President Towanda Hope
CEO of New Creative Solutions Youth Foundation/ Owner of Anointed Hair Salon
Bringing years of community work, working on her masters degree in Christain Counseling, Towanda brings her
visionary gift and knowledge of the local community to the table. Respected, connected and loved by many
members of the communities of Radcliff and Elizabethtown, she has worked towards developing after school programs for youth who may be at risk of ending up in the juvinille court system or a " latch key" child.
Vice-President Brian Long
As a youth growing in New York, Brian found his home in the streets with a local gang. It was not until he was faced with serving 35 years in prison that Brian made a decision that would change the rest of his life.
Through his faith and the support of his family, Brian was able to overcome his past and start a journey that would lead him to found M.A.D. Expressions; an organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth stay out of the streets through involvement in the arts. Looking back, Brian realizes his motivation was to create an organization that would not only answer the community' desire for creative programs that focused on artistic form, but would also collaborate with existing programs to meet the needs of every student. With the encouragement of mentors, teachers and spiritual leaders, Brian graduated with an Associate’s Degree from Mitchell Community College and immediately went on to complete his Bachelor’s Degree from Gardner-Webb University. He received his Master’s Degree in forensic mental health counseling in August 2013 and is currently pursuing a PhD. Brian works as a Regional Former Offender Specialist for the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
Secretary Akella Edmonds
Akella Edmunds is a Court Designated Worker ,who works with at risk youth in Hardin Co. ,through the Family and Juvenile services diversion program . Akella role as a CDW is to ensure that juveniles and their families are connected with the appropriate resources within the community, and also help prevent juveniles from going further into the juvenile justice system. Akella has worked with the human service field since 2006 serving numerous populations. Akella has a passion for helping others and feels that helping our community to heal and grow is a priority.
Treasure Debroah Golden
Project Manager Demetrio Arryo
Channie is a native of Hardin County. She is a seasoned volunteer as she has spent the last 21 years volunteering her time to different organizations. Being a Military Spouse has afforded her the opportunity to serve her community while her husband of 21 years has served his country through 11 deployments and over 21 years of military service. Channie has held the position of Community Mayor, she has served as PTO President numerous times, served as a Family Readiness Group Leader, and has held many other positions. She also founded and Co Chaired the Fort Bragg Military Spouse Day Conference. After moving to Hawaii with her family in 2010, she became involved with the homeless epidemic that plagues the state. It is an issue that she feels very passionate about.
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