AADM BOARD of DIRECTORS
Mokah-Jasmine Johnson – President
Mokah holds a Master of Science Degree in Education Media Design and Technology, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marketing Management, and currently serves her community as an Adult Educator and Civil Rights activist. In addition to her educational achievements and activism, Mokah has over 15 years’ experience as an entrepreneur-businesswoman and is the President and Co-founder of Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement. She is also the co-founder of “United Group of Artists” (UGA Live) grassroots marketing consulting and event production company and the Hip Hop Director for Girls Rock Athens.
Knowa D Johnson-Vice President
Knowa has over 10 years experience as a business owner-entrepreneur. He’s also the co-founder of AADM and currently serves on advisory council for the University of Georgia- WUGA Radio. In the early 90’s, Knowa entered the military and served his country for several years as a US Navy Enginemen and Ship Instructor. He also has experience working with serious habitual Juvenile Offenders as a Juvenile Counselor for Florida State. Knowa D. Johnson is a talented marketing professional, music and event producer, and when he’s not working on issues that impact our community, you may find him designing marketing campaign or organizing events for small business owners.
Dr. Llewellyn Cornelius (Ph.D., LCSW) -Board Member and Senior Adviser
Dr. Cornelius is the Director of the University of Georgia, Center for Social Justice, Human Rights and Civil Rights (CSJ). The CSJ builds on the Civil Rights social action history of the South, by both honoring the legacies of the unspoken heroes in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and focusing on contemporary issues in Global Human Rights. The CSJ uses scholarship, teaching and community engagement to address systemic inequities in society. Full CV available at:http://ssw.uga.edu/pdf/faculty/Cornelius_CV_01.28.2017.pdf
Star Farrington – Board Member (Term Ends May 2018)
Star is a second-year student who will graduate in May 2018 with a Masters in Social Work. Star previously worked with juveniles as a Juvenile Probation Officer for the State of Georgia. Previously, Star worked with the homeless population for several years at an emergency homeless shelter in the Lawrenceville area. Star received a Bachelors in Psychology from Georgia Gwinnett College, and an Associates in Criminal Justice from Gwinnett Technical College.
Greg Wagstaff – Board Member and Treasure
Greg is a retired Land Surveyor. He served as a volunteer and tutor with the Georgia Alliance for Children in Peoples town, of Atlanta, for 10 years. He was also a tutor for literacy at the Martin Luther King Center for Social Change. Greg is now a board member of the AADM and Editor of the AADM People’s Press, a newsletter for the under-served minority population in Athens, Georgia. Greg continues to tutor and recently founded Every Day Readers, an adult literacy community now sponsored by the Athens Clark County Library.
Barb Benson –AADM Secretary
Barb Benson served in the Peace Corps as an English teacher in Gabon, Africa, has lived on a Kibbutz in Israel, and has visited 27 countries throughout her travels over the years. She loves learning about people from around the world and has discovered that people are more alike than different when it comes to day-to- day experiences and values as humans. She is an educator and loves serving in the Athens community as a volunteer with several organizations. Her hobby is
Em Eilbert – Board Member and Student Chapter Co-President
Em is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia studying plant molecular biology and biophysics with a focus in plant cell developmental mechanobiology. The youngest member of the AADM Board, Em has been a long-time advocate for minority rights under the fundamental belief that all struggles are human struggles. As a Jewish woman, Em’s current advocacy focuses on women’s rights, specifically discrimination against women in academia, discrimination against middle eastern women, challenges faced by women balancing jobs and families, and general discrimination all women experience regardless of culture, religion, or race. Em’s advocacy goal is to help make education a right and not a privilege. Previously, Em directed Daughters for Life at UGA, a scholarship for middle eastern women.
Erin Stacer – Board Member
Erin Stacer grew up in Georgia. She lived in New York and Brooklyn for several years. In 2012 she moved to Athens, Georgia where she now works in education. She enjoys making art and fighting against systems of oppression.
Celest Ngeve – Board Member
Celest Ngeve is an educator, poet, therapist, author, Emotional Awareness Coach, founder of Queens Empowerment Sessions, photographer and Therapeutic Support Coach that specializes in providing therapeutic support for children and families with severe emotional behavior disorders. She has written three books of poetry and is currently putting the finishing touches on her new book that will be released February 7, 2018 at Hendershots. Through her empowerment sessions she focuses on reducing anxiety, managing emotional and physical risk, and improving overall quality of life.
Celest is a proud graduate of Albany State University and AIU Intercontinental University and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Celest has one quote she lives by created by her favorite poet, Maya Angelou, “People will often forget what you did and what you said, though they will never forget how you made them feel.”
Mariah Parker – Board Member and AADM Lobbying Campaign Manager
Mariah Parker is an award-winning, nationally touring hip-hop artist and PhD student in Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. She teaches a writing course for preservice elementary school teachers at the University, has presented research on Hip Hop discourse at academic conferences throughout the Southeast and is currently working on a hip-hop based community literacy project with the Athens Regional Library.
Yvonne Mckethan Roberts – Board Member
Yvonne Mckethan-Roberts is currently the Station Manager of WXAG 92.7 FM & 1470 AM professionally since 2015 specializing in radio engineering, trafficking, programming, and the daily operation of a local urban radio station in North East Georgia own by Michael Thurmond. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting from Piedmont College in Athens Georgia. Yvonne has additional certification in leadership training and management skills programs from business career orient programs. Notable achievement Division Manager of the Year of Southland Corporation, formally Seven Eleven Corporation, National Urban League of Long Island Leadership Program. God has always been first in her life from the age of nine.
Yvonne serves faithfully and attends the Mt. Olive Seventh Day Adventist Church under Pastor Frank Harrell. Community engagements, supporting others, and political programs are the highlight of her daily life. Yvonne is a native of Long Island, New York, and has strong southern roots. Her parents were born in North and South Caroline. Her life has been enriched with two wonderful adult children, Syretah Roberts- Montgomery of Bay shore New York, and John Roberts of Marietta George, coupled with three adorable grandchildren Serenity 13, Saniyah 10 and Amir 4. “Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” Oprah Winfrey
Debra Brenner – Board Member and Sticker Campaign Project Manager
Debra retired from being a Certified Sign Language Interpreter, teacher, and performer and from the University of Georgia, where she provided services to students with disabilities in various capacities. She now considers herself a Professional Volunteer.
Debra serves on the board of the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement and is the Project Leader of the United Against Discrimination AADM Sticker Campaign. She volunteers with the North-East Georgia United Way for their 211 and Dolly Parton Imagination Library programs, is active on the Social Action Committee at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, and, one, of her primary volunteer activities, is that she has raised eight guide dogs for the Guide Dog Foundation and is a therapy dog handler for two dogs that she has trained to work with seniors and children.
In her spare time, which isn’t much of, Debra also plays tennis, knits, supports people who have mental illness diagnosis, travels, supports liberal political candidates, walks her dogs through her neighborhood, and sings in the choir at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She recently became a Farmor (grandmother in Swedish) to her first grandchild who lives in Sweden with another on the way due in March. But don’t feel badly, she and her husband spend 2 weeks every 4-5 months with them.
Debra is thrilled to be the newby on the AADM Board!