Meet The Team
Executive Program Director
Sam Brock, APSW
GLOW embodies everything I desired and needed growing up and still as a woman. It was the easiest decision in my life to take a position with GLOW in any capacity. I am passionate about working with individuals to build their toolbox with resources, skills, affirmations, and etc. It is important to me to work collaboratively with individuals while listening empathetically and without judgment. I like to create a space where individuals feel comfortable by being creative in sessions to decrease discomfort and increase engagement.
"You GLOW differently when your confidence is fuelled by belief in yourself instead of validation from others."
Clinical Intern & Mentor
Ashia Rhodes, BSW
Ashia Rhodes is a graduate student at the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin currently studying to be a clinical social worker. She practices her internship at GLOW focusing on mental health, trauma and recovery. Her goal is to get her LCSW with the hopes of becoming a family/children and couple’s counselor. She started her social work journey in 2012 and has been working in the field since 2016. She is 28 years of age and loves to travel. She chose to become a facilitator/mentor not only because it is her passion, but to also give back to the community and help guide youth to success. Ashia’s personality, drive, and artistic talents is what makes her GLOW!
Fun Fact about me I have a twin cousin and if I was a boy we would have had the same name. My name would have been Patrick, and my favorite Holiday is St Patrick’s Day! I wanted to become a mentor after being a teacher for so many years. I felt like I could do more and have a better impact for youth. After working in an inner city school I had an experience that changed my life and became a mentor for one of my students. That inspired me to move forward with mentoring. I Do best with younger youth in elementary and middle school. I work well with both girls and boys I grew up with 5 brothers and always wanted to be more girly so I understand girly girls as well. What makes me GLOW is the fact that I can work and help youth on a one on one level and not just teach them what a school curriculum wants me to teach. Also being able to reach youth and families and build great relationships.
Quatina Gray, BSW
I obtained my Bachelor's in Social Work in 2019 from UWM-Milwaukee. I have been in the Social Services field since 2013. What inspired me to pursue a career in social work is experiencing and witnessing numerous disadvantages of social inequality throughout my childhood. My expertise is youth and family services, Alcohol and other Drug Abuse (AODA), Mental Health, Trauma Informed, and Cultural Awareness. Paving a way, providing resources, and opportunities for the oppressed became a vital mission. My goal is to receive my Master's of Social Work and become a Substance Abuse Counselor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. To add, I would like to open a Transitional Living Center in my community. The reason I chose to become a mentor with GLOW is because I believe the mission, wanted to have a positive impact on youth, and support a Black Owned Business.
Fun fact about me: "I love to study Egypt."
Shaquan Jefferson, LPC-IT
I am a Licensed Professional Therapist (In Training) and an empowering mother. I recently graduated May 2022 from Alverno College with my master's degree in Community Psychology with an emphasis of mental health. My goal is to take the knowledge and skills learned at GlOW414 into my own nonprofit organization; A Key To The Streets Foundation, Inc. that assist colored men who suffers from recidivism between the ages of 18-26. I want to pursue my Doctorate Degree in the mental health field as well. I am 25 years of age and have the passion and drive to serve the community and advocate the importance of mental well-being. I GLOW when I make other individuals shine through their mental wellness.
I received my Bachelor's Degree in History from UW-Milwaukee in 2015 and my Master's Degree in African-American Studies with a focus in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from UW-Madison in 2018. I moved with my wife and son to Kansas City in 2020 where I taught History and Geography at Donnelly College for two years. We recently moved back to Milwaukee because we love the city and all that it offers. I have been an advocate for equity and inclusion since before I even knew what those things were. I want to make a difference at a more one-on-one level than what teaching at a college offered, and GLOW is offering me the perfect opportunity to do that. The chance to transform Milwaukee one individual, one family, and one block at a time is what drives me each day. I want to help transform the youth of the city into happy, creative, soulful individuals, capable of reshaping the world in their own image with the tools we provide for them at GLOW.
Hello, my name is Grace, and I am a GLOW intern for the summer! I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, earning a Bachelor's in Social Work in 2021. I am presently working towards my Master's in social work at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, which I will finish this August of 2022. My goal is to work in the Milwaukee Public School (MPS) district to support the youth of Milwaukee to flourish and reach their full potential. GLOW is a wonderful organization whose values align strongly with my own in working to empower and prepare young women for success; I look forward to learning and working here at GLOW!
A fun fact about me is that I have run two half marathons in my life!
I am a social work graduate student from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. My concentration is in the areas of school social work and trauma-informed care. It’s my plan to graduate this summer (2022)! I feel honored and humbled by the experiences I’ve had interacting with young people in my education, work, and recreational pursuits. When I’m not working or in school, I love the world of sports – especially women’s sports! I wanted to be both, Lisa Leslie and Mia Hamm when I was growing up. I may be retired from high level competition, but I still have love for the game and the unique bonds of a team. Additionally, I love to travel, especially to visit friends and family out of state. You might catch me at a comedy show on the weekend and please give me all the Milwaukee food and restaurant recommendations! I was fortunate enough to have had coaches and mentors who believed in me and encouraged me when I was growing up, recognizing and affirming my strengths. Especially when I needed it most. Having the opportunity to do this work as an adult is one of the greatest privileges and I am excited to be at GLOW for the summer!
Are you passionate about working with at-risk youth? Do people tell you how compassionate and predictable you are? Are you the dependable friend?
Please send your resume with your name in the subject!