Jessica Ballard, President of Micah Speaks Kid Camp, founded this organization to help parents like herself and children like her son Micah. Micah has received speech and occupational therapy since the age of 2 years old. He is enrolled in special education classes, speech, and occupational therapy services at school. Jessica felt that Micah could be much further along if he could receive more services while school is in and out of session. So Jessica came up with a plan to help Micah and others in the same situation. Jessica started the non-profit to the kids that could not get on the waiting list to get a medical diagnosis for Autism due to the extensive waiting period of 12 months in her state Louisiana. The camp is designed for all children and offers services for those with special needs such as developmental delay, mild autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and more. Jessica, President, wants to change lives and watch the children make strides to achieve all of their academic goals and have fun while doing so. Jessica came up with a 6 week summer camp program that involves speech therapy, occupational therapy, arts & crafts, and fun field trips. While school is in session, Jessica established an after school program to keep the children engaged, motivated, and to assist with overall academic achievement. Micah Speaks Kid Camp is the best place all children with a learning curve to thrive.
Jessica Ballard, Founder/ President of Micah Speaks Kid Camp
Charmaine Harris Kennedy, earned a Bachelors or Science in Human Services from
Baker College. Currently Charmaine is the Education Coordinator at Services to
Enhance Potential, a non-profit agency that provides vocational services to individual
with disabilities. Charmaine is also a license realtor in the State of Michigan. Charmaine
serves as the Director of Employment and Training for the Inkster Boys and Girls Youth
Summer Enrichment Camp as well as a group facilitator and mentor. Charmaine has
recently taking on the role of Chief Administrator for the Southwest Block Club
Association of Inkster; the Southwest Block Club has been a model of excellence in
community and business development for 29 years. Charmaine is actively involved in
local government and aspires to one-day lead the city as Mayor. Charmaine believes that
we can empower or communities through mentoring, education, and patience.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Ashley Williams worked for 15 years in marketing strategy and business management, propelling hair salons and ecommerce businesses to the next level of success.
In 2016, Ashley created the Exceptional Services Agency with her values of integrity, accountability, leadership, and drive, sharing her passion of working with leaders devoted to small and mid-size businesses. She successfully launched lines of products and increased customer growth and profits for Up On Deck, a navy-owned flight deck attire business, using lean startup methodology and tactical marketing.
Ashley achieves her clients’ objectives with proactive ideas and tools in combination with her authenticity and commitment to excellence. She manages operations, improves productivity, and strategizes the required changes for businesses.
Dr. Marquia Whitehead is an educator, life and career coach, professional writer, and entrepreneur who possesses a Doctorate in Education, specifically Educational Leadership, Master of Arts in English, and Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a minor in Marketing. Additionally, she received a Graduate Certification in Professional Writing. Starting her career at Louisiana State University as an English Professor, she previously served as an Assistant Director of Multicultural Recruitment and an
Assistant Director of Retention & Student Success. She also served as the Director of Education at Blue
Cliff College. Currently, she is the owner of Dr. Kia Consulting, Adjunct English Professor, and College
Advisor. Collectively, Dr. Whitehead has over ten years of experience in education.
Diona Hamilton is originally from New Iberia, Louisiana and now resides in Dallas Texas. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University-Eunice with a degree in Science and is currently continuing her education at UTA. Diona is strong minded and highly sales driven. She has continuously sold over one million dollars in sales every year for the last ten years in her field of commission sales, and has received several awards and accolades. Diona also donates her time and money to several charities in her community. Diona is looking forward helping bring the vision and success of Micah Speaks Kid Camp to light.
Elizabeth murphy received her bachelors of fine art from Pratt institute in 2008 she then went on to receive a masters in special education in 2012 working in and out of the public and private educational sector. She then went on to be an entrepreneur running in owning three luxury boutiques in Manhattan New York. After selling off her business she is now gone on to work towards her PhD from the University of Phoenix . In conjunction with her educational background and a PhD in business management and her passion for advocacy she will help achieve the mission.
Tonikia is a child of The Most High God, Wife, Mother, Daughter & Woman of color. This is my ministry, my mission, and my life's work. As a Certified Life Coach, Spiritual Mentor, Certified Mindful Instructor Motivational Speaker, and Minister. My goal is to Glorify God by serving. Tonikia's role with Micah Speaks Kid Camp is an advisor.