WELLNESS OF YOU
HELP CHANGE THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN
The Wellness of You Program is powered by Universal Companies’ through its 501 (c)(3) charitable organization status. The program, which costs $1,000 per student, annually, only exists due to the support of its corporate sponsors, generous donors, and tireless efforts of the staff and administration. To ensure a student you know and love can experience this program, this year and the next, please provide a small donation.
We can secure the present, and ensure a positive future for Philadelphia-area teens, with your help!
WELLNESS OF YOU IN ACTION
WHO WE ARE
Mrs. Gamble, in partnership with her esteemed husband Kenneth Gamble, co-founded Universal Companies, whose mission is to improve communities and change lives, by creating cultural and entrepreneurial opportunities that break the cycle of generational poverty within historically disenfranchised communities. In 1996, she founded The Wellness of You, Inc., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization within Universal, with a mission of introducing healthy lifestyle practices to medically underserved communities. Mrs. Gamble’s acumen for business began early as a student at Bok Vocational School in South Philadelphia. She continued her education at Temple University and later became certified as a Protocol and Etiquette Consultant from the International School of Protocol, in Washington, D.C.
Nikkia MossManager of Wellness, Culture and Arts
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ms. Moss is a graduate of Philadelphia H.S. for Girls and Ursinus College, where she studied Psychology and French. During her undergraduate studies, she studied abroad in France at Marc Block University and traveled to many countries in Western Europe. Upon graduating, she worked at Yale University School of Medicine and the Department of Veterans Affairs as a researcher. Ms. Moss understands the importance of mentoring youth and being a positive influence in her community. She has gained extensive experience working with youth of various organizations. In her current role as Manager of Wellness, Culture and Arts at Universal Companies, Ms. Moss is working to implement Faatimah Gamble’s vision of incorporating character building and social etiquette training into the Universal Family of Schools’ core curriculum. Ms. Moss is also dedicated to the development and enhancement of programs and initiatives that promote healthy lifestyle choices among Universal’s scholars, employees and community members.
Ameen AkbarProgram Facilitators
Raised on the 8600 block of Michener Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, Akbar has dedicated his life to being a driving force for change in the community along with improving the lives of young people throughout. Essentially he has followed in the footsteps of his fathers, best friend and role model, P. Ameen “Skip” Akbar. Ameen I. Akbar has been described as a person of good character and commitment to which he attributes much of this to the support and encouragement of his family and brotherhood of friends.
Akbar’s passion for serving the communities of Philadelphia has stretched into the startup of a community based non-profit entitled; “Mature Cradle, Inc.”. And lastly, Akbar has facilitated the Universal Companies Family of Schools rites of passage program, “From Boys to Men” for the last 3 years.
Garron GibbsProgram Facilitators
Garron Gibbs is a Native Philadelphian and a graduate of George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science. Garron graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 2008. Garron studied Mass Communications management and Business Administration and currently employed with Clear Channel Radio Philadelphia (Power 99 FM and WDAS-FM). Garron is very passionate about working with inner city youth and providing a sense of purpose in order for them to realize their full potential. Garron believes that “One can only be a true success once he or he has helped others become successful”.
Rayce RollinsProgram Facilitators (Bluford/Daroff)
Rayce Rollins is the author of Good Businesses Grow Small and the managing principal of Route Norte LP, a management and marketing consulting firm. Rayce received his Bachelors of Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, from Temple University and his Masters in Business Administration from the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University.
Rayce has several years of experience in corporate strategy and business development. At Route Norte, Rayce helps companies develop winning strategies for new market entry and expansion within existing markets.
Dominique LandryProgram Facilitators (Bluford/Daroff)
A 2008 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, with a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Management, Dominique Landry went on to work as an account management representative for Millennium 3 Management, a Philadelphia-based consulting, marketing and public relations firm, owned by A. Bruce Crawley, until August 2012.
In November 2010, Landry co-founded Common Ground Management, LLC, a lifestyle/management company that unites consumers through platforms that feature art, commerce, education, entertainment and philanthropy, in addition to offering operational and promotional solutions for small and start-up companies, in the Philadelphia region, with James Burks and Sherman Washington.
