Alia Harvey-Quinn

 

Alia Harvey-Quinn is the Director for Force. Born and raised in Detroit, Ms. Harvey-Quinn began working in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer performance poet, visual artist and instructor.  Moving from creating art about community issues to working to positively impact those issues, Alia dedicated 14 years to the nonprofit field, working and volunteering in many schools, community centers and churches across Metropolitan Detroit.

Ms. Harvey-Quinn is passionate about community organizing, arts education, social justice and media creation that centers communities as the experts and narrators of their own stories. Mrs. Harvey-Quinn is proud to count among her successes founding FORCE, a project of the Faith In Action Network uniquely designed to primarily engage returning citizens and millennials in Detroit and co-founding Detroit Future Youth, a youth led network of over a dozen justice based media organizing nonprofits. Detroit Future Youth supported 10 organizations with $300K of funding and engaged over 2000 young Detroiters in media education and arts creation experiences online over a 16 month period from 2011 – 2012. Alia is also responsible for the development and management of multiple youth entrepreneurial art programs that engaged youth in community activism and resulted in the production of 15 community murals, two spoken word and hip hop cds highlighting issues of youth identity and social justice, two volumes of poetry, an art gallery, as well as several graphically enhanced products.

Ms. Harvey-Quinn is also a mother of three. In her spare time she spends time with family, cooks, journals, creates vision boards, heckles her siblings and sings loudly and poorly.

You can contact Alia at 313-600-8877 or via email at aharveyquinn@faithinaction.org.

Najanava

Harvey-Quinn

 

Social Justice Street Fighter Najanava Harvey-Quinn is an organizer and project manager with Force Detroit. Najanava has a passion for social justice and comes from a family of grassroots organizers; as a unit they have been actively involved nationally with the fight for 15, equal rights, women’s rights, violence reduction and criminal justice reform.

Najanava is a Democratic Precinct Delegate in district 239 , she sits on the Executive Board of the Progressive Caucus. Najanava holds a Bachelors of Science in History  and Communications. In her free time she enjoys traveling, historical tours and political research.

She can be reached at nharveyquinn@gmail.com.

 

F. carlton peeples

F. Carlton Peeples represents clients whose talents span entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, entertainers, municipalities, television, literature and the arts. As Owner and Lead Publicist of Carlton Signature PR, he prides himself on diverse clients and deep media relationships in major markets across the country.
Carlton attended the University of Detroit Mercy in pursuit of a degree in journalism. His professional career includes penning landmark articles for CODE, XXL, Vibe, and other local and national publications. He also founded, Sheqkai Magazine, a publication chronicling Detroit’s fervent music scene. The gritty black and white publication are now featured as part of Black History 101 Mobile Museum’s Hip Hop exhibit. 

Carlton is an active member of the 100 Black Men Greater Detroit Chapter, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, and the Fathers Auxiliary of the North Oakland Macomb chapter of Jack & Jill of America. Giving back to the community that reared him is always a top priority. Carlton is also the proud father of four children, a grandfather, and husband.

 He can be reached at fcpeeples@faithinaction.org. 

 

Karisha Vanzant

Karisha Vanzant is the current Program Associate at Force Detroit, a project of Faith in Action Network. She provides administrative support to the Director, Alia Harvey-Quinn, the Communications/Media Arts, and the Live Free Coalition Department.

Karisha is a Michigan native and has worked in the non-profit community in the Metro Detroit area for the last four years. She received her Bachelor’s in Communications Media Arts from Wayne State University and Certificate in Digital Media Arts from Specs Howards School of Media Arts and Studies. With a focus on Film Making.

She developed her intense devotion to non-profit work from volunteering at her local community center. There she sat as an Administrative and Communications Assistant for three years. She found a love for community organizing, advertising, promotions, and event planning. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how non-profits seek to improve the quality of life for so many individuals and families, one program at a time.

Also, she loves working with youth, spoken word poetry, traveling, and painting. She is happiest spending time with her husband and four children.

 

Keith L. Bennett

Affectionately known throughout the Detroit metropolitan community as The Governor, The Godfather, or Mr. B., Keith Bennett joins Force Detroit-Faith In Action after amassing a well-documented four-plus -decade professional career highlighted by exemplary servant leadership at multiple level’s, as he admittedly winds up a career that began during his late teens. A recipient of numerous proclamations and awards, including being honored with Michigan’s 2020 African American Leadership Award, 2018, Campaign for Black Male Achievement -Life Achievement Award, named after its first recipient Muhammad Ali. When Bennett was honored with the award, he was only the third individual to receive the prestigious national award. In 2007, he received Wayne State University’s Peace Maker Award and, in 2009, received a Resolution of Appreciation for Services rendered by the Michigan Basic Property Insurance Board of Governors for his representation of the people of the City of Detroit from 2005-2009. He shared he represented the poor and disenfranchised people of Detroit so fiercely the Michigan Basic Property Insurance Board was happy when his term ended. In 2001, Mr. B received a National Oneness of Humankind Servant Leadership Award and was a certified Servant Leadership trainer.

