LEADERSHIP TEAM

JANA STOKES

Educator/Advocate/Counselor

As a former educator and Special Education Advocate, I have worked collaboratively with educators, Student Support Teams (SST),and parents to provide opportunities to service the whole student’s individual achievement. With an abundance of knowledge for IDEA and FAPE requirements I will be able to assist you and your child. I believe that I would be an asset to the development of an effective Individualized Education Program . Advocating for your family would provide me with the ideal opportunity to assist your child's education and expand my skill set

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BOARD MEMBERS 

Bryan Smith

Dentist/Public Speaker/Business Entrepreneur and Attorney

Bryan Smith is an Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and University Ombudsman at Florida A&M University. He also serves as the Chair of the City of Tallahassee's Independent Ethics Board. Mr Smith became Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University's Special Assistant to the President for anti-hazing. Previously, Smith was the executive director and co-founder of Destined for Success Educational Services, Inc. in Decatur, Georgia, and served for ten years on the Dekalb County Ethics Board. He is a registered certified mediator for the State of Georgia. Smith received his Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School, a master’s degree in public management from FAMU and a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina A&T State University.  

DANA STEVENS

Public Speaker, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Juvenile Detention Liaison

In March of 1994, Dana Stevens encountered a violent beating
from five young black men on Chicago’s west side. Their words
“welcome to racism” cut so deep, not only did it change his
course of life but became the motivation to empower youth
and young adults living in under-served communities.
From his work at the Jane Addams’ Hull House to the
Maximum Security Cook County Jail; Stevens has been boldly
crossing racial lines and neighborhood barriers as an advocate,
life empowerment and Restorative Practices Coach.
Under Stevens’ leadership he created Youth with a Purpose
after-school program and started his own nonprofit OneLove.
His mentoring program is an official vender of Chicago Public
Schools. His dedication to youth earned him the “Spirit of
Rogers Park Award for Youth Leadership” from the City of
Chicago and the “Guardian of the Future” award from Inspired
Partnerships and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

 

VANESSA BRYANT-JACKSON

Public Relations Specialist, Finance & Financial Management and Marketing, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) 

loves to teach gods word. She has a passion to help women in all stages of their life to achieve excellence spiritually and naturally. She is a human resource and real estate professional. For fun you can find her and her husband Deck playing with their two godchildren.
 

TRAVIS LEE HICKS

Associate Professor, Author, Architect

 A father, husband, and long-distance runner who lives with his family of five in Greensboro, NC. A Middle Georgia native with a B.S. in Architecture from Georgia Tech and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, Hicks practiced architecture and design for 13 years before leaving the corporate world to teach interior architecture full-time at UNC Greensboro where he leads design students in community-engaged design projects that impact the greater Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina."

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DATA WARREN

Marketing Analyst, Public Health Administration, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) 

Data Warren was born and raised in Gulfport, MS. She moved to Georgia to attend college and now has an undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management, an MBA in Marketing and an MPH in Public Health - Epidemiology. She is an EDM Data Administrator Supervisor for a company in Atlanta’s Financial district. Data has been involved in different volunteer projects over the years with CHAMPS - Midtown Urology Group, Children’s Peace Center, Emory Winship Cancer Center, Paulding CASA and various other organizations over the years. Her passion is helping those who ordinarily do not have a voice. 

JUDY FAIN

Educator, Activist, Dance Program Coordinator, Autism Advocate.

Judy is an active member of the First United Methodist Church Choir is on the Outreach and Mission Team as a liaison with Putnam Christian Outreach. Judy is serving as Reporter and is a past President of the Phoenix Homemakers Club and volunteers with the club’s “Secret Santa” program for the Putnam Primary School. She  United Methodist Women to the Circle of Love battered women’s facility located in a neighboring county. Another
project that Judy works on is the Haiti cereal box project and for the Kiwanis pre-school and Head Start storybook reading project. Judy is on the Hospital Authority Board for Putnam General Hospital and has also served as a Hospital Auxiliary.

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ANNETHA JONES

Motivational Speaker, Education Administration, Mentor Program Coordinator, Educational Consultant.

During her tenure as an administrator, she was recognized as a finalist for Principal of the Year and named district Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year.  In addition, Ms. Jones developed and implemented JUMP which is a youth mentoring program that provided more than 300 mentors to at-risk students.  She also created a boy’s leadership program called JAG which provided support to young men who were without male role models.  Ms. Jones has been featured in USA Today, Florida Today and Space Coast Daily.