Je’Mia E. Jones – Camp Director
A native of Chicago, Je’Mia E. Jones spent most of her adolescent years in Atlanta, GA. She attended Westlake High School within the Fulton County School System and went on to further her education at Howard University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. While at Howard, Je’Mia was a Student Ambassador and was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. She continued at Howard and completed a Master of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Je’Mia is a certified Speech Language Pathologist and an active member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and the National Association of Neonatal Therapists. She is state licensed and maintains her certification with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. She has worked for various school districts, private practices, and home health settings. Je’Mia is passionate in staying abreast of growing trends and evidence based practice within the profession. Je’Mia enjoys mentoring, traveling, and listening to live music in her spare time. She is also a freelance makeup artist and a freelance writer.
Alexandra Broussard – Social Media
Alexandra Broussard is a native of Houston, TX. Alex attended North Shore Senior High School and continued her education at Sam Houston State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Production in 2015. She recently decided to take another step in furthering her education by obtaining her master’s degree in Digital Media from Sam Houston State University.
During her undergraduate studies, Alex had the opportunity to participate in the Exxon Mobil Summer Internship Program in 2014 as a Media and Marketing Intern for the Texas Center for the Missing. During her Internship she assisted with the website development as well as photography/videography for the agency. Additionally, in 2015 Alex was an intern for Disney’s ABC 13 in their Community Affairs Department. She booked special guests for the stations four Community Affairs programs; she also served as editor and social media handler in Community Affairs.
As an undergraduate she was a member of Project Sunshine, an organization for children with disabilities, National Broadcasting Society, National Association of Black Journalist, the Houstonian Newspaper-Sports Photographer, and Phi Theta Kappa. In her spare time, Alex enjoys photography and traveling. Alex is always looking for an opportunity to let her creative skills flourish.
Rebecca Walden – Sponsorship
Rebecca Walden began working with medical hair pieces and wigs in 2006. Rebecca has a passion for working with women experiencing hair loss due to Chemotherapy, Alopecia and Hormonal Changes. She specializes in creating the most natural hair replacement solutions by customizing a wig’s style, color and cap construction. Her clients no only feel confident in their daily lives, but more importantly, they can recognize themselves when they look in the mirror.
Rebecca has been featured in multiple publications for her work with cancer patients. She received the 2016 Social Spotlight Award from The Atlantan Social Datebook. Rebecca is a board member of Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, American Cancer Society CPS3 Project, National Breast Cancer Coalition, Camp Strand Board Member and partner with the AFLAC Center / Children’s Healthcare Atlanta.
Ayatta Hunter – Volunteers
Ayatta is a Speech Language Pathologist who enjoys working with children and adults in a variety of settings. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and her Master’s from North Carolina Central University both in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is an active member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association(ASHA) and she is an ASHA Mentor. Ayatta currently serves as volunteer coordinator for Camp Strand.
Anita Smith – Finance and Budget
Anita Smith is an innovative trailblazer with an effervescent spirit. Anita has been employed with FedEx for 20 years. She has been actively involved in PTA since 2005 and currently serves on the National PTA Leadership and Recruitment Committee as well as the Executive Committee for Tennessee PTA. She is a member of the Germantown High PTSA, and a member of TALL. Her prior leadership roles include Tennessee PTA Chair of Diversity and Cultural Inclusion, local unit President, Shelby County Council VP of Inspiration, Shelby County Council VP of Parental and Community Involvement, as well as a host of other PTA related roles. Anita was instrumental in launching the first Emerging Minority Leadership Conference in Tennessee.
In collaboration with the Melvin Jones Foundation, Inc. Anita assisted in the creation of H.A.P.P.Y.© (Homework Assistance Program Preparing Youth) this tutorial program focuses on elementary school students to ensure they have a solid academic foundation. Through this tutorial program, MJF developed a special bond with the students and in June of 2014 the school earned the distinction as a Tennessee Level 5 Reward school, previously a Level 1 school. The school maintains its Level 5 status.
Anita’s leadership expertise spans across state lines as she is an Executive Committee member for Camp Strand (Alopecia Areata Camp) in Atlanta, GA and for Jones Scholars Learning Community on the campus of University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Anita also volunteers her parental time on youth activities including; Pearls of Service Foundation, Inc. Ivy League, Youth United Way, Memphis Challenge, and Shelby County Links Leadership Academy.
She has received the Star Award from FedEx and the Tennessee PTA Lifetime Achievement Award.
She has two beautiful children a son Antonio (16) and a daughter Sydney (14).
Anita works toward promoting student learning and academic achievement because the children are our future and we need to equip them properly for their journey!
Kimberly Barnes – Camp Logistics
A native Atlantan, Kimberly J. Barnes serves as task master and organizational strategist for Camp Strand as Logistics Chair. Her skillset was honed working as an Asset Manager in the area of affordable housing since 2001. Kimberly has received several recognitions and honors while serving in this role. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Georgia Southern University. Kimberly is an active member in her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. During her spare time she loves spending time with family, reading and appreciates a rerun of any Harry Potter movie.
Tamara Jones – Recruitment
A native Memphian, Tamara, was educated through the Memphis City School System (MCS). Her educational pursuit continued and she graduated from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, FL with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Tamara also received a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Oklahoma. Tamara serves as the Melvin W. Jones Foundation’s Program Coordinator for the State of TN. She also serves as the Recruitment Chair for Camp Strand, the foundation’s newest initiative.
Ms. Jones returned to her grassroots MCS, currently known as Shelby County School System (SCS), as a physical therapist. Tamara also served as a former Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director at Concorde Career College, Memphis campus. Today, she embraces the community as an independent contractor of physical therapy servicing adult and pediatric clients across a variety of settings.
Tamara delights herself in volunteering and is extremely dedicated to helping individuals become their best self. When time permits she is found in a swimming pool, exploring her culinary skills, shopping, and/or aiding the young and old alike. Tamara is a certified Zumba, CPR and Water Safety Instructor, as well as an Assistive Technology Professional. She has a passion for helping people and truly enjoys sharing her gifts.
Tamara is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., American Physical Therapy Association, The Marching 100 Alumni Band Association, Concorde Career College Advisory Board, and an active member of her church.
Valerie Babb – Marketing and Promotions
Valerie Babb is a member of the Camp Strand Board. She became involved in the advocacy for children with Alopecia Areata when her youngest son was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis at 6 years old.
Since that time she has served as a telephone contact, conference facilitator, captain for meet and greets and lobbied on behalf of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.
Valerie received her undergraduate degree in French and Communication from Lee University. She earned a Master’s degree and a PHD in Communication at Regent University. She attends Mount Paran Church of God. Valerie is a small business owner. She and her husband Stan have three children.