Sensible Living for a Lifetime . . .
SWI VOLUNTARY PERSONNEL (Q-Z)
Yvonne Queen currently works as a Regional Property Manager for Edmundson and Gallagher, one of the leading property management companies located in McLean, VA. In her role as a Regional Property Manager, it is her responsibility to mentor and support 7 Property Managers, 6 Asst. Property Managers, 2 Leasing Consultants, 5 Maintenance Supervisors, and 7 Maintenance Technicians.
She has spent the last 23 years of her life dedicating herself to providing affordable, safe, and sustainable homes for people in need with a focus on the vulnerable. She holds her CPM, COS, LIHTC and UPCS certifications. She is currently taking online classes to complete her Bachelor’s in Business Management with hopes of starting her own business.
Amanda Stafford has functioned in many capacities during her decades of service to society. She currently serves as a Mental Health & Addiction Specialist, has been a former educational administrator and is a certified Christian Counselor.
As a Youth mentor during her teenage years and Student Leader in elementary school, she has always been passionate about her calling to help others in whatever capacity she could.
Amanda received her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from Jersey City State College in the field of Education. She has also completed Post Graduate course work at William Paterson College and at Yale University with the nationally recognized Comer School Development Program. Amanda has recently embarked on a second career path in the Co-occurring Field (Mental Health & Addiction) and has most recently completed course work at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She considers herself a lifelong learner.
During her leisure time Amanda enjoys traveling; she has studied in Egypt with the late Dr. Ben Yosef Johanna from Cornell University. She has been a guest speaker in Brazil on Character Development in Schools. She has traveled extensively to Caribbean Islands and has been to Senegal, West Africa. She also enjoys reading, writing (particularly poems & words of wisdom), and socializing with family and close friends.
Amanda is divorced and has three adult children: Symone, married to Stephen with two children, (Summer & S J); plus Blair and Imani. She resides in Hillside, NJ.
Glenda Marie (Fleming) Thomas was born in Mount Pleasant, Texas, and raised in San Francisco and San Jose, California. She completed high school with high honors and went directly to Southwestern Christian College at age seventeen. Glenda also attended college at U. C. Berkeley and Oakland University in California where she majored in Ethnic Studies. She became a certified Life Coach.
Glenda has been active in the teaching program of the churches she has attended for forty years (even as a teenager). She has taught all age groups in Sunday School and created curriculum. She has led women through to spiritual healing by using “12 Steps for Christians.” She is also a speaker and has spoken at women’s events in several states including California at Pepperdine University.
Glenda founded the “Sister 2 Sister Newsletter” for fourteen years. This newsletter was sent to fourteen countries and served as a ministry of encouragement to women. She authored several books: The Change, Woman to Woman: Lessons on the Relationships of Bible Women, Fundamentals of an Effective Women’s Ministry, 7 Relationship Builders for Grandparents, and an audio CD and e-book entitled, Who Knew? God Still Heals.
In 2015, Glenda faced her most daunting challenge; she successfully went through brain aneurysm surgery! She wrote the book, The Next Chapter: Glenda’s Brain Aneurysm Journey, about her experience during her recuperating period and has since become an artist.
Currently, Glenda serves in ministry with her husband of thirty-eight years at Southside Church of Christ in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is the mother of three young adult children (J. C. III., Linnita, and Marie) and the grandmother of one grandson – J. C., IV.
Marcia Thornton is a native of Guyana, South America. She holds professional degrees in both Business Management and Human Resources from the American Inter-Continental University. In 1997, top hospitality companies such as Starwood and Kimpton Hotels recruited Thornton and played an instrumental role in preparing her with a unique level of expertise in Management, Communications, and Data Systems.
Thornton has a diverse professional portfolio which strongly empowers her career and immediately makes her an asset to any advisory team. Currently, she consults as a Program Analyst for the Federal Government at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In this role, her primary focus is on data collection, statistical analysis, and training for Military personnel.
On a personal level, Marcia Thornton is the loving wife of Marcus Thornton and the mother of two great children – Xavier and Mia. She is the daughter of Wycliffe Leitch and the late Ursula Johnson. Her siblings include one sister, one brother, and three step sisters.
Eleanor was born in the great state of Illinois, raised in the great state if Indiana, and currently resides in the great state of Missouri. She was born to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jones, and she was raised with four (4) sisters and two (2) brothers. Eleanor received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interpersonal and Public Communications from Purdue University. She became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in 1991 and has volunteered for a vast number of community events over the past 23 years.
