Who We Are

Kenyetta Overton, Project Co-Creator
Facilitator, Performance Poet, Visual Artist

Philadelphia native Kenyetta Overton (under the moniker KoKo Hans) has written and performed poetry as a Spoken Word artist since 2001. As KoKo Hans she was a featured poet at the Moonstone Readings series at Robin’s Bookstore in 2003. She was featured at the Black Women’s Arts Festival in 2004 and 2005 and served as a co-coordinator of the 2005 event. Read More

Jamil Overton, Project Co-creator, Project Consultant
Mr. Overton, President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Global Funding Resources and is responsible for the overall direction and management of the company. A native Philadelphian he is a specialist in business development and has been a practicing consultant for more than twenty years. Read More

François A. Dutchie, Esq. – Legal Advisor
Mr. Dutchie, a New York native has worked in the fields of education and law since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. Fluent is in the French language, François began his career as a teaching fellow in the Romance Languages Department of the University of Pennsylvania and continued at the Université de Lyon in southern France where he was an instructor of English and American Civilization. Read More

Renaya Furtick-Wheelan, Ph.D; Psycho-educational Processes – Advisor
A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Renaya Furtick Wheelan is a motivator, life coach, teacher, counselor, trainer and organizational development consultant with expertise as a group psychologist, using a holistic approach to her work in an effort to empower her clients. Read More

Gary Dempsey, MAED, Special Education – Advisor
As a special education professional Philadelphian Gary Dempsey has been an educator for more than 15 years within the Philadelphia Public school system. His expertise focuses on high school students ages 14-21 years old. He serves as a private tutor and mentor for special needs students medically classified as homebound. Read More

Nancy Kreider, MAED, Psychology of Reading – Advisor
A Pennsylvania native, Nancy Kreider has been a teaching professional for the past two decades, specializing in middle school education. Ms. Krieder holds a BS in Secondary Education from Lock Haven State College and an MAED in Psychology of Reading from Temple University. Read More

Monica McIntyre, Musician – Advisor
Ms. McIntyre is a talented cellist, vocalist, and lyricist, who believes that music, is any sound that guarantees no one is mistreated and ensures that those who need the most help get the most help. Read More

Aaren Yeatts Perry, MFA Education – Advisor
Indianapolis native Aaren Perry is the recipient of a Writing Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Bilingual and holding an MFA in Writing from Vermont College, Mr. Perry has worked for 20 years as a poet, writer, and cultural activist.
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