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!
Mr. Tasmai Vulli -Committee Chair
Tasmai Vulli is an undergraduate student double majoring in Neuroscience and Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Vulli enjoys chess, reading, writing, sketching and boxing. His understanding of the importance of education – especially education focused on reading and writing proficiency in building a more united community – is why Mr. Vulli decided to join dfoww, Incorporated.
Mrs. Alexus Walker – Committee Chair
Mrs. Alexus Walker was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Because of an early passion for helping others, she started volunteering at a young age at various organizations throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area, including Zoo Atlanta and Emory Midtown Hospital. She volunteered as an AmeriCorp leader, where she had the pleasure of managing multiple functions including the food pantry, literacy drive, MLK day and many other events. Alexus has worked with students at Emory University and Yale University.
She has been in the education field for five years and continues to teach and mentor in the classroom. She became a teacher because she saw the educational gap in her community and wanted to help make a change. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Information Technology with hopes of bringing quality STEM-based education to her community. Mrs. Walker is driven to developing her skills as a teacher. She embraces any opportunity for professional development.
Mrs. Walker has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages, especially children. She enjoys spending time with family, journaling, and gardening in her leisure time. Mrs. Walker is passionate about the work being done at dfoww, Inc., and is excitedto help the organization grow so that it will continue to be a valuable resource to the community.
Mrs. Miracle E. Brown, J.D.
Mrs. Miracle Brown earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and earned a Juris Doctorate from Miles Law School. She currently serves as a Senior Billing Administrator at State Farm.
Mrs. Brown has extensive experience in criminal justice, probation and parole, court advocacy, public housing, and social services. She believes that with goal setting and encouragement anyone will overcome barriers to education and self-sufficiency. Mrs. Brown is passionate about social justice and advocacy. She wants to do all that she can to help dfoww, Inc. carry out its mission of creating and providing accessible literacy education resources to the community.
Ms. Crystal Reese
Ms. Reese, a native of Thomson, GA, has always been an avid reader. Surrounded by a family of educators, she knew early on that her purpose was to help people reach their academic goals. Ms. Reese currently serves as a schoolteacher in Washington, DC, after having chased the dream of working in education as early as high school. She enrolled in classes that gave her exposure to interacting with youth, especially those who might have otherwise been ignored in the classroom setting. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia and her master’s degree in Counselor Education from Clemson University. She has had various roles that have enabled her to work with students from K-12 and even those on the collegiate level. While at the University of Georgia, she busied herself with tutoring and volunteering for different programs within the Athens area that aided low-income, minority students.
She truly believes education is directly correlated to quality of life and wants to help others pursue their goals. Ms. Reese hopes to support the dfoww, Inc. mission by making sure that students who otherwise might not have had a fair shot, are given just that.
Ms. Maya Evans
Ms. Maya Evans is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics, as well as a graduate of Cleveland State University, where she earned a Master of Education in Literacy Development and Instruction.She found her passion for volunteer work first as a Teacher of English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL), and then as an AmeriCorps member while serving as a College Completion Coach at Lakeland Community College.In her spare time, she thoroughly enjoys reading, listening to music and podcasts; singing, and watching true crime television.
Foreign Language Committee
Dr. Molina earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Old Dominion University in 2019 and published two reading articles titled Incorporating IStation into Early Childhood Classrooms to Improve Reading Comprehension in 2017 and The Impact of a Teacher’s Implementation of the ReadWorks Digital Reading Program on Second Graders’ Reading Fluency and Comprehension Test Scores in 2018. She also earned a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Liberty University in 2004. Additionally, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from U.C. Berkeley California in 1997. She has earned a Paralegal certificate from Liberty University in 2020.
She learned to read, write and speak Spanish and some German while in high school and college. Bilingual in Spanish and English, language has always fascinated Dr. Molina, who plans to graduate with a degree in paralegal studies October 2020 from Liberty University. She has taught elementary school subjects such as reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies for over 14 years. Currently, she teaches English to adult learners who are learning it as a second language through her volunteer work with Peninsula READS, a non-profit organization.
Mr. Stephen Coats
Mr. Stephen Coats, born and raised in Atlanta, GA, has always had a passion for getting involved and volunteering in his community. Working as a young teaching assistant in Sunday school, Stephen discovered his drive for teaching. Alongside years of volunteering with local nonprofit organizations, Stephen graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in International Affairs and Spanish. In early 2013, Stephen left the United States to explore, learn, contribute, and be a part of cultures far outside his own. He taught, volunteered, and lived for almost five years in countries like Mexico, Colombia, and Chile. Upon returning to the United States, Stephen returned to working for nonprofit organizations. He created, developed, and delivered programs like financial literacy and entrepreneurship classes to communities in nine different states.
Mr. Coat’s passion has always been about equipping people with the tools and information they need to continue to improve their own lives. He believes in everyone’s potential to succeed. He works to help break down barriers so that each and every person can be fulfilled and accomplished. His interests include traveling, board games, and baking.
Ms. Lorrdyn Boulay
Ms. Boulay is a native to the Columbus area of Georgia and finished her degree at Georgia State University. Her degree is in English with a concentration in rhetoric and composition. She loves volunteering and giving back to the community. She also loves reading, writing, film and learning more about the world and everything in it. Lorrdyn is a proponent for higher education and hopes that she can make a difference by bringing literacy to those in need while learning more about the nonprofit world.
Marketing and Social Media Outreach Committee
Mr. Sidney Bohanen
Mr. Sidney Bohanen began helping others by volunteering within the Detroit Public School System. Over time, he has volunteered at several organizations within his community and worked with individuals of all ages. Mr. Bohanen is passionate about empowering and advocating for women to conquer the cultural challenges of our society. Currently, Mr. Bohanen is working as a Clinical Mental Health Intern to improve the well-being of others. He is also completing his master’s degree at the University of Phoenix.
Mr. Paul S. Swanson
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.
Ms. Demi Famisan
Ms. Famisan lives in the Los Angeles area and earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Riverside. As an immigrant and first-generation college student, she is very passionate about education and its ability to reduce poverty. She has been a tutor for years, and in university, she worked as a supplemental instruction leader conducting her own discussion style tutoring sessions for traditionally difficult courses such as calculus and biology. While STEM disciplines fascinate her, Ms. Famisan also has a deep love for reading novels and prose poetry. She hopes to share her love for learning through dfoww, Inc. by carrying out its mission in advocating accessible literacy programs to under-served communities.