and later UC Berkeley School of Social Work in the 1980s, she has tried to fold freelance writing, poetry and narrative composition and rather primitive and untutored but hopeful art into the imagination, innocent and budding artistic talents of all her clients. Formerly married to a ballistics specialist turned poet from the US Army and the stepmother to a Warrant officer in the US Navy, she felt committed to trying to give back to other Veterans for their generous service and their families’ devotion in standing by them. Coming to Virginia after a journalism fellowship in the Middle East, she returned to working in adult mental health services, beginning in CPS in Dodge Park, moving to more restorative services in Washington County, spending a decade in medical social work throughout the Metro area and ultimately returning to community work, first in Baltimore and now back to her Maryland roots in Prince George’s County. In the process, she worked in what is now the expanded mental health campus at Fort Belvoir, then at the Prosperity Avenue Clinic in Vienna. As a disaster liaison for the Red Cross in Alexandria, she used that crisis experience to help the forces recover after the September 2013 sniping at the DC Naval Yard. Now, coming full circle, she looks forward to integrating with the highly trained and experienced staff of Kirstin’s Haven, Inc, where the focus is serving a very diverse and complicated community of individuals from many regional areas, multiple ethnicities reeling from a cascade of difficult environmental and other political circumstances in today’s complex, changing world.
Sharon Holland, LCSW-C, CCTP
Sharon Holland joins the Kirstin Wellness Group as a licensed clinical social worker 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 and is a Maryland Board Approved Clinical Supervisor.
Victoria Cole, LCSW-C
Victoria Cole joins the Kirstin Wellness Group as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) that has worked in the mental health field for over fifteen years. Ms. Cole attended Baruch College, one of the City Universities of New York. In 1994 she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Ms. Cole received a Master of Social Work from Howard University in 2000. In providing mental health services Ms. Cole has worked with mental health agencies, community programs, schools, health care facilities, immigrant resettlement programs, government agencies, foster care programs, adoptions agencies, child welfare, and hospitals. Ms. Cole has also maintained a mental health therapy private practice in Maryland. With her past experiences, present, and future Ms. Cole continues with a commitment to provide all individuals with services that will promote healing, learning, and growth.
Jennifer Wilson, LCSW-C, LCADC