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!
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."
I enjoy playing board games and basketball, doing arts and craft, and I love to dancing and listening to music. I was in gymnastic and did track in middle/high school. I support my daughters and friends by giving advice about lifestyle. I’m a caring person try to make a better choice with they 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 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."
Hello! My name is Layla, and I am currently a Senior at Alverno College, majoring in Communications with a minor in Sociology. I decided to join the GLOW 414 team because I wanted to help make a difference in my community by helping mentor and empower youth who are going through some of the same things I was going through when I was their age. One of my favorite self-care activities to do is to get my lashes done.
My ultimate goal is to help build families and watch them grow and also push myself to open up my Learning Center sometime in 2023. My biggest achievement was stepping out on faith and becoming a business owner. I am the CEO of Precious Jewels Family Childcare, established in December of 2019. I went to M.A.T.C. in 2017 towards an Associates degree in childcare. I been working in the field for about twenty two years now. I have a passion for working with children. I love seeing a smile on their faces, it just melts my heart. I am so excited to be a part of the GLOW Team.
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!
Great greetings. I am the founder of Walking In By Faith, INC. (Coming Soon) I am a mother/mentor 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.
I received my Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2017 and my Master’s in Social Work in 2021. I have a background in helping youth and young adults develop healthy communication skills, boundaries, and self worth. I have a passion for helping others. One of my favorite things to do is watching someone realize their potential and gain confidence. I truly believe that it takes a village and I intend to use my position with GLOW to increase as many villages as I can. I am a huge advocate for self-care and my favorite method of self care is reading mystery/thriller books or listening to a true-crime podcast.
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!
Due to the wonderful job they did during this past summer’s Earn & Learn Program, we decided to hire both young ladies! Our GLOW Squad members are the backbone of GLOW! So many individuals share how comfortable the setting at GLOW is and that's thanks to organizational and cleanliness skills of these 2!