A Generous Person Will Prosper. Whoever Refreshes Others Will Be Refreshed-Prov.11:25
Destiny Jernigan, President/CEO, obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Prairie View A&M University in 2011. She worked for the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services for seven years and has substantial knowledge of the child welfare system in Texas. Destiny has worked as an Abuse & Neglect Investigator and Supervisor during her tenure with DFPS. She supervised Regions 3 through 5 in Texas which led to her being recognized for her dependability and confidence during her role with DFPS. Destiny's story along with her professional expertise further defines her ability to serve the community and foster care population.
Over the course of her career, Destiny identified the needs of our foster children and foster parents. She observed foster parents dedicating their lives to foster children without appropriate guidance. Child Placing Agencies also lacked appropriate training and educational tools which essentially placed foster children and foster parents at risk.
Destiny has dedicated her life mission to work hands on with foster families. She is determined to bridge the gap and become the voice for foster parents & Child Placing Agencies. Her goal is to educate and be a hands on resource.
Destiny has experience working with Child Placing Agencies where she specialized in compliance of Minimum Standards, safety and reduction of risk to foster children, & managing programs on a statewide level. She began her career as a Camp Director for the YMCA specializing in Summer Programs for foster children.
She has collaborated with multiple Organizations and Child Placing Agency's in the Dallas metroplex to expand her mission and educate the community regarding the needs of the foster care population.
With a foster care system comprised of over 15,000 children in care in the State of Texas, Destiny is determined to support children, foster parents, and Child Placing Agency's statewide.
Otis Clayborne II is a native of Dallas, TX. Growing up he always had a passion to help people. Starting at an early age volunteering via various outreach programs including church and school mediums.
While studying Computer Science and Business Marketing at Prairie View A&M, this passion continued. He co-founded and supported several non-profit organizations and businesses that supported the local community. Since college, he continued this passion by co-founding more nonprofits helping the Southwest Transplant Alliance (STA) raise awareness in the black community since 2014.
Currently, Otis continues this path assisting with new companies and nonprofits with branding & marketing strategies to help them grow.
Ta'Kedrian Morgan is a Blood Bank Medical Technologist certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology. She works in Transfusion Medicine, providing service to the Dallas county community in a local hospital. She is a Dallas native who studied and received a Bachelor's in Biology from Howard University in 2009. After graduating, she worked for Carter Bloodcare, American Red Cross, and a hospital in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
The aspect of serving and helping others has always appealed to her since adolescence. Whether it was volunteering in Labor and Delivery, the Emergency Room at local hospitals, or through service in church, she always found ways to serve those in need. Her ability to focus, pay attention to detail, and experience with organization allows her to provide great support to people when they need it most.
In recent years, she encountered foster children and was exposed to some of the lack of resources and support needed by foster parents and children. She desires to do her part in aiding and assisting the foster care system by serving and connecting with this strong, but often vulnerable population.
Ronda Anderson was born and raised in Dallas Texas. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2009 from Prairie View A&M University. She works as a Division Athletic Coordinator at International Leadership of Texas Lancaster-DeSoto high school Campus. Ronda has a passion for helping children and individuals as a whole. Her favorite quote is: “One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time.”
Ronda understands the scope of underprivileged children and has served on the DGHI team as a dedicated volunteer. In her new role as Volunteer Coordinator, Ronda will ensure the duties associated with DGHI are adequately staffed and assigned to volunteers and recruit new volunteer members.