BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Donnella B. Cranford
Founder and Executive Director
Donnella Cranford’s vision for evangelism, 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. 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.
Donnella has acquired more than 40 years’ experience as an educator. After retiring from Fulton County School System located in the metro Atlanta area, she wanted to continue to use her gift as an educator and became an entrepreneur and launched DBC Services, Inc., an educational consultancy.
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 the Vice President, Field Marketing for Sonic Drive-in. She leads the development and execution of marketing level planning and initiatives.
She has oversight of the efforts to deliver the corporate marketing message to the field in a way that is relevant to local markets. Sonic has a history of local relevance and community relations that is a critical part of the brands spirit. The position is part of a matrixed organization that is the marketing liaison between the Sonic corporate offices and the franchise and corporate owned stores in the field. This position works to build a team of independent leaders that leverage the national strategy within each market, while still working with local markets to understand their individual marketing efforts.
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 as a member of the Board of Advisors, Sonic’s Diversity & Inclusion Council and Women’s Foodservice Forum as Sonic Ambassador.
Cathy and her husband, Larry have been blessed with three sons and three daughters-in-law, Derek and Allison; Erick and Qiana; and Kendall and Kristen. The blessings continue with seven grandchildren and one more grandchild on the way. She and Larry reside in Fayetteville, Georgia.
Dr. Joan Cranford
Joan Cranford, EdD, MSN, BSN 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 Bachelors degree in Nursing and 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).
She has been in nursing education for more than 35 years, providing education at all levels of nursing, and leading training & education for nurses and physicians in a Health Maintenance Organization. Joan currently serves as Assistant Dean for Nursing at Georgia State University. She is a student advocate and has spent many of her career years working with students that need extra support, advising, and mentoring. She is published and has presented at the local, state and national level. Research interests include Obesity and Role Transition of Clinical Nurses to Academia.
Dr. Cranford 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 is liaison for the Diversity Committee.
She 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.
Natha is the 16th of 17 children born to Rev. Abraham and Mrs. Natha Lie Little, in Kosciuzsko, Mississippi. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, Battle Creek, Michigan. She married Eugene Cross Harris (deceased) in 1970 and she has one daughter, Michelle Renee Harris. Natha retired from the IBM Corporation in 2001 and from Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church in 2015. Natha enjoys reading and volunteering.
Dr. Sherrita Farley
Dr. Sherrita Farley is a native of Atlanta, GA and is a member of WAGOH ministry. She 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.
Sherrita is the proud mom to a very busy teen, Kiérra (D4C, 2016), which in turns keeps her busy serving as Cheer Mom, PTA Treasurer, and Student Governance Council member as well as other roles through the years. One of her favorite scriptures that is close to her heart is Matthew 11:28 as it always comforts her heart.
Valaurie Bridges Lee
Valaurie Bridges Lee is the CEO and President of VB Consulting, a software consulting company, established in 2002. VB Consulting specializes in assisting colleges and universities with graduation degree audit implementations as well as IT support services. In 2010, VB Consulting expanded globally, offering consulting services not only in the United States, but also Canada. Prior to establishing her own company, Valaurie worked for several Fortune 500 Companies including Waste Management and IBM, as a sales executive. Valaurie was employed by IBM in Los Angeles, California for 3 years, and she worked for PeopleSoft, which is now Oracle, as senior implementation consultant. Using the skills and knowledge she learned from these major companies, she established her own company, VB Consulting and she has been a successful entrepreneur for 14 years.
After graduating Cum Laude from Woodward Academy in 1990, she attended the University of Georgia where she received a BA in Journalism/Public Relations. She then went on to pursue her Master’s Degree in Management Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University. Valaurie is the recipient of the Woodward Academy Alumni Award for her outstanding accomplishment s as a business owner and her contributions to the school.
In addition to being an active member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, she is also a certified member of Women’s Business Enterprise, Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, Debutantes for Christ, Woodward Academy Advisory Board Member, and Women After God’s Own Heart Ministries. She is also an adjunct professor at Clayton State University where she teaches Management and Entrepreneurship. Valaurie is a major sponsor and supporter of Sister’s By Choice Cancer Research Programs through New Life Presbyterian Church. She has been a member of Word of Faith in Austell for over 15 years. In her spare time, she enjoys and is a certified Zumba instructor, shopping, reading and spending time with her two daughters Baileigh (11) and Blaire (10).
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.”
Youth Ministry Chair
Teeonn Gooden was born on November 6, 1985. She gave her life to the Lord at the age of 14 and has not looked back. She graduated from Lithonia High School furthered her education at American Intercontinental University 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 the role of committee board and is currently serving her position with enthusiasm.
Ariane Byron serves as the Youth Ministry Co Chair, which is directly aligned with her 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 Debutants 4 Christ since January of 2015. She graduated from Northgate High School in Sharpsburg, GA and 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. Her specialties in counseling include assisting individuals with disabilities, veterans in need of return to work strategies, and transitional youth. Her 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.
Alethea is a native of Atlanta, GA. 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 she served a Medical Lab Technician. She has served as treasurer in many of her civic groups. Alethea currently serves as a Financial Analyst. She loves to travel and spend time with her immediate family, loved ones and friends.
A social media enthusiast! Tweeting, Pinning, Facebook, and Instagram are all second nature to Chelsie! Chelsie graduated in 2015 From Georgia State University with a degree in Public Relations. 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.
While at Georgia State University, Chelsie minored in sociology and was an active member of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Additionally, Chelsie served as a 2013 Inceptor/Orientation Leader and won the Unsung Hero award for keeping a positive attitude and willingness to help my teammates whenever necessary.
Chelsie also held internship positions at Nikki’s Event Planning, Zoo Atlanta, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta Corporate Office.