Kingston Fellows

The purpose of the Kingston Fellowship is to provide the opportunity to develop a highly effective, culturally competent set of leaders and promote ongoing improvement of human services in the entire community.
 
The Kingston Fellowship is an honor awarded to Wilder employees annually from the Kingston Fellowship named endowment fund. This fund was established with a lead gift from Tom and Mary Kingston along with contributions from many friends of the Wilder Foundation.
 
The Fellowship provides honorees the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and develop innovative programs to address community concerns. Individuals will be chosen to receive Fellowships based on demonstrated accomplishments in their discipline, commitment to the field of human services, and leadership potential.

2016 Kingston Fellows

 

Antonia Coleman
 
​Antonia Coleman
Antonia Coleman is a M.A. counselor with Project Quest since 2014. She implements culturally appropriate case management and support services, including training and referrals, for Quest participants. Antonia would like to obtain a Mini Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, and eventually a Masters of Business Administration/Masters of Arts in Leadership. “I am eager to equip myself with a skill set to make myself marketable and competitive as a potential leaders within the Wilder Foundation.”
Evette Farley
Evette Farley
Evette Farley is a Mental Health Practitioner with Kofi Services and has been an employee of the Foundation since 2013. Her goal is to obtain licensure in alcohol and drug counseling (LADC) and enjoys working with the dual diagnoses population. Being a women of color and having dual licensure in mental health and chemical dependency “means I can be an excellent example for the African American community of Mental Health and Chemical Health professionals.” Evette plans to complete her licensure in the Spring of 2017.

Melanie Ferris

Melanie Ferris
​Melanie Ferris is a Research Scientist in Wilder Research and has been an employee since 2006. She is responsible for designing and implementing a portfolio of applied research and evaluation projects focused primarily in the areas of public health and mental health. Melanie would like to use the Kingston Fellowship to implement a self-directed research project for deeper exploration of a public health approach to mental health that can inform the work of multiple sectors and Wilder’s own health equity and community mental health strategic priorities. The Fellowship would “allow me an opportunity to pursue my career interest of working at the intersection of public health and mental health.” 
Tonya Jenkins
Tonya Jenkins
Tonya Jenkins has been an Assistant Teacher at Wilder’s Child Development Center since 2014. She provides daily learning opportunities, conduct assessments, assists in planning curriculum and provides a safe quality learning environment. Tonya is currently working on a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Development and Urban Studies through Walden University to build on her skills, improve her performance and educate the children and families she serves. “It is my mission to help children and families beat the odds and prepare them for academic success and provide opportunities for them to learn skills that will be prevalent for a lifetime.”
 
KawKee Lah
KawKee Lah
KawKee Lah is an Adult Mental Health Case Manager serving the Karen community at Wilder since 2014. KawKee hopes to complete her Licensure for Alcohol and Drug Counseling (LADC) from Century College with help from the Kingston Fellowship. She sees a huge need for licensed chemical dependency counseling alongside mental health counseling. “These experiences of seeing a serious need among the community motivated me to continue my study in chemical dependency and earn a license for counseling.”
Adora Land ​Adora Land
Adora Land is a Housing Specialist for Wilder’s ROOF Project (and previously with Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood) since 2014. Adora completes the Basic Housing Quality Standards inspections to ensure all families are living in hazard-free housing units, and works with landlords to promote housing stability. Adora is currently seeking a Master’s of Public and Non-Profit administration at Metropolitan State University and would use the Kingston Fellowship to offset tuition costs. “Diversity in leadership is an essential part of serving diverse people.”
Chong Lee ​Chong Lee
Chong Lee is a Program Manager for Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood and has been employed at the Foundation since 2014. Chong co-develops initiatives, strategies, projects and culturally based programs for SPPN, and manages a team for the school-based approach. Chong is currently enrolled in the Master’s degree of Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) at Metropolitan State University and plans to use the Kingston Fellowship to finish her degree studies by fall 2016. “I want to work on increasing engagements and voices of people of color in the political process.”
Bobby Morrow ​Bobby Morrow
Bobby Morrow is a Youth and Family Case Manager for Wilder’s ROOF Project since 2013. Bobby coordinates services and referrals for families in the program by assessing client needs, then developing, implementing and reviewing service plans and working with other community resources in meeting and achieving clients’ service needs. Bobby is currently pursuing his Master’s of Arts in Education degree at Hamline University and the Kingston Fellowship will allow him to continue his studies. “Gaining knowledge in the education program will allow me to assist families in navigating the education system more in depth.”
Xong Mouacheupao
Xong Mouacheupao
Xong Mouacheupao is an Adult Mental Health Case Manager at Wilder’s Southeast Asian Services and has been working with the Foundation in different capacities since 1986. Xong has a passion for Oriental medicine and wants to help her clients understand the benefits and uses of Western medicine in conjunction with traditional herbs while respecting their customs and beliefs. She is in her final semester studying Oriental Medicine at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). “I want to support their traditional beliefs, while at the same time being mindful of the positive impact of modern medicine.”
Ha Thanh Vo ​Ha Thanh Vo
Ha Thanh Vo is a Southeast Asian Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Bilingual Counselor at Wilder and has been an employee of the Foundation since 2012. She provides case management, counseling services, crisis intervention and treatment planning, along with facilitating the ACT Men’s group. Ha has seen the importance of treatment integration of mental illness and substance use disorders, and plans to pursue licensure in alcohol and drug counseling (LADC) to work more effectively with clients. With this licensure, “I will also be able to transfer my knowledge and skills to other clinicians at Wilder.”
MK Nguyen
 
MK Nguyen
MK Nguyen is a Program Manager with the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood since 2014. MK supports SPPN’s parent organizing, voter engagement and public policy programs. The most fulfilling part of her work is taking direction from parents leaders in the SPPN Parent Council, as they strive to take on projects that will enhance the ability of our families and community to inject love and humanity into Minnesota’s public systems. The Kingston Fellowship will help her create a grassroots leadership development project for young Vietnamese Minnesotans to strengthen systems of care in our community. “The impact I hope to make is to help Vietnamese people recognize our strength, resilience and ability to design a system of care that is relevant to our community.”

 

 

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