Board Of Directors
Ms. Nicole Becker is a Social Service Director at Centennial Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia, PA. She received her Master's in Clinical Social Work from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 2010. Nicole started her social work career working with individuals in their homes with major mental illnesses, developing social skills and integrating the individuals into the community.
Ayamba Ayuk is on the Board of Camp Endeavor as the HR Director. She is the Operations Manager at DC Prep Elementary. Prior to her recent move to Washington, DC, Ayamba was the Director of Operations at KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy where she started as the founding Office Manager. Before working at KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Ayamba worked at Mastery Charter on the Operations team as an Executive Administrative Assistant working directly in admissions. Prior to Mastery Charter, Ayamba worked at the Philadelphia Youth Network as a Business Partnership Specialist. While there, she taught Professional Development classes and worked with high profile employers such as Independence Blue Cross to secure summer internships for inner-city youth. Ayamba is excited to see at risk youth climb the mountain to college. She’s optimistic of their success with a strong supportive team backing them.
Over the past 28 years I have accumulated experience in non-profit, environmental, government and commercial fields. I have developed the skills needed to create high quality strategic plans and have successfully walked through the dredging, real estate development revitalization processes resulting in dredge permits, development projects in City of Philadelphia and City of Chester. By cultivating and fostering diversified relationships I have been able to train and motivate employees, developers, municipal officials, vendors, potential customers and business leaders to help the organization succeed. I diversify Board, Community, Business, Government, Media and Developers leadership committees.
Dr. Veirdre Jackson
Dr. Veirdre Ridgley-Jackson believes all children deserve the best education available. This is why she has committed her professional career to the education, training, and development of professionals who work with children. Dr. Jackson creates dynamic and practical trainings, drawing on her experiences as an AmeriCorps worker at the William Dick Elementary School in Philadelphia; an elementary school educator in the Norristown Area School District; founder and director of New Life Child and Family Development Center; an adjunct professor in Cabrini College Graduate School of Education, and currently the Director for MELC- Professional Development Dimensions. She has a Master's degree in Elementary Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation. She has had almost 20 years of diversified experience as an entrepreneur, educational professional, and community activist within the areas of education, family development programming, community collaboration, and organizational leadership. Her area of expertise is in designing curricula and educational programs, developing community partnerships, cultivating leaders, and implementing professional development programs. She has been recognized for her expertise in professional development by the Southeast Regional Key as the 2010 Professional Development Champion and for her entrepreneurial achievement and business practices by the Philadelphia Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award in 2007. Through her experiences with Trauma Awareness and Competency Development, the Resiliency Approach, and Positive Behavior and Intervention Strategies, she has harnessed her passion for building resilience and strength in youth, families, and educational professional.
Mark R. Lawson
Mark has been involved in the pharmacy profession for over 15 years. He has worked in retail pharmacy, research, managed care, and hospital pharmacy. He completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science (www.usp.edu). Mark also completed his Masters in Business Administration with a certificate in Health Care Management (MBA-HCM) from Widener University (www.widener.edu). He recently completed a certification program and licensing to begin giving vaccinations to adults 18 years of age and older. Also, he is certified as a Diabetic shoe fitter and offers these services by appointment or walk-in basis.
Mark’s clinical areas of interest include Asthma, Diabetes, HIV, and Immunology. He has worked in Managed Care and understands how the cost of healthcare is balanced by clinical practice. This is what drove Mark back into clinical practice with the goal to empower patients’ to take control of their health.
In the same matter Mark has taken on the mission of empowering youth. He believes if children have the proper resources, guidance, instruction and care then they can acquire the tools to control their future and be successful.