About Us

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Destiny’s Daughters of Promise is a Georgia-based, nonprofit organization that aims to provide a safe environment where teen girls can learn strategies to become confident leaders and contributing members of society. We offer services that promote leadership development, strong interpersonal skills, financial literacy, healthy relationships, community involvement, and basic life skills. Program activities are designed to prepare teen girls for the transition to healthy and independent adults. In addition, we aim to prepare teens for college and careers and to serve in the community.

Our Mission     Our History     Our Founder     Our Board

Our Mission

To foster healthy relationships and to empower girls to live a life of bold success.

Our Vision

Preparing teen girls to thrive in their purpose, lead with confidence, and excel in the workforce.

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Our Core Values

Commitment - We remain committed to our participants, volunteers, employees, and especially the community, which is our most valuable resource.

 

Accountability – We remain accountable to each other and the mission of Destiny’s Daughters of Promise.

 

Respect – We have compassion and show tolerance for everyone, valuing diversity and the unique contributions of others.

 

Excellence – We attract and develop employees and volunteers who are dedicated to excellence and possess the desire to make this a premier leadership organization for teen girls.

 

Explore Our History

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2007, the organization began as the vision of Lorraine E. Thomas. With a Master’s Degree in Education and as a long-time educator, Lorraine responded to a vision to address the inability of public schools to provide additional leadership and basic life skills to teen girls, as the schools were already much overburdened. She had the vision to serve girls with leadership potential but was at risk of being overlooked by either the school or other community services, increasing the unfortunate likelihood of growing into troubled adults. Lorraine turned to her network of like-minded individuals to create a Board of Directors. The first meeting in October 2007, consisted of teachers, business professionals, friends, and family members, all with the same passion to see Lorraine’s idea come to life. They spent the next 10 months working on the fundamentals needed to make the program a success: identifying a clear vision, program goals, and structure of the organization.

 

The first workshop session was held at Barber Middle School in August of 2008. Today, the organization is advancing the philosophy and practice of learning in order to nurture and prepare young minds for today’s diverse and ever-changing world. As a result, teen girls are being prepared for college, meaningful careers and to serve in the community. The greatest strength of the program is that girls receive training, adult guidance, and leadership development on a weekly basis during the school year. They also learn how to give back to their communities by participating in relevant service projects. Program leaders are committed to providing programs and opportunities for teen girls that would help them excel in leadership, community involvement, education, and personal growth and development.

 

The services are provided to middle and high school girls. This age group is particularly vulnerable and is most in need of the services offered. Participants are referred by teachers, counselors, and school administrators.

 

The greatest strength of the program is that teen girls from all walks of life are positively contributing to their schools and communities.

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Meet Our Board

The Board of Directors, management, and staff of DDP work together as a team, understanding that our success centers on all members and stakeholders working together, openly sharing information and resources to achieve our mission.

 
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LYNNE RUFF, BOARD PRESIDENT

 

Lynne D Ruff is Randstad NA’s Senior Vice President, Audit and Assurance Services Group – responsible for Internal Audits, Compliance Reviews, Enterprise Risk Management, Investigations, and Internal Controls. This role provides strategic oversight for the comprehensive programs within these areas and acts as a business partner to balance the needs of the businesses with a foundation of compliance and internal control. Lynne also serves as Randstad USA’s Local Integrity Officer.

She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Administrative Management and an MBA in Finance. Lynne is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

 

Why I joined the Board: DDP’s vision is to prepare young women to thrive, lead and excel in the workforce. As a female executive, I want to support this organization to see its vision realized.

 

Fun fact: I play tennis at least 3 to 4 times a week.

ANGELA HILTON, BOARD VICE-CHAIR

 

Angela Hilton has a career in performance marketing specializing in integrated media campaigns and delivering on ROI goals. She has a B.A. in Marketing from FIT and moved to Georgia after several years with a New York advertising agency. Her experience is rooted in data, creative, analytics, and direct response philosophies across DRTV, digital, email, social, and direct mail channels. As an SVP, Group Account Director, she worked with many national brands, including Carhartt, Spanx, Briggs & Stratton, and Six Flags Theme Parks. Angela has been a member of many organizations, including the Atlanta Marketing Association and the American Advertising Federation. 

 

Why I joined the Board: Providing young girls with the tools to be confident and empowered is the gift that keeps on giving. The resources and support that DDP offers to our community are invaluable. I’m excited to see how many young lives and families we can positively impact in the years to come.

 

Fun fact: Angela was born and raised in Jamaica, loves to travel and is always working on a DIY project.

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FELECIA CARTY, BOARD SECRETARY

Felecia Carty transitioned her passion for fashion into a successful retail career spanning over14 years. As an Executive Leader in the industry, her experience across the retail footprint includes department and specialty stores with up to $100 million in annual revenue. Felecia’s charismatic nature has produced top-performing teams, through a focus on people development, maximizing productivity and efficiency, and driving profit growth.

 

Felecia received her B.S. in Business Administration, with a Concentration in Marketing, from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, which sits on the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee, Florida.

In the past, Felecia has been a board member of Atlanta Women’s Leadership Network; volunteered with Unity in Uniform, Inc., Gwinnett County Public Schools, and Orange County Public Schools.

 

Why I joined the Board: I’m a boy mom but I have always had the desire to mentor and be a positive role model in the lives of tween and teen girls. I want to be a catalyst to them making good choices that will lead to empowered and fulfilling lives.

