The Ed Trust Family Fellowship is an initiative to equip parents and families to work alongside leaders in their communities to ensure that underserved children have access to a high-quality education. The fellowship supports family leaders by building on their skills, knowledge, and experiences and encouraging them to engage in important policy conversations.

Fellows receive coaching and mentoring as well as access to resources, trainings, and support to be strong advocates. This cohort will engage civil rights, business, and community leaders in their states to work on issues important to their communities.

“The opportunity to be a part of the inaugural Ed Trust Family Fellowship has given me renewed hope,” said Penny Christian, 16th District PTA President Elect, Lexington, KY. “As education advocates, we now know we are not alone in the fight to empower marginalized families. Once we can get those in power to understand the importance of having parents at the education table, all of our children will win.”


Meet Our Fellows

Parent Advisory Committee

Nicole Jimerson

Nicole Jimerson

Nicole Jimerson, Ed.S. is dedicated to the mission and purpose of The Ari Advocacy Center. As the mother of…

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Samuel L. Radford, III

Samuel L. Radford, III

Samuel L. Radford, IIII, currently serves as President of the District Parent Coordinating Council of Buffalo, a duly recognized…

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Kim Drummond

Kim Drummond

Kim Drummond has more than 18 years experience leading communications, outreach and engagement initiatives in Kentucky’s public and private…

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Maritza Solano

Maritza Solano

Maritza Solano is CASA's Director of Education working on educational and two generation initiatives that impact EL and immigrant…

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Kentucky Fellows

Kathleen “Penny” Christian

Kathleen “Penny” Christian

Penny is a native New Orleanian who now calls Lexington, KY home. She has been fighting for equity in…

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Julia “Julie” Pile

Julia “Julie” Pile

Julie Pile loves talking about education especially family and community engagement. She is the first Boone County School Parent…

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Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone is a second grade teacher in the Fayette County Public Schools. In addition to teaching, she has…

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Andria Jackson

Andria Jackson

Andria Holtz Jackson is a native of Louisville, Kentucky but currently calls Lexington, Kentucky home. In addition to Andria’s…

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Carla Robinson

Carla Robinson

Carla Robinson is from Louisville, KY. She serves as the Youth Development and Education Coordinator with the Louisville Urban…

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Hasan Davis

Hasan Davis

Hasan Davis has been recognized for his professional and personal efforts serving the needs of our nations youth in…

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Tanesha Booker

Tanesha Booker

Tanesha Booker is from Louisville, KY where she works as a Claims Analyst at Evolent Healthcare. She is the…

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Michelle Randolph

Michelle Randolph

Michelle Randolph is a wife, mom, educator and advocate. She’s an employee, parent and graduate of Jefferson County Public…

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Maryland Fellows

Taneeka Richardson

Taneeka Richardson

Taneeka Richardson, age 35, is a single mother of 4 boys (18, 16, 10 and 7). Originally from Baltimore…

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Nicole Humphreys

Nicole Humphreys

Nicole Humprhreys is a Baltimore resident and the mother of two children. She is a former educator in Baltimore…

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Chanta Smith

Chanta Smith

Chanta Smith is currently in her first year of teaching at Deer Park Middle Magnet School located in the…

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Teresa Stephens

Teresa Stephens

Teresa Stephens is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She works as the community outreach and development director for the…

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Cindy Aguilar

Cindy Aguilar

Cindy Aguilar was born in Guatemala, and came to the United States at the age of 5. She has…

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Lillian Garcia

Lillian Garcia

Lillian Garcia was born in El Salvador and has been in the U.S.A since 1992. She is married and…

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Cinthia Fuentes

Cinthia Fuentes

Cinthia Irasema Fuentes is a resident of Prince Georges Maryland, and a committed parent activist. She is a regular…

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North Carolina Fellows

Kaysha Pettaway

Kaysha Pettaway

Kaysha is the proud mother of four children, ages 20, 11,10, and 7and lives in northeastern North Carolina. In…

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Kathleen Fox Holler

Kathleen Fox Holler

Kathleen is originally from Cleveland Ohio. She was identified with significant learning disabilities in math, reading and written expression…

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Nadiah Porter

Nadiah Porter

Nadiah Porter is human rights activist and mother of two uniquely gifted children. Her oldest, Leilah (9yrs) is an…

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Ana Velasquez

Ana Velasquez

Ana was born in Mexico and raised in California. Ana has lived to Durham, NC since 1995. For over…

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Salahudeen Muhammad

Salahudeen Muhammad

Sala Abdallah is a formerly incarcerated man dedicated to righting his wrong through outreach to the youth, and bringing…

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Darren Barkett

Darren Barkett

Darren Barkett has spent his entire career working in the public schools of western North Carolina, first as a…

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Sesha Jackson-Woodard

Sesha Jackson-Woodard

Sesha Jackson-Woodard received her B.S degree in Laboratory Animal Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. With…

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New York Fellows

Angely Delgado

Angely Delgado

Angely Delgado is from Humacao, Puerto Rico (La Isla del Encanto). Angely left home at a young age, becoming…

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Kimberly Downer

Kimberly Downer

Kimberley Downer is a mother, a licensed massage therapist, and a full-time college student. Kimberley runs Know One Touch,…

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Dinash Lal

Dinash Lal

Dinash Lal currently serves as the Chief of Staff of the Masten District Office of the City of Buffalo’s…

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Juana Sanchez

Juana Sanchez

Juana Sanchez lives in New York City. Her daughters Ana (12) and Mariana Garcia (8) are in the eighth…

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Deysi Casarrubias

Deysi Casarrubias

Deysi Casarrubias is a wife and mother of two boys (11 and 6) and a daughter (2). Born in…

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Terri Owens

Terri Owens

Terri Owens is a single mother of two children in the Rochester City School District. Her daughter (17) is…

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Cherish Davis

Cherish Davis

Cherish Davis is a native of Buffalo and is currently the Education Service Area Manager at the Community Action…

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