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, established in 2014. As the President, Donishia is responsible for overseeing the operation, management, and administration of the Foundation in conjunction with the Board.
She established the non-profit foundation in honor of her late Grandfather, Mr. Jimmie Jackson Sr., who passed away from cancer in 2014. He was an enormous part of the community and he believed in people of all ages obtaining an education. Being an advocate for Education, Donishia continued his legacy, his commitment to giving back to the community, and his admiration toward education.
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. It’s a blessing to bless others in need.
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 the University of South Florida, and an Associates of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Hillsborough Community College. She is the proud mother of one loving & sweet son.
Personal Mission: "Blessing others in need"
Donna A. Jackson is the Executive Vice President of Operations. Donna is responsible for the internal operations of the Jackson Educational Foundation, Inc. in the areas of media relations, finance, donations, sponsors, and community relations. She is the daughter-in-law of late Mr. Jimmie Jackson Sr.
Donna is a strong advocate for education in the community. She believes all individuals have the great potential to be successful in life.
Motto: Being armed with the appropriate materials, tools, and knowledge needed for education.
Donna earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary and Exceptional Education from the University of South Florida and an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hillsborough Community College. 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, but still continues to contribute to student success through Tutoring. Donna has three children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Personal Mission: "It is possible making a difference"
Dr. Darline A. Lott is Executive Vice President of Administration. Darline is responsible for the administrative function of the foundation. She is involved in policy decision making, increases the overall visibility of the foundation to the public, and organizing board and committee meetings, donations, and human relations.
Motto: Be an example of endurance, perseverance, and patience.
Dr. Darline earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, her Master of Science degree in Urban Environmental Geology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and her Ph.D. in Geology from the University of South Florida. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Hillsborough Community College. She strives to present science in a manner that is transferable and has a practical purpose in one’s daily life. Darline has two children and five grandchildren.
Personal Mission: "Making a positive impact"
Desiree A. Wells is Executive Secretary. Her responsibilities are to participate in monthly meetings, manage correspondences, support fundraisers, while also registering and organizing all donations.
Desiree is the niece of the late Mr. Jimmie Jackson Sr. She joined the Jackson Educational Foundation because she is a tremendous champion for educating and helping children. She attended Living Stone College for Early Childhood Education where she obtained her CDA and Director’s Credentials. She has a passion for working and nurturing children.
Desiree is a wife and the mother of a handsome one-year-old son. She owns and operates her home daycare “Desiree’s Home Child Care” with a Loving, Caring, & Safe environment.
Personal Mission: “Inspiring Self-worth”
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"
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"