Board of directors

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Antionette Keith, MPA. TEFL/TESOL

Founder & Executive Director

 Is the founder  of The Doris A. Keith Foundation Inc. and Sabah’s Global Enterprise, LLC (SGE). She currently serves as the President and CEO of both organizations. She is also currently a full-time doctoral student and professor of Political Science; while devoting herself to building both organizations full-time.  

 

Prior to launching her businesses, Sabah worked as Program Manager in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Clark Atlanta University. In her role as Program Manager she managed the university’s education abroad program, including the university’s yearly China Cultural Exchange Program. She traveled to multiple countries assisting with recruitment of international students for the university and processing documents for international students on F1 visas and their families. She has experience in obtaining and reviewing articulation agreements and memoranda of understanding with colleges, universities, and education abroad companies.

 

Additionally, she assisted international students with transitioning into American culture and society without forgetting their own. She offered services that were outside of her responsibilities as Program Manager, by assisting students with resume building, tutoring, and writing letters of recommendations for them. She also assisted international students with their quest for employment and internships, preparing for job interviews, and applying for postgraduate opportunities. She also assisted them with finding housing and transportation options. She has even gone as far as helping some of them locate halal markets, religious centers, and communities with which they identified.

 

Sabah has a deep passion for helping others, especially foreign nationals who are not privy to the same amenities as domestic nationals . While working in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, she noticed a need for an organization that catered to international students, immigrants, refugees, and asylees; an organization to assist them with their transition to a foreign country, as well as their growth and development. Sabah’s Global Enterprise was born out of that passion. 

 

Sabah earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of South Alabama. After completing her Bachelor's degree, she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a Master’s of Public Administration degree in International Administration and Development Management from Clark Atlanta University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Political Science with specialties in International Relations, African Politics, Public Administration, and U.S. Government and Policy. Sabah is also TEFL/TESOL certified. 

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Ron Finnell, DPA

Director 

Served as Chair/Associate Professor of the Public Administration Department at Clark Atlanta University (CAU).  He also was Director of the Southern Center for Studies in Public Policy at CAU. In addition to his administrator and faculty roles at CAU, he served as Chair of the Faculty Assembly, and member of the University Senate and the Academic Council.  

 

Prior to his career in higher education, Dr. Finnell served in senior leadership positions at the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). At MSPB, he was a Senior Research Associate in the Office of Policy and Evaluation where he conducted evaluation studies of major systems and programs across the federal government to determine compliance with statutory merit principles promulgated by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978.  At DHHS, he conducted evaluation studies of regional office programs across the United States. At ASTD, he conducted a nationwide study of diversity in the American workforce. Dr. Finnell has served on the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) of the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Affairs (NASPAA); as Chair and member of site visit teams for NASPAA institutions seeking initial accreditation or reaccreditation; as a member of the Executive Council of the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA); and on various committees with ASPA.  His community service activities have included membership on the Citizens Review Board of DeKalb County (GA); the Social Equity Task Force of the Atlanta Beltline Authority; the Fulton County (GA) Task Force on Judicial Safety; the Atlanta Regional Commission Diversity Committee; the Public Policy Committee of the Metropolitan Atlanta YMCA; and the Georgia Law-Related Education Committee.  He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society as well as Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public administration and affairs.  In 2011, he was selected as educator of the year by the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA).

 

He also has served as a national and international consultant for numerous organizations in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors on issues of organizational effectiveness and equity.  He has conducted research and consulted in Ghana, Botswana, The U.S. Virgin Islands, and Austria. His current professional and research interests include social equity, community and economic development, and international administration and development.  He received the Doctorate and Master of public administration degrees from the University of Southern California, as well as a Master’s degree in legal studies from the Antioch School of Law, and a Bachelor’s degree in business and government from the University of Maryland.

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Edmonia Doe, M.Ed,LPC

Fundraising Director 

Edmonia Doe is the Founder and Executive Director of Zoe Safe House. Edmonia spent 2 years as a behavior specialist for Americorp and 2 years as a Mental Health Clinician at The University of Georgia Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation. Edmonia received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University and she received her Masters of Education in Professional Counseling from The University of Georgia. Edmonia is a National Certified Counselor.

During her time with Americorp she saw a need for programs that catered to inner city youth. She became very passionate about improving the quality of life for youth of all ages on marginalized communities. Out of that passion came Zoe Safe House. In 2015 Zoe Safe House began as a community service project for the students at Clark Atlanta University. The community service project grew exponentially. Seeing the need for an on going support program there came Zoe Safe House Incorporated with many support programs under our umbrella.

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Dorothy Graves, B.A

Program Manager

Is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Global Public Health as well as teaching certifications for English and English as a Second Language. She also volunteered as a test prep tutor in the Mobile County Public School System and worked as a Spanish teaching assistant and tutor for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Dorothy earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Spanish from The University of South Alabama. While matriculating through her undergraduate degrees, Dorothy was an active member of the National Residence Hall Honorary Society, Tau Sigma National Honor Society, Honors Program Organization, and Circle K, a community service organization. In addition, she spent a semester studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. After graduating, she spent a year at George Washington University studying Latin American and Hemispheric studies and teaching high school Spanish.

Dorothy also began helping other students prepare and submit essays, resumes, and additional required documents for undergraduate and graduate admissions, as well as scholarship opportunities. Her tutoring specialties include Spanish, test prep, Algebra I and II, Social Science, general study skills, and essay writing. Dorothy brings 10 years of academic writing and editing experience to the team and has worked with a range of students, from middle school to doctoral candidates. Dorothy understands that the admissions process can be overwhelming for students and families and uses her talents to help students find their niche and express themselves through writing.   

Dorothy currently resides in Washington, DC where she is active in the academic community, serving as a private tutor and educational consultant. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, writing instruction, academic critiques and working with ESL students. Her international relations and extensive English background have prepared her to work with students of various backgrounds and polish their writing.

In addition to her own academic pursuits and helping others, Dorothy takes advantage of the cultural exposure and opportunities in the DC area. A lifelong fan of learning, she enjoys attending events within the community, socializing and exploring new places

Avern Gumbs, MPA

Program Manager

Avern Gumbs is a 23-year-old from the Caribbean island of Anguilla. The old saying, “The sky is the limit”, has served as a perspective that propels her to dream big and muster up the motivation necessary to attain the highest possible level of self-development throughout her undergraduate, graduate, and professional careers. She lives her life based on such a profound mantra, and has encountered individuals whom she has poured into and encouraged to, become their best selves as change agents. Following in such drive, Avern migrated to Atlanta, Georgia in 2013 to attend Clark Atlanta University (CAU) on a full athletic scholarship. It is here that she represented CAU for fours year as a member to the Women’s Tennis team. Four years later, in 2017 she obtained a Bachelors degree in Business Administration concentrating in Supply Chain Management. Within the transitional phase, she became inquisitive towards the difference between public and privately ran organizations and understanding how policies are made and implemented. That same year Avern enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration Program concentrating in Public Policy. During her first year of graduate school, she also passionately served as the Assistant Women’s Tennis coach for the Lady Panthers. Shortly after, in May of 2019, Avern graduated top of my class with a 4.0GPA. Throughout her 6 years of educational expansion, she became active within organizations and professional settings, and her understanding has shifted and value has increased towards the field of Analytics. As a result, her passion for understanding how to increase efficiency and productivity within organizations by analysis their statistical data. She is working to pursing a Ph.D. in Data Analytics and Organizational Behavior to enhance the future of humanity. 

Jasmine King 

Program Assistant 

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Alicia Keith

Program Manager

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Tiara Jones, JD

Program Manager

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