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Team Biographies
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Cheryl Magee, CEO (Specializes in Non-profit Management & Leadership)
Cheryl Magee, CEO (Specializes in Non-profit Management & Leadership)
Dynamic and accomplished management professional with over 25 years’ experience in creating and operating faith/community-based programs through cooperation of local, state and federal government agencies as well as non-government organizations (NGOs). Ms. Magee has a strong demonstrated ability to foster and maintain long-term, quality relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Balanced combination of superlative project management skills, broad social services expertise, and outstanding communications skills. Ms. Magee has worked with non-profit groups and organizations bringing her expertise in oversight and regulatory compliance to aid organizational capacity in addition to raising in excess of $20 million in programing and operational funding. In addition she has aided the Federal government in awarding $657 Million in grants across the nation. She had the privilege as an invitee to the National Day of Prayer at the White House along with other faith and community organizers in May of 2007. As a result of her work in the faith and community based arena, also in 2007, she was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Job Corps to represent the faith & community based sector as a result of a nomination by the White House Center for Faith and Community Based Initiatives and re-appointed to serve until 2011. As result of the above mentioned national nominations and appointments she has a broad perspective of the inner-workings of initiatives, challenges & successes. More specifically, in her twenty-five year career of managing grants/contracts of U.S. Dept. of HUD, U.S. Dept. of Labor, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Louisiana State Dept. of Labor, Louisiana Dept. of Education and various private foundations and corporation grants gives Cheryl an extensive knowledge of monitoring procedures and implementation of evaluating the impact of grants and government contracts to assure compliance with State and Federal regulations. Ms. Magee possesses a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology and is a Master Non-profit Consultant certified by the Faith and Philanthropy Institute
Patricia Carter, Counsultant  (Specializes in Housing & Event Planning
Patricia Carter, Counsultant (Specializes in Housing & Event Planning
Patricia A. Carter, a native New Yorker, now resides in Orlando, Florida. Patricia is the owner and operator of Accurate Housing Resources, Inc., established in 2011. Accurate provides pre and post purchase housing development and training to non-profit organizations, and expanded their business in 2012 to include employment services. Accurate currently employs virtual customer service professionals for national companies and consults with other virtual service companies to assist in their expansion initiatives. In 2006 Patricia established Aunt Sarah’s Meeting Planners, a meeting and event planning company. The ability to be motivated by her passion for others, she is not only effective and brings quality and integrity to every consultation; she has the rare competency of becoming an intricate part of every project and wholly investing in its success. Patricia has a diverse background that allows her to functionally become a part of all endeavors enabling her to bring vision to every project she is a part of. Having worked with non-profit organizations, in the capacity of executive director, finance companies as an account executive, a construction company, as an administrator and travel companies as an event/program director. She brings expertise from a variety of industries to your project. You would be hard pressed to find a more dedicated, honest, hardworking individual with tenacity and dedication to excellence than Patricia. She has been prepared and educated to achieve the goals necessary for success. Some of Patricia’s past clients: •New York Urban League, New York, New York •African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida •Charles Schwab & Co., Charlotte, North Carolina •Cruises Only, Orlando, Florida •Center for Independent Living of Central Florida •Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) •Global Travel Company, Maitland, FL •Aryen Unlimited Staffing Company, Longwood, FL •Guest Speaker on 860 WAEC “Miller on the Mic”, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Donna Jackson, PhD, Consultant (Specializes in Mental Health Services)
Dr. Donna Jackson, PhD, Consultant (Specializes in Mental Health Services)
Dr. Donna Pierce-Jackson is a dictated mother, grandmother and a wife of twenty-eight years. Dr. Jackson graduated from William Frantz Elementary School and Kohn Junior High School. At the age of fifteen her parents moved to New Orleans East Area where she attendant John F. Kennedy Senior. Dr. Jackson received a trade as a Nursing Assistant in 1981. She worked in that field from ten years caring for the elderly. Dr. Jackson acquired dual bachelor degrees from Southern University at New Orleans in Substance Abuse Counseling and Psychology in 1996. She began working at V.A Hospital in the Substance Abuse Unit from 1991 to 1996. She conducted groups and individual sessions with individual with addictions. Dr. Jackson began working at Xavier University College of Pharmacy in 1996, conducting Clinical Trials Studies for different drug companies. While working at Xavier University, she received her master degree in 2000 as Mental Health Professional. She continues her work with the students Xavier University as leader and mentor. In 2004, Dr. Jackson received her Doctoral Degree in Psychology from University Southern California. In 2005 she opened Reaching for Success Counseling Service L.L.C., where she began to work with at risk families. Her agency offer services and support to all ages in every walk of life. ORGANIZATION AFFILIA TIONS Association Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Louisiana Counseling Association Nation Association of Professional Women Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Delta Chapter Louisiana Counseling Association Certifications Substance Abuse Counselor Clinical Psychologist Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor DOT Specimen Collector
Johnell Colbert, Consultant (Specializes in Real Estate, Housing Development & Accounting)
Johnell Colbert, Consultant (Specializes in Real Estate, Housing Development & Accounting)
