The Grade A Plus, Inc. team works to monitor, develop, and implement the Academic Support and Enrichment Programs and is composed of various individuals who dedicate their efforts towards investing in youth.
Board of Directors
Chairperson of the Board
I began working with Grade A Plus Inc. through a job readiness program when I was 16 yrs old. As the mother of a child in the program, I continue to support with the hopes of sharing with more families the experiences, community, and encouragement that have positively impacted my family for two generations.
Introduced to Dr. Threat through a co-worker, I quickly discovered her sincere passion for helping children in the community. It is a reward to work along side Dr. Threat and other team members who are advocating for children in the community by providing them with educational and enrichment opportunities.
Lady Rhonda Butler
Joining the board for Grade A Plus Incorporated came through ministry connection with the Executive Director, who I fondly call Dr. "J". Being married 38 years to a pastor makes me appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this organization. As I've witnessed first hand the powerful affect this non-profit organization has on the overall well-being of those it serves, literally saving lives through academic success.
Strategic Marketing Director
I first learned about and worked with Grade A Plus as a project manager in a professional development class at the University of Missouri. In grade school I struggled to learn math and fell behind my classmates. It wasn't until I started getting tutoring that I was able to catch up. However tutoring services are a privilege not all families can afford. Everyone deserves a chance to succeed in school and I know I wouldn't be where I am today without the support I received.
Fund Development Director
Having met Dr. Janice Dawson-Threat fifteen years ago at a Chamber of Commerce event, I joined the Grade A Plus, Inc team as Treasurer. Over this time, I moved into the position as Fund Development Director and Fundraising Chair. As the Program has progressed with each year, it has been a blessing to assist in its growth in meeting the needs of youth in Columbia!
Business Relations Director
My time with Grade A Plus began when I was employed as a Project Coordinator for the organization. Serving in this role gave me the opportunity to see the positive impact Grade A Plus makes in the lives of the student participants and the volunteers. After making a career change, I’ve continued my involvement as a board member.
Executive Advisory Committees
Corporate Funding & Capital Development Committee
This committee establish and maintain an annual on-going funding development schedule that advances the organization’s services and creates funding streams to acquire a larger operating space within the next three years through CDBG Grants, Capital Funding, and other sources.
Marketing Development Committee
This committee manages marketing and promotions for committees activities, programs, and fundraising activities.
Program Development & Support Committee
The Program Development and Support Committees develop/guide the academic programs and enrichment activities, as well as provide family, food, and transportation support for youth and families enrolled at Grade A Plus.