The Board

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Allison Pozsgay

President

Don Francis

Allison Pozsgay was the founder and business owner of AJ’s Child Care, a Licensed Home-Based Day Care, serving the St. Clair County. Allison and other Providers introduced “Christian Providers Committed to Children” an outreach for the youth in the communities as well. Out of this initiative was birth the “I Can Read Literacy Camp”, this outreach partnered with local Mayor’s within the St. Clair and Madison County. The Program offered lesson plans and community support from the Mayor Office, Local Police, Fire, Railroad and American Red Cross to educate the community about health and safety.

Allison started “Community Expo Extravaganza” which was the outlet for entrepreneurs to offer services and products for a vendors fee to support the “I Can Read Literacy Camp”. The fees from this initiative assists with school supplies, arts, crafts, and meals for youth attending the “I Can Read Literacy Camp”.

Danielle Jackson-Mathis

Vice President

Danielle Jackson-Mathis is a person that loves working with people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. This can be proven from the work she did at Volunteers of America (VOA) as a monitor and aftercare/discharge specialist at a substance abuse residential center. While working at VOA she has received training in crisis prevention intervention. Prior till working at VOA she worked at the largest community clinic in southern California as a safety/security officer where she aided in building relationships and programs with her team as well as the community. Aside from working with non-profit organization she spent 8.5 years working at a private detention facility in California and assisting other facilities in Texas. During her time working within the justice system she continued her education receiving a Master degree in Administrative justice and security, Bachelor in Criminal Justice.

 

When Danielle is not working she enjoys family time and all its blessings with her husband of 17 years and 2-year-old son. Though she was born and raised in the Midwest she has spent the last 15 years gaining experience and education in California while her husband served in the United States Navy.

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 Karen S. Smith

Administrative Assistant

Karen S. Smith works for St. Louis County Government for over 17 years. She is a disciple of Christ at Fresh Start Bible Church. Karen has a passion for ministering to young ladies through a ministry called “Becoming a Mature Christian”.This ministry introduces ladies to the fact that God will meet you where you are. As God’s servant, Karen uses the gifts of the spirit in all her kingdom endeavors. In 2016, God laid the foundation and desire on her heart for finances. She's been involved in workshop presentations, and enrichment classes on handling finances from God’s financial principles.

Vernell Carr

Treasurer

Vernell Carr is a wife and mother she is native of St. Louis Missouri graduating from Vashon high school going on to get her degree in medical billing and coding compliance. Vernell is also a board member with ACT STL; an organization that raises money for transportation and medication costs for those suffering from sickle cell and cancer in the Metropolitan St. Louis Community. Vernell has been active with the JADASA organization since it’s inception long before being appointed to the board. She has a heart for educating and empowering women and children in the community. More importantly, Vernell truly loves the Lord and will continue to be a servant for him.

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Rachel Powers, MSW

Board Member

Rachel Powers serves as Communications Manager for Noble Schools in Chicago, Illinois. In her role, she manages external and internal communications, including public and media relations, social media, and marketing for the organization’s 17 high schools and one middle school. Rachel began work in education in 2015 and has also served as Dean of Students for five years at Muchin College Prep, where she supported scholars in their academic pursuits and built strategic partnerships with community businesses and leaders. Previously to working in education, Rachel was a Public Engagement and Communications consultant at Vector Communications in St. Louis, where she engaged communities to address public policy issues in Missouri and Illinois. There, she worked with residents to ensure they had access to decision-making processes where they could inform and participate in decisions being made about where they live, work, learn, and play. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Social and Economic Development and Management from Washington University in St. Louis and is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor's degree in Social Work.



 

Wykeeta Lee is a licensed professional counselor and has worked as a school therapist for the last 9 years. Wykeeta is the published author of Breaking the Silence from Shame: My Journey. In her practice, she provides an environment for young people to ignite their inner strength to share their experiences of sexual abuse. Wykeeta is the co-founder of STL Caring Angels; a group whose mission is to share God’s love through small acts of kindness. Wykeeta is the mom of one son. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and having meaningful conversations about relationships. Wykeeta also loves to bake as well as travel.
 

Wykeeta Lee. LPC
Board Member
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Dr. Barbara Barnes
Board Member



 

Dr. Barbara Barnes, retired Psychologist worked in Cardinal Glennon for over 34 years. She also has been the Community Relations Coordination for years at the Gateway 180 Homelessness Reverse Organization where she spearheads the many community events geared towards educating and empowering the residents housed at the location. Dr. Barnes lives in South St. Louis County with her husband and her dogs.



 

Regina Baucom is the owner of Baucom & Associates and Co-owner of Baucom’s Life Celebration Services of the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan area for over 25 years. She has been an avid supporter of JADASA, a survivor of domestic abuse as a young teenager married mother of four girls; Mrs. Baucom understands the dynamics of abuse and the many obstacles survivors encounters; she has willingly offered her support, emotionally, physically and financially to women in the community and those who comes through the organization.

Regina Baucom
Emeritus Board Member
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