Board of Directors
Board President, Nicole Massie has been surrounded by the value of education since her youth. She became a third-generation educator in her family when she taught high school Biology. Nicole has incorporated education and equipping others in her current career path as well. She spent 6 years at Dallas County Health and Human Services working with HIV services. She also spent the last 8 years working at a major health insurance company, where she has provided countless hours of training and education to physician practices and internal staff.
Nicole began leading small group Bible studies at the age of 17 and is dedicated to equipping others in their Christian lives. She has also served as mentor trainer a local non-profit organization for the last 4 years.
Nicole and her husband are licensed foster parents and have a 2-year-old son. They believe their mission is to provide a safe haven for traumatized children and to impact their lives for as long as they can.
Jacquetta Haygood has been in education for 25 years. She began her career in education as a paraprofessional in a Special Education Content Mastery Classroom at DeSoto West Middle School in DeSoto, Texas. She was recruited by Region 10 to pursue a teaching certification within Special Education and her journey of impacting the lives of children began. Her post-secondary education began at UT in Arlington before moving to Ft. Collins, Colorado where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Colorado State University in 1992. In 2006, she earned a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Her final journey in higher education is earning her Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She has earned an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S) from Liberty and currently holds the credentials of Doctorate of Education, All But Dissertation (ABD).
Jacquetta will begin her 11th year in administration serving as an assistant principal at Mansfield High School with Mansfield ISD. She has served as an administrator at all grade levels to include various Title I campuses; 5 years at the high school level, 3 years at the elementary level and 3 years at the intermediate level. She has served as a principal for 2 years at an elementary school in Lawton, Oklahoma before moving back home to the Dallas area when her husband retired in 2014 after 27 years of service as an Army Doctor of Audiology. She began her career as an administrator in Lawton after 14 years as a high school special education teacher. During her teaching career, she served 10 years as the high school head cheerleading coach. Her husband’s military transfers has afforded her 17 years of experiencing frequent reassignments to various states, along with new teaching assignments within many school districts. In addition, the military transfers and experiences has helped develop her leadership capacity to effectively operate in various systems and structures within any school district.
In 1996, she met her husband of 19 years, Norvis in Mesquite, Texas. They are proud parents of two wonderful children; 17-year-old son Keelan who is in the 11th grade at Mansfield Hill High School and 13-year-old daughter Keeambre who is in the 7th grade at Collegiate Academy Middle School in Cedar Hill, Texas. When Jacquetta is not spending time at the school or with her family; she is an active member of Point of Light Church in Cedar Hill, Texas. She serves as the Director of the Adult Dance Ministry and teaches Children’s Church.
LaKesha Brown is a Corporate Communications Director for McKesson Corporation, a global leader in healthcare ranked 7th on the FORTUNE 500.
Prior to McKesson, LaKesha was the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager at American Airlines. She was responsible for developing communication and engagement strategies to drive measurable business results in growing core multicultural/diverse consumer markets: Hispanic, Black, Asian, Disability, LGBTQ and Women.
Her previous role at American supported the commercial organization – specifically, initiating and implementing communications strategies for the announcement of new flights, airline partnerships and alliances, mitigation for reduction of flights, corporate sales and marketing.
An end-to-end communications professional who handles all facets of communications related to areas of responsibilities – executive/leadership, internal, external, government/regulatory affairs, crisis, operational, social media, reputational risk and B2B. She is responsible facilitating media interview prep and training, client advisory panels and other key leadership sessions to further expand the company’s brand.
Prior to America, LaKesha was Assistance Vice President of change readiness communication at JPMorgan Chase for seven years, where she was responsible for the Corporate and Investment Bank’s internal and external communications and marketing.
During her 20-year career, Brown has held various roles in communications, marketing, public relations, diversity, and community relations. Prior to JPMorgan, Brown worked at the headquarters of Blockbuster Inc., where she assumed responsibility for communications, events, diversity and community relations. Brown started her career as a junior account executive for an entertainment PR firm where her clients included best-selling authors, athletes, musicians and actors.
LaKesha is currently pursuing her Executive MBA from Howard University in Washington DC. She already holds a Master of Science in Business Management from Texas A&M University at Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (magna cum laude) from the University of Texas at Arlington.
In 2018, LaKesha was recognized by Walker’s Legacy, an organization created in honor of Madam C.J. Walker, the first self-made American woman millionaire, with the Distinguished Power Award in 2018.
She was one of 150 women nationally to receive the organization’s distinguished Power Award for 2018. In Dallas, only 15 women received the honor.
She is the proud mother of two children – Myles and Autumn. Also, she is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Beta Mu Omega Chapter in Fort Worth, where she has served in leadership positions.