Over the last few years, Earica Cole has on many occasions offered support to children and families in need by way of financial assistance, clothing, food, laptops, holiday wish-lists and child-tutoring sessions. She's decided to expand her philanthropic services by helping more children, young adults and families in underserved communities.
Earica has created a foundation to support her numerous charitable activities under one umbrella, J. Alexander's Foundation LLC. This foundation will honor the legacy of her late father, Jerome Alexander, and continue to support children and families in underserved areas across the country. It has always been Earica’s passion to aid others and this foundation will be her way to do just that.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board of Directors
The selection process for the Foundation Board of Directors comprised of electing members who are influential in the community; who have the potential of soliciting financial contributions for the benefit of families in need; who are well connected with other members of their communities who have the potential to support the organization; who are willing to assist the organization; and who have appropriate social skills and can encourage others to be involved with and supportive of the organization’s mission, programs and goals.
Serving on the Board of Directors for J. Alexander's Foundation LLC is strictly a volunteer position. Board members receive no financial compensation for their participation either from Earica or from any of the foundation proceeds or endowments.
Earica Cole holds the highest rank within a well-known, multi-level sales and marketing company. In 2020, she was introduced to the world as a seven-figure earner. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she launched ‘Kids are Counting on Us,’ a Math Tutoring program developed to assist elementary through middle-school children affected by pandemic-related school closures. The program relies on the assistance of certified teachers to provide their time, expertise, and resources for a very worthy and much needed Math Tutoring Facebook Group – provided free of charge to all participants.
Because of the financial success and opportunities afforded to her, Earica has decided to concentrate her financial resources to developing several other philanthropic projects. By establishing J. Alexander’s Foundation, LLC, she is able to assist children and young adults from underserved communities, children who have been diagnosed with Sickle Cell, and families who have been impacted by COVID-19. "Our main priorities are providing funding for programs that support educational, social, and charitable activities that benefit underserved communities and those in general need,” said Cole, when asked for a brief explanation of her mission and expectations of her foundation.
Founder and President
Maleika Lawson was born in Gainesville, FL and is a product of Duval County Public Schools. As an educator for 19 years, Maleika has served as a Teacher, Reading Specialist, Literacy Instructional Coach, and now currently serves as an Elementary Assistant Principal.
Maleika began her career in 2001, in Jacksonville, FL. After 13 successful years in the Duval County Public Schools, her family relocated to the DC Metro area, where she became a Reading Specialist for District of Columbia Public Schools. After five years with DCPS, Maleika was promoted to Assistant Principal, where she oversees the literacy and special education departments. Maleika is passionate about data-driven instruction and improving the achievement of struggling readers.
Maleika received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Jacksonville University, and her Master’s degree in Reading Education from Nova Southeastern University.
Eara Simpson was born and raised in the panhandle of Florida during an error of segregation. She was raised by a Church of God in Christ Founder and Pastor, former Navy veteran and sharecropper father and a stay-at-home mother. She was the 12th of 18 children. Eara had two biological daughters and one son, but God gave her a heart to raise and nurture several young women as a ministry. Eara often had foster girls and helped raise three of her goddaughters.
For the past 35 years, Kathy Levine has been an Analyst with Ally Financial. She is also presently the Operating Manager of Earica Cole, LLC, as well as the Owner and Operator of Faith Works Agency LLC. Kathy is also member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority Incorporated, and owns and manages a very successful jewelry business.
Joedrecka S. Brown Speights,
Joedrecka is a Professor and Chair at Family Medicine and Rural Health, Florida State University College of Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and fellowship-trained in maternal child health (MCH). Her experience includes medical director of a National Community Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Office of Women’s Health, Department of Health and Human Services, where she enjoyed full scope Family Medicine, including operative obstetrics and global health.
She is an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity through the Atlantic Institute and George Washington University. Her primary practice location is FSU Primary Health, Tallahassee, Florida. She and her husband, Gregory, co-Pastor University Ministries International in Tallahassee. She is the founder of JBS Ministries, the Edna S. Brown Foundation, and the Dr. Jo Show, which focuses on holistic health, education, empowerment, philanthropy and helping people traverse crises successfully. She is actively involved in service locally, regionally, and wellness and equity promotion nationally and internationally. Her interests include promotion of MCH equity especially through clinical care, community-engaged research, education, and empowerment of women and girls; wellness promotion and excellent living; spreading the love of Christ; exploring food and culture; physical activity and outdoor adventures; traveling (pre-covid); and spending time with Gregory, family and friends.
Besides serving on the board of J. Alexander’s Foundation, LLC, she also participates in board activities for the following:
-Tallahasse Memorial HealthCare Board of Directors
-Capital Medical Society Foundation Board
-Moffitt Cancer Center Board of Directors
-Senior Fellow Advisory Board, Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity, GW
Vera McNeil is a retired human resources director for multiple cable network operations.
She remains and has always been dedicated to serving, giving and supporting others throughout her career and personal endeavors.
She has aspirations of becoming a property manager in her secondary career, and is a proud and loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt
Karen Pedigo is the owner and managing operator of The Corner House Bed & Breakfast in Nicholasville, KY. She is also the CEO of Pedigo Investment Company, a property investment company and the Founder of The Elier Vela Foundation, a non-profit organization to support military troops.
Additionally, Karen owns Give Me The Bling Paparazzi Jewelry, and in her spare time she loves to hand quilt and sew.
Keyona King-Tsikata, MPH, is Sr. Director of Health Equity and Access and Sr. Director of the Socioeconomic Status (SES) portfolio of the American Psychological Association. She is responsible for directing, overseeing, facilitating and promoting psychology's contribution to 1) advancing health equity and access; and 2) the understanding of SES and the lives and well-being of low-income and economically disadvantaged populations. As such, Ms. King-Tsikata works to develop and facilitate relationships and activities to advance psychology as a major force in research, education, policy and advocacy related to Health Equity and SES. She received her B.S. in Health Science from the University of Florida and her MPH from University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health.