"Our ultimate goal is to help people help people and effect change in the community. Our carefully crafted approach is based on the building blocks to successful social change: Vision, Cultivation and Support. "
The SydneyMalcome Approach
Vision – Social change starts with an individual with a vision.
Cultivation – We will help you cultivate that vision to create a functioning business or organization that is working towards building better communities.
Support – Every community-focused effort needs fiscal support to be sustainable. We work with our clients to help them develop philanthropic efforts to encourage others in their communities to invest in them.
In founding SydneyMalcome, Ashley S.C. Walls and Marion Malcome were driven and inspired by their clients' devotion to making our world safer and more just.
After working in the field of non-profit for many years, they identified a need for direct, interactive assistance for the most inspiring, progressive types of service-oriented organizations: those who are just getting started or need a jump start.
Funding opportunities continue to decrease and smaller organizations need high-level, well-rounded assistance more than ever in order to achieve their goals and reach as many people as possible. Marion and Ashley have been honored to assist organizations and people who are committed to social change.
In other words, SydneyMalcome is here to help you to serve exceptionally.
Marion Malcome, Owner & Chief Consultant
Marion, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois, has dedicated her professional and personal life to effecting change on an individual and community level. Marion received her BS in Psychology with a minor in Afro-American Studies and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in community mental health, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). During her time at the UIUC she received extensive training on African-American Psychology and methods of intervention with African-American families. It was at this juncture that Marion embarked on a number of rewarding endeavors to support urban populations and underserved communities. Marion is currently the Team Leader for an Intensive Case Management Team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She also has a private counseling practice with Urban Balance LLC where she provides counseling support to adults. Marion is committed to raising awareness about mental health amongst people of color and preparing professionals to effectively support this same population and appreciate their unique history and needs.
Raven Lightsey, Consultant
Raven Lightsey, M.Ed a 10-year veteran educator has cultivated a passion for social-emotional teaching and learning in urban schools through her work as an elementary school teacher, instructional coach, and professional learning leader. While working at Houston Independent School District (HISD) Raven earned her Master of Education in counseling from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. During her tenure at HISD she earned her stripes as an elementary classroom teacher; designed and delivered a variety of professional learning experiences for new and veteran teachers, and coached school-based administrators in turnaround campuses. Currently, Raven is piloting a holistic social-emotional learning curriculum for youth in various settings. Raven remains dedicated to making transformational social emotional learning a cornerstone of urban education in an effort to build strong, healthy communities. Her consulting expertise include education, youth development, program development and evaluation, strategic planning, executive coaching, training and facilitation,
Sherria Snyder, Consultant
Sherria Snyder, MBA is a nonprofit professional who enjoys the challenge of creating strategies to move nonprofit organizations toward realizing their mission. She likes thinking about how business practices apply to the nonprofit sector. Sherria’s nonprofit experience spans from managing programs at the Council for Economic Education, to strategic planning for the Reebok Foundation. Sherria has international experience, having served in the Peace Corps as a business advisor in Honduras. Sherria received an MBA in Nonprofit Management at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She received a BS in Business Management from Case Western Reserve University. Sherria has training and experience in fundraising and development, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic planning and implementation. Sherria’s areas of speciality include business plan development, grant research and writing, program management and improvement, for-profit/non-profit collaboration.
Brit Holmberg, Consultant
Brit Holmberg, LCSW, MDiv., works with individuals of diverse ages and backgrounds. He uses a strengths-based, holistic approach to treat a variety of mental health challenges including life adjustments, grief, depression, anxiety, and self-esteem. Brit is also passionate about facilitating workshops and retreats on meditation & mindfulness, self-care for human service providers, men's health & spirituality, and anti-racism. He has been involved with anti-racism since college and interned with the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond in New Orleans, LA. He received his Master of Social Work (MSW) from Loyola University of Chicago. Additionally, he received his Master of Divinity (M.Div) from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, where he specialized in pastoral care and counseling. Brit’s consulting expertise include health, youth development, nonprofit program evaluation, advocacy, development and implementation of social change initiatives.