Anycia Grady, MSSA, LISW-S
Founder and President
Anycia Grady, MSSA, LISW-S hails from Cleveland, OH. Being reared as a military dependent she always had a nack for connecting with people of various socio-economic status. So, her pursuing a career in the helping profession was not a surprise to those closest to her. She possessed an advocacy heart from a young age and turned this into her career as Clinically Licensed Independent Social Worker.
January 1, 2020 Anycia established her private practice 20/20 Life Counseling LLC to provide a true therapeutic experience for her community after serving in varying social worker roles since 2008. As her business grew, the pandemic hit and it sent the global community into survival mode and into action. Anycia chose action as she began receiving countless calls from minorities seeking support. Yet, they only wanted someone who “looks like me” to be responsible for their care.
Anycia’s case load was well beyond it’s max and searching the web, there were not many Minority clinicians to refer to. This was a major issue. So, while under covid precautions December of 2021 due to contracting the virus, Anycia used her idle isolation time to problem solve an issue we did not know we had until the minority community began seeking services like never before. Thus, C.A.B.E.L was formed to become the solution to the identified disparity challenges the minority community faces when it comes to Healthcare, financial readiness, home buying etc. There is a driven focus in supporting the minority community in advancing in S.T.E.M. or vocational programming in High Schools. Yet, Anycia realized a barrier is there is inadequate minority representation in professional spaces for the minority community to connect with and that must change.
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
- HELLEN KELLER
Board of Directors
Megan Scheck is the Director of Programs and Quality Improvement at Humility of Mary Housing, Inc (HMHI). Humility of Mary Housing provides advocacy, supportive services, and quality housing to homeless individuals and families and low-income seniors. Megan oversees the provision of case management and supportive services to nearly 300 households across four Northeast Ohio counties, and designs quality improvement measures to ensure HMHI offers the highest possible quality of programming. Megan has worked for HMHI for four years, and describes it as her “dream job at the dream agency”. She is proud to work for an agency so rooted in their mission that it is enveloped in every decision we make as an organization. Megan believes that housing is the first step in providing stability to individuals and families, and with this added sense of stability, residents can then begin to work on their goals and address the factors which contributed to their homelessness. Raised in Akron by a social worker and a police officer, Megan is proud to be a second-generation social worker, and would not be disappointed if either of her two children became the third generation. Megan has a great pride for her community and is passionate about contributing to the success of the residents of Northeast Ohio.
In her 10 years as a social worker, Megan has worked in child welfare, housing, and mental health, in both administrative and direct service roles. Megan serves on the Board of Directors for the Summit County Continuum of Care (SCCOC), where she serves as the Steering Committee Chair. Megan’s other passions include spending time outside with her husband and children, recycling, making fabulous Halloween costumes, rocking out to Weezer, and cooking. Megan presented on Blended Management Strategies at the 2019 Conference on Housing in Ohio and presented at the 2019 Forum on Women and Girls. Megan holds a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker.
Terrance Ray, MA, PIO
Terrance Ray, a Cleveland native, is a nonprofit and communications professional who is passionate about helping the community around him. Ray currently works at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland where he serves as the Director of Marketing and Communication. In his role, Ray supervises a team whose goal is to promote the good works of Catholic Charities through strategic and innovative communication strategies while establishing the organization as a thought leader and first choice for service within the communities they serve. Ray joined the organization in 2015 in a direct service role before transitioning to the marketing and communication department in 2018.
Ray holds a bachelor's in psychology from Bowling Green State University, as well as a master's degree in health and risk communication from Ashland University.
He is also a member of Lambda Pi Eta, National Communication Association Honor Society, The National Society of Leadership and Success, and graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program, a program of The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation.
Demetrius E. Martin, Sr., M.Ed., MBA
Over the years, Demetrius Martin has been blessed with many opportunities to influence the lives of adults and more importantly young people directly and indirectly by effecting change in the professionals that serve them. His first professional experience was as a martial arts instructor with at-risk youth where he personally saw calm grow in children that were once frightened and angry at the world. Immediately after high school, Martin joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he lived overseas for years while receiving a crash course in diplomacy and cultural sensitivity. After the Corps, Martin worked as a security officer at an adult correctional facility where his love for pupil education was ignited. Not one month after the conclusion of his undergraduate studies, Martin became a school bus driver while pursuing teaching positions.
After teaching Geometry, ELAR, Social Studies, Student Success Initiative, as well as Greco-Roman Culture and Language to grades 6th – 12th. Martin became the Chief Academic Officer at an institution in Houston, Texas before making a hard professional pivot back to being a school bus driver. That is where he finds himself today, the Executive Director of Transportation for a major Texas Independent School District. There is not a day that passes where Martin does not smile at the many wonderful things he experienced as a classroom educator but knows his current position is necessary to effect greater change on those charged with directly grooming our babies for success.
From being a Marine, Automotive Technician (private), Vehicle Maintenance Assistant Foreman, Bus Driver, Middle & High School Teacher, Chief Academic Officer, to a Pupil Transportation Area/Assistant Director, and currently Executive Director of Transportation, Martin’s professional success is defined by an intrinsic enthusiasm for seizing challenges and driving program goals/initiatives.