2011 GJEF Scholars
2011 GJEF Scholars … Scholarships … For 2011 GJEF awarded eleven scholarships in this 8th round of giving. Kaila Barrett Jordan Conway Matthew Parker …
2011 Gaines-Jones Scholars
Scholarships … group of 2011 Gaines-Jones Scholars in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn. Mr. Jealous was in town … 2011 Gaines-Jones Scholars … -scholars/ ALBANY, GA. June 2011In this photo Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, visits with a … University. We sponsored a reception in the Hilton Garden lobby for this year's scholarship recipients … DSC_0571 To meet our 2011 Scholars click here: http://www.gaines-jones.org/scholarships/2011-gjef …
Akerian Soraya Florence | Since 2014
Albany Georgia Area
Mitchell County High School
Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia | Class of 2018
Major: BS in Criminology/Criminal Justice
Headed back to get my Masters in Psychology to become a school counselor. Also working on publishing a children’s book.
Chelsea Fitzhugh | Since 2012
Albany High School | 2012 Valedictorian
Darton College | 2011 - 2012
Honors Teaching Assistant |The University of Georgia
2013 - Present
University of Georgia, Athens | 2012-2016
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Currently attending University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Yoel Iskindir | Since 2013
San Rafael, California
Terra Linda High School
San Francisco State University, Class of 2017
Bachelor of Arts | Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Yoel Iskindir Productions
The three areas I'm experienced in are media production, education, and media education.
In a society where many of us exist as the "other," my goal as a filmmaker is to create thought-provoking, challenging work, where we can explore our world on screen.
In Dec 2020, I joined the faculty at San Domenico School in San Anselmo, California where I independently oversee the entire Film Department. This includes designing a hybrid curriculum for in person, virtual, and international students; supervising our vast equipment inventory; and bringing a diverse perspective to students of all backgrounds. It is an honor to work with adaptable educators who have allowed the school to be one of the few remaining open during the global pandemic.
I bring a dedication to social justice and community uplift to every space I work.
Danielle Turner | Since 2012
Westover Comprehensive High School | Class of 2012
Georgia Southern University Statesboro, Georgia | Class of 2016
Medical College of Georgia, Medical Doctorate | 2016 - Present
Sumari Barnes | Since 2013
Marin Academy, San Rafael, California
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
Major: African American Studies, Double Minor: Political Science & Journalism
I am a mission-driven professional with a keen ability to strategize and problem solve. I have extensive knowledge in real estate and project management, having worked in various parts of the industry over the past 3 years.
Colleagues recognize me for my aptitude for communication with diverse audiences and empathy. Additional qualities I have harnessed are marketing, event production, negotiating, and data analysis.
I am committed to exposing myself and others to the wide array of opportunities in the world. Whether it is engaging community leaders, producing events, strategizing real estate opportunities, writing stories, sharing travel knowledge on social media, or planning international itineraries.
Curiosity fuels my commitment to effectiveness.
Abraham Johnson | Since 2011
Monroe Comprehensive High School | 2011
Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia, 2011-2015
Bachelor’s degree, General Biology
Growing up in Albany, Georgia no one ever talked about HIV and if they ever did it was rooted in stigma and misinformation. Since my early college days, I’ve dedicated my work to informing and educating people about HIV. Whether it be administering an OralQuick HIV Test, providing technical assistance to community educators at clinical research sites, taking call minutes on an HPTN CWG call, to now helping to expand Treatment Action Group’s HIV community engagement. Every day I wake up and choose to be a part of the change to end HIV. I am thankful for POZ 100 for honoring me as a top 100 HIV advocate.
Brianna Banks-McLean | Since 2015
Marin City, California
Tamalpias High School | Class of 2015
College of Marin, Kenfield, California | Class of 2018
Associate of Science, Architecture
University of California, Davis
Bachelor of Science - Sustainable Environmental Design | 2018-2020
University of California, Berkeley candidate for Masters of Architecture | 2021 - Present
My interest in sustainability and design began as a young adult. I had a grandfather - an Architect in Sausalito, CA - who inspired me to think critically and inventively about the function and design of the structures we spend our lives enclosed in. I wanted to create spaces that were equally functional and alluring. I developed an interest in photography towards the end of my high school and beginning of my college career as a way to enhance my visual design skills.
September of 2018 I transferred to the University of California, Davis, entering as a Sustainable Environmental Design student eager to understand the sustainable implications of design and architecture. Within my studies, I have continued to use and further refine my digital media and design skills, utilizing softwares like SketchUp, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Revit, and Rhino to both physically and graphically present my work.
