Board of Directors
Founder and Executive Director
Donnella Cranford’s vision for evangelizing, teaching, mentoring, and serving others has always been a desire. Her hunger to reach people beyond her local community came to fruition when she established the Women After God’s Own Heart (WAGOH) Ministry, Inc. in 1998. Minister Cranford was ordained and licensed in 2001 and continues the work of kingdom building for the glory of God.
As the WAGOH acronym suggests, Cranford’s mission is to empower, encourage, and edify women of all ages through interactive, intergenerational breakthrough sessions. Her foundational philosophy is that marriages, families, and communities can withstand the challenges of our world today through women who are anchored in the Word of God. Inspired by the biblical book of Esther, Donnella established Debutantes 4 Christ (D4C) as a mentoring program for teenage girls.
She has been a guest on Atlanta Live-WATC TV 57 and Atlanta Interfaith Broadcaster- AIB TV. Such outreach initiatives as the Naked Truth Rally, a teen abstinence forum hosted by Debutantes 4 Christ, has been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Other WAGOH outreach events have been highlighted in a number of metro Atlanta neighborhood papers over the years. The Fayette County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) awarded Donnella Cranford as the 2003 Humanitarian Awardee. In October, 2009 she was presented the Doris J. Harris Humanitarian Award by the Twenty Pearls Foundation, Inc. and Tau Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Donnella’s love for helping others know and embrace God’s love is beautifully expressed in her book, Encouraging Your Heart: 15 Ways to See, Hear and Know God Better.
Donnella resides in Fayetteville, Georgia, with her husband, Haywood and mother, Maude.
Cathy Harrell is an experienced marketing professional in the quick service restaurant sector. Cathy has over 30 years of marketing, franchise and operations experience and uses that experience to bring women of diverse backgrounds together to learn how to better serve their families and the community.
Cathy is involved in several community and professional organizations, including Women After God’s Own Heart Ministry, Inc. as Board Chair, Gilgal Transition Home for Women, the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, the MFHA - Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance, OKC Inclusion & Diversity Consortium and the Women’s Foodservice Forum.
Cathy and her husband, Larry reside in Fayetteville, GA. They have been blessed with three sons and three daughters-in-law, Derek and Allison; Erick and Qiana; and Kendall and Kristen and eight grandchildren.
Joan Cranford, EdD, MSN, BSN currently as Board Vice-Chair. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a doctorate in higher education and a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a master’s degree in Adult Health Nursing-Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs (LANP). Joan currently serves as Assistant Dean for Nursing at Georgia State University.
Joan has been in nursing education for more than 35 years and is a member of several professional organizations including Sigma Theta Tau, ANA, AKA, Chi Eta Phi, Georgia Association for Nurse Educators and she serves on the Academic Committee on Nursing for the University System of Georgia and serves on the Executive Committee for the Southern Regional Education Board where she acts as liaison for the Diversity Committee.
Joan gave her life to Christ at the age of eight and has worked to serve the Lord all her life- glorifying him in all that she lives and does. She is an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and a charter member of WAGOH. She is the proud mother of two adult sons.
Dr. Joan Cranford
Alethea currently serves in the capacity of Board Treasurer. She has served as treasurer in many of her civic groups and is currently employed as a Financial Analyst.
Alethea is a native of Atlanta, GA and she earned a Bachelor of Science from Kennesaw State University, formerly Southern Polytechnic State University, in Technology Management. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Alethea served a Medical Lab Technician.
Alethea loves to travel and spending time with her immediate family, loved ones and friends.
Natha Harris is the 16th of 17 children born to Rev. Abraham and Mrs. Natha Lie Little of Kosciuzsko, MS. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, Battle Creek, MI and married Eugene Cross Harris (deceased) in 1970.
Natha retired in 2001 after a successful career with the IBM Corporation and went on to provide administrative services to Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA until retiring again in 2015.
Natha enjoys reading, is active in the community and loves to volunteer. She has one daughter, Michelle Renee Harris.
Valaurie Bridges Lee is the CEO and President of VB Consulting, a software consulting company. VB Consulting specializes in assisting colleges and universities with IT support services. Valaurie has worked with several Fortune 500 companies before successfully launching her own consulting firm.
As a cum laude graduate of Woodward Academy, Atlanta, GA in 1990, Valaurie attended the University of Georgia, Athens, GA with a BA in Journalism/Public Relations. She later received a master’s degree in Management Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, GA. Valaurie is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, a certified member of Women’s Business Enterprise, Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, Debutantes 4 Christ, Woodward Academy Advisory Board Member, and Women After God’s Own Heart Ministries.
In her spare time, she enjoys and is a certified Zumba instructor, shopping, reading and spending time with her two daughters Baileigh and Blaire. She lives by the many promises that God has spoken to her heart, but one she reminds herself of daily is the scripture Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.”
Valaurie Bridges Lee
Dr. Sherrita Farley is a native of Atlanta, GA and is a member of WAGOH ministry.
Sherrita has a passion to serve others in any capacity that she can. She has served on several ministries within the church throughout the years: Assistant Financial Secretary, Trustee, and Usher. She is a member of Discover Life Church, Norcross, GA.
Sherrita is the proud mom to a very busy high school senior, Kiérra (Debutantes 4 Christ, class of 2016), which in turns keeps her busy serving as Cheer Mom, PTA Treasurer, and Student Governance Council member through the years.
Dr. Sherrita Farley
Teeonn Gooden is a true millennial. She gave her life to the Lord at the age of 14 and has not looked back. She graduated from Lithonia High School, Lithonia, GA and furthered her education at American Intercontinental University, Atlanta, GA where she studied Fashion Design and Marketing.
At the age of 25, Teeonn started to pay attention to her heart and realized that God was moving her into another path of her life. She started attending WAGOH Ministry and took an interest in the Debutantes 4 Christ youth program under the Youth Ministry. She has accepted a role on the Board and is currently serving her position with enthusiasm.
Youth Ministry Chair
Ariane Byron, a graduate of Northgate High School, Sharpsburg, GA went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University. She is currently a certified rehabilitation counselor and nationally certified counselor residing in Atlanta, GA.
The role of Youth Ministry Co-Chair, directly aligns with Ariane’s goals to assist youth in areas of self-esteem improvement, goal setting, stress management, and career development. She has been an active member of WAGOH and Debutantes 4 Christ since January of 2015.
Ariane’s primary areas of interest are to increase the emotional intelligence of men and women by providing “Emotional Exchange” workshops in both individual and group settings. She believes that people thrive in environments that create connections and experiences fulfillment in being a facilitator of those conversations. When she is not helping others, she loves the sunshine, chocolate chip cookies, runway fashion shows, and bananas.
Youth Ministry Chair
A social media enthusiast who tweeting, pinning, Facebook, and Instagram are all second nature to Chelsie. Chelsie is a 2015 Georgia State University graduate with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Sociology. Upon graduation, Chelsie started working as a social media manager and marketing specialist. Chelsie has freelance with a couple of small businesses by creating and implementing social media strategies, creating content calendars and scheduling social media posts.
Chelsie also held internship positions at Nikki’s Event Planning, Zoo Atlanta, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta Corporate Office. Chelsie served as a 2013 Inceptor/orientation leader and was awarded the Unsung Hero award while at Georgia State University.