Janelle Wood, Founder & CEO called the first meeting of Black mothers to order on August 7, 2016 for our first Black Mothers Forum meeting.
Our focus was on addressing the many concerns about the safety and welfare of our Black children, especially our Black sons. We want to dismantle the systems that have adversely impacted our Black community, and begin to create safe and supportive environments for our children and families.
Our amazing team of parent advocates are committed to helping others. We take our convictions and turn them into action.
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Janelle Wood is the Founder & CEO of Black Mothers Forum, Inc. Janelle is a wife, mother and published author of "Anatomy of A Black Mother". Janelle's passion is to see to it that all of our Black sons and daughters are free to live in safe and supportive communities.
Tiffany Dudley serves as an Executive Personal Assistant to the CEO. Tiffany is a single mother of three boys, a published author as well as an entrepreneur. She is an active member in her community and has a passion to see that our children are supported to pursue excellence in all areas of their life.
Shannon Hayes serves as Operations Coordinator, Governing Board Member and Parent Advocacy Lead. Shannon is a mother with a passion to see our Black community gain financial literacy and pursue economic freedom.
Gwen Payton serves as a Governing Board and Charter Member of the organization and one of our Central and South Phoenix Lead Parent Advocate. Gwen is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with a passion to see our children safe, supported and free to pursue their academic endeavors.
Janice Varnado serves as Governing Board member and Charter member of the organization. is our West Valley Parent Lead Advocate. Janice is a wife, mother and grandmother with a passion to see our children treated with dignity, respect and free to pursue academic excellence.
Christina Foster leads our organizational Education programs and also serves as a Core Team member. Christina is a mother with a passion to see our children safe, supported and free to pursue their academic endeavors.
Pastor Donna Foster serves as a Core Team Member and Leads our Prayer and Wellness Team. Pastor Foster is a wife, mother and grandmother with a heart for children in Foster Care and has passionately volunteered in Foster Care communities and agencies to make sure these children are socio-emotionally in tact and academically successful.
Juanita R. Williams serves as Leader of the Economic Development Team. She is a mother of two, business entrepreneur, and registered investment adviser representative holding both life insurance and securities licenses (S6, S63, S65, S26) in multiple states including Arizona. She is passionate about empowering women to become financially independent and building financial literacy skills for our youth.