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Dr. Jonita Wallace Reynolds – Curriculum Vitae

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PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

Daily, I awaken with the insatiable desire to not just taking breaths, but to also create breath-taking moments for others, especially the least, the last, and the left-out. As long as poverty, illiteracy, semi-literacy, homelessness, and food insecurity exist, I will tirelessly advocate for the un-served and under-served, for to be deeply rooted, ever-growing, and forever serving, is my personal mission in life.

SNAPSHOT OF EXPERIENCES

My achievements, to date, are the net effect of eclectic experiences, exposure to awe-inspiring leaders, and passion for public service. In general, I have invested my time, talent and treasure to:

  • Serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the largest Community Action Agency in the State of Texas with an annual operational budget of $30 million dollars;
  • Implement accountability, change management, and proven systems approach principles in large, complex, open, dynamic non-profit organizations;
  • Mentor teens and individuals who have made unpopular choices;
  • Serve on diverse Boards, panels, and committees;
  • Develop, implement, and monitor policies, procedures, and practices to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of recourse to the community;
  • Establish and maintain high-quality early childhood standards at Head Start/Early Head Start Sites spanning the southeast area;
  • Empower local and national audiences by serving as the Keynote, Motivational, and Commencement Speaker;
  • Teach at-risk youth and families to achieve at their potential;
  • Advocate on behalf of the un-served and underserved in Harris and Fort bend Counties; and
  • Identify, research, and facilitate systemic and synergistic improvements with diverse stakeholders, such as Superintendents, Boards, elected officials, community leaders.

 

ACADEMIC PREPARATION

Though rising from humble beginnings on the south side of Houston, where poverty ran rampant, it was always understood in my parents’ household, as Malcolm X once said, that “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Subsequently, I pursued academic excellence with persistence:

2004      Doctor of Education in Administration and Supervision, University of Houston

1994    Master of Education in Administration and Supervision, University of Houston

1992      Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Houston (Magna Cum Laude)

1987    Stephen F. Austin High School Magnet for the Teaching Professions, Houston I.S.D. (Top 5%)

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

I strive, daily, to personify Mahatma Gandhi’s poignant words, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” Therefore, I selflessly give of my time through mentoring, advocacy, community engagement, and volunteerism.

Specifically, I am actively involved in the community in the following capacities:

  • Fort Bend County Child Welfare Board member;
  • Texas Head Start Association Board member;
  • Vice Chair of the City of Houston’s Health Foundation Board;
  • Co-Chair of the National Marrow Donor Program, Be The Match Challenge;
  • Texas Association of Community Action Agencies Board member;
  • National Advisory Board Member for Southwest Schools;
  • Executive Board member for the City of Houston’s My Brother’s Keepers Initiative;
  • member of the Missouri City Juneteenth Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee;
  • member of the Legislative Ladies Club;
  • Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter;
  • member of the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.;
  • member of the Choice Foundation, Inc.;
  • member of the Missouri City Links, Inc.;
  • member of the Educational and Charitable Foundation of Houston, Inc.;
  • Life Member of the NAACP, Inc.;
  • American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow;
  • Advisory Committee Member for College Bound, Beginning at Birth Initiative; and a member of the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department’s Community Development Advisory Council.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Because my life is undergirded by the belief that “To whom much is given, much is expected, I have had the honor of speaking to diverse audiences at no charge. My remuneration is the opportunity to touch at least one (1) person. The return on that investment is PRICELESS!

  • 2015     Alpha Kappa Omega’s Debutante Parent’s Reception
  • 2015     30th Annual Texas Association of Black School Educator’s Conference
  • 2014     Girl’s and Boys Preparatory Academy
  • 2014     Girl’s Day at Thomas Middle School
  • 2014     Ever Ready Lodge’s Annual Scholarship Banquet
  • 2013     Omicron Gamma’s MIP Worship Service
  • 2012     Essence of a Lady’s Females are Fabulous Conference
  • 2012     Whispering Hope Academy’s Gala
  • 2011     Blue Triangle’s Living Legend Luncheon
  • 2011    Eastern Star Royal Princess’ Annual Scholarship Luncheon
  • 2011     Above and Beyond Christian Center’s Annual Women’s Conference
  • 2011    Sterling High School
  • 2011     PDK’s Community Service Awards Gala
  • 2010     Asset Building Network’s Mother & Daughter Luncheon
  • 2010     Katy Jack & Jill of America’s Annual Scholarship Luncheon
  • 2010     University of Houston~ Downtown ~ Omicron Gamma’s Worship Service

