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.

Dr. Ramona Y. Pollard
Board Chair

Dr. Ramona Pollard proudly serves as the Board Chairman for WAGOH, which seeks to educate and empower women to reach their full potential with Christ as the head of their life.

Ramona is a native of Nashville, TN.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Norwich University in Northfield, VT.  After numerous years in sales and finance, she transitioned into higher education, which was a dream fulfilled.  For the past twelve years she has taught Banking & Finance and Business Management courses at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. 

In 2018, Ramona was blessed attain a major milestone, she successfully defended her dissertation based on her passion for financial education entitled, “The Impact of Financial Literacy on Student Persistence at Two-Year Colleges: An Empirical Study”. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Argosy University.

In 2019, Ramona transitioned to the role of Academic Affairs Coordinator at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  Among numerous initiatives, her focus is on faculty development to promote student success and achievement.

Ramona states, “I am honored to serve in a capacity that I love.  I hold firmly to the words of the late Nelson Mandala, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” It is my purpose and desire to continue to teach and to learn.”

Ramona is happily married to the love of her life, Kelly Pollard and they have two sons, Ben and Derrick.

 Dr. Joan Cranford
 Vice Chair

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.

Brittany Cabil
Secretary

Brittany Cabil, is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.  In 2012, Brittany received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management, with a minor in Business from Tennessee State University.   Furthering her education, Brittany obtained a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Argosy University in 2014.  Brittany is a member of Greater Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church (House of Hope Atlanta) in Decatur, Georgia.

Brittany currently works in Pharmacy Management at Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Inc.  In 2006, Brittany was blessed with the opportunity to become a Debutante 4 Christ through Women After God’s Own Heart Ministry.  Brittany is very active and engaged in her community.  Amongst many other things, Brittany serves as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.  In her spare time, Brittany enjoys traveling, exercising, watching sports, reading and spending quality time with family and friends.

Dr. Sherrita Farley
Women's Ministry

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
Women's Ministry

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.” 

Teeonnica Gooden
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.

Bethany White
Youth Ministry 

Bethany White received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Spelman College in 2010, graduating with Cum Laude honors. Bethany went on to pursue her Juris Doctorate at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, where she completed her legal education in May of 2013. During her law school tenure, Bethany gained practical experience in various aspects of the law.

She gained hands-on litigation experience as a student attorney in the civil division of D.C. Law Students in Court where she negotiated settlement agreements and represented clients at trials and hearings in D. C. Superior Court. Additionally, she interned for various non-profit legal organizations, including the ACLU and D.C. Lawyers for Youth, served as Vice President, Black Law Students Association, and participated in clinical education programs, including the Street Law teaching program. 

 

Upon graduation, Bethany returned to Atlanta where she began working as a research assistant at Johnson & Freeman, LLC. She was admitted to the Georgia Bar in November of 2014 and transitioned to Associate Attorney for the Firm in January 2015. As an attorney it is Bethany's objective to provide exceptional legal representation and exceed client expectations, while continuing to learn about the ever-changing landscape of the legal profession.  

Alethea Billingslea
Treasurer

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.

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