Family Rise Together

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Get to know the Family Rise Together Staff below. If you don't know who to contact, email our general mailbox and someone will respond to you within 1 business day.

Meet the Family Rise Together Team

Get to know our dedicated team, where collaboration meets excellence in our pursuit of equity, innovation, and success.

Leadership & Admin Team

ChaQuana McEntyre

ChaQuana McEntyre

Founder and Executive Director

ChaQuana McEntyre (she/her), a passionate and results-driven BIPOC leader, founded FRT in 2014 and serves as the Executive Director, showcasing a proven track record in non-profit leadership. With expertise in program development, financial management, and team building, she has spearheaded innovative initiatives, ensuring transparency, accountability, and organizational success.

Deyona Kirk

Deyona Kirk

Finance Manager

Deyona (she/her) manages all financial aspects of FRT and has over 26 years of experience in financial management, nonprofit management, affordable housing, housing development, leadership, entrepreneurship & consulting. She has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior and is a certified nonprofit accountant and a QuickBooks Pro Advisor.

Bonnie Delich

Bonnie Delich

Office Administrator

Bonnie (she/her) keeps our office running and assists the Admin team.

Healthy Place (Mental Health) Team

Jaime Krupa

Jaime Krupa

Mental Health Director

Jaime (she/her) directs the Healthy Place mental health and wellness program. With over 20 years in Human Services, her nonprofit career focuses on enhancing lives through grant writing, securing crucial funding for state and federal programs. In the mental health field, Jaime has contributed to many innovative programs, fostering well-being. As a Growth Consultant, Jaime has provided strategic insights for sustainable initiatives, driven by a passion for social impact and commitment to excellence.

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Karen Sheldon

Clinical Supervisor

Karen (she/her) is the Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) Clinical Supervisor.

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Sophie Adomaitis

Mental Health Practitioner

Sophie (she/her) serves as the Mental Health Practitioner for the Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) program.

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Theresa Strike

Mental Health Practitioner/ Housing Navigator

Theresa (she/her) serves as a Mental Health Practitioner for the Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) program. She also serves as a Housing Navigator and provides Housing Stabilization Services throughout St. Louis County.

Housing Team

Kirk Szukis

Kirk Szukis

Housing Director

Kirk (he/him) directs the Pursue Housing program, including the St. Louis County Housing Support-Supportive Housing Program and other services that address long-term homelessness in St. Louis County. Kirk also serves as the St. Louis County CLI.

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Kim Nordin

Community Housing Manager

Kim (she/her) manages our Housing Programs: Housing Stabilization Services (HSS), Housing Trust Fund Rental Assistance (HTF), and the Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP).

Jasper Rice

Jasper Rice

Housing Navigator

Jasper (he/him or they/them) helps clients navigate and engage in the Housing Stabilization Services program in St. Louis County.

Nevaeh Sanders

Nevaeh Sanders

Housing Navigator

Nevaeh (she/her) helps clients navigate and engage in the Housing Stabilization Services program in St. Louis County.

Kristine Dahl

Kristine Dahl

Housing Navigator

Kristine (she/her) helps clients navigate and engage in the Housing Stabilization Services program in Carlton County. She has a background in trauma-informed advocacy serving victim survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Kristine is committed to providing efficient, quality and person centered advocacy to the individuals we serve.

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LuCretia Jones

Housing Navigator

LuCretia (she/her) helps clients navigate and engage in the Housing Trust Fund and Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) programs.

Growing Kinship Connection Team

La'Vita Johnson

La'Vita Johnson

Family Mentor

La’Vita (she/her) supervises all Growing Kinship Connection activities. La’Vita, a dedicated Family Mentor, passionately impacts communities affected by poverty. Committed to advancing equity and access to resources, she guides families to overcome obstacles and achieve success. Respected for mentoring peers, La’Vita’s personal connections and unwavering commitment make her a valued catalyst for positive change.

Brittni Abbett

Brittni Abbett

GKC Outreach Coordinator

Brittni (she/her) helps families engaged in the Growing Kinship Connection program by connecting them with other services and programs, local resources, and housing assistance. 

Board of Directors

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Justin Harris, JD

Board President

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Glenn Simmons, PhD

Board Chair

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Dawn Blancher

Board Member

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Dave Ellis

Board Member

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Phillip Jackson

Board Member

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Terrance Wilcox

Board Member