To narrow the opportunity gap and increase academic equity  by reducing the barriers that inhibit success in and out of school.



To motivate students for learning, to inspire academic curiosity, and to increase student confidence in the practice of problem-solving



We believe that all children can learn to do well when given support, encouragement and confidence.

Our Values


About Us

   Grade A Plus Incorporated, was renamed and created a new vision in January 2017. Originally known as For His Glory, Inc., and founded by the Rev. Wesley G. Threat (emeritus) and Dr. Janice Dawson-Threat, in 2000,  it has always served as an all-volunteer, community-based Not-for-Profit agency. 


     Our commitment to service is rooted deeply in our love for the community. Our mission? To link community together through service and education, "Learn to do well" is the program motto.

    Today, we continue to guide youth toward becoming positive members of society and gaining the confidence and independence needed to reach their full potential as learners in and out of school. We believe we are encouraging the leaders and achievers of tomorrow to do well. Our mission today is to Invest in You. 

Meet The Team

Our Board

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Dr. Janice Dawson-Threat 

GAP Founder & Executive Director (2000)

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Tami Benus, CPA 

T Benus Associates, LLC

GAP Finance Director (2013) 

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Dr. Tunde Akinmoladun 

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center -Office of Public Health 

GAP Governance & Policies Director (2013) 

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Dr. Clyde L. Ruffin 

Second Missionary Baptist Church, Senior Pastor 

GAP Church Relations Director (2013) 

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LaShauna Guy  

Family Leader 

GAP Chairman of the Board (2020)

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Lady Rhonda Butler  

MU Administrative Assistant 

GAP Church Relations Director & Secretary of the Board (2019)

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Larry Lambert 

Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Company, Associate General Counsel

GAP Legal & Risk Management Director  (2019)

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Fran Muench 

First Presbyterian Church, Business Director

GAP Business Relations Director (2019)

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Kay Whittler  

Financial Services Director 

GAP Legal & Risk Management Director (2019)

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Lee Merrick

CPA, Williams Keepers

GAP Finance Chair (2020)

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Randy Minchew


De Line Holdings

GAP Strategic Marketing Director(2020)

Our Helpers



Community Volunteer Leaders

GAP Heroes:

Student Management Leaders 

- Ian Campbell (2017), Graduate Math Student Team Leader

- Kal Bielawski (2020), Marketing Student Team Leader

- Jack Gunsten (2020), IT Team Student Leader 

- Suzie Nahach (2018), Webpage Leader

Skill Development Leaders 

Emilee Dent (2019), Primary Development Leader 

Truman Runyan (2019), Reading Development Leader

Elana Erickson (2019), Writing Development Leader 


- Second Missionary Baptist Church of Columbia 

- MU Service Learning

- MU Graduate Math Department 

- MU College of Education 

- Almeta Crayton Community Programs 

- Columbia Educational Robotics Foundation (CERF)

- Macher Swim Club 

Community Volunteer Leaders:

Ada & Jerome Thompson (2017), Food Service Team Leaders

Executive Advisory Committee:

Dr. Stephen-Montgomery Smith (2016)

Prof. Phil Peters (2017) 


- Heart of Missouri United Way

-City of Columbia, Human Services

Support Team Members:

Transportation Team 

David Briscoe (2014), Kentrell Minton (2016), Tim Hudspeth (2018)

Program Assistants 

Elijah Montgomery-Smith, (2017)

Michelle Wyatt, (2018)