Johnell M. Colbert, Broker/Owner of Greateful Realty. She is also a retired Systems Accountant from the U.S. Dept of Agriculture, National Finance Center (NFC) where she served 32 years. She was instrumental in converting federal agencies such as the IRS and others, from their independent payroll accounting system to the National Finance Center’s Centralized Government agency Payroll Accounting System. While employed at NFC, she received numerous annual outstanding performance awards. She was required to periodically assist the OIG Audit office located at NFC, and was a tax practictioner for 22 years. She received her post educational training from Dillard and Loyola Universities after high school. She received her real estate sales agent and Broker’s training from Donaldson’s Real Estate School. She received her GRI from the NAR Graduate Real Estate Institute program. She received her Non Profit volunteer education from Neighborworks, American Red Cross, United Way CARE, LANO and Unity. She is a Certified Housing Counselor, Certified Foreclosure Counselor and Home Buyer Education Trainer. Mrs. Colbert continues to work untiringly in the community. She is active in several organizations such as the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, NOMAR’s Affordable Housing Committee, GNOHA, La Housing Alliance, and Urban League, and is the voluntary Housing Director of the Jerusalem Economic Development Corporation (JEDC) Housing Division (HD), a 501c3 Non-Profit sponsored by the First Pilgrims Baptist Church. Dr Eugene M. Mitchell serves as the JEDC President. Dr Mitchell organized JEDC in 1999. Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, the church returned to New Orleans in January, 2006. The Sanctuary was undamaged; however the school and administrative buildings were damaged. This was another miracle, for the Sanctuary was in the middle of the two buildings. Mrs. Colbert started a housing update newsletter that was distributed by emails to members who had evacuated, to keep them informed of conditions in the city. Mrs. Colbert and her husband, Deacon Ellious Colbert attended many meetings in the city regarding rebuilding the city during October-December, 2005. She encouraged her Pastor to return to the city, and he rented a generator in January, 2006, and reopened First Pilgrims. He also organized and added the Housing Division to JEDC and appointed Mrs. Colbert as the volunteer Director. The Bi-Monthly Housing Update is still being published and distributed. Mrs. Colbert coordinated the first quarterly Community Housing and Resource Fair in February, 2006. Local, State and Federal agencies such as NORA, La Department of Insurance, Corp of Engineers, SBA, HUD, city officials, banks, mortgage companies, non profit agencies with resources, insurance agencies and others with resources to help citizens return to New Orleans, were invited. Since that date, quarterly housing fairs are ongoing and are always well attended. The most recent housing fair was held on October 21, 2012. The OCD Road Home Homeowners, Small Rental and the state’s Hazard Mitigation Program staff were on site with laptops to help Road Home applicants who still have unmet needs. Mrs. Colbert also serves on the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) Unmet Needs and Policy Committees, where she assisted in the development and distribution of an Unmet Needs Survey, to identify Road Home applicants who have not been able to complete repairs to their home due to the Stafford Act Duplicate Benefit rules. The GNOHA Unmet Needs committee was instrumental in gathering data to prove that the Duplicate Benefits Rule should not be used to reduce the Compensation Disaster Grant award that had been made to home owners. JEDC-HD, through the efforts of Mrs. Colbert and her volunteers, serves the homeless, finds employment, finds affordable rentals, builds energy efficient homes, and coordinates financial fitness and foreclosure prevention workshops and home buyer education classes for first time home buyers. JEDC HD is a Unity partner, United Way CARE partner, Youth Build Partner, Faubourg St Roch Homeowners Association Partner, GNOHA Own the Crescent partner and state CHDO in Orleans Parish.
Bruce Hinton, Consultant (Specializing in Construction Management Commercial & Residential)
Bruce Hinton, Consultant (Specializing in Construction Management Commercial & Residential)
Bruce V. Hinton, a 35 (plus) year veteran of the construction industry - Mr. Hinton provides oversight, leadership and strategic direction for all aspects of the business including construction marketing, estimating, and bidding activities. Mr. Hinton’s previous experience includes management of subcontract operations to include the C J Peete Housing Project demolition; large-scale commercial/residential subcontract management; Desire Housing Project, and the Make It Right Foundation. Hinton’s recent work with the Labor Union as grant coordinator, through its apprentice training program proved to develop connectivity and economic impact in the city of New Orleans and throughout the state while serving as project assistant and later as project manager. Mr. Hinton has managed projects which contained LEEDS Platinum certification requirements, along with experience in hiring and placing over 500 qualified, skilled workers in management and labor positions. A native of New Orleans, LA, Hinton education and training background include a B.S. degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge , University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD Post Graduate Coursework: Finance, Contract Administration and Construction Management, 1976; Union Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA; Masters of Divinity, 1991; Army Corp of Engineers, New Orleans, LA; Construction Quality Management Certification 1999 - 2004 As President of Carob Contractors, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland, 1976-1986, Hinton contracted with the Baltimore Corp of Engineers for 14M Dollars, Enlisted Men’s Barracks, Aberdeen Proving Grounds (special security required), and the State of Maryland General Services Department’s Henryton Youth Center for 1.7 M and Fort George G. Meade 208 Buildings Remodeling for 4.15M. Mr. Hinton was an honoree in the 1981-82 WHO’S WHO Finance and Business Edition while serving as Carob’s President and Mar-Lin Partnership General Partner (50% Partnership) in the development of his skills and talents in the construction industry.
Patrick Murphy, Consultant (Specializing in Veterans, Construction, & Vocational Education)
Patrick Murphy, Consultant (Specializing in Veterans, Construction, & Vocational Education)
Mr. Murphy is a Vietnam Era Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and has 40 years of experience in Post-Secondary education and Construction industry skills. He earned his BS in Business Administration and Master’s in Student Personnel Services from Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA and participated as a Vocational Education Leadership Fellow at the Louisiana State University. Mr. Murphy currently serves as the Dean/Director of the Louisiana Technical College campuses in Talluah and Lake Providence, LA and has so since 1977 where has raise $33 million for the college’s success of offering quality vocational education programs. He has also served as a SACS team member and leader accrediting post-secondary education schools in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida.