Andrea Caldwell is a Metrics Analyst for the Motherless Daughters Foundation. Currently, Senior Manager for eCommerce Capabilities at Georgia Pacific, she has spent several years using data to develop strategies to grow organizations.
Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Andrea has been committed to volunteer service since high school. Over the years, her enthusiasm for helping others has manifest in a myriad of ways ranging from leading Girl Scouts and youth activities to homeless outreach. In addition to working with the Motherless Daughters Foundation, Andrea volunteers with Love Beyond Walls, an organization actively combating community poverty, and she’s the Volunteer Chairperson of the Magnet Parent Booster Club at her daughter’s high school.
Andrea received a B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A from Clark Atlanta University. She’s an active member of Impact Church in Atlanta, and she served 8 years in the United States Army Reserve.
Velitia Gaines is a native of Indianapolis, IN. Velitia attended Bishop Chatard High School, Indiana State University before relocating to Atlanta, GA to complete her degree from Brenau University. Upon her completion at Brenau University, Velitia developed a strong passion for mentoring.
While teaching at Dresden Elementary in DeKalb, County Schools, Velitia accepted the challenge of becoming President of the Dresden Parent/Teacher Association (PTA). Through her hard work, creativity, and dedication, the PTA came alive! She has been able to inspire reluctant parents, often intimidated by cultural differences, to get involved in their children’s education and participate in school activities. She has coordinated various festivals, school plays, a Santa’s Secret Shop, a Mother’s Day Shop and a number of community service projects. She was also chosen to co-chair the DeKalb County Council of PTA’s and served as chair of the Hospitality Committee.
Velitia has received many awards because of her tireless efforts and commitment to the PTA, which include the Golden Acorn Award for highest percentage increase in PTA membership, Outstanding Service Award as Area VP for DeKalb County Council of PTA’s, Paraprofessional of the Year, and Georgia PTA’s Honorary Life Membership for DeKalb County; however, her proudest moment was receiving recognition for Educational Support Professional of the Year for Dedication and Commitment to Excellence in Education.
Velitia has a passion for teaching and serving her community. Her current position as Deputy Director of Volunteer Coordination suits her. Because of her personality and experience, she is able to bring in volunteers and make them feel comfortable with their duties and in their environment. She continues to be an inspiration to her two children and loving husband.
Patrina King, Leading Authority in Business Golf Authority
Patrina King is a former Human Resource professional, Youth Advocate, Author, and Founder of Golf Women Mean Business, LLC. Patrina understands that being successful is not always a straight process. She decided against choosing any of the 36 opportunities to play collegiate golf and attend college without any extracurricular activities in order to focus on getting her career started. Patrina has developed a great passion for educating professionals on how to use golf for business.
Patrina is a current member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Women’s Solidarity Society, a society within The National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. MECCA Chapter. She is also the Founder of Women’s Golf Day in Georgia and has been featured on various television and radio shows. However, the epitome of Patrina’s efforts to educate professionals come in her workshops and speeches which aim to “humanize” business golf for those who are hesitant to give the sport a try. Patrina believes the best way to serve the people is by taking an informative and realistic approach to everyday activities and issues.
Dr. Ifetayo Ojelade
Director of Counseling Services
Dr. Ifetayo Ojelade earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. In addition, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University. As a Licensed Psychologist (PSY003437), Licensed Professional Counselor (#LPC004532), and certified mediator, Dr. Ojelade specializes in working with women in group and individual therapy. Her additional areas of interest include counseling persons of African descent, adult children of dysfunctional parents, team building, and integrating indigenous healing practices into psychotherapy. Through her work, she has provided counseling as a trauma, mind/body, and group counselor. Her work includes non-profit (Pasadena Y.W.C.A and My Sister’s House), private (The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute and The Atlanta Center for Family Wellness), judicial (Landlord-Tenant Magistrate Court), hospital (The Atlanta VA and The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System), and university (Georgia State University Counseling Center) settings. In addition, Dr. Ojelade has twenty years of experience as a trainer in the corporate field. This valuable background has enabled her to facilitate numerous workshops with topics including group dynamics, conflict resolution, and teamwork. She designs and implements leadership development, team building, and personal growth courses. Her work in this area includes corporate (Coca-Cola and Scientific Atlanta), non-profit (The Wholistic Stress Control Institute), institutional (Georgia State University and Atlanta Public Schools), and college student (Emory and Mercer University) groups.
Dr. Ojelade is a member of the Association of Black Psychologists and the Community Health Interfaith Partnership. She has served in leadership positions for the Georgia Psychological Association and the Metro-Atlanta Association of Black Psychologists.
Cynthia W. Jones
Director of Communications
As a content developer for internal and external media for the Foundation, Mrs. Jones' responsibilities include developing communication strategies that help advance the Foundation's efforts. This content broadens our impact through the sharing of effective ideas, practices, and strategies to include publications, partnerships with membership organizations, Web marketing, social media, media outreach, and conferences.
Having to retire unexpectedly Prior to joining MDF, she was a Senior Systems Engineer for the State of Georgia - Department of Education with an emphasis in Financial Accounting and Payroll Operations for local school districts. Mrs. Jones retired in 2015 and joins MDF as a volunteer to further her commitment to the founder's vision.
She attended Clark-Atlanta University and holds Bachelor and Master of Business Administration degrees from Brenau University where she was a Presidential Scholar. Mrs. Jones currently pursues her Doctor of Business Administration in Information Systems Management.