Cynthia Lincke, MSW, LSW, CAGS
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Cynthia is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Nonprofit and Public Administration at Eastern University. Eastern is a Christian university which integrates faith, reason and justice, which attracted Cynthia. She has a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Southern California in Community Organization, Planning and Administration with a sub-concentration in Military Families. Cynthia also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kendall College, with an Illinois Type 04 Certification. She has worked with children for over 15 years in various capacities, as an early childhood teacher, public school substitute teacher and a mentor for girls.
Cynthia found her passion for volunteering very early. In high school, she was a member of the Key Club board from 7th grade until she graduated and served on the first Tourism Club board at her high school. As an adult she volunteered as a Girl Scouts Troop Leader for a few years where she mentored young girls ages 5 to 13 in her community.
Her love for children, marriage and dance has lead her to volunteer in Children’s, Youth, Marriage and Dance Ministries at church. Her faith in God is an integral part of who she is and the decisions she makes.
Cynthia has been married to Patrick Lincke for over 15 years. They have 3 children together, 2 girls and 1 boy. She is also the published author of 6 children’s books, titled: My Mommy’s Heart, My Daddy’s Heart, My Mommy’s Eyes and My Grandma’s Eyes, My Daddy’s Arms and My Grandpa’s Arms. She has also been published for an article called ” The right of every woman to be protected from violence.”
Cynthia also has a blog called Lovely Lincke Inspirations where she uses her personal and professional experiences to Encourage, Motivate and Inspire others.
Co-Founder & Director of Development
Patrick currently works for an insurance company as a manager facilitating coaching and developing new and existing associates to reach their full potential with the hopes that some of the training will be implemented in their personal lives outside of the office space. Having a background in the automotive industry, he believes hard work is the foundation of any success. Taking great pride in his achievements to date, his most proudly accomplished achievement is, his family. Patrick has an Associates of Arts Degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing.
Patrick believes, “We all have the ability to achieve greatness in our lives, sometimes we just need that gentle nudge of compassion to catapult us in the right direction to allow us to reach our destinies.” One of Patrick’s favorite quotes and principles is the old adage, “You can give a man a fish and feed him once, or you can teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.” It is not through enablement, but enlightenment and implementation that we truly see success evolve.
Patrick learned the methods of philanthropy at an early age through organizations such as Christmas in April. Learning to serve others was a staple early on. While a child, Patrick was taught the theory of service by family members who served others as well as their country through military service. Patrick volunteers time coaching sports for the local park district. These values are engrained into Patrick who seeks to treat everyone as he would want to be treated himself.
Jamaican Director & Secretary
Simone is an educator. She acquired a Teaching Diploma at St. Joseph’s Teachers College and a First Degree in Education at the University of the West Indies and is presently a Certified Literacy Specialist. She has been a classroom teacher for over 10 years and is currently employed at the Mona Heights Primary School with special responsibilities of planning activities and technological support. During her elementary school years she was a member of the performing arts and student council clubs. During her high school years she was elected a student’s councilor and was an active member of the Key Club.
Simone is a Christian and has been an active member of the Escarpment Road New Testament Church of God and volunteers on both the choir and praise and worship ministries. She is married and is a mother of one child. Simone has a passion for child advocacy and community development and volunteers her time in these areas as well.
Bih J. Wanki, MSW, LCSW
Bih has a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Southern California in Mental Health with a sub-concentration in Geriatric Care. She received her credentials as a Certified Addiction Counselor from Colorado School for Family Therapy. Bih also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland Global College.
Bih specializes in Complex Trauma and Geriatric mental health. Her experiences include living in West Africa, Europe and a U.S military spouse helping veterans and civilians with complex cases.
Her ultimate goal is to make a positive and powerful impact in people’s lives with compassion and commitment. It is her strong belief that with appropriate support, delivered with respect and empathy, people in distress can define their issues, ensure their safety, empower their abilities, manage their stress, regulate their emotions and recognize their available resources.
Bih utilizes a combination of Strength Based therapeutic interventions such as Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused and Mindfulness Techniques.
Bih says, “From a diverse lens, I believe my holistic approach ensures a safe space for people of all ages and backgrounds…all in an effort to heal.”
Her hobbies are faith based work, nature, gardening, travel, music and quality time with love ones. Mind Owned Mental Sovereignty (M♡Ms).
Chris-Ann Dennis is a Pharmacist who works as a Medical Representative. She studied at the University of Technology, Jamaica where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy and she also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Her passion to lend a helping hand when other’s are ill is the reason for her pursuing a career in the medical field. Her fear of blood redirected her path to Pharmacy. During her high school years she was a part of her school’s swim team, she tried her hands at entrepreneurship where she made wristbands and sold them to her fellow school-mates.
She is analytical and is always thinking of ways in which she can offer her help to others. She is often called up for her advise whether pertaining to her study focus or otherwise. She believes in the importance of family and the need for children to be brought up in a stable and safe environment with the right discipline and morals in a bid for them to realize their true potential to become the best they can be. Her mantra for the youths: “Identify your goals and passion early, stay focused and work towards them”. When she isn’t convincing her clients to choose products from her portfolio, she enjoys gardening, dancing, watching movies and spending time with her family. She is a believer in making a difference in even one person’s life. It is the simple things in life that matters, material things will come and go, so it is important to make time to live, laugh and love.