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Radically Resident Driven

Aisha Nyandoro

Chief Executive Officer

Aisha Nyandoro is the Chief Executive Officer of Springboard To Opportunities. Springboard provides strategic, direct support to residents of affordable housing. The organization’s service delivery model uses a “radically resident-driven” approach designed to improve quality of life and end the generational poverty trajectory. Nyandoro has more than a decade of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating programs aimed at improving the quality of life for individuals with limited resources.

She has worked in various capacities—as an academic, evaluator, philanthropist, and nonprofit executive. These varied experiences have allowed her to better understand systems and policies that impact vulnerable communities. Prior to serving with Springboard, Aisha served as a Program Officer with the Foundation for the Mid South. During her tenure, she strengthened the Foundation’s community development portfolio by executing a plan focused on five specific strategies aimed at transforming communities. Additionally, she led the Foundation’s place based initiative – Community of Opportunities. Under her leadership, community leaders were able to leverage more than $20 million in federal and private funding. In addition, she established statewide, regional, and national public-private partnerships to create resources and assist the Foundation in achieving its mission and goals.

She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a M.A. in Community Psychology and Urban Affairs and a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Michigan State University. Aisha shares her commitment to community with the various boards of directors and advisory councils to which she lends her expertise and service. She has received multiple honors, including recognition as a fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network and Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Aisha’s life mission is to holistically and compassionately lift families out of cycles of poverty. When not working to transform impoverished communities, she is a wife and Mommy to the best little boy in the world.

Aisha’s email address is aisha@springboardto.org

Parthenia Fields

Program Director

Parthenia attended Tougaloo College where she majored in Elementary Education. She possesses 18 years of experience working with low-income families in providing high-quality education and individual and family support. Four of those 18 years have been dedicated to the families of Springboard To Opportunities where she has created Springboard Signature Programs and collaborated with partners to design and implement programming specific to the needs of the families the organization serves. More importantly, Parthenia has connected families with resources to support achievement, which include maintaining housing stability, acquiring employment, and enrolling in and completing school. Parthenia has been a member of the leadership team since May 2016, initially as Senior Community Specialist and currently as the Program Director. Parthenia leads Springboard with program design, increasing the organizations’ reach through connecting with new partners and maintaining existing partnerships locally and statewide, and ensuring that on-the-ground work supports the values and mission of Springboard To Opportunities.

Sarah Stripp

Senior Community Specialist- Northwood Village

Sarah Stripp is a native of Michigan, but has been happy to now call Jackson, MS home. Sarah has worked for the past 4 years in community development based non-profits including direct service work with low-income families, project management, and administrative roles. She has been at Springboard To Opportunities for the past 2 years, providing on-the-ground supportive services for families as well as serving in administrative roles and the development and coordination of grant initiatives, and managing Springboard’s communications.

Lynette Barmer

Community Specialist- Windsor Valley

Lynette, a recent graduate of Towson University with a B.S. in psychology, has worked at Windsor Valley for the past seven years. An Army Veteran and former Para-Educator, she currently sits on the steering committee for early intervention for Harford County Public School’s Judy Program.

Amanda Lucas

Community Specialist- The Village

Amanda Lucas is a Piney Woods Boarding School and Berea College Alum. She holds a Master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Human Services. She has worked with non-profits for seven years. She has dedicated her life to serving the public interest of others. Her goal is to make sure the heart of Jackson, MS never stops beating, and she believes that starts with each individual she can be of influence to. Amanda is a program committee member for Mission Mississippi and Sunrise Rotary of Jackson. She is committed to engaging her residents with a universal outlook so they can be inspired to serve others. Amanda believes that knowledge connects the will to know, with the will to become.

Carin Prescott

Community Specialist- Timbercroft Townhomes

Carin is a native of West Virginia and graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in Communications. Her first career was in journalism, but started working in community services eight years ago in the workforce development field. Her most recent position was as a Career Services Coordinator on a United Way grant assisting Baltimore County residents who were either homeless or facing eviction with securing meaningful employment. Carin has lived in the Baltimore area for nine years and has much knowledge of resources the area has to offer. She believes strongly in never giving up and using creativity if faced with rejection. “There is always more than one path to the end result.

Alina King

Community Specialist- Skyview

Alina King is from Falkner, Mississippi. She graduated from The University of Mississippi, where she obtained a B.A. in Journalism. Upon graduation, she moved to Colorado and worked in the Television/Radio and Audio Visual industry for over a decade. While living in Colorado, she worked with affordable housing committees, non-profits, local government and the community to inform and assist residents in achieving their goals and quality of life. That love and desire for happy and healthy communities brought her back to Mississippi. She is now thrilled to represent Springboard to Opportunities and the Skyview Community, and is ecstatic regarding new community partnerships and growth. “Oh, let’s build bridges everywhere, and span the gulf of challenge there.” – Georgia Douglas Johnson

Raphael Peters

Community Specialist- Overlook

Raphael is a native of Hattiesburg and a recent graduate of William Carey University. He is happily married to his wonderful wife, Tiera Peters. Raphael previously has worked with Overlook Apartments via fitness/health through the organization Fit2Empower and is excited to be a part of the Springboard To Opportunities team.

Valeria Haley

Community Specialist- Commonwealth Village

Val is deeply in love with her three children, her job, and the Springboard team. She is excited to embrace a new and interesting role with Springboard as a Community Specialist Associate. She values her family and has big goals for herself and her family.

