BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board’s primary responsibility is to develop the widest possible support and community involvement for the NDVC. We are the governing body of the corporation and we are responsible for managing the business and property of the NDVC.
As a member of the board, you’ll be expected to:
• Provide organizational leadership and direction
• Ensure that programming adheres to achieving NDVC nonprofit’s mission
• Oversee financials, including adoption and management of annual operating budget
• Develop volunteer leadership, recruiting a strong board of directors
• Give generously
• Raise funds and in-kind support
• Promote NDVC to the public
• Serve a minimum of two years
Interested in serving on the New Dawn Board of Directors?
Current Board Members
REVEREND DANTÉ R. QUICK, Ph.D.
On Sunday, August 1, 2010, Reverend Danté R. Quick began his pastoral ministry at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. One year later, on August 7, 2011, he was installed as Senior Pastor. Since his arrival, the church has had extraordinary growth both spiritually and numerically. Only eight weeks into his tenure, Reverend Quick and the Friendship family were featured on the front page of the Times-Herald as “one of the largest African-American congregations in Vallejo.”
Pastor Quick was born and reared in Washington, D.C. He relocated to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-law. While at Morehouse, he was one of the first recipients of the William H. Cosby Grant for Landmark College’s gifted-dyslexic student program.
Pastor Quick accepted his call to ministry under the Pastorate of the Reverend Dr. Aaron L. Parker of the Zion Hill Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. In response to his commitment to serve God, Pastor Quick received a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He was the recipient of the Jean Anne Swope and James L. Mechem Prize in Christian Ethics. He served as the President of the Association of Black Seminarians, an organization that represents all Princeton seminarians of the African Diaspora. Pastor Quick also served on numerous student/faculty committees and as a Graduate Chaplain for the African-American students at Princeton University. Pastor Quick published his first article entitled, “The Relevance of Race,” in The Princeton Theological Review and is a contributor to The African-American Lectionary.
Pastor Quick has served both the church and the academy in several capacities. In 2006, he was called to serve New Liberation Presbyterian Church in San Francisco which experienced phenomenal growth in attendance and internal love. In addition, Pastor Quick served as a Policy Analyst for ITC/Faithfactor, a Presidential Initiative of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In that capacity, he developed and delivered training materials and programs to aid African-American churches and leaders in engaging in community development programming.
Secularly, Pastor Quick has served in the offices of Mayor Marion Barry, Congressman John Lewis and Governor Zell Miller. He also served as the Legislative Representative for the Atlanta Board of Education. In these capacities he has addressed audiences at the National Conference of Black Mayors, The World Conference of Mayors and the National Conference of Black Men. He also served as the Special Programs Administrator for the Fulton County District Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia.
Pastor Quick relocated to the Bay area to pursue a Ph.D. in Philosophical and Systematic Theology at the Graduate Theological Union, as well as African-American Studies. Upon his acceptance, he was awarded the President’s Award and the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship. His studies are focused on the theology of Howard Thurman and the political philosophy of Ralph Bunche en route to the construction of an African-American political theology. He was the first appointed Howard Washington Thurman Teaching Fellow at the American Baptist Seminary of the West where he was responsible for teaching Constructive and Systematic Theology and Ethics. Pastor Quick was also one of only twelve Ph.D. students selected as a Walbash/Teagle Religious Educator Fellow at the Graduate Theological Union. He also served as the student representative to the Graduate Theological Union Board of Trustees.
On September 8th, 2017, Reverend Quick was conferred with his Ph.D. in Philosophical and Systematic Theology with a focus on African American Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, University of California at Berkeley.
Reverend Quick is the proud parent of Alexander Danté and Kennedy Danielle.
Edison Kelly is a native of Vallejo California, by way of Detroit Michigan. He is married to Lisa Kelly, who is the love of his life, for 22 years. He has 3 beautiful daughters Nicole Dudley, Kree and Edye Kelly.
He has been working with the Vallejo City Unified School District since September 1991. He started at Park Vista preschool as a substitute teacher assistant, and then at Springstowne Junior/middle school for 12 years. There he served as Para educator/Campus Supervisor while attending school himself. He then taught 6th grade Language Arts/Social Studies, and eventually Special Education. He went to Hogan High School and taught Modern World History/Geography. In 2005 he left the classroom and started administration. He served as Vice-Principal at Solano Middle School, Assistant Principal at Vallejo High School, and Principal of Alternative Education. He now currently Coordinator of School Management and Support at the district office.
He has been a member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) for approximately 11 years. He has served on state committees, Currently the Equity, Achievement and Diversity for Success committee and President of ACSA’s local Vallejo chapter. He has served as Co-Chair for the Solano County Educational Initiative (SCEI) a county wide program developing programs to address the underachievement of African-American Males. He also sits on the board trustees for Fighting Back Partnership.
