Board of Directors
Jarod McGuffey is the Board President and has been a resident of Clinton Township for 3 years. Not only is he a 21st century teacher/technology coach for Fraser Public Schools, but he is also co-founder of Trusted Voices, board member for Galileo Teacher Leadership Consortium Alumni, and a new membership liaison officer for the FEA. His academic credentials include a Master of Arts in Teaching from Oakland University, an M.B.A. from University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Michigan University. As a former teacher of Dove Academy, Jarod views his leadership role as a means of paying back the students for all the lessons he learned.
Willa Jackson is a parent of two Dove Academy students and serves as the Board of Directors’ treasurer. She is a graduate of Mumford High School and has been a member of the Detroit community for 40 years. She devotes her time to serving on the board so students get what they need in order to receive a great education. Her passion for giving back and helping others extends beyond the school board. Ms. Jackson is also passionate about helping at her local food pantry.
Carol Morgan has been a volunteer parent at Dove Academy since 2005. She is the proud parent of twin girls, who are entering their ninth year at the Academy. Her primary occupation is as a Home Health Care worker, which is a natural extension of her desire to work with and help people. In her spare time she loves playing sports, crocheting and spending quality time with her family. She is a member of both the Dove Academy School Board and also serves as the Academy’s PTO President. She looks forward to another great year at Dove, and sends greetings to both old and new parents.
Michelle Di Ponio-Barsh Bio to come.
Tony Watkins serves as the Vice President of Dove Academy’s Board of Directors. He is a long-time resident of Wayne County and is the Director of Program Operations at New Center Community Services. His passion for helping others has lead him to serve as a clinician and in managerial leadership within non-profit and private mental health settings within the Detroit-Wayne County area for 18 years. Tony was a former Law Enforcement Officer in the United States Air Force for 16 years. He earned graduate degrees in professional counseling and social work with a certificate in child play therapy and clinical trauma professional. Tony is committed to serving the community of Detroit as an active member of the Board of Directors for Dove Academy of Detroit.
Arnesha Jennings serves as the secretary on Dove Academy’s Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Oakland University and now works in community development and race relations. She is actively involved in Challenge Detroit (Year Six Fellow), Detroit Dirt, Goodwill Green Works, Black Youth Network, and New True Vine Baptist Church. “I wanted to be a part of this board because I understand the value of education. Being born in Detroit, I have a connection to this city, especially the youth. As a young adult, I’m able to provide a diverse perspective as well as key insights when it comes to educational needs. The youth are the future; it is our responsibility to equip them with tools to succeed. Anything less is robbery.”