In 2020 I worked as a Sustainable Architectural Designer, designing everything from Feminist Healing Gardens for Research Institutes to Accessible Seating for the Manetti Shrem Museum.
As of January 2021 I began working toward my Masters of Architecture degree at the University of California, Berkeley.
Fanta Jamissa | Since 2020
Freedom High School | Class of 2020
University of California, Berkeley | Class of 2024
Major/Career Goal: Integrated Biology/Physician
FROM FANTA’S HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY:
Throughout my childhood, my mom stressed the correlation between education and one’s advancement in society. She referenced our Sierra Leonean (West African) culture to ingrain the concept of our privilege to receive quality education free of cost—with the help of scholarships—and encouraged us to make the most of this gift. The sole fact that I was born in America allows my life to have a completely different trajectory than my family members who are my age in Sierra Leone.
My experiences have shown me that in addition to the need for education, there is a desperate need for health care reform. There needs to be a bigger focus on lowering the disparity between healthcare systems in developing nations with concrete changes in policy and implementation. this has had a monumental impact on my career goals. While majoring in either public health or biology, I will work to gain knowledge to help dismantle barriers and create real solutions.
I want to become a physician and use my knowledge and platform to influence public policy. Although it will be some time before I become a physician, I’ll focus on my background as a source of motivation to change the the way we look at healthcare in the US and across the globe.
Lynette Caseman | Since 2013
Westover High School, Albany, Georgia | 2013
University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia/ Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources, Recreation and Tourism
I am interested in the way humans interact with the environment and increasing environmental access for minority and underprivileged communities. I currently engage this passion through environmental education for youth, from ages 8 to 19. I also create natural resource-themed art and writing. In 2022 I premiered my first solo museum gallery show titled: The Real and The Ideal. In this exhibit I created artwork from recycled items and highlighted native plants and animals of Georgia.
In 2022, my first piece of writing was published by the Waterman Fund. It is an essay entitled: The Tragedy of the Common Peoples, and it celebrates and uplifts the ways in which people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and other minorities help to protect the environment.
Currently, in my day job life, I am Associate Procurement Specialist , purchasing items for the University of Georgia's multiple campuses.
James Guest | Since 2014
Monroe Comprehensive High School
Albany Technical College, Class of 2018
Major: Radiologic Technology
Living and woking in Albany, GA as a radiologic technologist. Reenrolled to further studies in radiology with computed tomography.
Mesgana Admassu | Since 2017
San Domenico High School
San Anselmo, California
Howard University, Class of 2021
Bachelor of Science, Biology: Minor: Chemistry & Spanish
Spent a 2019 semester abroad in Medellín, Colombia through International Studies Abroad.
From September 2021-present, I am working as Oligonucleotide Production Technician at LGC, Biosearch Technologies performing solid-phase synthesis of custom oligonucleotides in a high-throughput phosphoramidite chemistry laboratory.
Noabriali Alphonso-Gibbs | Since 2018
San Rafael, California
Bard College, Annadale-on-Hudson, New York
Class of 2022 | Double Major ~ Environmental Science & Economics
As a Gaines-Jones Scholar, I have the opportunity to learn how to best fight for a healthy tomorrow. Being in college I truly see the diversity of our country. There isn’t just one way to fight for environmental justice and there isn’t just one path after high school. With the help of my Gaines-Jones scholarship, I am working to receive not only an Environmental Science degree, but also an Economics degree. Maybe I can help write a Green New Deal that fosters more unity and less opposition.
Nicholas Moseley | Since 2020
Pittsburg High School | 2020
Alabama State University | Class of 2024
FROM NICK’S HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY:
Our family motto is faith, family and education. I started volunteering at a young age at my church. A lot of other kids did not live with their parents, and one day someone used the words foster parent. I asked my parents and they explained. At the time the answer was beyond my depth, but I knew these kids were not as blessed to have a family such as mine.
I am attending Alabama State University, majoring in Sociology to pursue a career as a social worker because I want to dedicate my life to advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves.
For some, college is a dream, but for me it’s not about wishing for it but working for it. Nelson Mandela state that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
I plan on using my weapon to make a difference in the lives of others.
Timothy Hardwick | Since 2004
Dougherty High School
Albany State University | Class of 2012
As one of the very first recipients of the Gaines-Jones Education Foundation scholarship, I am proud to have served on the board of Directors since 2017.
