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MEET US

The Founder

LaTonya Gates. Advocate for Kids. Social Justice Believer. Community Leader.

 

Her passion to see children and their parents empowered and equipped to live fulfilling lives led her to launch PAWKids in 2014. Supported by her adopted parents, Chuck and JoEyln Johnston, she has built holistic children, family, and neighborhood enrichment ministry with the help of so many friends and organizations that have believed in her and her ministry.

 

She has three children, Anthony (2015 Morehouse Graduate), Larenzia (2017 Mississippi Valley State University Graduate), and King (4 years old). 

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The Staff

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Anthony Gates

Director of Operations

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Mary Kay Payne

Development Assistant

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Larenzia Lawrence

Director of Children's Enrichment and Community Outreach

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Susie Judge

PEP Program Coordinator

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Lauren Smith

Director Community Co-op

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Megan Nellen

Learning Specialist

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Dana Ponder

Chief Financial Officer

 

Board of Directors

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Claire Jackson

Chairman

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Catherine Young

General Member

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Richard Manor

Vice Chairman

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Mike "Killer Mike" Render

General Member

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Justin Giboney

General Member

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Chuck Johnston

General Member

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Sakia DeLany

Treasurer

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Susie Judge

General Member

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Marybeth Edgecomb

Secretary

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Derrick B. Lockwood

General Member

 

Board of Advisors

Walter Henegar | Glen Jackson | Sam Diamon | Charles Harper | Will Shearer

 

Key Partners

These organizations are vital to the health and sustenance of our program. They support us spiritually, financially and physically through volunteer work.

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Trinity Anglican Church

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Affiliate Partners

These organizations are proud sponsors of PAWKids.

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