However, the one-time well-known and respected college basketball coach/recruiter is proudest of the fact he answered his ultimate calling and assignment, having now spent a vast majority of the past 35 years as a passionate, creative, non-profit, and human service servant-leader while creating nationally regarded youth and young adult empowerment programs and services. Mr. B.’s most significant footprint and impact have been in the area of designing and directing full-service prison reentry, male/female empowerment programming, workforce development, educational literacy, crime intervention/prevention-related services, and programming. He has directly or indirectly assisted over 300 formerly incarcerated adults in gaining entry into unionized skills and construction industries.

For nearly three decades, many of the City of Detroit-Wayne County’s formerly incarcerated men, women, or youth returning home from juvenile detention have sat in front of Mr. B.’s desk or in one of his passionate classroom training sessions where they received relevant life-transforming advice, wisdom, services, and direction. Importantly he connected them with countless community organizations and resources and relationships he established in the community.

Mr. B., developed unparalleled relationships with local Judges, court systems, law enforcement agencies, faith-based institutions, community leaders, non-profit organizations, community foundations, Department of Corrections officials, administrators, and agents who benefitted thousands of low-income, disadvantaged and underserved Detroit-Wayne County residents. He is a frequent guest of inmates and staff housed in Michigan Department of Corrections facilities and Wayne County Jail.  With Wayne County’s Third Circuit and 36th District Courts’ support, he designed and implemented Michigan’s first State-funded community base Prison Diversionary service model, addressing the Poverty and School to Prison pipeline. With the Detroit area State Legislators’ assistance, his team extracted funding from the Department of Corrections budget! A controversial move. His work and service are respected for being intrinsic.

A father of three -children (one biological son) and one granddaughter, he has numerous men and women who honor him with the titles previously mentioned. He shared he’s excited as a kid in a video game store with the opportunity to join the Force Detroit-Faith In Action team, and having an opportunity to work alongside Alia Harvey-Quinn and her team, people he’s secretly admired for years. Known for his decades of work and mentorship of young adults, Mr. B. believes Force Detroit Faith In Action provides him an opportunity not only to continue to serve the community but to serve community organizations and activists that at times have been overlooked. Bennett has degrees in Marketing, Corrections Administration, and Management and Organizational Development.

James “Screal” Eberheart Jr.

James “Screal” Eberheart Jr. was born and raised in Inkster, Mi. After graduating from high school, he moved to Detroit. There, he began schooling at Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) studying Computer Information Systems while working in the communications field as a Cable Technician. In 2014, after eight years of working in corporate America, Screal experienced an injury at work that changed his life indefinitely. Subsequently, he began his journey of activism full-time in the communities of Detroit. Understanding the psychological strain on African Americans living in destitute conditions, he began an independent study of how the mind works. Therefore creating an entity called Hopz Management and becoming an entrepreneur. Screal‘s dedication and marketing skill-set earned him a seat on the board of Directors for New Era Detroit (N.E.D) as Chief Visionary/Executive Officer in 2014-15. After 4 years of dedication, Screal was presented the role of Vice President of New Era Detroit, August 17th, 2018. N.E.D is a community based grass-root organization centered around socioeconomic issues that operate nationally and internationally in 13+ states and Nigeria.

 

James “Screal” Eberheart Jr. in 2017 also entered his hat into the Detroit Political Realm. Running in the Primary Election as a Write-In Candidate for Detroit City Council District 1.

Screal‘s passion for the people lead him to create a prominent program called Black To Reality (BTR). A program developed to build character and social awareness among the youth in schools. Curriculum’s consists of developing remedial math and reading skills, peer mentoring, and social development (self-esteem). His desire to have a better understanding of the mind motivated him to further his independent study to a major for Mental Health and African-American Psychology. Which led him to becoming a brand ambassador at Inception (The First Mental Health Gym). Since becoming a full-time community organizer, Screal has been able to help more people in the community with now, operating a leadership position in 2020 with TandemEd “Own Your Story” / “Detroit Is Us” as the City Manager and National Field Director. There he has built coalitions with local residents, other community organizations, black businesses and assisted in developing more self-sustainable programs locally and nationally. With just a little over 5 years of full-time community organizing, Screal has been able to assist with the growth of community organizing across the nation and remains dedicated to the progression of our future generations and communities.