By Melinda K. Johnson, EdD

Perseverance has undergirded much of my life strategy. In fact, obstacles and challenges have tended to help refine my character and bolster desire to carry-out the calling(s) on my life.

Amidst this challenging time marked by fear, intimidation, hatred, sickness, sadness and antiquated systems there is also hope, love, kindness, passion and rebirth.

This month, we received news that the ‘Articles for Incorporation’ pertaining to Johnson Manor of Faith and Education (JMFE) were accepted and filed by the Secretary of State in NJ.

Please join me and the Board of Directors in commemorating this organizational milestone for Johnson Manor of Faith and Education.

JMFE is a nonprofit organization purposed to transform lives of youth and families via out-of-school programs, tools and activities with a focus on developing English literacy skills, habits of self-leadership and spiritual principles.

The JMFE Board of Directors (BOD) is comprised of leaders across the United States with an interest, calling and commitment to holistic youth development through engagement in education and Christ-centered spirituality.

Melinda K. Johnson, EdD — Founder and Board President of Johnson Manor of Faith and Education. Educational leader with passion for educational equity and youth development. Strategic administrator of fiscal, human and system resources.

Reverend Anita Moorer, M Ed (Senior Advisor) — Lead Teacher, Pre-K Counts Program, Philadelphia, PA. Local Elder, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Woodbury, NJ. Expert in Early Intervention and committed advocate for students with disabilities. (Top Right Corner)

LaToya B. Galloway, MA (Vice President) — Former English teacher, Brunswick County Schools, Bolivia, North Carolina. Writer. Editor. Creative and dynamic professional with over ten years of progressive educational experience from basic adult education to college preparatory. (Top Left Corner)

Terra S. Davis (Secretary)— Business Development Manager, Winston & Strawn LLP, Dallas, TX. Marketing and communications professional with experience in non-profit and for-profit sectors, including legal and higher-education industries. (Bottom Left Corner)

Dr. Craig Smith (Treasurer) — Founder and Executive Director of Fostering Success Boys to Men, Inc. and Co-Founder of Student Management K-12, LLC, Philadelphia, PA. Progressive experience in student affairs specifically in the areas of enrollment management. (Bottom Middle)

Regina Hairston, MPA — Chief Deputy, Philadelphia County Register of Wills, Philadelphia, PA. Solutions-oriented and resourceful strategist who employs a creative approach to transforming vision into results. (Bottom Right Corner)

Dr. C. Nicole Henderson — Dean of Student Affairs, PA. Founder of Dr. C. Nicole Henderson Consulting and SMART Scholarship Strategies Skippack, PA. Innovative and strategic educational leader; champion of first-generation college students, debt-free college, and equity and diversity in higher education. (Top Middle)

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