 

SPEAKER (COMMENCEMENTS, PROMOTION CEREMONIES, PANELS)

  • 2015     Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Ending Poverty: America’s Silent Spaces
  • 2015      City of Houston’s 11th Annual Re-Entry Program Graduation
  • 2014      Industrial Welding Academy Graduation
  • 2014      Everest Institute – Houston Hobby Campus Commencement
  • 2012      Contemporary Learning Center and Night High School’s Commencement
  • 2011      Contemporary Learning Center and Night High School’s Commencement
  • 2010      PSI Re-Entry Graduation for Ex-Offenders
  • 2009     Energized for Excellence 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
  • 2009     Energized for Excellence 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
  • 2008     Landis Elementary’s 4th Grade Promotion Ceremony – “Wind Beneath My Wings”
  • 2008     Dogan Elementary School’s Promotion Ceremony
  • 2008     Peck Elementary’s Promotion Ceremony

 

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 2014     Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc’s Asthma Prevention and Management Honoree
  • 2011     City of Houston Mayor’s Literacy Leadership Award Recipient
  • 2010     Community Service Award Recipient from the Association of Black Social Workers
  • 2009     Outstanding and Valuable Community Partner by the City of Houston’s Health &Human
  •               Services Department
  • 2009     Recipient of $7.2 Million as a Result of President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and
  •               Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • 2009     Recognized by Commissioner El Franco Lee for Outstanding Contributions to the Community
  • 2008     Pathfinder Award from UH’s Consistency Management & Quality Discipline Program
  • 2007      Houston Food Bank’s Bandini Award for Excellent Food Pantry Services Award Recipient
  • 2007     Regional Administrator Award Recipient, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • 2006    Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs’ Special Recognition Award for
  •              Invaluable Assistance to 58,000 Individuals Impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
  • 2006    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children and Families
  •              Region VI Regional Administrator’s Leadership Award

 

PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 2016    Audrey H. Lawson IMPACT Award Recipient, Women’s Guild of Wheeler Avenue BC
  • 2016     Woman of Excellence Award by RARE Pearls, Inc.
  • 2015     Texas Executive Women as One (1) of 10 Women on the Move
  • 2015     Featured in Style Magazine as Co-Chair of the National Bone Marrow Donor Program
  • 2015     National Women of Achievement, Incorporated, Honoree
  • 2015     Houston League of Business and Professional Women, Inc’s Education Award Recipient
  • 2015     Texas Association of Black School Educator’s Dining with Diva’s Award Recipient
  • 2015     Who’s Who in Black Houston Honoree
  • 2014     Recognized as Houston’s Power Couple by I10 Media
  • 2014     Sugar Land Skeeter’s Trailblazer Award Recipient
  • 2014     I10 Media’s Inaugural Houston’s Top 40 Over 40 Community Leader Award
  • 2014     The Houston Sun’s Woman of the Year-30 Points of Light Award
  • 2014     Featured in Style Magazine as an Extraordinary Mother of Adopted Multiples
  • 2014     Who’s Who in Black Houston Honoree
  • 2013     d-mars.com Community Hero Award
  • 2013     Who’s Who in Black Houston Honoree
  • 2013     d-mars.com’s Top 30 Influential Woman of Houston Award
  • 2012     Extraordinary Events’ Mother of the Year Diamond Award
  • 2012     Holman Street Baptist Church’s Leadership Award  
  • 2012     Sparkles of Life Faithful Family Award
  • 2012     Who’s Who in Black Houston Honoree
  • 2011     Recipient of the Community Leadership Award, Women of Hope Project
  • 2011     Who’s Who in Black Houston Honoree

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Blissfully wedded to my soul-mate, State Representative Ron E. Reynolds, Esq., I unapologetically enjoy the quality time spent with him and our 5 year old Twins (Reagan and Ron III).

While fulfilling the supportive role First Lady of House District 27, I also volunteer at our twins’ school, as well as actively assist with their extracurricular activities (soccer, dance, swimming, and baseball).

 

As long as I have breath, I, Dr. Jonita Wallace Reynolds, vow to be deeply rooted, ever-growing, and forever serving!

 

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