Our Board of Directors

Founder & Executive Director of Home4Me

Donna Lee Reed

Motivational & Inspirational Speaker and Author, Program Designer

Ms. Reed (affectionately known as “Grandma” to many of the youth Home4Me serves) was raised in foster care and is a sought-after Keynote Motivational & Inspirational Speaker & Preacher with a unique and compelling way of inspiring her listeners to take action on following their dreams, pursuing their passion, and making things happen. Donna designed the LEG up on LIFE and STEP UP programs as a guide to becoming the family of the youth Home4Me serves. She is the Visionary of the National Family Empowerment Conference and EXPO and the Founder of Teach Boys And Girls Success (TBAGS). Her passion is in the field of foster care, empowering women and youth through entrepreneurship.

Home4Me Chairperson

Lisa SantiagoMcNeill

Founder of Empowerment Publishing Multi-Media Entrepreneurial Coach, Charlotte, NC
Lisa has experienced homelessness and abuse as a teenager on her own since the age of 13 after running away from her abuser and is very passionate about empowering youth, foster care, and entrepreneurship. She is married to the “Sales Rhino” Brian McNeill.

Home4Me Vice Chairperson

Judith L. Bentley

Health & Insurance Benefits/Consultant,  Charlotte, NC

Judith is very passionate about senior citizens, youth, and intergenerational programming. Judith oversees the 30-Day Health Challenge designed by Home4Me to keep youth and seniors healthy engaged and involved in their health journey. 

Education Consultant - Advisor

Dr. Gerald Martin

Leadership Coach – Educational Consultant – Hartford CT

Dr. Martin is a retired middle school principal who has returned to the field of education as a consultant. Dr. Martin has rebuilt school infrastructures and is a sought-after consultant. Dr. Martin also happens to be the biological uncle of the founder of Home4Me. Ms. Reed wrote a book about her search for her biological family which is how she met her Uncle Gerry and when she realized where her passion for youth education and development comes from.

Inspirational Leader - Consultant - Advocate for Change

Bishop Wade H. Ferguson III

Founder of the IYSH-Up (Man-Up) Project

Inner-City Pastor, Community Advocate, and a Champion for Change. Bishop Ferguson founded the IYSH-Up (Man-Up) Project, which brings men together to discuss racial issues and disparities and how to solve them.  He has a passion for foster care and helping young boys/men aging out of the foster care system prepare/cope with various aspects of life as adults.  This includes their mental, physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual well-being. Bishop Ferguson provides home-cooked healthy meals and spiritual support weekly to anyone who desires hot lunch meals (free of charge). Bishop is hands-on at the Community Kitchen located in the church he pastors and his audience is predominantly men. 

Youth & Young Adult Advocate

Gen "Jennifer" Almonor

Gen “Jennifer” Almonor , Atlanta, GA 

Jennifer is a Senior Business Analyst at a Telecommunication company and the Co-Leader for the Professional Development of the Employee Resource Group. She is passionate about helping teenagers aging out of foster care find permanent housing, enroll in vocational or higher education programs, and learn essential life and money management skills. She is pursuing an MBA  at the University of Arizona, working toward her fifth degree.

Corporate Connector

Andree Fryar

Advocate for Youth and Young Adults

Andree works for Wells Fargo and is very passionate about foster care and the success and well being of youth and young adults in every aspect of their lives. 

College Student - Mentor - "A Voice for Teens in Foster Care"

Tionna Lee Reed

Tionna is a Senior Culinary and Hospitality Major at Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC. Tionna is passionate about children and youth having everything they need to be happy. Adoption and Foster Care is important to hear and she strives to be a voice for youth in foster care. Tionna is an assistant to the Director of the Bridge Program at Livingstone College mentoring new students to college life. She aspires to be an Influencer and YouTuber to inspire her audience to put their trust in God and let Him lead them to their passions and success.   

College Student - Mentor - "A Voice for Teens in Foster Care"

Kay Riley

Kay Riley is a recent (2023) graduate of the Ohio State University, currently focused on earning her master’s degree. Her goal is to open up her facility for struggling women, to help them, get back on their feet emotionally and physically. She is also very passionate about health and well-being! Kay plans to incorporate her mental health background and her ability to help individuals get into shape together. Kay is a Registered Behavior Technician who works with those who are developmentally challenged. Kay aspires to be a social worker to help others.