Eleanor first came to know of her calling when she was baptized into Christ on July 29, 1990, at East Chestnut St. Church of Christ in Fort Wayne, IN. Under the direction of Minister Gregory S. Conely, Sr., she labored with the saints serving the church and community with great accomplishment. It was not until August of 1998 that she truly understood her destiny in life. She rededicated her life to Christ and has faithfully served the Lord since that time. She moved to Kansas City, MO, in 2005 where she began her work with the Roswell Avenue Church of Christ. Throughout her Christian tenure, she has enjoyed serving with ministries such as: ladies’ bible classes, ladies’ retreats and workshops, singles’, married couple’s, benevolence, food pantry, care group/zone ministries, Sister 2 Sister, senior citizens, bridgegappers, youth, education, and administration. Additionally, Eleanor has also enjoyed presenting lessons for small groups, singles’ functions, and ladies’ day programs. In addition to working for the Lord, she has 28 years of experience working with youth of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, and economic statuses.
Eleanor worked for the General Electric Company for 16 years and is currently in the process of outlining the next chapter of her professional career. Prior to accepting the opportunity with General Electric, Eleanor was blessed to gain experience working with various companies within the corporate world both as a team member and in management.
Eleanor’s greatest joys in life thus far have been helping to bring her mother to Christ, serving the Lord’s church, and helping raise 17 of her nieces and nephews. Eleanor endeavors to someday travel the US speaking to Christian sisters and non-Christians in hopes to encourage, motivate, and plant the Lord of God in their hearts leading them towards salvation. She believes the greatest choices in life are choosing to serve the Lord, choosing to serve others, and daily choosing our attitude.
Her hobbies include drawing, reading, and rollerblading, event planning, exercising, singing, and spoiling her nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Eleanor aspires to one day own a counseling and wellness center where members of the church as well as those impoverished can go to find holistic wellness.
Ms. Naomi Wright is a native of Newark, New Jersey. She was reared in private schools and holds a degree in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education.
After completing her Bachelor of Art degree from Kean University, Ms. Wright became Director of a Daycare Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. A year later she received a full presidential scholarship and decided to go back to school to obtain her Masters Degree in Urban Education and Business Administration. Her first professional career was in 1977 where she worked as an Administrative Academic Advisor for the Opportunity Scholarship Program at New Jersey City University. She loved this calling to work in higher education. So for the past 37 years, Naomi has held the following positions at the University: Assistant Director, Evening Coordinator, Summer Dormitory Director, Veteran’s Coordinator, Adjunct Professor, Teacher Internship Supervisor, Student Probationary Coordinator, Student Union Advisor, and President of the Black Administrators, Alumni, Faculty, Student, and Staff organization among other roles and titles.
Ms. Wright is devoted to the field of education. To date she has also secured her Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and qualifies as a Drug and Substance Abuse Administrator. She has secured three Master Degrees. She considers herself to be a lifelong learner. Her greatest passion is working with people at risk. For several years, she worked as a Supervisor Mentor and taught drug and alcohol classes at Integrity House Inc. in Newark, and worked with male inmates at Mountainview Correctional Facility in New Jersey. She is certified with the Essex County Superior Court where she mediates in the tenant/landlord courts and applies her conciliation training skills with troubled juveniles.
In her spare time, she has enjoyed working as a Field Representative for the Department of Commerce in New York City. You will always find Ms. Wright reading or singing with the Newark Adult Chorus at nursing homes, hospitals, and prisons. Through the effort of shared cooperation, she started a “Feed the Homeless Program” at the Montclair Church of Christ three years ago which to date has fed nearly 500 individuals.
Ms. Wright is married to her best friend, Brother Ray Wright – Minister of the Montclair Church of Christ.
Mrs. Zandra Young is a remote (from home) Compliance and Quality Audit Coordinator with Himagine Solutions, where she is responsible for conducting prebill and retrospective reviews of selected medical records (accounts) to include diagnoses and procedures on accounts that are finalized by the coding staff. These audits are performed to ensure that compliance with current coding guidelines and regulatory standards are being met. She also coordinates with Coding Managers to schedule these audits, secure record lists and prepare trackers for individual audits.
She currently holds three certifications in the Health information management (HIM) field to include her Coding Certified Specialist (CCS) certification with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and her Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and Certified Risk Adjustment Coder (CRC) both with American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Prior employment includes Program Director of Medical Billing and Coding/Healthcare Reimbursement at Virginia College of Savannah, Allied Health Adjunct Instructor of Savannah Technical College, various other medical office positions, as well as serving in the United States Army as a Combat Medic. She has over 12 years of experience in Health Information Management as well as 16 years in the Healthcare field as a whole.
With the support of her husband and the desire to show her children that she can win, Zandra graduated from Colorado Technical University Online where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Management (Summa Cum Laude) in 2014.
Zandra firmly believes in the common quote, “Life is hard, but it is fair,” but with that, draws strength from her faith which is the driving force of her life.