Our Board of Directors
Mr. Lenon Brooker
Mrs. DeeAndria Brown
Mrs. Lula Cleckley
Mrs. Cleckley stands firm on her favorite scripture Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Mrs. Elizabeth Coaxum
Mrs. Elizabeth Freeman Coaxum is a native of Johns Island, South Carolina. She is the widow of the late Rev. James Coaxum, Jr. They are parents of 4 successful children, Carla, James III, Sonya, and Saundra.
Rev. Dr. James Coaxum, III
Mrs. Saundra Coaxum
Saundra Coaxum-Akoh is the youngest daughter of Reverend James and Mrs. Elizabeth Coaxum. She currently resides in Brockton, MA. Though she is many miles from home, she is a proud product of John's Island, South Carolina. She recieved her Bachelor of Arts in English from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. She matriculated to Harvard Graduate School of Education where she earned her M.Ed in Secondary English.
Saundra has taught every level of K12. Saundra has taught high school in both the Sequoia Union High School district in Northern California and with the Atlanta Public School System. She has been teaching in Boston Public Schools since 2000. While teaching in BPS, she has mentored a number of Boston Teacher Residents, Boston College, Boston University and Harvard Graduate Students of Education students as well as pre-practicum students. She has also been a part-time New Teacher Developer.
Saundra has always been an active member of the Instructional Leadership Team and Governance Council. She was an Induction Coach at Boston Plan For Excellence. She is currently a teacher leader at Dudley Street Elementary School. She is in her 25th year of teaching. Though Saundra has been teaching for a while, her curriculum and pedagogy is continuously evolving.
More importantly, Saundra enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. You can catch on any given day working in her garden, practicing yoga and meditation or hanging out in the Sweet Carolinas on any extended break.
Dr. Sonya Coaxum
Mrs. Paulette Cryer
The Lord has done great things for Sister Cryer. She is humbled and truly glad. Her daily prayer is, “Lord, help me to help someone as I pass along the way.” Her favorite scripture is I Corinthians 15:58, “Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
Ms. Candice O. Freeman
Mrs. Carla Malonda
Rev. Kimberly Snipe
Rev. Kimberly Initha Snipe is the niece of Rev. James Coaxum, Jr. She is the eldest daughter of his sister Hestelle Brown. She has been married to Joseph Snipe for 31 years. They actually live in the renovated childhood home of Rev. Coaxum. God blessed them with adult children Stepson Jarrard, Daughters Danielle & Allyson Snipe. God saw fit to make an addition to their family on September 7, 2015 their beautiful granddaughter Ava Initha & grandson Karson. She completed her undergraduate education at Rev. Coaxum’s alumni South Carolina State University. She has also completed a graduate degree at Purdue University. Kimberly also became an ordained minister in 2011. So, her Uncle influenced her life in many aspects.