Since 2021, I have been employed by the Dougherty County School System as Data & Technology Specialist at Monroe Comprehensive High School in Albany, GA. I also taught Grade 5 Social Studies at Radium Springs Elementary; where I attended. In 2011, I was afforded the opportunity to teach in Ghana West Africa through the Global Social Responsibility Practicum. My daily professional interactions embody the very tenets upon which Gaines-Jones’ mission stands—education and youth advocacy.
Meagan Knight | Since 2005
Bainbridge High School
Albany State University | Class of 2009
Living and working in Atlanta, Georgia Area as as Patient Care Coordinator and Patient Account Representative at Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine.
Dervin Cunningham | Since 2010
Westover Comprehensive High School | Class of 2010
University of Georgia, Athens | Class of 2014
Bachelor of Science - BS, Biological Sciences, B.S.A. | 2010-2014
Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut | Doctor of Medicine - MD, | 2015 - 2020
Finishing up his Psychiatry Residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven Connecticut.
DeYante Prince | Since 2016
Albany, Georgia Area
Terrell County High School, Dawson Georgia
Morehouse College, Atlanta,Georgia | Class of 2020
Gates Millennium Scholars Program | May 2016 - Present
“I’m currently in the Boston University School of Public Health working to obtain an additional degree before applying to medical school. I believe having the skills to assess a patient’s health, lifestyle, and living environment are important to understanding and treating them effectively. For example, if a patient has issues of difficulty breathing and rash, knowing the environment in which they live their everyday life can be paramount in diagnosing them (allergies, asthma, etc.) This would also give me time to seek additional funding for medical school—since as we all know—it can be extremely expensive.”
2012 GJEF Scholars
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Congratulations to our 2013 GJEF Scholars
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Scholar UPDATE: Kelsey Jones
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2012 GJEF Scholars
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2014 Returning Gaines-Jones Scholars
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2011 Gaines-Jones Scholar Abraham Johnson Speaks Out
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Cunningham & Fitzhugh ~ Medical Internship in Jamaica
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Gaines-Jones Scholar SPOTLIGHT: Abraham Johnson
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First Gaines-Jones Huddle a Success
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1st Gaines-Jones Scholar 2004 ~ Timothy Hardwick
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Gaines-Jones Scholars Flourish in Varied Fields
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Team & Scholars Gallery
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Rob Roehrick | Co-Founder & Trustee
Rob is a Graphic Artist and principal of Roehrick Design, a communications design studio formed January 1993 in the San Francisco Bay Area. He collaborates with a variety of for-profit and non-profit clientele, creating innovative solutions to promote their organizations.
Rob’s professional design experience prior to 1993 includes staff positions in the firms Destiny Two (Minneapolis), Lance Wyman, LTD (New York), Ace Design and Phippen Design Group (San Francisco). He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College in 1981 and a Master of Science (Communications Design) degree from Pratt Institute in 1987. Rob serves as Gaines-Jones Finance Manager.
Flora B. Devine | Founding Board Member
University Attorney and Title XI Coordinator at Savannah State University, the oldest HCBU in Georgia. During her career, Flora has practiced law across many sectors including federal and local government, private industry, and higher education. Her career in education includes executive-level leadership positions in legal affairs, mediation and conflict resolution, diversity leadership, and cultural competence.
Natasha Singh | Board Member
Natasha is a native Canadian living in Oakland, California. She graduated from the University of Toronto: Honors B.A., Women’s Studies, Canadian Studies with a focus on Aboriginal rights/self-determination. Her MFA (Fiction) degree is from Sarah Lawrence College. She is a sexual literacy educator who teaches about consent, sexual ethics, plus a whole lot more. She works with schools, design curriculum, train teachers, and offer workshops to both parents and students.
Natasha first joined the Gaines-Jones Advisory Board and moved over to the main Board. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Asha Rising, a nonprofit that creates permanent housing solutions for and empowers older women who have aged out of the sex industry.
Monica Viggiano / Board Member
Monica Viggiano is an Academic Tutor at Florida State College at Jacksonville from which she holds an Associate of Arts degree.
She brings 25 years of customer service experience and received an English degree at FSC in June 2018.
Anita Jones Roehrick | Co-Founder, Executive Director
Anita is a Writer/Visual Artist/Storyteller, born and raised in Albany, Georgia. She has a Fine Arts degree from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. In the early 90s, writing and illustrating children’s stories lead Anita to oral tradition storytelling, working in San Francisco Bay Area schools as an artist-in-residence and tailoring storytelling programs for libraries, corporations and private clients. In 2002 she and husband, Rob, co-founded The Gaines-Jones Education Foundation in memory of her mother, father and sister who all passed away in the 1990s.
