Shirley Smith

Founder & CEO

I am the founder of The Superhero Project and have helped hundreds of families during their NICU journey. The Superhero Project was established in 2015, a year after my twin boys were born 8 weeks premature.

I brought the gift of Angel Eye technology, a 24/7 camera system that allows families remote access to see their infants, to 4 Philadelphia area hospitals.  These cameras allow families and hospital staff to work together as a team to care for the premature infant. ​

I love to bring gift baskets, gift cards, hotel stays, photo sessions and carved the idea for The Gift of Time room at Holy Redeemer Hospital, a space where families who have lost their baby can spend time and make memories.

Besides being a passionate philanthropist, I am a busy mom of 4 young children and a full time 2nd grade elementary school teacher.

Danica Raney

Executive Director

Danica Raney has been making inroads in the marketing industry for, approximately, 12 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, a Marketing Certification and over 15 years of experience in customer service, administrative, entertainment/radio and as an entrepreneur.

Her work in these industries, expertise and certifications have demonstrated significant achievement, and reaped lasting results for the companies and clients that she has worked with.

 

She handles all of the day to day operations of My Kota Bear and the marketing, which includes  social media and email marketing in which she specializes in as she owns a Social Media Marketing Agency called Perfect PR & Marketing.

Danica has also held and currently holds varies leadership positions at her church, Love of Jesus Family Church of Newark and her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Beta Alpha Omega Chapter of Newark.

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

Dr. Esney Sharpe

President

Dr. Esney Mae Sharpe is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bessie Mae Women and Family Health Center located in East Orange, Essex County, NJ.

Dr. Sharpe holds several prominent positions and is a statewide and national leader.  She is one of the Itinerant Pastors and a member for over 38 years at Victory Cathedral Church in Union, NJ; she is the former President of the Orange Public Library Board of Trustees; an Executive Board Member of the NJ Library Trustee Association; elected as the 2016 and 2018 United States Congressional Speaker on Capitol Hill for ALA’s National Legislative Day for State of NJ; Chairwoman of the Urban Life Counseling Center, Inc. Board of Trustees; Member of the State of New Jersey Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, Human Trafficking Task Force – Faith Based Subcommittee; Advisory Board and Partnership for the African American Brain Health Initiative, Brain Health & Aging Center for Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University, Newark.  Vice-Chairwoman of the Essex Metro Immunization Coalition; Executive Board Member of the Partnership for Maternal Child Health of Northern New Jersey; Vice President of the Eloquent Bouquet Kitchen, Inc. (Science & Sustainability); Vice-President of Eloquent Boutique Kitchen (Science & Sustainability) Organization; Member of the East Orange Non-Profit Organization; Member of the Essex County Urban Essex Coalition; Secretary of the Board of Directors for Universal Bible Institute Sonship Program; member of the National Association of Professional Women since 2012; and Member of the National Career Institute Advisory Board.

Dr. Sharpe has a special love for women’s health and wellness, ministry, youth empowerment/mentorship and reading. She is an advocate for battered women, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and the obstacles of human trafficking.  She has conducted countless presentations, workshops and speaking engagements in the aforementioned subjects. 

 

Dr. Sharpe is a teacher, trainer, and consultant. She has over 38 years of progressively responsible achievements and experience in administration, project management, strategic planning, and public relations. Her fund raising campaigns generated millions for organized annual giving campaigns, special events, and volunteer recognition programs. She has organized donor celebrations, benefits, and donor development programs.

 

Dr. Sharpe is an extraordinary, distinguished and phenomenal woman who has dedicated her life to serving the community in many, many capacities!  To hear more about this outstanding entrepreneur go to the web site for Bessie Mae Women and Family Health Center:  www.bmwfhc.org

Kawana Curry

Vice-President

Michelle Stevenson

Secretary I

Michelle is a mom of a premature daughter who was born at 25 weeks and spent 7 months and 3 days in the NICU.  She has beome the care taker and advocate for her premature daughter and others in the Essex County area of New Jersey. 

 

Her daughter Heaven' Lee has had to overcoming many many tears, setbacks, obstacles and a major surgery, being transferred to children's specialized in New Brunswick where she was an inpatient there for 2 months and transferred to children's Specialized in mountainside nj for 2 months making her hospital stay from birth 357 days total before finally coming home.

Kim Wilson

Secretary II

Aishah Abudullah

Treasurer

Aishah Abdullah, from Newark, NJ is an ambitious woman who is an Alumni of Hampton University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Aishah was determined to excel and continued to further her education and received her M.B.A at Saint Peter's College in New Jersey.

She is a force in her expertise, making strides with over 20 clients and their businesses all over the world as a Senior Accountant at Bederson LLP (Accounting & Advisor) firm, whom she has worked with for 12 years.

BOARD MEMBERS

  • Cortney Stoutemire
  • Debbie Andrews
  • Gladys McHenry
  • Nellian Barrett
  • Olyvia Raney
  • Phyllis Stern

Our meetings are held every 1st Thursday of the month at 7pm at:

The Leaguers

405 University Ave.

Newark, NJ 07102

Contact Us:
2560 Highway 22 #176
Scotch Plains, NJ  07076
1-888-MyKotaB
            (695-6822)
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