Meet The Team

Our Stories Are Here to Be Told

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Tina Graham
Executive Director

I have always believed in the potential and resiliency of people,  feeling that those who have walked similar paths bring a unique and empowering perspective. As a mother of an amazing youth with an autism diagnosis, I was drawn to the work done by our peers at ASK and believe I have found my calling as the director of ASK Family Services. I have immense hope that our experiences can help those we serve achieve their fullest potential and dreams.

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Jill Angell

Director of Operations

“You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.”

- Cheryl Strayed

I have over 15 years of experience working with youth from various populations.  At ASK Family Services, I oversee the daily operations of our organization and I supervise our Youth Peer Support Specialists, Family Case Coordinator, Michigan Healthy Transition Program, and Youth Involvement Coordinator. 

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Latrieva Boston

Family Support Manager

I am so many things but most of all I am a person who wants to help others. I still believe in the “goodness” of mankind and I enjoy working for an agency that is dedicated to helping families of children with developmental and mental health challenges in letting them know they are not “alone”.  

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Marge Parmenter

Family Support Partner

I have raised two children with Asperger Syndrome who are now young adults. I also grew up as a sibling to a sister with disabilities.  Because of these experiences, I enjoy meeting with parents and “normalizing” the abnormal life of having children with disabilities. 

 

As a Family Support Partner, I come alongside other parents who are navigating the system of care for their children and help them choose what is best for their children.  Sharing the struggle, bringing hope and building up families is rewarding work.

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Clay Terry

Family Support Partner

I wanted to work for ASK, because I am the parent of a special needs child named Gabe. I have experience supporting him through his various challenges and working to make sure he has the resources and opportunities he deserves. I can use my experience to support parents/caregivers of special needs children. I have “been there” myself and can relate to the problems and challenges these parents face.

 

I have experience working in Adult Foster Care, Residential Treatment, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health. My vocational experience and personal experience enable me to be empathetic with the families I serve and help me to empower them to advocate for their kids and navigate successfully through the various challenges they face.

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Boneeka Davis
Peer Outreach/Warm line 

 

My name is Boneeka davis and I am 24 years old. I have struggled with depression and anxiety since I was a young teen. I am currently enrolled at Southern New Hampshire getting my Bachelors in Psychology and specializing in Children Development and Mental Health. I am so excited to see what kind of adventures I will go on working with ASK.

 
As my favorite tiktoker Anna Wannquist says

“one more time…Let’s try it one more time…”

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Kim Beachy

Office Coordinator

My name is Kim, and I have been working in human resources since 2001, doing payroll since 1991, and working with human service organizations since 1991. I like working at an organization that is serving the community. I was born and raised in Michigan's upper peninsula, and love traveling there when I get a chance. In my free time, I enjoy dog sitting, carpentry, and spending time with my family. Most of all, I love supporting my grandchildren at their plays and sporting events. 

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Christina Smith

Youth Involvement Coordinator

“The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination.”
-Maya Angelou

I come to ASK with experience in community organizing, program planning, various advocacy efforts, and child welfare. In my work, I seek to lift the voices of youth so that they may be empowered to inform the programs and policies that affect their lives. I believe that collaboration and collective efforts lead to the greatest impact, and I am energized by the Kalamazoo community’s dedication to youth development. 

I am passionate about equity and inclusion, community health and wellness, and increasing accessibility to services and resources. I love animals, camping on Lake Michigan, and spending time with family and friends.

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Rachel Cochran

Family Case Coordinator

Before this position I was a Youth Peer Support Specialist for ASK Family Services for two years. I have my own lived experience as both a youth and an adult in the mental health system. I have faced many adversities in my life so far and continue towards the path of recovery with my own list of diagnoses. I try very hard to be the person that I needed when I was growing up and struggling with mental health challenges. I am a very empathetic person that likes to meet people where they are at and help them grow and succeed towards improving their own lives and the lives of their family. A quote that was given to me by my favorite high school teacher when I graduated is, that everything will be okay in the end and if everything is not okay, it is not the end.

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Pam Waterman 

Family Support Partner

I was a caregiver and a parent of a youth with mental health issues who was involved with CMH homebased therapy and the  Adventure Group.  Our homebased therapist suggested I apply for a position with ASK.  I have experience with the Juvenile Justice system  working in the Youth Center school and Intensive Learning Center at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home for 28 years.

