"Today is the seed time, the hours of work, and tomorrow the harvest." - Du Bois
Allan Houston (Principal; Program Co-Founder) - The recipient of numerous community and sportsmanship awards, Allan continues to demonstrate his commitment to serving the needs of young people through the programs and initiatives of his Foundation and other causes. Setting the Foundation’s mission and playing a hands-on role in the creation of its programs, Allan’s character and dedication are the impetus for the Foundation’s growth into a world-class charitable institution.
Jonathan Herman (Executive Director; Program Co-Founder) - As a long-time entrepreneur and management/marketing consultant, Jonathan helps set the strategic direction of the Foundation, leads the development and growth of its programs, and has formed and supervises the management team. In this role, Jonathan cultivates relationships with national and local partners to ensure that the needs of each staff member and program participants are met, while providing strong management systems for the Foundation’s success.
Trevor Jaha (National Program Director) - With more than four years experience in corporate sales and marketing, Trevor chose a path filled with purpose and passion in founding a company that co-facilitates male development in the NYC Public School System. Joining the Foundation as the Program Director for the Business Education and Development Program, Trevor is responsible for its ongoing operations and has taken a personalized approach in the cultivation of each participant. By recognizing that the first step to success is knowing and believing in oneself, Trevor focuses on balancing universal principles with proven business strategies to develop foundations for a purpose-driven life.
Miko Horn (National Event Manager; Program Coordinator) - As a long-time event and project manager for various sports and entertainment endeavors, Miko Horn leads the planning and execution of “Father Knows Best” and other organizational events. Contributing in various aspects of the Foundation’s operations, Miko plays an important role in executing the vision of the organization and its programs.
Roderick Eugene (New Orleans Program Director) - As an MBA graduate and long-time technology manager with AT&T, Roderick Eugene is heading management operations for BEDP in New Orleans. Roderick is responsible for promoting the program to prospective participants, cultivating support relationships within the local community, developing a strong bas of mentors among the local business community, and ensuring the overall success of the local program.
Leslie Haynes Smith (New Orleans Course Instructor) - With teaching experience at Delgado Community College and entrepreneurial experience of her own, Leslie Haynes Smith provides course instruction and guidance to the twenty-five BEDP participants each semester in New Orleans. Leslie facilitates both the delivery and qualitative adjustments of each curricular component.