Jackson Educational Foundation
About Jackson Educational Foundation, Inc. (JEF)
Motto: "It's a Blessing to be a Blessing!"
Jackson Educational Foundation, Inc. was established in honor of the late Mr. Jimmie Jackson Sr. who passed away from cancer in 2014. He was an important figure in the East/Central Tampa community, and he believed in people of all ages obtaining an education.
The foundation's goal is to provide educational scholarships and to have a free annual back-to-school event. In 2015, our second year, we successfully distributed 250 book bags filled with school supplies, and we also fed about 400 people. We want to continue to support our youth and the community... and that requires help from people like you.
Jackson Educational Foundation, Inc. (JEF) Board of Directors
Donishia A. Jackson is the Founder/President of the Jackson Educational Foundation, Inc. As the President, Donishia is responsible for overseeing the operations, management, and administration of the Foundation in conjunction with the Board. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. Jimmie Jackson Sr., and established the non-profit foundation in his honor.
The idea of the Foundation to help underprivileged individuals and families to be successful, was placed on her heart. She loves doing community service and helping those in need; especially to enhance their potential, well-being, and quality of life. Being an advocate for Education, Donishia continued her grandfather's legacy, his commitment to give back to the community, and his admiration toward education.
Donishia is currently enlisted in the United States Army Florida National Guard as an Information Technology Specialist. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology from University of South Florida and an Associates of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She is the mother of one son.
Personal Mission: "Blessing others in need"
Donna A. Jackson is the Executive Vice President of Operations. She is responsible for the internal operations of the Jackson Educational Foundation, Inc. in the areas of media relations, finance, donations, sponsors, and human resources. She is the late Mr. Jimmie Jackson Sr's daughter-in-law.
Donna is a strong advocate for education in the community. Her Motto: Being armed with the appropriate tools and materials needed for education. She believes all individuals have the potential to be successful in life.
Donna earned a Bachelor of Art Degree in Elementary and Exceptional Education from University of South Florida and an Associates of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education. She was an Educator at a Title One school in the community for more than 33 years. She loved fostering positive self-concept and self-esteem with her students through education. She retired in 2014. Donna has three children and three grandchildren.
Personal Mission: "It is possible to make a difference"
Annette T. Jackson is Executive Advisor. Her role is to provide support and guidance to the Jackson Educational Foundation, Inc. in the areas of relations, donations, sponsors, and resources. Annette is the widow of the late Mr. Jimmie Jackson Sr. They were married for 55 years. Annette is a huge supporter of working and helping people in the community. Her belief is that higher education is the gateway to enhancing one’s self-worth.
Annette pursued a career in Medical Records at Hillsborough Community College. She worked as a Medical Record Supervisor at Tampa General Hospital for 47 years, and retired in 2012. With the help and support of family members, Annette owns/operates their businesses in the community, Jackson Market and Jackson Funeral Home. Annette is the mother of two sons.
Personal Mission: "Helping People"
Monica H. Woods is Executive Board Member at Large. Her responsibilities are to implement fundraisers, participate in monthly meetings, and be accountable to vote at all board meetings. Monica is the niece of the late Mr. Jimmy Jackson Sr. Monica joined the Jackson Educational Foundation, Inc. because she loves to help people and witness how the community can work together in a positive way to support children and families in need.
Education is a high priority for her. Monica is currently attending school to obtain her degree in Childhood Management, with a goal of having her own childcare center. Monica is the wife to a loving husband, and the mother of four children. Her passion is working and helping children in need of all ages.
Personal Mission: "Making people smile"
Darline A. Lott is Executive Vice President of Administration. Darline is responsible for the administrative function for the foundation. She is involved in policy decision making, increase the overall visibility of the foundation to the public, organize board and committee meetings, donations, and human relations.
Motto: Be an example of endurance, perseverance and patience
Darline earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Masters of Science degree in Urban Environmental Geology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Hillsborough Community College. She strive to present science in a manner that is transferrable to one’s daily life. Darline has two children and five grandchildren.
Personal Mission: "Make a positive impact"