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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 N. 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 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.
Monique J. Simms is a strategic communications and public relations professional with more than 10 years of experience developing outreach and engagement strategies for education, corporate and community-based organizations aimed at supporting community development in urban areas. She currently serves as the Manager of Community Engagement for Baltimore City Public Schools, where she leads the development and implementation of efforts to build community ambassadors, advisory groups, and action teams to support the advancement of City Schools. Ms. Armstrong came to City Schools after serving for six years in various external relations and project management positions within the Office of Institutional Advancement, The Shriver Center, and Career Services Center during her time at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She also has experience in communications and social marketing. While the community network coordinator and project manager for Motivational Educational Entertainment (MEE Production) – a social marketing firm in Philadelphia, Ms. Armstrong managed the implementation of community engagement and outreach campaigns – The Be on The Safe Side (teen pregnancy prevention campaign) and Change the Game (student/youth public education re-engagement campaign).
Mrs. Armstrong earned a B.A. in Telecommunications (Broadcast Journalism concentration) from Morgan State University in 2002 and a M.A. in Communications and Journalism (Public Relations concentration) from The Ohio State University in 2003.
Anike, although born in Santa Barbara, California and a true West Coaster at heart, grew up in Baltimore, Maryland with her parents and two younger brothers. She is proud to come from a family of educators, avid sports fans and competitive Monopoly players. After graduating from The Bryn Mawr School for Girls, Anike received a bachelor of arts in Government and Foreign Affairs from The University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University. Anike’s professional experience includes over 18 years in the non-profit sector, working in fund development, event planning, marketing and communications. Her areas of focus have included child & youth development, education, housing and equal opportunities for women and girls. Prior to joining Huckleberry Youth Programs, Anike served as the Vice President of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, the Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager at Housing Opportunities Women, and the Director of Development at The HistoryMakers, both located in Chicago, Illinois. Anike is a 2014 Next Generation Leaders of Color Fellow and serves on the Leadership Committee of the San Francisco based Alliance for Girls. Anike regularly attends workshops and conferences addressing the current state of philanthropy and best practices in the field. Anike believes that non-profits are responsible for initiating and guiding the change we want to see in this world, and she is dedicated to playing an important role in the transformative work of non-profit and philanthropic organizations.