meet the team
Founder and Executive Director
Mrs. Alexia Hargrove is a native of Richmond, VA currently residing in Hampton Roads, affectionately known as the 757. Her work in the field of education has afforded her the opportunity to educate youth from Kindergarten to 12th grade in both Reading and Mathematics in Virginia Beach, Hampton and currently, Norfolk Public Schools. Alexia graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She later graduated from Cambridge College with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Teaching Students with Disabilities. She has educated students in Hampton Roads for 13 years and continues to do so by teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Alexia Hargrove truly has a passion for youth and young adults and believes that providing education to the next generation is the only way our society will continue to improve.
Every day, I work with people that are sometimes, at their lowest of the low. It gives me joy to be able to work with them and provide them with the ability to see a light at the end of their tunnel. My name is Bria Johnson. I am a native of the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. I graduated from THE Virginia State University with a Bachelors in Social Work and the University of Southern California with my Master's in Social Work. Currently, I am seeking my doctoral degree at Walden University in Forensic Psychology and receiving supervision for my licensure in clinical social work. I am also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
I have worked in the mental health field for six years providing therapy services, therapeutic school supports, parenting and anger management groups, and some community-based mental health support programs such as Mental Health Skill Building and Intensive In-Home Services. Currently, I am a Clinical Supervisor with a mental health agency within the area creating curriculums for Mental Health-IOP and Partial Hospitalization programs. I am proud to serve as the Assistant Director here at Grove Collaborative Services.
Head of Community Engagement
Mrs. Latonia Williams is an Executive Board Member of Grove Collaborative Services and enjoys working with young adults aging out of foster care. She provides vital community resources that assist our participants in reaching their full potential and attaining their life-long goals. Latonia Williams is currently a Special Education Teacher with Norfolk Public Schools and Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP-C). She enjoys teaching and providing guidance to individuals who need a listening ear. Mrs. Williams discovered her true purpose in life of engaging with the community in every way possible by using Galatians 5:13 as her guiding light. It warms her heart to see the expressions on people's faces when they receive assistance and brings her joy to hear laughter and witness a feeling of love when she's able to serve the community.
Mrs. Williams is also the founder of the non-profit organization, Faithfully Working Hands, Inc. which helps homeless individuals in need.
Coordinator of Programs
Grove Collaborative Services is proud to have Allen Church as our Coordinator of Programs to provide innovative solutions to our young adults aging out of foster care, providing them with mentorship, entrepreneurship opportunities, and guidance to assist our participants in reaching their full potential and attaining their life-long goals.
Having experienced incarceration earlier in life, Allen initiated the idea to develop a training program for citizens reentering society after incarceration. Trust, Honesty, Respect, Loyalty, and Communication (THRLC, Inc.) was formed in 2014 with the goal of giving back to the community by providing resources to justice-involved citizens and mentoring young adults. THRLC, Inc. is providing a paradigm shift, by introducing a transformative real-world approach to training and mentoring. Allen has 20+ years of experience in life coaching and mentoring and has a heart for helping the community.
THRLC's innovative youth development and skill-building reentry programs both provide individuals the opportunity to learn a marketable trade, entrepreneurship and develop job acquisition and retention skills.
A Word from Our Founder
I am so thankful that you found Grove Collaborative Services. Our goal is to provide linkages to housing and supportive services to young adults ages who are aging out of the foster care system and need help navigating life after age 18. The organization was birthed in May 2021 out of a need to first, prevent homelessness and, second, provide uplifting services to assist previously fostered youth become successful adults. Transitioning out of foster care and partnering with GCS will afford future generations of youth in care the opportunity to change the trajectory of previously fostered youth across Hampton Roads, VA.