Ms. Willie E. Hubbard Brooks,M.ED, BBA, Founder and CEO, was raised in the Acres Homes Community and has been very active throughout her lifetime by giving back to the community in various capacities. She is currently a Math and Reading tutor at one of Houston’s local Middle Schools and has worked for Houston Independent School District since 2006. Ms. Hubbard Brooks has been in education for 16 1/2 years. She began her career in 2006 at numerous schools in Houston ISD as a Degreed Associate Teacher, HISD Apollo program from 2011-2015 and currently is an Intervention Tutorial Instructor for 6th-8th grade Math. During this period, Ms. Hubbard Brooks started her own Non-Profit Organization, 501C3, named BenCheri’ Educational Center in 2014 and is currently working on obtaining a facility to run this business. Prior to working in the Education field, Ms. Hubbard Brooks worked as a Senior Accountant at various Oil and Gas Companies in Houston, Texas. During her spare time, she works with a local After-school program to ensure the success of all the children she comes in contact with. Ms. Hubbard Brooks is a native Houstonian who received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting from Prairie View A&M University and a Master’s degree in Education from Grand Canyon University. Her Accounting, Educational and Entrepreneur background and personal experiences,(which she learned from her mother, Dorothy Mae Harper Hubbard, and is following in her shoes) has helped make our communities safe, secure and wants to restore the vitality of its’ treasured history. This has shaped her to be the person she is today. Her purpose in life is to shape as many students minds in a positive and intellectual way by narrowing the illiteracy gap among our youth of today and to maintain the stability of our elderly by offering may resources to make the communities she touches evolve.
Mr. Benjamin Nathaniel Brooks, BS, President and Executive Officer hails from the Third Ward community of Houston, Texas, and is a corporate professional with a commitment to community empowerment. Benjamin’s experiences growing up in a predominantly low-income neighborhood and his family’s commitment to education have allowed him to achieve academic success while at the same time inspiring him to work toward empowering others from similar backgrounds. At the age of 18, he graduated high school with both his diploma and college associate degree, which is a testament to his devotion to academic achievement. Benjamin then graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, one of the most prestigious programs in the country, with a degree in International Politics and a focus on Security Studies. However, he takes the most pride in the community work he was able to engage in while at Georgetown. He served as both a coordinator and tutor with the After School Kids Program (ASK) where he was able to interact with court involved youth in DC. This gave Benjamin the opportunity to become a mentor to students who live in communities similar to where he grew up and help them avoid the pitfalls associated with the pressures that exist in these communities. The lessons learned through experience and through his interaction with others from various backgrounds motivate Benjamin to work toward inciting positive change no matter where he goes.
Mrs. Sheree Nicole Brooks Ewings, BS, Executive Director, Treasurer, is a native Houstonian. She attended Jack Yates High School, graduated with honors and was very active with various school activities. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas with a concentration in Communication. She currently works in the administration portion of a newly implemented chain of Emergency rooms located in the Golden Triangle. In the past 4 years she has been involved in the Insurance and administrative side of the healthcare profession. I value education and professionalism in myself as well as those I surround myself around. I have been in the medical field for quite some time but have a niche for creativity and extra curricular activities. I believe that being a well rounded individual is being a smart one. I highly advocate for higher learning and mental health in found minds and believe it is the basis of a strong societal structure. I believe that programs like this, do matter, and I pray that they continue in a world where my young daughter may experience the importance of an education. With personal attachments to the Acres Homes area, she supports any efforts that go toward seeing the community flourish in a positive way.
Ms. Angel Favors Hillsman, BS, Director, Secretary, and Health Educator of BenCheri’ Educational Center, moved from Texarkana TX to Houston, TX in 2006. She studied Health and Computer Science at Texas Southern University where she later received her B.S. in Health Studies and a Masters in Health Education. She is currently a certified Health Educator for the State of Texas. She has always had a passion for community involvement and helping children. She has worked in Houston I.S.D as an educator for over 3 years. With encouragement from family and friends, Angel started Achieving Angel’s Tutoring in 2014 were she has been able to tutor and mentor underserved children in low-income areas throughout North Houston. In her free time, Angel loves being able to spend quality time with her husband and advocate for community based issues. Angel is also a board member and Secretary of HHAAC and is passionate about the awareness HHAAC brings to the Acres Homes community. As Director and Health educator and member of the board, she plays an integral part in planning and speaking to the community about their needs and resources that would like to be seen in the community. In addition, Angel works full-time as a Community Engagement Specialist for the Department of Education where she continues her passion of helping students gain access to quality after-school programs.
Mr. Camerson McCollough, (ASL) (CODA) Instructor of Deaf Students, Mentor and Master Barber. Mr. McCollough has been a colleague of our Organization and Mentor for a few years now. He is passionate about education and will be targeting the Deaf Community to ensure they receive the services they are lacking in Education. He has donated, sponsored many of BenCheri’ events and is very active in the Acres Homes Community and surrounding communities.