From Our President...
It is quite the honor to serve as the President of Black Child Development Institute (BCDI)-Atlanta! On behalf of our national office (NBCDI), Board of Directors, members, partners, and volunteers, I bring you greetings from Georgia’s Capitol!
I accepted the charge to lead this organization, because I want to pay it forward. When I was growing up in Southwest Georgia, there were so many servants and leaders in my community whose relationships and genuine care for my well-being made it possible for me to become the woman, mother, and educator I am today. I strive to replicate constructive learning experiences with others who cross my path, in hopes to inspire the next generation to be leaders and assets to society.
Even after serving as Vice President of BCDI-Atlanta for nearly four years, I am continually impressed by the work our Affiliate does in Georgia’s communities. I love it that we are not pointing fingers; we’re taking ownership of challenges and concerns in the Black community and facilitating solutions! Ultimately, ALL children and families benefit from the work we do.
In each of our focus areas—literacy, child health, child welfare, policy, family engagement, and early childhood education, we are supporting communities through research, programs, and resources, so we can truthfully say Being Black is NOT a Risk Factor and “all the children are well”. I plan to leave this world empty, working and serving to build up our communities by inspiring youth, empowering families, and educating future leaders. Along the way, I hope to meet others who will commit to passing on this perpetual gift of service; because service is the gift that keeps on giving!
See you soon!
Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis
Board of Directors
Timothy Houston, Chairman
Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis, President
Carol Daniel, Secretary
Tatjyana Elmore, Treasurer
Kenneth Braswell, Member at Large
Keedar Whittle, Parliamentarian
Literacy, Brandon Jones
Child Welfare, Payal Tello
Health and Wellness, Debbie Hillman
Family Engagement, Pamela Champion
Early Care and Education, Makia Thomas
Public Policy, Yeme Thomas