Memphis "Beat the Odds" Supporting the positive potential of young people


Would you like to join a team of passionate and fun people making a difference in the lives of youth? 

There are numerous opportunities to help. Find a sub-committee that fits your strengths and interests. For a detailed description of committees and committee responsibilities click here.

Theresa Okwumabua, Executive Director of the Memphis "Beat the Odds" Foundation, would be happy to answer your questions about how you can help the Memphis "Beat the Odds" Foundation.

Memphis "Beat the Odds" Foundation
Board of Directors 


Theresa Montgomery Okwumabua, Ph.D., Chair
NIA Psychological & Health Consultants, Inc.

Angela D. Paige, Secretary
Baptist Memorial Hospital

Crystal Epps,Treasurer


Barbara Andrews
Community Volunteer

Audrey Elion, Ph.D., CPA
Shelby County Schools Mental Health Center
Coordinated School Health

Deborah Glass Frazier
Blues City Cultural Center

Brenda Hardy, M.D.
Womens’ Healthcare Office of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Jebose Okwumabua, Ph.D.
The University of Memphis (Dept of Health and Sports Science)

Chigozi Okwumabua, M.S.
Youth Villages 

Kristin Walker, Ph.D.
Shelby County Schools

Sonya Walton
Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center

Dr. Audrey Elion 
"Strive towards reaching your goals and success will follow”

As a school psychologist with Shelby County Schools, Dr. Elion has had an up close and personal look at the challenges our youth face today. Her interactions with them have solidified her belief in the importance of positive adult roll models in guiding young people and acting as a helping hand as they navigate the treacherous path from childhood to adulthood...CONTINUED

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