My love and passion to see people become their better self is the reason why Fertile Ground is such a perfect fit. Empowering, engaging and encouraging young women to reach their fullest potential creates stronger families, communities and inevitably the world! #RippleEffect
Stephanie Mapp Vice-Chair
Manager, Benefits/Total Rewards
My personal manifesto includes putting God first, and living life to the fullest. As a new member of the esteemed Fertile Ground Board of Directors, I look forward to serving our mentees, as they too live their lives to the fullest, while developing into strong and confident young women.
Edrice Bell Secretary
Director of Science and Social Studies
It is an honor to be a board member because I have a passion for helping people, especially young people. I believe in the vision and mission of Fertile Ground - to aid in getting young women to see their innovative and extraordinary selves; young women who BELIEVE and TRULY KNOW they can be and do anything.
Marla Jamison Treasurer
Senior Manager of Analytics Consulting Firm
One thing my mom taught me growing up was if I get a good education, work hard and don’t ever give up on my goals and aspirations, I can be and have anything I want. I want to share that same lesson with other women and let them know the impossible is always possible and Fertile Ground is a great organization for me to share this personal lesson with.
Public Health Professional, Author, andScreenwriter
I thoroughly enjoy working with children and adolescents. I’m excited and honored to bring my public health and writing experience to Fertile Ground.
I get excited by new people and new ideas. Fertile Ground gives me an opportunity to learn and grow while serving a cause greater than myself.
I am excited about Fertile Ground because I am the product of its efforts. As a first generation college graduate I can personally relate to a community that sowed value and knowledge into me. Surrounded by successful mentors growing up aided me in my journey to become the first to graduate college and the first lawyer in my family. I know the Fertile Ground formula works because it has worked for me. And I am excited to help shape and form the next generation of successful women.
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
I am excited about Fertile Ground because it is a space that provides opportunities for girls to find socio-emotional and educational empowerment, to (re)define who they are.
As a Fertile Ground board member, I enjoy working with my fellow board members to develop and execute programs and activities that help expose young girls to learning opportunities they might not necessarily have the option of experiencing. Whether it is a college campus tour, a museum visit or the opportunity to work with a mentor, I believe that Fertile Ground is helping to shape the future leaders of tomorrow, one girl at a time.
Retired Teacher, ABC In-Home Tutoring Services
I am truly fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of an award-winning mentoring program for the past 17 years as a mentor. My success with Fertile Ground has been led by my passion and dedication in supporting the educational workshops, cultural arts experiences, college tours, and community arts programs. Now, it is an honor and a privilege to serve as a board member. I look forward to using my gifts and talents to continue in providing opportunities to nurture and empower our young ladies to become successful and productive that will last a lifetime.