Our Board Members
Brenda Coleman currently serves as the Executive Director of Atlanta CARES, an affiliate of the National CARES Mentoring Movement. The mission of Atlanta CARES is to secure and transform the lives of vulnerable children by inspiring, recruiting and mobilizing masses of caring men and women to mentor and nourish them. While leading this mentoring initiative, Brenda has been instrumental in establishing Atlanta CARES partnerships with over 40 corporate, community, and faith based organizations to serve as advocates for underserved youth in Metro Atlanta.
In addition to leading the mentoring outreach, Brenda has also led the charge in the Atlanta CARES STEM CAMPAIGN to provide opportunities for youth to explore careers in the STEM fields and engage in STEM related activities. For the past two years, she has coordinated the annual Atlanta CARES STEMfest Conference for youth at Georgia Tech and the annual STEM EnRICH Summer Academies at IMHOTEP Academy and Morehouse College.
A retired teacher and literacy coach, Brenda’s educational career spanned the course of 40 years. Her belief that “literacy is the single greatest predictor of success in one’s lifetime” led her to launch Landmark Literacy Consulting LLC . As the founder and CEO of Landmark Literacy, Brenda specializes in curriculum writing, educational programming, specialized workshops and trainings, and research-based instructional strategies. She holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Development in Reading and Writing, and she has facilitated literacy seminars throughout the country.
ATLANTA CARES BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Valerie Bennett - Professor at Georgia Perimeter College
Dr. Valerie Bennett received a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering, from Vanderbilt University. In 1993 she obtained her Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and in 1999 she received her Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In May 2000, Valerie joined Morehouse College as an Assistant Professor where she taught Engineering and Physics courses as part of the Dual Degree Engineering Program for four and a half years. As the Head Coach of the award-winning High School Robotics Team, the team has won several Regional Competitions and has been recognized on the International Level.
Rashid Brown - Author of Careergonomics
Rashid Brown is a captivating educator, lecturer, legacy speaker, business leader, business strategist, implementation coach, financial manager, and entrepreneur. He has a 20+ years career as a management professional. He is the CEO/President, Advisory and Learning Consultant of Kingdom Fortunes Development Group, a privately-held minority-owned corporate leadership, training, and development consulting firm in Atlanta, which specializes in personnel employment services, educational advisory services, career management coaching, career transition services and personal branding
Dr. Babs Onabanjo
CEO AD King Foundation
Mr Onabanjo is President & CEO of A. D. King Foundation, a non-violent conflict resolution entity formed to revolutionize the mind set, attitude and behavior that promote violence and war with non-violent principles and methods as the preferred choice of conflict resolution throughout the world.In 2010 Dr Onabanjo was invited to the White House by President Barak Obama for his prestigious documentary work surrounding the life and legacy of A.D. King, the brother of Martin Luther King, a legend in his own right.Additionally Dr. Onabanjo is a Professor of Computer Science &Chairperson: Division of Business & Computer Science at Atlanta Metropolitan College
Dan Moore -President/CEO at APEX Museum
In 1978, Moore founded the African American Panoramic Experience Museum (APEX) in Atlanta, which seeks to educate people about the depth and breadth of the African American experience. His inspiration for the museum came as he attended a banquet honoring Dr. Benjamin Mays, and he dedicated himself to creating a museum that celebrates the unsung heroes of the African American experience. He remains there as executive director to this day directing the expansion of The APEX into a 90,000 square foot facility with a walk through history from ancient Africa to the present election of Barack Obama, first Black president of the United States of America.
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ATLANTA CARES STEERING COMMITTEE
From Left to Right: Sasha Parsons, Barbara Guillory, Jonathon Mayo, Stephanie Hunte and Jamaar Logan.