MISSION AND HISTORY
Only Believe Foundation is a 501c3 committed to youth and young adult empowerment. Our partners and advocates are dedicated to providing professional development opportunities, and leadership training that will propel young people into their purpose.
We believe that everyone has gifts of the hands and heart that must be developed and cultivated. We believe that talents and gifts are to be used to build people and communities.
We invite a generation to engage in our three-fold process that will help them become next generation leaders.
We invest in young people and equip them discover their purpose and intentionally pursue their passions.
We help them understand how to navigate various types of institutions and people groups so that they can become compassionate change agents.
We support their visions and fuel their dreams by providing scholarships to help them actualize their goals.
Matumaini Taylor is a strategic planner, licensed minister, speaker and trainer. Over the past 20 years she has served on various councils, committees and boards in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She has developed curriculums and implemented strategies that have enhanced the programs and projects of numerous community based organizations. Currently she works for the County of Los Angeles-Department of Public Health as a Project Specialist. She is also a Program Coordinator for the Episcopal Urban Intern Program (EUIP) at Jubilee Consortium where she supports young adults that have dedicated a year of their lives to serving the community and exploring various social justice issues.
Matumaini earned a B.A in Mass Communications from Morris Brown College, and a Master’s of Divinity from, the King’s University in Van Nuys, California. She has also traveled Oxford University in London, England to study theology. Matumaini believes that a global experiences impact local perspectives. Ms. Taylor has served youth in local orphanages in Cali, Columbia and Monterrey Mexico. It is her desire to see people of all ages and cultures equipped and encouraged to walk out their dreams and obtain their goals.
DR. RON C. WILLIAMS
Dr. Ronald C. Williams is the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, and an AssistantProfessor of Education in the College Student Personnel program in the Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Illinois University. As Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Professionally, he has served in various professional environments, including: academic and student affairs, higher education governance, academic departments, undergraduate and graduate admissions, financial aid, higher education policy, banking and finance, and a public school system. Williams’ expertise includes: higher education governance and administration; academic program and curricula development, including interdisciplinary and multicultural curriculum and higher education policy analysis.
A native of Inglewood, California, Williams earned a B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting from Lane College and a M.Ed. and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Tennessee State University. Williams is committed to students’ success and academic achievement. As a co-creator of learning, his teaching pedagogy includes the usage of the learning partnerships model to help students grasp course content. By utilizing the learning partnerships model, he is able to situate students’ learning in their own experiences.
Additionally, he encourages them to think critically and to make their own meaning of the world while developing the ability to process information beyond memorization. Williams believes in empowering students and is committed to helping them to shape their own experiences.
BERNESTINE P. TAYLOR
Bernestine P. Taylor is a retired educator, with a career span of over 35 years in the field of education working with the California State Department of Education, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Community College District and the Memphis City School System. Her career was spent in secondary and post-secondary levels of education. Prior to entering academia she worked in accounting positions in the aerospace industry.
As a professional educator she served at the state, district, and local school levels in various capacities and areas such as: participated in teacher training programs, developed and implemented student programs, sponsored student activities and events, developed and wrote curriculums, served on committees, round tables, advisory councils, honorary and professional fraternity boards and worked as supervisor, master teacher, mentor teacher, coordinator, department chair, and classroom teacher/instructor.
Bernestine is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She earned her B.S. in Business Education- specializing in Accounting/General Business and Certification in Computer Science from California State University, Los Angeles. Graduate Studies courses in Business Education were taken at California State University, Los Angeles and a Lifetime Teaching Credential from the State of California and a Certificate of School Administration from the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
LILLIE HUDSON, MSPA, PA-C, MPH
Lillie Hudson is a Physician Assistant by training and a Public Health Professional by passion. She currently practices clinically and is a health disparities researcher, specifically in stroke prevention. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Western University of Health Sciences; and Master of Public Health degree, with an emphasis in urban public health from Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science.
As Physician Assistant, she has served the members of the Los Angeles County communities for over a decade in federally qualified community health centers and county hospitals. She is intentional and purposeful to serve in such locations in order to provide quality healthcare to communities of greatest need, who deserve to live healthy and free of preventable diseases. Lillie, a Los Angeles native who is grateful to have traveled outside of the United States to Ghana, West Africa on a church mission trip. This was her first opportunity to widen her cultural lens. Since then, she is privileged to have traveled to the Dominican Republic on two separate medical
mission trips. These trips have allowed her to experience the greatness of God in a brand new way. She has fallen in love with people of the Dominican Republic and has learned so much from the great faith that they live out daily. She supports the desire of anyone to travel on mission trips to serve others and learn more of God.
Her personal motto: “The greatest achievements are those that benefit others.”
Dennis Jones is the owner of Ascending Heirs Counseling, LLC, which was established in 2005, after deciding not to continue employment as a Clinical Director for several private counseling agencies. Mr. Jones is a proud graduate of Morris Brown College and Clark Atlanta University, and has taken numerous professional development courses in counseling and education at Georgia State University and the University of Maryland. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National and Board Certified Counselor, and holds several certifications under his belt to include: sex offending treatment counseling, domestic violence, anger management, and forensic counseling.
Mr. Jones has worked as a career counselor, sexual deviancy counselor, children and adolescent therapist, as well as a therapist for clients who exhibit psychotic behaviors. He is a member of American Counseling Association, Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers, American College Counseling Association, Professional Board Certified Counselor Association, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Dennis has worked in education for over 20 years. He has served as New Student Orientation and 1st
Year Experience Chair. As well, he has served as Director of Student Life for Georgia Perimeter College,
Coordinator of Greek Life for Morris Brown College, Coordinator of TRIO Upward Bound, and counselor
for both Morris Brown and Georgia Perimeter College.