Devon Gilchrist, M.S.W.
Devon is a Minneapolis native and life-long resident. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was a double major in Communication and Sociology, in 2000. He earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2011. He has 15 years of experience working with youth, families, communities, and individuals. He has held full-time positions at a variety of nonprofit and public agencies and organizations including: Summit Academy OIC, St. Paul YMCA, The Minneapolis Foundation, St. Paul Public Schools, The Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Hennepin County, Achieve MPLS, Empower Therapeutic Services, The Administration of Children and Families, Restorative Justice Community Action and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Devon has also been an active member of the community and has volunteered for a variety of organizations, causes and events including: Meals on Wheels, Feed My Starving Children, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation, Minneapolis Public Schools, People Serving People, The City of Minneapolis, MN Adopt, Restorative Justice Community Action and many others and in addition, has been a speaker and presenter in the community as well as several national conferences trainings. He has received a number of awards and distinctions including a full athletic scholarship to the University of Colorado, U of M IV-E Child Welfare Fellowship, The Page Education Foundation Grant, Hennepin County Outstanding Service to Youth in Foster Care Award, MN State High School League Established Service Award, MN Association of Professional Employees Scholarship, St. Thomas School of Law Dean's Scholarship, Bush Foundation Scholarship, selection as a participant in the African American Leadership Forum’s 2017 Dr. Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy and several awards from the MN Department of Human Services including the Leadership in Prevention Fellowship, Healthy Transitions to Adulthood Grant and a 2016 Human Services Award. He currently sits on the boards of the Minnesota Sexual Violence Center, Wellsprings Second Chance Center, The Minnesota State Psychology Board and is a commissioner on the St. Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission. Devon is passionate about issues related to community and civic engagement, education, child welfare, and racial and socioeconomic equality and equity and over the course of his career, has been a strong advocate and voice for individuals, youth and families.
Sophia Thompson, M.S.W.
Sophia holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Augsburg College and a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota, where she was a Title IV-E Scholar. She has been involved in the child welfare field for the past 15 years in varying organizations and capacities. Her professional experience includes working for non-profit organizations including the Bridge for Youth and Summit Academy OIC. Sophia has also worked as a mental health practitioner providing therapeutic services to youth and families through private practice. She spent 3 years working as a Senior Social Worker in Hennepin County’s Child Crisis Mobile Response Unit, providing mental health services to children and families in crisis. In 2007 Sophia began working in Ramsey County’s Human Services Department as a Child Protection Social Worker. She is currently a child Protection Supervisor in Ramsey County and continues to be a strong leader in the child welfare field. In addition to her professional roles, Sophia has also been a trainer and facilitator and presented at both local and national conferences and workshops. Sophia is passionate about systemic reform and transformative change to facilitate empowering individuals to reach their potential for success.
Adenike Chon, M.A., LGSW
Adenike Chon is committed to personal development and mentorship; specifically in the areas of academics, finances, leadership, and life skills. As an educator, Adenike has over 20 years working with youth in many facets throughout the Twin Cities area. She received a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and a Master’s Degree in Health and Human Services Administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Adenike has gained valuable experience volunteering with a variety of community and advocacy opportunities.