We here at dfoww, Incorporated pride ourselves on being an inclusive opportunity educational, nonprofit charity organization, and employer. Inclusion at dfoww, Inc. is about creating a culture where people’s differences are welcome!
Ms. Terri Jones – Chair, Board of Directors
Ms. Jones has over 17 years of experience working in the Information Technology field developing software and supporting databases. Being a leader in the Information Technology field, she has managed projects, implemented new systems, and recruited staff members. Currently as the Director of Information Technology of a startup business that specializes in logistics, marketing, and customer relations, she collaborates with industry teams to execute strategies that deliver new technology to retail businesses in the for-profit sector. In many cases, Ms. Jones works alongside relevant software companies and retail businesses to develop new systems that provide B2C services. As a member of dfoww, Incorporated board of directors, her contributions will include, but are not limited to, working in social media marketing, public relations and marketing and technology.
She has earned both a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marketing from Wilmington University. Her hobbies include metalsmithing, jewelry design, sketching fashion illustrations, and painting.
Dr. Whitney J. Adams – Chair, Teaching Committee
Dr. Adams is a current Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She holds a PhD in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design from Clemson University, as well as a PhD Audit from the European Graduate School.
In addition to her PhD, Dr. Adams also holds a Master of Arts in English from the College of Charleston and a Bachelor of Arts/Cognate in Biological Sciences from the University of South Carolina. She is in the process of obtaining her MBA from Berry College. Dr. Adams has taught and held workshops at universities abroad, including the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in Versailles, France and the Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China.
During her time at Clemson, Dr. Adams assisted in creating a Visual Information Design Center. The center helped both students and faculty with visual presentations, the creation of infographics, and understanding how the elements of design create impactful visual communication.
Dr. Adams also has extensive experience in the teaching of technical writing, as well as public speaking and interpersonal communication. At Berry, Dr. Adams is a leader in diversity initiatives, helping to foster better communication between faculty, staff, and students. She recently designed a course on confronting racism where students engage with texts, art, and the spoken word to impart social change.
Dr. Adams has lived in France and South Korea and has traveled to over 30 countries for work and research. She credits traveling as a catalyst – a catalyst allowing her to understand many different cultures and ways of being in the world. Through her education, travel, and personal experiences Dr. Adams knows what it takes to be an effective communicator and listener. She has presented her research and ideas at top international conferences, including universities and events in Belgium, England, Romania, and Spain.
Ms. Tamatha Smith – Teaching Committee
Ms. Tamatha Smith currently serves as an educator for Memphis Shelby County Schools as a Senior Reading Advisor. She has over 17 years of professional teaching experience in Secondary Education. During her career, she has served in the capacity of Special Education teacher, English teacher, high school facilitator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Ambassador, and Director of Summer Transition. Ms. Smith has coached and mentored new and veteran teachers for over 10 years, and she has mentored teenage girls. Ms. Smith currently possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Masters in Special Education Teaching, Masters in Leadership and Administration, and Educational Specialist Degree in Special Education Administration. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Leadership and Policy Studies with an expected completion in 2024.
Ms. Smith’s current role enables her to motivate and inspire high school students and teachers throughout the Memphis Shelby County Schools. More importantly, her current role gives her the opportunity to prepare students for academic success in high school and beyond.
Mr. Aaron Coutee – Teaching Committee
Mr. Coutee has over 5 years in the field of education, working in such roles as a paraprofessional, skills trainer, substitute teacher and a Special Education teacher. Having experienced this wide range of roles, he and developed various methods for working with students who require additional developmentally and emotionally support. Mr. Coutee possesses a calm but firm demeanor while managing and providing academic instruction in the classroom. Mr. Coutee is someone who sees each new school year as an opportunity to employ his philosophy of learning, learning never stops.
Mr. Coutee initially got into the field of education wanting to be a children’s literacy show host, like Levar Burton (Reading Rainbow 1983). Mr. Coutee quickly realized that he would be more effective teaching in a classroom. He has an insatiable reading affinity and enjoys being of service to the community.
Ms. Renee J. Leverette – Editing Committee
Ms. Renée J. Leverette is the Managing State Attorney for The Igwe Firm’s Delaware office. Renée graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Philosophy in 2008 and obtained her Juris Doctor from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2014. She was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 2014. Renée enjoys spending time with her family above all else. She is also a voracious reader, enjoys mentoring, running 5ks, socializing with friends, and football.
Marketing and Social Media Outreach Committee
Mr. Paul S. Swanson – Social Media Manager
Mr. Swanson was born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY, where he resides today. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Empire State College. He has spent the past 22 years working in the Health and Human Service Field in various positions.
Throughout this time, he has learned how to be a leader, advocate and mentor while serving populations within the OPWDD (Office of People with Developmental Disabilities), OASAS (Office of Addiction Services and Supports) and OMH (Office of Mental Health). Some hobbies he enjoys are reading, fishing and working on cars. He hopes to fulfill the mission of the organization by advocating literacy to underprivileged communities.