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Welcome to a New Era at the Pride Center of Maryland!

We are thrilled to introduce four exceptional additions to our team, each bringing their unique expertise, passion, and commitment to the Pride Center of Maryland (PCOM). Their wealth of experience and drive will undoubtedly play an instrumental role in the growth and evolution of our community's services and programs.


Crystal Stone is PCOM's newly appointed Senior Director of Compliance and Management. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Baltimore and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus. As a dedicated professional with a decade of research experience across the healthcare and higher education sectors, she strives to help the community by being a resource and a support to non-profit organizations. Her previous work experience at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for AIDS Research has given her much insight into some of the disparities that are affecting the Baltimore community and as a Baltimore native, she works in collaboration with both PCOM and community team members to

combat these issues.


Crystal’s specialties include quickly learning new skills, problem-solving, and creating

and managing databases. She is enthusiastic about learning different programming that will assist in the organization's bright future. Her main duties include data and compliance and also organizing PCOM’s community programs. As a Libra, she’s all about balance so she’s looking forward to adding many fun and educational programs to the Pride Center of Maryland.

 

N. Monique Sanders is an accomplished public health professional with a fervent dedication to service. Her profound academic foundation, which includes a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland School Of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Coppin State University, is enriched by her extensive on-ground experience in diverse roles.


Monique proudly holds the position of Lead Case Manager at The Pride Center of Maryland. In this leadership role, she spearheads initiatives, directs case management services, and ensures that all procedures align with the center’s mission and values.


Prior to this, as a Case Manager at SERAAJ FAMILY HOMES, she was instrumental in offering premium services to children and families, emphasizing their safety and overall well-being. Her responsibilities there encapsulated a wide range, from building strong rapport with foster parents to diligent record-keeping.


During her stint as a Social Work Intern at Baltimore City Montessori Public Charter School, Monique devised and implemented behavioral interventions, crafted psychosocial assessments, and led individual counseling sessions focused on fostering social-emotional resilience.


Her tenure as a Medical Case Manager at STAR (Sisters Together and Reaching) further underscored her commitment to public health. She expertly provided all-encompassing case management services, offering counsel, coordinating a myriad of resources, and ensuring optimal patient care, especially for HIV positive clients.


Monique's multifaceted skills set has been evidenced across her roles at various organizations such as Gaudenzia, Sinai Hospital, Bio-Reference Laboratory, Inc., Prisoners Aid Association of MD, Inc., Battelle Health, and Quest Diagnostics. From offering one-on-one counseling for individuals grappling with behavioral challenges to overseeing precise laboratory procedures, Monique’s expansive expertise makes her a force to reckon with in her domain.


Possessing capabilities in organizational skills, documentation, billing, and comprehensive case management, Monique is deeply familiar with Baltimore City and its adjacent counties. Her commitment to public health, combined with her intrinsic drive, makes her a standout asset in any organizational setting.

 

Tameri Harris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing independently. She holds licenses to practice in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. She obtained her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from The University of Maryland Baltimore's School of Social Work. In addition, she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Generalist Social Work from Coppin State University and an Associate's Degree in Allied Human Services: Addictions Counseling from Baltimore City Community College. With 15 years of experience, she has served in various treatment settings, offering education, advocacy, and clinical support to individuals, families, children, and community entities.


Tameri boasts expertise in delivering trauma-informed and patient-centered care, ensuring adherence to ethical and clinical standards. Her capabilities encompass conducting individual, group, and family therapy sessions, leading groups, performing assessments and evaluations, administering screenings, providing healthcare and disease management, leveraging an EHR system, offering support and education for caregivers, managing medication, addressing chronic health conditions, and managing other medical, psychiatric, and psychosocial comorbidities.


As a therapist, her primary goal is to forge a safe and supportive environment. She is acknowledged for her honesty, compassion, encouragement, understanding, and notable sense of humor. She remains steadfast in upholding legal, ethical, and therapeutic principles. Tameri aids individuals in pinpointing and leveraging their strengths to navigate challenges and cultivate healthier stress management techniques. She establishes a nurturing space for clients to communicate openly and candidly without fear of judgment.


What clients can expect: Tameri understands that venturing into therapy can be daunting and intimidating. Taking the inaugural step demands bravery. She aims to ensure clients feel sustained throughout the process, and they can progress at a rhythm most comfortable to them. Together, she believes they can strive towards unveiling a more contented, healthier version of oneself. She emphasizes that one isn't in this journey alone and advocates for embarking on the path in tandem.


Methods and tools Tameri employs: Her therapeutic approach is eclectic and meticulously shaped to cater to the distinct needs of each client. Tameri has a vast background working with individuals spanning all age groups and backgrounds. She is adept in adeptly addressing an array of issues encompassing depression, anxiety, substance misuse, addictive behaviors, trauma, relationship quandaries, suicidality, self-infliction, psychosis, vocational challenges, mourning and loss, physical trauma, emotional maltreatment, significant life shifts, medical comorbidities, and other psychosocial stressors.

Tameri utilizes evidence-based treatment modalities, methodologies, and interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art Therapy/Expressive Arts Therapy, Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Patient-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

Her strongest attributes: Tameri emphasizes centering clients in their sessions and tailoring her strategies to their distinctive narratives. Ensuring the therapy is trauma-informed, marked by respect, sensitivity, and empathy, stands paramount for her. Collectively, they'll devise a custom treatment blueprint addressing specific needs and worries.


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