At FOCUS, every team member is regarded as a leader. We are currently an all-volunteer staff who will be looking to grow to better serve the community.
Dr. Shaqueal Stevens hails from Marietta, Georgia, where her passion for working with LGBTQ+ youth started. She grew up involved in church, sports, and other extra-curricular activities. She was outed in high school by a religious adult who was clear that she wanted no association with lesbians. Rather than being broken by the experience, Shaqueal realized that there was a need for trustworthy and responsible adults who advocated for LGBTQ+ youth. This drove Shaqueal to begin her college career researching and addressing various needs of the community. Shaqueal received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, a Master of Social Work degree, and she recently completed her Doctor of Social Work degree where her research assessed and aimed to improve the services provided to homeless LGBTQ+ youth in integrated shelters.
Fun fact: Shaqueal’s birthday is on Christmas day (December 25th).
I’m Winley K. I’m 33 years old, black ✊🏾, genderqueer, and I don’t use pronouns. Please only use my name (Winley). June 2020, the name will be changing to Dr. Winley K 🎓 (Clinical Psychology) and my areas of focus include: trauma, identity development, oppression, and LGBTQIA+ issues. Currently completing my doctoral internship at the University of Pittsburgh’s Counseling Center then transiting to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to complete a Post-Doc Fellowship.
Fun fact: Winley has a collection of 3D crystal puzzles.
As an Educator, Activist and Advocate, Vincent has made it his life’s work to build up youth and support young minds in development. Vincent is an alumni of Berea College with a degree in Child and Family Studies. While studying there, he learned the value of the African word Sankofa; the idea of going back to and get that which is at risk of being left behind.
Working in youth programming, Vincent has made it his mission to empower those who are “at risk” and often left behind. He has worked with a myriad of demographics ranging from wealthy families in Beverly Hills, to the bright & underserved families living in South Central, LA. Joining the FOCUS services team, Vincent hopes to inspire & uplift focusing on advocacy and support while lifting up individuals to reach their fullest potential. As Maya Angelou said, “try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” Vincent is proud to be on board and is determined to do just that.
Fun fact: Vincent likes to eat French fries and ice cream together.
I am a 35 year old black man (transmale) and a California native. I was given the opportunity to help a dream come true. Being a part of the LGBTQ community, I can closely identify with the struggle of a teen and young adult that struggled with homelessness and the need for all the programs and resources we offer at FOCUS Services, Inc. I have experienced and seen this first hand. I have also worked with youth organizations and teens in the community for several years. I have a passion for the work that we have set out to accomplish in uplifting and bringing joy, opportunities, and knowledge to those we service.
Fun fact: Quenton loves white tigers, traveling, and building model cars.
Maya is a Queer, Black, Social Work student and advocate. She is a proud Prince George’s County native and is very excited and beyond grateful to help bring this wonderful organization to the area. Throughout her journey in Human Services, Maya has worked with various demographics from the elderly to adults with severe mental illness and homeless youth.
Maya has an undergraduate degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from Goucher College and is working towards a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Maryland. Her research is centered on social services delivery to underrepresented groups, the relationship between Social Work and liberation, the needs of Black neurodivergent individuals, community building, mental wellbeing and housing.
Fun fact: In her spare time, Maya enjoys dancing, studying Buddhism and finding new ways to connect with friends and family during the pandemic.