Calandra Davis

Community Specialist- Madonna Manor

Before moving back to her home state, Mississippi, Calandra acted as the program director for the Women and Children First domestic violence shelter in Little Rock, AR. Her advocacy for domestic violence victims intersected with her past research concerning the racial disparities in the Arkansas criminal justice system with the William H. Bowen School of Law Research Project. Calandra has also worked as a community engagement specialist around the issue of homelessness in Central Arkansas. The recurring themes of her work have been poverty alleviation and community engagement with particular focus on promoting inclusiveness and social equity. Her professional and personal values intersect at direct services, grassroots community organizing and policy change. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Alcorn State University and holds a MPS from the Clinton School of Public Service.

Danny Seymour

Community Specialist- Dauphin Gates

Daniel Seymour joined Springboard To Opportunities in 2017 as the new Community Specialist in Mobile, AL. Previously, Daniel was the Coordinated Entry Data Specialist for Housing First, Inc.,and Education Coordinator for AIDS Alabama South providing HIV prevention information and testing services in a 12 county service area of southwest Alabama. Born in Buffalo, NY, Daniel grew up in a military family moving from place to place. He graduated from high school in Honolulu, HI and served four years in the United States Air Force. In December 2003, he graduated from the University of South Alabama with a B.S. in Elementary Education.

Board of Directors

Carol Wishcamper

President – Board of Directors

Carol Wishcamper has three decades of experience as a leader in the education and non-profit sectors. She has developed an organizational development consulting practice focused on capacity building offering services in strategic planning, leadership development, executive coaching, conflict management and communication skills (www.carolwishcamper.com). She lives in Freeport, Maine with her husband Joe, a developer of affordable housing. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.

Phil Eide

Treasurer – Board of Directors

Phil Eide joined Hope Enterprise Corporation in September 2000. He helped to create and manage a mortgage department for the company, coordinated HOPE’S efforts to rebuild the coastal areas devastated by Katrina and works on New Market and Housing Tax Credit developments for Hope. He obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree from Jackson State University. He served on the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas Advisory Board, served on the Governor’s Task Force for Affordable Housing after Hurricane Katrina and is a board member of the Gulf Coast Renaissance Corporation and Springboard To Opportunities.

Carol Burger

Board of Directors

Carol Johnson-Burger was named president and CEO of United Way of the Capital Area in July, 1995. She has been with United Way since 1984. Under her leadership, United Way implemented a Community Impact model for measurable accountability in programs addressing education, income and health. Carol presently serves on the following local boards: Mission Mississippi, Greater Jackson Arts Council, JOBS for Mississippi Graduates, Entergy’s Advisory Board, the Better Business Bureau and Springboard To Opportunities.

Jonathan Lee

Board of Directors

Jonathan Lee is a businessman in Jackson, MS. From serving on the boards of several city non-profits to helping host a weekly community discussion in West Jackson (Friday Forum at Koinonia Coffee House), Jonathan is invested in seeing our communities strengthen and flourish. A few of Jonathan’s Community Involvement and Recognitions include: Past Chairman, Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Executive Board of Directors, Operation Shoestring, Board of Directors, Midtown Partners and Past Board Member, I.S. Sanders Farish Street YMCA to name a few.

Jody E. Owens

Board of Directors

Jody E. Owens, II is the Director of the Mississippi office of the Southern Poverty Law Center (“SPLC”). He leads SPLC’s Mississippi efforts to reform the state’s juvenile justice, education and mental health systems. His practice focuses on the representation of vulnerable children and to increase investments in communities and schools. His work has brought to light horrific and unconstitutional conditions forced upon children and youth in many for-profit and public juvenile detention facilities in Mississippi. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Jackson State University and received his law degree from Howard University School of Law where he was a member of the Social Justice Law Review and the Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team. Jody is also a United States Naval Officer.

Marjorie Sims

Board of Directors

Marjorie has more than 20 years of experience in advancing the status of women and families at local, state, national, and international levels. She formerly served as program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation with a specific focus on family economic security programs and managed a $65M grant portfolio. Prior to joining the Kellogg Foundation, Sims held the positions of chief operating officer, interim president, and vice president of programs and operations at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. During her tenure in Washington, Sims helped launch Stepping Stones, a $5 million, multi-year, regional initiative to increase the income and assets of women-headed families. Stepping Stones received national recognition as a model public-private partnership. In addition, Sims served as the executive director of the California Women’s Law Center and as a policy analyst with the International Center for Research on Women. She is a co-founder of Women’s Policy, Inc., an organization that emerged from the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues to provide unbiased analyses and educational briefings about federal legislation affecting women and families. Sims has additional expertise in expanding women’s philanthropy and managing leadership transitions.

Michelle Whetten

Board of Directors

Michelle Whetten is vice president and Gulf Coast market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Michelle leads Enterprise’s work to create and support effective systems and tools for high quality affordable housing production, attract private-sector capital and strengthen the affordable housing industry. Prior to her assignment in the Gulf Coast, Michelle was deputy director for Enterprise’s New York office, where she led neighborhood initiatives and public policy efforts. In that role, Michelle managed organizational development, resident services-related technical assistance and grant making programs, and directed advocacy and outreach to local, state and federal officials on housing and community development issues. Michelle serves as chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas Advisory Council and on the boards of Reconcile New Orleans, Louisiana Housing Alliance, Gulf Coast Renaissance Corporation and the Mississippi Association of Affordable Housing Providers. She is past president and current executive committee member of the board of the Louisiana Association of Affordable Housing Providers.