***Duties of the board of directors include, but are not limited to, governing the organization by establishing policies and procedures, selecting, appointing, supporting and reviewing the performance of the President/CEO, recruiting new board members, making financial donations to the organizations, ensuring the availability of adequate financial resources, securing funds through fundraisers and donations, overseeing all revenues and expenses, strategic planning, and approve annual budgets.
Waleisah Wilson- President & Asst. Secretary
Waleisah Wilson is the founder of Newlife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc. and serves as the organization's President.
She is a recent graduate of Walden University where she obtained both a Master's degree in Nonprofit Management & Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice. She is also a graduate of Capella University where she obtained her Master's degree in Human Services specializing in Social and Community Services. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She later plans to pursue her doctorate in Business Administration.
She is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls (NCIFIWG), JustLeadershipUSA, the Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN), NAACP, and the ACLU. She currently serves on the board of directors of several organizations including the Columbus-Muscogee/Russell County Continuum of Care GA-505, United Way's Home For Good and H.O.P.E. (a tiny houses for the homeless project) and is the President of the Prison Ministry at her church, Phillips Temple CME, in Phenix City, AL.
She is very active in her community's efforts to end homlessness, to end the school to prison pipeline and ending the stigmas associated with having a criminal record. She enjoys going to church, feeding and socializing with the homeless through outreach, playing games and trivia, traveling, volunteering, youth and adult mentoring, watching movies, cooking and singing karaoke.
Temeka "Meeko" Menefee- Secretary and Treasurer
Meeko Menefee is a native of Phenix City, Alabama where she graduated from Central High School in 1994. Although she has a culinary arts degree from California Culinary, her true passion is mentoring and criminal justice.
She is currently pursuing a Criminal Justice degree at Liberty University. She has attained professional work experience and certifications in many areas that make her an asset to the board of directors including being an EMT, a former security officer and a public safety professional where her talents and passion were used to serve the public and mentor young adults. She enjoys mentoring youth, cooking, reading and volunteering with different community outreach programs.
Colin Martin- Director
A Columbus native, Colin grew up in Oakland Park. Before graduating from Pacelli High School, he earned his Eagle Scout badge in the Boy Scouts of America for a
project that was the design and construction of a nature trail on the land where the National Infantry Museum now stands.
At the University of Georgia, he completed US Army ROTC, earning a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in December of 1988.
While at UGA, he met Beth McKelvey whom he later married in December, 1989 at St. Mary’s on the Hill Catholic Church in Augusta, GA. Beth completed her Doctor of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. After completing her residency in Greenwood, SC, they moved to Columbus. They are the proud parents of two daughters.
He has served on numerous boards and was the volunteer chair for the Chattahoochee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, NeighborWorks Columbus, the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Columbus Trade Center Authority and the Parish Council of Holy Family Church. he has also served on the boards of the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley and the Sexual Assault Support Center. In addition to serving on the board of directors of NewLife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc., he currently serves on the boards of Valley Interfaith Promise and the Leadership Council of the American Cancer Society of Muscogee County.
Daniel Thomas- Director
Daniel Thomas received his high school diploma from W.H. Spencer High School in June 1970. He later served in served in the U.S. Army for eight years. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development from Troy State University. He also has received a Diploma in Christian Ministry from the Georgia Baptist Bible Institutes. His previous professional experience includes working for the State of Georgia for 25 years (15 of those years were with the Department of Juvenile Justice as and Counselor at RYDC and the other 10 were as a Vocational Counselor).He is currently the Pastor of New Life Missionary Baptist Church in Marvin, Alabama where he has been the leader of his flock there for the last seven years.
Andez Jones- Director
Andez Jones is a native of the Phenix City/Columbus area. He regularly boasts of the motivation he receives from his beautiful family of a loving wife and two precious daughters. He holds a degree in Psychology and has worked in several government roles including inpatient mental health settings, facilitated probationer/parolee post-release classes, and served pre-adjudicated youth as an alternative to detention with the Dept. of Juvenile Justice and the Dept. of Family and Children Services. He also assists several local grassroots organizations in crime prevention, urban empowerment, and a myriad of issues affecting our community.
Andez states that his dedication to the mission of NewLife-Second Chance is “rooted in my own struggles with the legal system when I was 17 years old, and the lengthy battle of transitioning back into society”. He believes that his personal life experience enables him to find common ground with those he serves as well as proof that a productive life can be achieved post-release. He asserts that with the exception of his family, one of his top goals is to “reach back and help those navigate a path that I’ve already crossed”.
Denise Thomas- Director
Denise is a wife and and mother of 3 beautiful children aged 20, 16 and 12. Although a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native and having grown up in Phenix City, Alabama (where she graduated from Central High School in 1995), she currently calls Columbus home.
Karen "Marti" Owens- Director
Karen, affectionately known as "Marti" was born and raised in Columbus. She has been married for 16 years and has 2 daughters. She obtained her GED in 2009 From Tillinhurst adult education center.
Jonathan Greene- Director
Jonathan Greene is a native of Columbus, GA. He has been married for 14 years and has two children. He grew up having a desire to help others in any way he could. Being a volunteer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an organization that teaches family members how to better cope with loved ones with mental illness, has really inspired him to continue his passion of assisting individuals and families dealing with mental illness.
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Please complete this application along with the Interest form and email to email@example.com, fax to (706) 478-1271 or mail to 416 12th Street, Suite 111, Columbus, GA 31901. Thanks for your interest in serving on our board of directors.
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