Meet our Team
Joseph is a Program Manager who works with at risk youth and families to help them live together successfully. After spending nearly a decade working in the non profit sector on both the mental health and development realms, Joseph believes that every child deserves the opportunity to better themselves through academics and teamwork.
Joseph has developed hundreds of staff throughout his tenure as a Manager who have gone on to excel in their chosen careers. He has also played intricate roles in securing funding for other non profit organizations through grant writing and networking.
Joseph is a member of New Memphis Institute as well as Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He is also certified in Crisis Prevention and Intervention, Collaborative Problem Solving, Anger Replacement Therapy, First Aid and CPR, and a Certified Lifeguard. Joseph holds a Masters degree from the University of Memphis in Strategic Leadership, A Bachelor's Degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in Health and Physical Education and he is a graduate of West Memphis High School class of 2004.
Candace Stewart is an accomplished post-secondary education professional who has worked with first-generation students to impress upon the importance of successful educational planning. She has experience in developing admissions policy, assessment, academic and college transfer advising. She currently serves as a Director of a literary non-profit in the Greater Memphis area.
Candace believes in the mission of leaving a purposeful impact on our students and community. Throughout her career, she has engaged students in building strong relationships, exploring their individuality, and equip themselves with tools for success. Utilizing organizational management, Candace has implemented academic advising practices and assessment procedures for ASU Mid-South and Memphis College of Art.
Candace is a proud graduate of the class of 2004 from West Memphis High School. She went on to receive her Bachelors and Masters of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University while also earning a Graduate Certificate for academic advising.
PROGRAMMING AND EVENTS DIRECTOR
Karlescia Brookins has joined our team as an Programming and Events Director at Weems World Foundation. She currently serves as an Agency Relationship Associate with the United Way of the Mid-South. She has a plethora of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors. Karlescia is a Tennessee VOL, receiving a degree in Sociology-Criminal Justice in 2011, and most recently her MPA from Ohio University. She is excited to offer her diverse skill set and knowledge to help grow capacity for the Foundation.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Wesley has been employed with the American Red Cross for 1 1/2 years, where he is the Business Operations Specialist for the Mid-South and Mid-West chapters. He oversees both Fleet and Facilities for both chapters. As a Specialist Wesley manages monetary donations including receiving, depositing, and tracking of checks received. He also analyzes data sets and provide daily/weekly/monthly revenue expense reporting to help evaluate present and future performance.
Previously he was worked at UPS for 12 years. For 8 years he supervised team members and managed three facilities in TN. He also served as the back up for his manager who supervises facilities throughout the Southeast US. Wesley has performed a variety tasks, has a strong operations skill set, and is used to redirecting his focus at a moments notice.
Wesley is a proud graduate of West Memphis Senior high c/o 2003. Wesley holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration-Marketing with a minor in Accounting from Christian Brothers University.