Fun fact: I love polka dots and mixing patterns and textures that most people think don’t go well together

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HASKELL RUFF, BOARD TREASURER

 

Haskell Ruff returns to the Board after several years. Haskell is currently the Associate Vice President/ Controller for Morehouse College. He is responsible for the financial well-being of the College with critical processes of Accounting, Payroll, Grants, and Accounts Payable within the Business and Finance Organization under his control.

 

Haskell’s previous roles include lead finance/controller positions at Morehouse School of Medicine and Meharry School of Medicine. He also provided financial consulting services which included acting Chief Financial Officer at Arkansas Baptist College and Controller at Wilberforce College. This activity followed a lucrative career in the corporate world at Alcoa (a metal and mining company). Haskell enjoys all sporting events and stays active by playing tennis and working out.

 

Why I Joined the Board: This is a wonderful organization that is there to help young ladies prepare for the next phase of their lives.

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DAMARIS JOHNSON, BOARD MEMBER

 

Damaris Johnson is Clinical Director of The Walk of Life Counseling Center. As a graduate of Mercer University School of Medicine with a Masters degree in Family Therapy, she maintains a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia that serves individuals, families, and couples. Damaris has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field and conducts trainings for licensed therapists throughout the metro Atlanta area. Additionally, she also provides supervision and mentorship to graduate students in their training to become a therapist. 

 

Damaris has also served on the board of The Journey of Life, a nonprofit aimed at preparing metro Atlanta teens for life beyond high school. She is often invited to speak on the topic of mental health and work-life balance in communities and workplaces of high achievers in order to proactively best manage potentially high-stress environments. Damaris is a member of the Georgia Association for Marriage & Family Therapy as well as Postpartum Support International. 

 

Why I joined the Board? My first job out of graduate school was working with adolescents and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the work. During my time in that role, I quickly saw the value in healthy resources for young adults. DDP is an organization I wish I had to offer to the young girls I met long ago. I have eagerly joined this board so I can do my part to help expand the reach of DDP so that every adolescent in Atlanta is aware of the wonderful resource that is DDP.

 

Fun fact: I was born in South Dakota! 

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KIM KIMBLE, BOARD MEMBER

 

Kim Kimble serves as a Principal Consultant of Kiverly HR Talent and Leadership Solutions providing strategic HR solutions on talent development and executive coaching. Kim has over 20 years of diverse Human Resources experience and has worked for global fortune 500 companies where she has served as a trusted HR advisor on global corporate policies in the areas of Cultural Integrations, Talent Management, Employee Relations, Diversity and Inclusion, and Executive Assessment & Coaching.

 

Why I joined the Board: The reason I joined the board of Destiny’s Daughters of Promise is my passion of helping others develop and grow. I wanted to serve an organization that uplifts our youth through service leadership, mentoring, coaching, and providing them with resources that encourages positive development.

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SHONTAY ROBINS, BOARD MEMBER

 

Shontay Robins is Randstad NA’s Manager of Randstad Technologies Solutions Billing, Accounts Receivable, and Collections team – responsible for over $600 million in revenue. In this role, Shontay oversees a team to ensure accurate and timely analysis and processing of billing and accounting functions relating to various sales activities. Shontay has helped to reduce time to invoice by 28%, decreased DSO by 9 days, and is certified LEAN Yellow Belt.

 

Shontay also serves on Randstad’s African Heritage Community Service committee as co-chair of the Youth Outreach sub-committee and a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlanta. Shontay is a graduate of Temple University’s Business Administration undergrad program and Wilmington University’s Master’s program.

 

Why I joined the Board: I joined the board because being a beneficiary of a youth development program during high school prepared me for my future and inspires me to give back. It’s time for me to help plant mustard seeds of inspiring faith, foster healthy relationships, and empower girls to live a bold successful life.

Fun fact: I climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. No, really climbed a bridge!

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LORRAINE THOMAS, PRESIDENT & CEO

 

Lorraine E. Thomas, M.Ed., is an executive leader, trainer, and coach. She considers herself a lifelong learner and hopes to inspire others to reach their full potential. As CEO and President of Destiny’s Daughters of Promise, her role is to ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and consistent quality of administration, fundraising, and communications.

 

She has a Master’s Degree in Education and is a long-time educator at the elementary school level, instructional coach, and facilitator of administrative leadership skills.

 

As a dedicated and extensively experienced educator and trainer for 20+ years, Lorraine enjoys speaking to diverse audiences at conferences, retreats, schools, and other community organizations. A down-to-earth and memorable speaker, she builds on her experience as an Instructional Coach to conduct training and workshop sessions for adults and teens. She is zealous about helping teens discover their unique gifts and talents, build resilience and make healthy choices. Lorraine is a leader in advocating for youth engagement in civil society and the processes that shape their futures. She is a firm believer that youth participation in community service prepares them to become contributing members of society.

 

In addition to her passion for youth success, Lorraine also provides coaching, leadership, and personal development programs for women. Her career highlights include being an Army Veteran, Executive level leader, Author, and recipient of the David Watts Scholar award. Lorraine has earned multiple achievements and recognition for community service. She resides in the Metro Atlanta area.  

 

DDP is a sisterhood of loving and kind spirits who strive to

build leaders in our society.

- Perry, Former DDP Student