Our Leadership

Quinzelle Bethea

Quinzelle Bethea El  – Father, Husband, Public servant and the owner and managing partner of Forget Me Knot Community Services and Founder and CEO of Forget Me Knot Youth Services founded in 2016 with Partner Mecca Robinson. FMKYS is a social service organization focused on n and business development, education, housing, Mental Health Support.

Under the leadership of Mr. Bethea El and Ms. Robinson, Forget Me Knot Youth Services acquired the former Gratz College campus –  in North Philadelphia. They now operate as a drop in day center for urban runaway, homeless, and trafficked youth as well as Emergency housing for young people throughout the world. To date Forget Me Knot with the support of other local non profits and government agency has serviced over 1,000 families in providing housing, education and behavioral health services directly and through

 At the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Army as a civil affairs and psychological operations specialist where he served four years stationed in Fort Dix, NJ.

Quinzelle spends his time supporting and teaching small business development to grass roots for profit, non profit, and church controlled organizations. Quinzelle has worked with teams in writing grants and contracts raising over $15M  to support initiatives he’s worked with. 

Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyers is a practitioner-researcher at the Hope Center. Prior to joining the Hope Center, Marissa was a special projects manager for Integrated Health Services at Public Health Management Corporation, a program manager for The Moyer Foundation, and an admissions counselor at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the boards and advisory councils of many Philadelphia organizations addressing food insecurity, foster care, and trauma-informed practice. Marissa holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rosemont College and a masters in nonprofit leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Sean M. Brown

Sean Matthew Brown is a community organizer and policy analyst, specializing in community development, local government, non-profit communications, and public and higher education reform. He is the son of public school teacher and father of two boys. Sean graduated from Rutgers in 2010 with a BA in Urban Studies and in 2015 with a Master’s of Public Administration, with a Community Development concentration. He is a former school board member, serving from 2010-2013, including as the chairman of the policy committee. Young Urban Leaders was founded while Sean was an undergraduate student at Rutgers University. As its volunteer director, the organization supports leadership development for young adults. Sean has been featured in the Courier Post’s Top 35 leaders under 35 years of age. In 2010, Next American City included him as of the “Best and Brightest”. Sean served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Camden and New Orleans. In 2015, Sean completed a fellowship for New Leaders Council, a progressive leadership program with chapters across the United States. He is the founder of Douglass DuBois Strategies, LLC, a company that does grant strategic planning and project management for small local non profit organizations. Sean is the father of two elementary aged boys and writes folk songs in his spare time.
 

Youth Co-Chair: Liam Spady

Born and raised in West Philadelphia Liam is an emerging youth leader and catalyst, He uses passion and resilience from life experiences to fuel his ambition to make marginalized and underserved populations the best help he can. Filled with curiosity along the way. He Is a full time student, planning to create new possibilities. He has worked for City departments surrounding mental health, trauma, homelessness, and employment. Liam is also a youth catalyst with the national organization Youth Collaboratory; sits on the Philadelphia Young Adult Leadership Committee, as well as the National Youth Forum to end homelessness.