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Robin Hicks

Family Support Partner

I am a mother of a son with Attention Deficit Disorder and Anxiety diagnosis. 

 

I have experience in navigating through the school system, knowledge in special education rules and guidelines, and I can provide suggestions and tools for parents with “Strong Willed” teens.

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Lisa Coleman

Child Welfare Family Support Partner

I am Lisa Coleman and I am the mother of 12 children – 4 natural and 7 adopted.  Our family’s journey with mental health began with the adoption of three beautiful children – a set of twins and their baby brother.  All three suffer from FASD, PTSD, cognitive impairments, and many other challenges.  The youngest is also on the autism spectrum.  In 2017, I started working at ASK Family Services as a Family Support Partner and I am actively learning my role – to give back, empower, and offer the same support that was offered to me.

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Eileen Pawlicki

Family Support Partner & Community Service Coordinator

As a parent of two daughters, ages 16 and 24, and recent participant of ASK, I have first-hand experience in seeing the value in the role of Family Support Partner.  I bring 15 years of experience in education in the areas of early childhood, autism and behavior management. I believe we can achieve our goals by building upon and celebrating our successes along the way.

“Where there’s life, there’s hope. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.” Anne Frank

Storm Hunter

Youth Peer Support Specialist

I grew up in a small town in Washington State; queer, depressed, and lacking a community. But I made it through. And have found not only a community in this strange Midwestern town, but a purpose in helping those, who, like me, were struggling and lost. In the queer community there is a common quote, “Be who you needed when you were younger.” And I intend to do just that. I have a degree in Psychology, and have knowledge and experience in regards to depression, anxiety, addiction, and sexuality/gender identities. My hope and goal is to help those who are struggling, and be a part of a support system that so many need, and that too few have.

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Youth Peer Support Specialist
Transition Program

Danny Roeder
Youth Peer Support Specialist

Working with youth has been part of my life long before ASK, but this is the first time I’ll be able to use my lived experience and knowledge of the challenges of the mental health journey to help our youth grow their independence and self advocacy. This journey is a hard one for anyone, and I realize the challenges and mental blocks that come with it. Being able to give our youth the empowerment they need to gain the independence that they wish to achieve is what I’m most excited for. At ASK I serve as a Youth Peer Support Specialist with the transition team  through ISK. Allowing youth to discover the  strengths and interests they haven’t been able to identify takes time, and I have the patience and understanding to help our youth through that process  “Little by little, one travels far” - J.R.R Tolkien 

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Antasia Fareed

Youth Peer Support Specialist

My life has never been easy. I been through physical, mental, and emotional abuse most of my life. I had to take care of myself because my mother and father suffered from drug and alcohol abuse. The trauma I went through pushed me to be the independent, strong women I am today. I struggled from bulling because I had less and I was a heavier girl. I struggled with homelessness most of my life. My big sister Tiana took a lot of responsibility of helping me become the women I am today along with my mentor Sandy from Big Brother Big Sister Youth for Christ. I cannot forget the most important God. I knew I was going through a lot but it wasn’t till I was 18 years old when I almost took my life and found out that I suffered from depression. Along with hat came anxiety, PTSD, and Bipolar issues. I continue to work on myself at 23 years old. My goal is to help others who been through the same hardships is me. That you can be anything you put your mind to. “My crown may tilt but it will never FALL.”

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Aden Cartwright
Youth Peer Mentor

Tabi Swain
Peer Outreach Coordinator 


As a teenager and young adult, I was active in local community projects as well as the international foundation of PeaceJam, KidSpeak-2005, Habitat for Humanity, and Gay/Straight Alliances. I found strength and encouragement from this involvement and knew that providing those things for others made me happy. I believe that leadership should be authentic and be in the service of those around you. I love being a resource for knowledge and as I continue my MA in Organizational Change Leadership at WMU, I’m hoping my passions for helping others and my experiences with my own mental health challenges as well as those challenges faced by the child of my heart, can help others who are walking along this path.

 

“The pursuit of full humanity, however, cannot be carried out in isolation or individualism, but only in fellowship and solidarity;”
― Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed