Chikeia joins the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) as an Accessibility Consultant in the Guidance, Education and Marketing (GEM) Division; in this role, she guides and assists employees and managers as they traverse the reasonable accommodation (RA) process. With service as one of her core values, she maintains a high degree of integrity and honesty in her work. She practices empathy in all interactions with internal and external customers as it is essential for establishing trust and credibility, building relationships, working collaboratively, and communicating effectively.
In 2015, Chikeia began her Federal career with the Social Security Administration and quickly established herself as an informal leader. She successfully held supervisory and non-supervisory positions including disability examiner, management support specialist, equal employment opportunity (EEO) specialist and deputy branch manager. She also participated in and led several projects resulting in improved business processes, successful business outcomes, and products for continuous employee training and development. From these accomplishments, she garnered multiple awards for her ability to work independently and with a team.
Prior to Federal service, Chikeia worked nine years in higher education and thrived as a residence life professional, ascending the ranks to assistant director before changing career fields. In 2011, she received her social work license and practiced within foster care and social service agencies, hospitals, schools, and correctional institutions.
A Baltimore native, Chikeia majored in pre-pharmacy before earning a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Temple University. She later enrolled in graduate studies at Morgan State University, School of Social Work and obtained a Master of Social Work with a public health concentration. She is an entrepreneur, a clinical social worker, and a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor. Additionally, she is a member of the Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities’ community advisory group for Baltimore City. To help her function at an optimal level, Chikeia prioritizes self-care. She enjoys Sudoku puzzles, coloring, experimenting with new cooking recipes, laughing with her cousins (or at herself), and binge-watching various TV series.