Daily Record Staff//May 9, 2023
//May 9, 2023
What is your most significant professional accomplishment?
My most significant accomplishment was co-founding the United Way of Central Maryland Neighborhood Zone/Family Center model, which has expanded into a national model. We have seen the Family Centers graduate 70-99 percent of students who are pregnant or parenting compared to a national rate of 40 percent. Through the Neighborhood Zone’s Family Centers, two of which are based in Baltimore City high schools, I have helped teen parents graduate high school, enroll in college and vocational programs and find careers. I have been able to stay in contact with some of these students beyond high school graduation – a milestone many didn’t believe they would reach. Many are in the workforce or have worked their way through college.
What is your most significant personal accomplishment?
I lead the Missions Ministry at my Church, where we focus on outreach to our local and global community. A few years ago, we began working with a village in Ghana that did not have access to clean water, sanitation, education, or health facilities. Our initial fundraiser, a 5K race, raised $10,000 and enabled us to collaborate with the village to build a borehole, creating access to clean water, and repair a well in another village. Villagers were taught how to maintain and repair the water source. The 5K is now an annual event, allowing us to build a sanitation station to ensure the clean water source remains clean. This past year, we raised $7,000 to build an educational facility for community children.
This is an honoree profile from The Daily Record's Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.