Board of Directors
Tony Watkins serves as the 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.
Jarod McGuffey is the Board Vice 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.
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.”
Sara Miller – Trustee