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Healing the community one family at a time

Our Team

"We love helping individual and families."

Marques Armstrong

President & CEO

I  attended Brown Institute & Metropolitan State University and has 20 years of experience serving the community through multiple businesses that he successfully operated in the Twin Cities. This experience has assisted in me gaining a breadth of knowledge and experience in developing and implementing business strategies that help to create revenue growth, increase staff capacity, and streamline the day to day business operations within businesses and organizations.

Additionally, I've gained a wealth of experience working with youth and families in the capacities of mental health case manager, mental health practitioner, youth and family advocate, and youth counselor and group facilitator. By carefully and methodically tuning in to the needs of each individual, I learned the importance of listening with my entire being and working to build relationships.

I previously served as a child development technician and behavioral specialist for Minneapolis Public Schools. I was also the facilitator for the Men of Zion, Young Dad’s Program and a member of the Minneapolis Public Schools Mental Health Collaborative, ensuring service coordination across social service organizations and agencies. I am a trained community organizer and public policy advocate and have stood on the front lines in the fight for justice, police reform, equality and human rights. I have also served as Program Director for a housing agency that served men who experienced and/or were at risk of long term homelessness.  

Nate Hurse, MDA, MSW, LICSW, LADC

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Nate is a master-level social worker with over 25 years of expertise in the areas of clinical and program development, substance use disorders, and cultural sensitivity to a diverse group of minorities. He is also a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with the state of Minnesota, state of Connecticut and a Certified Addiction Counselor with the state of Connecticut and California.

Nate is a SAP (Substance Abuse Professional) and a NADA-RT. Vice President and Board Member of the National Acupuncture Detox Association Having worked in Connecticut, Indiana and spending the last 20 years in Minneapolis at various chemical health treatment centers working with culturally diverse populations. Nate is also a consultant with the Minnesota DHS ADAD chemical health division as a Peer Reviewer. 


His specialties include:

Dual diagnosis services

Addiction

Anxiety

Depression

Culturally-sensitive treatment

Substance prevention services

Assessments

Workplace Consultations

Khadijah Ramadan

Mental Health Practitioner

My combined experiences, both personally and professionally, have contributed my decision to pursue a career in counseling. I currently attend Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and I am enrolled in the Masters of Counseling Psychology program  and anticipate graduating in 2021. I have a great deal of  experience in existential counseling  for clients ranging from youth to adult. I use empathetic listening skills and motivational support techniques to guide clients through the difficulties of life, stress induced mental illness, and facilitate change. In addition to graduate school, I am also the owner and operator of Loving Care Minnesota, which I established in honor of my grandfather, so that I could provide PCA services. I have three biological children, and two cats.


My core values have been greatly influenced by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, who said “be the change that you want to see in the world”, and I ascribe to an existential/multi-cultural philosophy. I believe that change is a decision that must come from within, and my role as a therapist, is to assist in supporting the desire to change. In my free time, I love to read, sing, dance, and spend time with my family.

Dr. Zakia Robbins-McNeal

Mental Health Practitioner

Dr. Zakia Robbins-McNeal (Dr. Z) hails from troubled streets of North Philadelphia, where her understanding of the challenges children face in urban settings developed first-hand. Her desire to serve others blossomed through dance education. Dr. Z’s research interests began while working toward her Master’s at Chestnut Hill College, she investigated a strength- based approach for families coping with ADHD. She helped develop an innovative pilot program for children affected by ADHD and other mental and behavioral health diagnosis’, which has blossomed into a leading model of service delivery in the Philadelphia area. Her interests in Autism Spectrum Disorders developed more fully when she became the Director of Behavioral Health and Rehabilitative Services at Green Tree School in 2010, where she directed an intensive program specialized for comprehensive services for children with autism. She completed her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership and Development, with her research titled “Factors leading to turnover of masters-level clinicians in wraparound. Her research has been presented at numerous conferences across the country.


Dr. Z is a college professor, coach, author of #ALLDONE , public speaker and life-long learner. Notorious for her ability to inspire and motivate others to attain their goals, Dr. Z teaches people how to identify and resolve their specific behavioral and task management barriers that get in the way of them achieving their goals. Known for her "can do" mantra and uncanny wit, Dr. Z possesses a genuine "tell it like it is" attitude that allows her to connect with and support others in achieving their life goals. 

Quinton Bonds, MFT

Mental Health Practitioner

Quinton Bonds joined Hope & Healing Counseling Services in the spring of 2021. Quinton holds a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. His professional experience includes working as Public Relations Coordinator for a North Minneapolis high school, where he acted as a liaison for families and the larger Northside community. For his exemplary work in this role, Quinton was featured in North News. He also worked at the collegiate level in his role in the admissions office ar the University of Minnesota. In this role, Quinton...

His wealth of knowledge and combined work history in youth development has provided him with diversified portfolio which will greatly benefit HHCS clients.

Quinton's philosophy regarding clients and therapeutic work is both unique and refreshing.

"I always operate under the assumption that I can't assume that I know what's best for person A, B, C, D. I can't make that assumption. I need to be able to ask a client 'What do you need?' I'm cant assume that you need this or want this. Part of my job is to support clients in their growth and ability to articulate their needs. It's really important for client voices to be heard and my hope is to support them in this process."

Quinton believes he has always been a natural empath because of his passion in caring about people and humanity, as a whole.

In addition to his work as a mental health practitioner,

Quinton is also active in his church. He also enjoys traveling, watching movies, hanging with friends, and spending time with his family in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.