FTJEF is an IRS 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
Founded March 22, 2021

Meet The Board

Crispin Jones, Executive Director

With over 25 years as a Human Resources Information System (HRIS) Professional with experience in guiding, directing, developing and implementing Human Resources Systems, technologies and process solutions to support achievement of business goals and objectives, Crispin has demonstrated versatile skills including strategic and project planning, functional and technical analysis, project management and the ability to work cross functionally to drive innovation and results.

He has served in a leadership role in several organizations including chairman of the St Marcelline Parish Council, Grand Knight and President of the St Marcelline Knights of Columbus Council, President of the St Patrick’s St Teresa’s Convent High School Alumni Association and Dean of Pledgees in the Stamford Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Crispin graduated from Livingston College, Rutgers University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. In 1985 he graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a Master of Business Administration in Managerial Information Systems.

His hobbies include traveling, the company of good friends and families, listening to music, science fiction and action movies and spiritual development activities. He currently lives in Schaumburg, IL with his family.

James Wilson, Treasurer

With over 30 years of experience in the non-profit industry, James has consistently demonstrated the ability to setup, support and implement operational systems for enhancing the areas of finance and accounting. He remains committed in his partnership to improving the health and wellbeing of agencies providing needed services to individuals and families.

He is the owner of Community Accounting Services, LLC, providing accounting services to non-profit organizations, charter schools, and small to medium size businesses.

In 1988, James graduated from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a degree in Business Administration. He then received his Master’s Degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University in 2004.

James currently lives in Buford, Georgia with his family and he enjoys spending quiet time in the Scriptures, cooking, reading, and traveling.

Joshua Carter, Secretary

Joshua David Carter (Josh) graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience. Following graduation, he found his calling in sales and is currently working at the Ford Motor Company. With Josh’s skills and experience in sales, he knows how to effectively help people and meet them where they are.

Combining his passion for higher learning and social issues, he is working towards a career in public service with this organization being his first endeavor. Josh enjoys reading and playing basketball during his spare time.

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”  By Unknown Author

Catherine Williams, Board Member

Catherine Williams was born in Monrovia, Liberia and lived there for most of her early years.She received a high school diploma from the Saint Teresa’s Convent and later earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Liberia. While at the University, she engaged in numerous academic and sports activities.

After graduation, she worked in the Research Department at the Central Bank of Liberia for many years. In 1982 she was selected by the Bank to travel to the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC where she studied and earned a certificate in Economics of Balance of Payments for Liberia. She returned to Liberia and made many contributions to the research and development of Liberia’s monetary economy.

In 1982 she migrated to the United States due to the ongoing civil war in Liberia. Catherine settled in Atlanta, Georgia where she got married and began raising a family of four girls. Catherine chose to put her career on hold to raise her children at home until they moved on to college.

From 1998 to 2003 she continued her career when she worked with Chupa Chups USA as a Customer Service Representative and later rose to position of Manager of the Customer Service Department. She later furthered her career when she joined Wise Foods, Inc. as a Trade Development Assistant from 2004 to 2006. At Wise Foods, she assisted the Trade Director to manage a trade budget of $7.9 M through funding allocations, promotional spending and budget performance.

In 2008, Catherine returned to Liberia and joined the Roberts Flight Information Region (Roberts FIR) in 2009 as the Deputy Secretary General for Administration and Human Resource. During this period, she established and implemented major goals and objectives for the provision of air navigation services for the combined countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone while working closely with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO, Canada) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA, Switzerland).

She worked with the Roberts FIR until 2017 and later in 2018, opened CEMA Beauty Supplies, a successful private business that provided beauty supplies on wholesale and retail levels, as owner and operator. Due to a nationwide lockdown by the government due to the pandemic, she sold the business and returned to the United States in 2020 to join her family where she presently remains.

Catherine is a humble and caring woman. Her love for education of children is exemplified in her four children who have all gained high levels of education. She is well liked by many whose paths were crossed with her and is always willing to engage in activities and help wherever possible.

Marlene Jones, Advisory Board

Graduated from Clark Atlanta University in Southwest Atlanta with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree and emphasis in Public Finance. However, upon entering the workforce, Marlene decided to choose a career path in the commercial insurance industry which lasted over 20 years.

Working for a couple of the major insurance companies in Georgia, provided the opportunity to acquire skills in sales, marketing, account management and customer service. Some of which included building productive relationships with clients, analyzing data to provide solutions to their insurance needs, preparation of reports and resolving complex issues to arrive at satisfactory solutions for the clients as well as the companies.

After 20 years in the insurance industry, Marlene recently switched to another area of interest, the health industry, where she continues to utilize the skills acquired over the years and provide customer service to clients.