Aldeana Goodspeed, a native Detroiter, is the Founder and CEO of Steps to Life, Inc. which started in July 2020. Steps to Life, Inc. is a Michigan based, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to provide charitable, educational and counseling services to individuals re-entering their communities after incarceration. Steps to Life serves to enhance the overall quality of life for men, women, and families within the Detroit community to give purpose and meaning after a life of criminality and substance abuse. It is our mission to empower and encourage those to positively change while providing services to assist their needs to prevent recidivism.
Mrs. Goodspeed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from the University of Detroit Mercy; a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix; and a Master of Science degree in Counseling/Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. In addition, Mrs. Goodspeed is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Prevention Specialist, by the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP).
Mrs. Goodspeed first pursued her passion and career in 1987, as a counselor trainee at the Walk-In Center, working with the indigent population in the Cass Corridor area of Detroit, MI. Since that time she has provided numerous services to empower and strengthen the forgotten; along with continuous service work within the recovery community.
Since 2004, Mrs. Goodspeed has worked professionally throughout the Detroit, Metro area at various treatment facilities providing counseling services for substance use disorder and co- occurring disorders. In 2009, she started her private practice, Steps to Life, Professional Counseling Services where she provided, individual and group counseling consisting of: anger management; personal growth techniques; building healthy relationships; substance abuse and grief and loss support.
Since her professional career Mrs. Goodspeed has gained more passion toward the needs of the disenfranchised returning citizens. Having friends and family members incarcerated and seeing the victimization and the stigma that society places on them when it comes to employment, housing, voting, etc., it is a double sentence that contributes to recidivism. “In the U.S. over 700,000 people are released from prisons and jails every year, with about 75% of them returning to lockup within the first three years. It is a revolving door. My hopes and dreams are to provide supportive services for returning citizens so they can have a smooth transition from prison to mainstream society to ultimately become productive members of society.
Diane Barginear, a native Detroiter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix; and a Master of Arts degree in Human Services from Capella University. Diane has an extensive work background of 23 years working for the Department of Corrections/Probation/Parole in the Special Service Unit. In addition, Diane served five years working in the nonprofit arena providing various services such as case management, grant writing, and event planning services.
Keturah Warlick is a native Detroiter who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Bluffton University. She is a former NCAAD3 student athlete; Varsity Track & Field. Keturah is our youngest member who holds the position as Secretary of our Board of Directors. She is a young entrepreneur who specializes in Nutrition Education and Business mentorship. She has a desire to make positive changes in our social justice system and to assist individuals in getting their lives back on track.
Dr. Jewel Hunt-Davis is a native Detroiter who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy/Psychology from the University of Michigan; a Master of Science degree in Philosophy/Psychology from the University of Michigan; and a Doctoral degree in Philosophy/Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Davis pursued her career in 1989 and has since worked professionally in her private practice and throughout the Detroit Metro area administering clinical therapy; case management; substance abuse/prevention services; youth counseling; conflict resolution; assessments and crisis intervention services. Dr. Davis is an asset to Steps to Life, Inc. and we welcome her expertise experience, skills, and leadership abilities to serve on the Board of Directors as we move forward in our mission.
Lymaani Malik, a native Detroiter holds an Associates of Science degree in Nursing from Wayne County Community College. Lymaani also has several certificates from Health Education Strategies in Basic Life Support; CPR; and ACLS. Lymaani has worked in the field of nursing since 2009, at numerous hospitals throughout Michigan providing front line and direct assistance to doctors and nurses throughout Michigan. Steps to Life welcomes Lymaani to serve on our Board of Directors team.