Board of Directors

JOANNA UBIWA-WEDDERBURN, Psy.D, CHAIR

Dr. JoAnna Ubiwa-Wedderburn received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond in Psychology and Rhetoric & Communication; Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University; and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Ubiwa-Wedderburn enjoys helping couples and individuals address their relationship conflicts to improve their relationships with others. She has worked in outpatient/community mental health; public school settings; a college counseling center; and a hospital setting. Her areas of specialty include depression, life transitions, problems related to self-esteem, infidelity, and couples therapy.

JENIFER HOLLAND, MPA, MA, VICE CHAIR

Ms. Jenifer Holland leads JLG Consulting, which offers coaching, leadership and team development, strategy, financial sustainability and expert governance support to help leaders achieve social purpose and social change. Her passion is helping clients use breakthrough moments to achieve more together than what could ever be imagined alone. A seasoned program designer, Ms. Holland has developed peer cohort groups focused on governance, race equity, and social entrepreneurship. She holds an MPA from Columbia University and a BA from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Ms. Holland is a proud board member with the Restoration Center, Inc. and committee member with Mental Health America.

NATALIE BEE, B.A., SECRETARY

Ms. Natalie Bee has a strong administrative background with over 37 years of experience in the healthcare environment.  She has worked as the Research Coordinator for the Institutional Review Board (human research protections) and in different areas of Human Resources.

Ms. Bee is also an author and poet with three published books of inspirational poetry.  She is a member of Abundant Life Church in Florence, SC.  Ms. Bee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Coker College.

LAURETTA BECKETT, TREASURER

Ms. Lauretta Beckett is an educator with almost 30 years of experience working with children and families, within public school systems in New York, California, and Maryland. She spent twenty-two years as a classroom teacher working with both general education students and students with special needs and partnering with community agencies to serve students.  For the last seven years, she has served as a middle school administrator in Montgomery County Public Schools.

Ms. Beckett is a passionate advocate for students and families and believes that a healthy and strong partnership between families and their local school, results in mentally healthy students, students who excel academically and contribute to the larger society.

GARY L. PRIEST, MEMBER

Mr. Gary L. Priest has worked in the Counseling and Human services field for over 25 years working with youth/teens; the aging; and families.  He is a focused team leader with a history of working well with others to reach a common goal.  Mr. Priest has crisis management experience helping individuals and groups develop plans for improvement and success.

Mr. Priest is involved in community service organizations in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan area including; 100 Black Fathers of D.C. and OC250 Community Program in East Baltimore.

 

CHRISTLE PARKS, ADVISORY MEMBER

Christle Parks is a Senior Integrated Marketing Specialist with Radio One – Urban One; with 12 years of tenure this Summer 2017. She has 25+ years of media marketing, employed with companies such as USA Today and Comcast Spotlight. Ms. Parks’ area of expertise focuses on networking and branding media solutions for churches, businesses and nonprofit organizations. She is also affiliated with Nubia Filmworks, a premier motion picture and television production company.

Mrs. Parks holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from Norfolk State University. She is a “Basketball Mom” who has traveled from state to state watching her son play the game of basketball and now she enjoys watching his college games. She is a member of Calvary Gospel Church in Waldorf, MD, and has 3 young adult children and 1 adorable grandson.

DEBRA REED, ADVISORY MEMBER

Debra Reed is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Ms. Reed works at D.C. Public Schools as a Specialist in the Youth Engagement Division. She serves as a field practicum instructor in the School of Social Work for Howard University, Catholic University and University of Alabama. Ms. Reed joined the Reid Temple Restoration Center, Inc. Board of Directors in February of 2017.

Ms. Reed has over 20 years of diversified clinical social work practice offering psychotherapy, supervision, training and consultation. Her areas of expertise include childhood trauma, grief and loss, and domestic violence. Ms. Reed’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Howard University.

SONJA WIGGINS, ADVISORY MEMBER

Ms. Sonja Wiggins is an administrative professional with over 20 years of experience in the non-profit association field specializing in membership and governance affairs. She was appointed to the Restoration Center’s Board of Directors in February of 2017. She has been a member of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church since 2015.

Ms. Wiggins holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland University College and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.