Since 2010, CGM has created events that provided promotional platforms and communal awareness for small-business owners and community organizations for the participating patrons. Through the events, CGM donated a percentage of its profits to participating non-profit organizations, to aid their efforts.
In 2012, Landry resigned from M3M, to work full-time for CGM, through its consulting service, which aids small businesses with operational, managerial and branding needs, in order to help grow the small business community here. For the past two years, Landry and CGM have assisted scores of local founders and owners legalize their business and build their operations to sustainability. Landry also enjoys working with the youth in athletic and mentoring capacities, as part of CGM’s mission for community development.
Suzann C. HenryProgram Facilitators (Bluford/Daroff)
A Philadelphian, who graduated from The Philadelphia High School for Girls as a member of Who’s Who among High School students, Treble Clef choir and Gospel choir where she helped direct. She then enrolled in North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC where she graduated with honors and attained a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies.
Suzann has always had an interest in the Performing Arts and working with the youth. She participated in many programs for the Arts in the city of Philadelphia including, the Young Performers Theatre Camp, The All-City Choir of Philadelphia, and the City of Philadelphia’s Art Summer Camp. She serves as a volunteer and Treasurer for the Grace chapter of Teenshop Inc., a nonprofit Organization for teenage girls with goals. During college she served as a member of the NC A&T Fellowship Gospel Choir, and volunteered as a mentor and advisor of the Eastern Guilford High School Step Team and the Heart of the Matter Program founded by Sharonda Eggleton.
In June of 2010, Suzann founded and incorporated SCH Creative & Performing Arts, Inc., a nonprofit organization geared to educate adolescents on how to maximize their artistry. She felt the need to give back to her community through something that was dear to her heart. Forming this organization was one way to keep children involved in something positive and it would allow children to build self-confidence and self-esteem. Suzann’s hope and prayer is to reach out and empower as many children in the Philadelphia area as possible, who have an interest in something creative and that they will be able to reach their full potential in their creativity.
Ms. Jeri Johnson, M.EdProgram Facilitators (Bluford/Daroff)
Jeri Johnson has been actively engaged with youth development, community education and service for more than 20 years. Serving in several roles, her greatest joy is in the field of education. Currently employed as a teacher of students with special needs, Ms. Johnson is fully committed to preparing students to achieve 21st Century competencies. To her credit, Ms. Johnson holds a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University; a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Philadelphia Biblical University and M.A. in Special Education from Arcadia University. Ms. Johnson is an experienced workshop presenter in topics that include, Guidance Management, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Effective Teaching Strategies, Differentiation of Instruction, Early Childhood Development and more. Honored to work with The Pearls of Wisdom program, Ms. Johnson looks to fulfill the words of Booker T. Washington, “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”
Felicia HarrisProgram Facilitators (Bluford/Daroff)
As a community activist and entrepreneur, Felicia’s goal is to help individuals of all ages build and maintain sustainable wealth in their communities, reduce violence, and improve the quality of education. Since graduating from Howard University in 2008, she has lived and worked in New York City, the District of Columbia and Philadelphia significantly impacting the lives of youth through mentorship and program development; advocating for equal access to quality education; raising awareness in underserved communities about the importance of voting and community engagement; and working with various nonprofit organizations to strengthen their impact across the region.
Under her leadership she hopes to encourage families, students and other leaders to use their voices in order to advocate for quality education, tougher laws to regulate criminal activity, accountability in government and business, and cleaner and safer environments.
Mackyna BarnesProgram Facilitators (Bluford/Daroff)
Mackyna Barnes is a Philadelphia native and 2012 graduate of the first Historically Black College/University, The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism. Having served on numerous executive boards, Mackyna enjoys being involved with the youth and overall community through programmatic initiatives for educational and self-help awareness. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Mackyna is a volunteer for an array of community service and mentoring projects in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. She is currently employed as the Senior Local and National Advertising Sales Assistant for FOX 29 Television Station.