He currently serves at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church as the Servant Leader of the Deacon’s Ministry. He has been serving as an ordained deacon for approximately 14 years. He also teaches New Member Classes and Sunday School. He has also works with the youth ministry teaching Bible study, and has served as a choir member, and piano player. Those who know him will tell you that he is very dedicated to his spiritual relationship God, and demonstrates in his lifestyle.
He has volunteered with programs such as the Willie B. Adkins Project, The Continentals of Omega Boys and Girls Club, and other programs. He re-started the Emerging Gentlemen and Ladies-in-Training program where he centered on mentoring at-risk students. This program is now district wide and serving three schools. He has also worked on political campaigns here in Vallejo.
His main work in the community is the Keystone Leadership Program at the Continentals of Omega Boys and Girls Club. He worked with a program called Keystone. This program has now merged with the Willie B. Adkins program. Together, this program meets every Monday, mentoring and preparing students for adulthood and college. Every Spring break for the past 13 years he has taken students to the Southern States and East Coast to visit Historically Black Colleges. These programs have put several African-American students in college. He also corrects students when some others are unable to reach a student using his own unique style. In October 2004 he was initiated in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated where he serves as assist. Chaplin and works with the Omega Gentlemen program.
He received his Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Solano Community College, and his Bachelor of Arts degree and credential in Social Science from Chapman University. He went on and finished his Masters of Arts in Teaching and Administrative Credential from Chapman University. He is currently working on his Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership at Bandman University.
Joseph P. Knighten is an entrepreneur. He is the owner of JBK Executive Business and Corporate Transportation since 2010. He has worked as director of Facilities and Maintenance Operations for the Tamalpais Union High School District from 1976 until retirement in April 2010.
His education includes:
San Francisco State University @ San Francisco, CA Bachelor of Arts,
Political Certification in Project Management and University of Cal Poly @ San Luis
Obispo, CA, Certification in Construction Management.
He is gifted in finance and performed numerous duties in his years working with the School District. His work included but is not limited to:
- Research, Plan and implement operational policies and procedures designed to comply with all state, county and city laws, ordinances and regulations, and insure the physical health, well being and safety of all students and staff in all six high buildings and related physical facilities
- I managed two Facilities Modernization Bonds to modernize the six high schools. The 2001 Bond was $121,000,000.00. The 2006 Bond was $79,920,000.00. Plus State funds $15,626,128.00. Federal Funds $149,584.00. Local Revenue $1,004,577.00. Interest earned $11,676,546.00 for a total of $229,376,833.00.
- I supervised the School District’s Maintenance and Operations staff of 52 employees and a department budget of 3.2 million.
His strong financial and administrative skills are added value to the New Dawn Vallejo Corporation. He serves as Secretary and Vice President for the Board of Directors.
Yolanda Jackson has been a resident of Vallejo for over 20 years. She is an attorney and has many years of board experience serving on community organization boards of directors and multiple bar association boards of directors/governors. She has an in-depth understanding of board governance and what it means to drive the mission of non-profit organizations. A few of her core strengths are accomplishing goals and building relationships.
Her occupation is Executive Director and General Counsel of The Bar Association of San Francisco.
Why does she serve through the New Dawn Vallejo Corporation (NDVC)? Because she cares deeply about the future of the underserved youth in Vallejo and Solano County. She sees their potential to be our future leaders and she knows that often these children only need a bit of guidance, moral support and a little nudge. This is the difference that NDVC makes in Solano County.
DR. RAMONA E. BISHOP
Dr. Bishop graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond, CA and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her teaching credential from the University of San Francisco where she was student of the year. She earned her Master’s Degree and administrative credential from California State University, Hayward. She was awarded a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Pacific.
Dr. Bishop has served as Superintendent of Vallejo City Unified School District (VCUSD) and Associate Superintendent for Educational Services in the Twin Rivers Unified School District. Her professional career also includes teaching, serving as principal, director, assistant superintendent and superintendent in several urban school districts. Additionally, Dr. Bishop has served as the elected president of the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators.
Colleagues and community members have recognized Dr. Bishop for her excellence in education. She has been responsible for building multiple systems that enhance outcomes for all students. As a principal she led a staff that facilitated API growth of 122 points in one year. In another principal position she led a staff that facilitated growth in similar schools ranking from a four to an eight.
Most recently, Dr. Bishop worked with the VCUSD staff to implement innovative research-proven strategies while removing the district from state control (the district achieved positive budget certification for several years in a row and moved the district from no credit rating to a Standard and Poor’s rating of A+). Simultaneously, the staff implemented programs that are receiving state and national attention and having a strong impact on student achievement, including but not limited to: Wall to Wall College and Career Academies for high school students, a Full-Service Community School District, systemwide implementation of Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS), Restorative Justice (RJ) and Trauma-informed Care (TIC), K-8 STEAM programming, and innovative magnet school programs.
Dr. Bishop is a President/Chief Executive Officer of ELITE Public Schools, and also works as an independent consultant. She is married to Dwayne Bishop, and has two daughters, Kilan and Malia.