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Mikey’s Miracle Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit, 501c3 organization created as a tribute to the amazing life, character and unwavering faith of Michal Sharon Neverdon-Merritt, PhD. On January 25, 2016, Michal, affectionately known as Mikey, transitioned after a lengthy and courageous battle with colon cancer. Although her physical presence is no longer here, her spirit and legacy will continue to live on through the lives of others who will be supported by Mikey’s Miracle Foundation, Inc. For cancer did not win this battle; in fact, the victory has just begun.
Mikey’s Miracle Foundation, Inc., is the vision realized of Jade Nicole Neverdon Merritt, Mikey’s daughter. In November 2015, Jade took a leave of absence from work to care for her mother along with a host of family members and friends until Mikey’s transition. Through this process, it became clear to Jade that cancer is a disease that not only affects the patient, but also the patient’s family, loved ones and caregivers.
Moved to honor the life and legacy of Michal, Jade founded Mikey’s Miracle Foundation to fill a void in the programs and support services available to cancer patients and their caregivers. Mikey’s Miracle Foundation, Inc. provides a comprehensive and holistic approach in treatment of a disease that does not discriminate against race, age or gender. With the rising costs of healthcare, it is our vision to provide sustainable programs and support services that improve the quality of life for patients receiving cancer treatment and their families at an affordable or no cost at all.
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Jade Nicole Neverdon Merritt is the founder and President of Mikey’s Miracle Foundation, Inc.
A native Baltimorean, Jade received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. After graduation, Jade moved back to Baltimore to pursue a Master of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Developmental Biology from Towson University. After the successful completion of her graduate studies, she began work as a Microbiologist for Shire Pharmaceuticals. Jade worked as a Microbiologist for 5 years and after an unexpected site closure, quickly found work as a Clinical Research Associate for Becton Dickinson traveling around the country managing clinical research trials at major hospitals and research institutions.
Jade enjoyed her work in clinical trials but soon realized that God had an even greater purpose for her life. In January 2016, her mother, Dr. Michal Sharon Neverdon-Merritt transitioned after a lengthy and courageous battle with colon cancer. Through this process, Jade recognized that there are many challenges that patients as well as caregivers face during cancer treatment and there was a need for a comprehensive support program. So in April 2016, Mikey’s Miracle Foundation, Inc. was born, and Jade left her role in clinical research and is now focusing full time on turning this tragedy into triumph. Jade believes that the best way to honor her mother’s legacy is to be a blessing to others, and she, through Mikey’s Miracle Foundation, is dedicated to providing everyday miracles to families during their fight against cancer.
Krystle I. Myers, a native of Baltimore, is a graduate of Winston Salem State University where she graduated with honors earning her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Krystle went on to pursue her Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law. After graduating from law school, Krystle returned to her native town of Baltimore, Maryland where she practiced law in the private sector before making the transition to the public sector. In 2010, Krystle joined the federal government as a Labor and Employee Relations (LER) Specialist where she is responsible for handling various administrative law and policy matters.
Krystle is also the Chief Legal Officer (CLO) of Be Bossy, LLC which specifically caters to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Be Bossy is a unique entity that offers a variety of services to ensure entrepreneurs and businesses are protected under the fullest extent of the law. She specializes in various practice areas including business, intellectual properties, employment and labor law, and entertainment law. Krystle has extensive experience in contract drafting and negotiation, business formation, linking angel investors with individuals and corporations seeking investors, business planning and strategies, 501(c)(3) formation, copyright and trademark registration, negotiations and other related transactional matters. Her client portfolio includes small businesses, corporations, actors/actresses, reality stars, filmmakers, producers, musicians, and government contractors.
Krystle firmly believes that “to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required” (Luke 12:48 ASV) and spends much of her free time mentoring young women ages 11-18 through the Delta Academy/G.EM.S. Program, a program sponsored by her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She also fulfills her social responsibilities by serving on the Board of two nonprofit organizations. Krystle also has other business ventures including an event planning company, Cordially Invited Events, which she devotes her time to.
Joseph L. Tucker Edmonds is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Religious Studies at Indiana University’s School of Liberal Arts (IUPUI). He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Brown University, his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and his PhD in Religious Studies from Duke University. His research interests are black and womanist theologies, alternative Christianities in the black Atlantic, the role of scripture in African and African American religious traditions, and the relationship between Africana religious identity, citizenship, and globalization. While Joseph has an active research agenda and has published articles in scholarly journals and collected volumes, he considers himself a scholar-teacher who loves the challenges and the excitement of the classroom. In 2016, Joseph was awarded the 2016 IUPUI Trustees’ Teaching Award for excellence in classroom teaching. Additionally, Joseph has received grants and fellowships from Indiana University, The Woodrow Wilson Foundation, The Fund for Theological Education, and The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion to support his teaching and research efforts.
In addition to teaching and research, Joseph is actively involved in the Indianapolis community and serves on a variety of boards. He is a member of the Greater Indianapolis chapter of the NAACP and has led a series of community forums on education, social justice, and community reform. He is a board member of the Herron-Morton (an Indianapolis historic neighborhood) Foundation Board and is a long serving volunteer and currently a board member for a global non-profit Christian micro-finance organization, PEER (Partnering for Economic Empowerment and Renewal) Servants. Joseph is committed to helping non-profit organizations build capacity and use their missions to educate and transform local and global communities. Joseph resides in Indianapolis with his wife and daughter.
Linette Ball is a Registered Nurse who resides in Randallstown, Maryland. She began studying nursing at a Vocational High School Practical Nursing program. She was so passionate about quality care for patients that she studied Nursing at Baltimore City Community College and later Health Systems Management at The University of Baltimore. Linette has worked in an array of care settings, from the acute hospital to home hospice care. Linette currently works in a management role at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. In her free time Linette likes to explore beautiful beaches and spend time with love ones.