Meet The Team
Transition to Adulthood Coordinator
Imani Barnes, MSEd
I am a doctoral student who is passionate about contributing to a lasting positive change in the personal & educational experiences of underserved and marginalized communities. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2017, my Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership in 2019, and I am currently working on my PhD in Higher Education. It was mentors who took an interest in my life, poured into me, and provided me with the necessary tools, opportunities, and resources that greatly contribute to where I am today. I enjoy serving as a mentor and providing youth and young adults the same opportunities that I had!
Jamie Batemon, BSW
Ms. Batemon is a recent graduate of UWM who obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She has been an employee of MPS for over seven years and is inspired to extend her reach of service to youth in the broader community. She is an entrepreneur and enjoys working to enhance the beauty and confidence of women. As she moves forward, she hopes to open her own group home to help teen parents. At GLOW, Ms. Batemon enjoys working with the youth and attending community outreach events.
Executive Program Director
Therapist - it
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 fueled by belief in yourself instead of validation from others."
I am so grateful that my path has led me to GLOW. I received my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration- Accounting from UW-Milwaukee. After deciding to leave the workforce to be with my children, I went back to school to pursue my calling to be an educator. I earned my Masters in Education from Mount Mary University with a minor in Mathematics, and currently teach high school math in Milwaukee. My focus and passion is on nurturing confidence in my students and bringing a sense of empowerment in math to individuals who have a history of feeling excluded from math related fields of study. I came to GLOW looking for more opportunities to support and empower individuals who are underserved in our community to realize their potential and achieve the success they deserve.
I enjoy playing board games and basketball, doing arts and crafts, and I love dancing and listening to music. I was in gymnastics and did track in middle/high school. I support my daughters and friends by giving advice about lifestyle. I’m a caring person trying to make a better choice with my life. I am volunteering because I like helping people. GLOW is an interesting program for the community. GLOW is a wonderful organization for anybody. So far I like being around them.
Quatina G, 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 in 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."
Psychotherapist & Clinical Supervisor
Mindy has been practicing psychotherapy in Milwaukee County for the past 11 years. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults and practices from an integrated approach, utilizing Person-Centered, CBT, and DBT modalities and believing that the client is the expert on their own experiences. Mindy specializes in depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, major life transitions, and stress management. Mindy appreciates physical and spiritual health’s effects on a person’s mental and emotional wellbeing and supports exploring all of these aspects within the therapeutic setting.
Family Support Specialist
I am thrilled to be a part of the team here at GLOW. I graduated in December 2021 with a BA in Gender and Women’s Studies and a BS in Sociology and Social Justice from Northland College. I am passionate about the work I do in nonprofits and have worked with youth in various settings for over 2 years. I believe that everyone deserves to live happy, healthy lives, and I am honored to help young folks achieve this through working towards their goals and being a positive role-model and trusted adult. In my free time, I enjoy being with my myriad of different pets, walking through nature, and playing games with friends and family.
Family Support Specialist
Ashia R, MSW
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!
Great greetings. I am the founder of Walking In By Faith, INC., coming soon. Thank you to Mickell D for supporting me as my business coach. I am a mother/mentor at GLOW and child of God. I have been working with youth since I was 14th years old. I started as a babysitter, then at the Boys and Girls Club and Northcott Neighborhood House where my foundation began. I made the decision to make a difference in youths' lives. There are many reasons why I have always had a heart for youth, but my number one reason is, I had my first son at 16 years old and my mother or father wasn't in my life. From that day forward, I knew I could be relatable and help empower young people. I am also passionate about mental health and want to help alleviate barriers to access with young people.
Youth Peer Leader
Hi, I'm a youth leader here at GLOW. I support other youth during drop in hours. I'm also a part of the Youth Advisory Board with GLOW. My goal is facilitating a youth lead Anime group in the summer. I'm a senior in high school and currently taking classes at MATC concurrently. I'm an entrepreneur of art. This leads me to my goals, after I graduate, I will become an animator / artist. An interesting fact about me is that I enjoy playing the guitar. I'm currently working on my own anime/monga at the moment.
I do commissions for art as well. I enjoy being a streamer :D.
Hey, I'm Sarah (She/They) and I am an intern here at GLOW 414. I am currently working on getting my Master's degrees in Social Work and Women's & Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. I love working with our youth but in my free time, I enjoy reading and going camping with my friends. Once I graduate, I hope to obtain my LCSW and pursue a career providing horticultural therapies to teens.
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