Jonathan R. Newell, MBA/MS in Nonprofit &
Association Management, 4.0 GPA
Jonathan (Jon) is a Marine, visionary leader, and brilliant senior nonprofit executive with nearly 30 years of experience in administration and resource management. As a Resource Evaluator and Analysis Officer, he is super smart on risk management, internal controls, audits, and process evaluation. As a Budget Analyst, Jon managed a $1.1 billion portfolio consisting of high-visibility programs. His strong leadership which is grounded in integrity, accountability and transparency systematically builds organizational sustainability. His leadership experience, service to our country and personal commitment to helping children overcome adversity are qualities we seek in board members. Jon is joining our board at a critical time as we look for innovative ways to grow to have a larger impact on helping kids beat the odds to succeed in school and life.
Jon has a solid teaching background from K - 12 to college students. Jon is passionate about students learning and school results. This requires knowledge, critical and strategic thinking skills and actively focusing on teaching and learning. He makes time to listen to students, hear their concerns, and find solutions. Jon is an exemplary mentor and role model who pours his heart into molding students of character. Featured in our Career Resource Center, his real-life story of "Strength from Adversity" inspires students to reach for greatness: "My achievements are because of my tough adversity, not in spite of it. No matter your circumstances, believe in your personal excellence and know you have what it takes to succeed. Embrace your struggle and learn from it and you will succeed." We are humbled by Jon's willingness to help lead us in this important work. Jon's strategic management makes mission success possible for A+ Academic Resources.
Freneshia Roof, MBA in HR Management &
MS in Management, Distinguished Graduate
Freneshia is a proud Mom, doting Grandmother & decorated United States Air Force (USAF) Veteran. She retired as a Senior Non Commissioned Officer & Civil Service Executive. Her vast experience & expertise in leading people & managing resources is a major asset to A+ Academic Resources. With 25+ years as an Administrator & Special Security Officer, Freneshia ensures strategic goals & objectives are met for the success of the strategic plan & Mission. She uses resource development for organizational growth & sustainability. Notably, her strong leadership & innovative mindset resulted in streamlined operations and dollars saved across the Department of Defense. With a razor sharp performance measurement skillset, she distinctively led the USAF Inspector General evaluation teams to inspect & report on organization performance---Enhanced accountability, performance & trust. We are grateful for her outstanding service.
Freneshia never rests on her laurels. She continues to give her time, talents, and treasure to make significant contributions to help people and improve communities. The joys of Freneshia's life are her wonderful son and sweet granddaughter who is already following in Freneshia's big footsteps. She believes education & mentorship starts at home. On tough days, her son lovingly tells her to "remember who you are"---A Proverbs 31 Woman. Freneshia speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue as she "trains up children in the way they should go"---Caring for kids God's way. Love is woven in all she does to help children succeed in school, career & life. Love is her crown jewel.
Fatoumata F. Bility, BA in Political Science/Government
MS in Nonprofit & Association Management, 3.9 GPA
Fatoumata (Fatou) is a results-driven nonprofit leader. Excellence is her trademark. She has served as a consultant with several international non-governmental organizations including UNICEF and Save The Children. Her media work has featured on the UN Peace Women; NGO News Africa; the International Press Institute; among many others. She is also a former Research Support and Monitoring Officer of the UN Office for Project Services. Fatou transforms children's lives by rewriting their stories for their betterment. Fatou uses her education & experiences to give a voice to children. As a child, Fatou was denied access to education because of her gender. Girls in her family were labelled as domestic attendants, while the boys were the preferred gender for academic enlightenment. With the help of her mother, who unrelentingly advocated evolution in such gender perceptions, Fatou first stepped foot into a classroom at age 9.
She went on to defy all odds and is now a Published Author, an award-winning digital & print media professional working on political, developmental, peace & conflict issues. Fatou was honored with the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence. She believes when children are given the opportunity & tools that they need to climb the education ladder, there is no limit to how high they can fly and what trails they can blaze. Fatou uses her time & talents to ensure students receive resources for their success. Every decision that she makes centers on how to best meet student needs---Priority #1. Fatou lights up schools and fuels A+ Academic Resources for accomplishing its mission and making strides towards its vision---educational resources for K-12 students worldwide.