Miranda Roehrick | Advisory Board
Miranda is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area; graduated from Marin Academy in San Rafael, CA in 2013. She went on to Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, graduating with a B.S. in Psychology in 2017.
After nearly two years as Associate Marketing Manager for Amour Vert—a San Francisco sustainable clothing company—she branched out as an Independent Marketing & Creative Strategist in 2019. She works with value-driven businesses to create marketing campaigns and brand strategies.
Miranda grew up watching her parents create and manage the foundation. When she turned 13, they charged her with getting involved. One month later, she organized friends to create a Gaines-Jones Junior Board of Directors with a mission to “Help others locally and globally.” They chose the name, Positive Impulse. For five years they raised money and designed programs for homeless adults and children in Marin County and made donations to Heifer International.
Cynthia Ladd-Viti | Advisory Board
, historically underrepresented, BIPOC, LGBTQ, undocumented, system-impacted scholars and those with … Team & Scholars Gallery …
Cynthia is the Assistant Director of the Office for Graduate Diversity at the University of California, Berkeley. As a proud Cal alumna, she has worked for over 18 years to increase the access and academic success of diverse students on the Berkeley campus—with a focus on first-generation, historically underrepresented, BIPOC, LGBTQ, undocumented, system-impacted scholars and those with disabilities or from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Her role includes outreach, recruitment, admissions advising, building and supporting graduate student networks, and developing programs and methods for increasing the pool of diverse applicants to all UCB graduate and professional programs.
A long-time resident of Marin County, California, she is the mother of two; both graduates of Columbia University in New York City. Cynthia served many years on the Gaines-Jones Board of Directors before moving to Advisory.
Timothy Hardwick | Gaines-Jones Scholar & Board Member
School in Albany, Georgia. Tim was also the very first Gaines-Jones Scholar in 2004. He joined the Board in 2017. … Timothy Hardwick | Gaines-Jones Scholar & Board Member … Team & Scholars Gallery …
Tim’s educational and professional careers have provided him a wealth of experiences both locally and abroad. As a Middle Grades Education major at Albany State University (2012), he had the opportunity to teach in Ghana West Africa (2011) and taught fifth grade at Radium Springs Elementary in Albany, Georgia.
As of 2021, he is the Data and technology Specialist at Monroe Comprehensive High School in Albany, Georgia.
Tim was also the very first Gaines-Jones Scholar in 2004. He joined the Board in 2017.
Gaines-Jones Scholars: DEBUT VIDEO
Gaines-Jones Scholars: DEBUT VIDEO … , how members of our Gaines-Jones family feel about education and how their scholarships have impacted the lives of our Scholars. … On March 13, 2020 Gaines-Jones Founders, Friends, Board Members, Parents and Scholars gathered for … On March 13, 2020 Gaines-Jones Founders, Friends, Board Members, Parents and Scholars gathered for a Spring Huddle in Albany, Georgia. …
Welcome 2015 Gaines-Jones Scholars
Welcome 2015 Gaines-Jones Scholars …
“There are scholarships for everything!” …
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Honorary Teacher Scholarship
Gaines-Jones Scholars studying to become educators. This new award was funded by Robert Roehrick, Gaines … . The future plan is to expand the scholarship into an annual Teacher-of-the-Year award. … Honorary Teacher Scholarship … Scholarship will be awarded in the form of two $1,000 scholarships to eligible Gaines-Jones Scholars … In memory of Barbara Ann Roehrick, 1925–2020 This year we proudly launch a new scholarship for …
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Fall 2020 | NEW Gaines-Jones Video
Scholars in Georgia: Akerian, Dervin, James, Javon; and in California: Mayana and Yoel. … college scholarships to Black students in southwest Georgia and the San Francisco Bay Area. In this new …
Holiday Day Huddle2020
Front Row|L-R: Gaines-Jones Scholars: Dervin Cunningham, Javon Jones, Akerian Florence, James Guest … . Back Row|L-R: Executive Dir, Anita Jones Roehrick; Scholar & Board Member, Timothy Hardwick … Scholarships to help fill crucial gaps in funding, but equally important: guiding families towards other … Year at our Holiday Huddle in Albany, Georgia. We were joined by Scholars, Board members and Parents …
Albany, Georgia & COVID-19
Southwest Georgia is one of two demographics for Gaines-Jones Scholars—the San Francisco Bay Area …
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