Meet M.I. MOTHER’S KEEPER’s, Mrs. Fleming, the inspiration, motivation, and dedication behind the day to day philanthropic efforts of this organization. Mrs. Fleming’s continued perseverance and accomplishments in spite of a 1979 Schizophrenia diagnosis, hasn’t kept her from being an active senior who is a retired mail associate after nearly 20 years of service with the Department of Commerce & Service Source Agencies. Mrs. Fleming is actively involved with the daily efforts of M.I. Mother’s Keeper in the community. She proudly serves as an usher at church, is learning to play the piano and recently began square and line dance classes. Aptly put, she’s our Muse!
Mr. Akida is the Programming Coordinator for M.I.’s “Moving Men” initiatives and male outreach programs. He has been a certified Realtor in the Washington, D.C. and surrounding metropolitan areas, since 1986, and is currently affiliated with Re/Max Specialists Realtors. Mr. Akida has also served with the D.C. Department of Housing as a Community Development Rental Specialists, and he is also a certified Substitute Teacher, having served in both the Washington, D.C. and Prince Georges Public school systems. As a Howard University Alum who has earned his B.S. in Psychology and his M.Ed., in Education respectively he is committed to helping with the advancement of M.I. Mother’s Keeper’s community initiatives and ongoing mission.
Ms. Linda Beach is a community Mental Health citizen who resides in the Prince Georges County, Maryland area. She volunteers with the M.I. organization on a daily basis and participates in the weekly women’s support group meetings. Ms. Beach excitedly joined the M.I. organization after seeking assistance through a public radio broadcast in which she heard M.I.’s Executive Director speaking about the importance of stigma removal and mental health awareness outreach. Ms. Beach is a proud example of how M.I. is striving to help citizens from our mental health community live a better quality of life.
A native Washingtonian Miss Corcoran is Publisher of the legal journal(s) National Courts Monitor, California Courts Monitor, DC Correspondent for Random Lengths News, and DC Correspondent for CityWatch LA. Prior to her career in journalism, Sara was a Vice President at Remington Capital where she focused on Business Development, Arranging Financing, and Determining appropriate Capital Structure on complex transactions. She also was a Business Development Consultant for Jack Kemp at Kemp Capital Partners. Sara has a BA and MBA from Shanghai Jiao Tong & University of Southern California. Ms. Corcoran is excited to assist with helping members of the Mental Health community receive opportunities for improving their quality of living through her efforts with the M.I. Mother’s Keeper organization.
Mr. Delvon Forbes serves not only as a board member but as M.I.’s Entertainment Director as well. Delvon oversees all planning of M.I.’s musical collaborations whether through community outreach initiatives and or fundraising efforts, to include the O.P.I.U.M. band, of which he has managed for over 20 years. As a native of Washington, D.C., Delvon knows the vital role that music and the arts play in helping to keep the community healthy. Delvon actively volunteers with M.I.’s “Moving Men” program & support group and their ongoing men’s outreach initiatives. He has served with the M.I. Mother’s Keeper organization since it was founded and remains committed to volunteering his time towards M.I.’s objectives and mission.
Christopher is a compassionate citizen who has chosen to serve on the M.I. board to offer insight into the plight of the many individuals and families who struggle with mental challenges daily. He has received care in both the Fairfax County and Washington D.C. behavioral health networks and he knows the importance of taking care of the whole person. Often times Christopher has felt that many professionals in the mental health profession overlook the reality of mental health citizens having other interest and health concerns that extend beyond their mental health diagnoses. Christopher feels that many citizens in the mental health community have limited exposures to life enriching and healthy living alternatives and discoveries. Christopher is concerned about today’s mental health professional that uses yesterday’s understanding of mental health circumstances to treat individuals and families.
Christopher knows that the lack of compassion, understanding and acknowledgement will only help to keep many families of mental health exposed to systems that are non-fulfilling and unaccountable to truly helping families in the mental health community with comprehensive and effective care. Christopher wishes to help raise awareness for the many under-served communities and citizens whose mental health trials and tribulations seem more pronounced as the lack of resources & community engagement seem more prevalent in poverty stricken communities like the one where Christopher grew up. These struggles often times divide communities and Christopher’s work with M.I. aims to bring people together regardless of their differences for the greater benefit of all, especially his colleagues in the mental health community.
Mrs. Cynthia Robinson is an Elementary School teacher with the Prince George's County public school system. She earned her B.S. in Child and Adolescent Studies from Bowie State University where she also studied Special Education curriculums and Early Childhood Development. Mrs. Robinson spent 25 years in Health Care Finance prior to realizing her dream of working with and educating the youth. Mrs. Robinson is M.I. Mother’s Keeper’s Director of Child Programming and looks forward to fulfilling her philanthropic duties to the M.I. organization.
Arnetta Rogers is a veteran in the Beauty Culture Industry with over 25 years of experience. She is also a licensed Insurance Producer specializing in retirement solutions. A Visionary at heart, in 2016 her passion for building the industry led her to create a system that would help Beauty Entrepreneurs Nationwide manage and build multi-generational wealth. She is a proud member on the Board of Directors for M.I. Mother's Keeper helping in the cause to build capital and resources for mental health citizens and people in need.
Monique Michelle Smith
M.I. Mother’s Keeper’s Government Liaison representative and board member is Miss Monique Michelle Smith. Miss Smith is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician who has been employed with the District of Columbia’s Fire & EMS agency for the past twenty years. Monique served as the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner 4B03 in the District of Columbia’s ward 4 quadrant of the city from 2008-2010. Monique also spent 8 years as a Pre-K Teacher in the District of Columbia’s private school system, as well as serving as Girl Scout troop co-leader which brought her tremendous joy. Monique completed her studies in early childhood education at the University of the District of Columbia; and her studies in Business Administration at Strayer University in 1994, and 2006 respectively. Monique is the current owner of two small District of Columbia based businesses; Total Look Hair Design, & Roses Floral Design & Special Events. Monique’s dedicated service to M.I. Mother’s Keeper’s mission and community goals are demonstrated daily as she continues to advocate for causes that are dear to the communities that M.I. serves.