John Quincy Adams once observed that “Great leaders inspire others to do more…so that we all can become more.” A widely accepted view of the characteristics of leadership includes optimism for the future, the ability to communicate perspectives, and an innate talent for problem-solving; adding to this list of important leadership qualities, we must include being visionary and innovative. The board members of Special Needs Advocacy of Cobb Kids, Inc. (S.N.A.C.K.) are indeed fortunate.
Ms. Adams successfully completed her formal dual course of undergraduate studies in Early Childhood and Special Education at Mercer University. She earned her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University in 2018. Ms. Adams is an innovative, dynamic leader who seeks to blaze exciting new trails, finding unique opportunities to aid S.N.A.C.K. as it responds to the challenges of providing services to stakeholders who support children with special needs. Her leadership both encourages and inspires us to be more.
Mr. Norris Wright has devoted more than 25 years of his professional life responding to the challenges children with special needs encounter in their pursuit for educational fulfillment. “I have always wanted to be of service to all children. All children should have access to programs and activities that promote and develop their social and academic readiness for success in life.” Through the magnificent alchemy of education, Mr. Wright has facilitated the transformation of children from Brooklyn, New York to Gainesville, Florida. His formal preparation culminated with a Master’s Degree in Special Education at the University of West Georgia.
After 32 years of providing instructional services to students across 4 states and 5 school districts, Mr. Wright has retired from the classroom as a teacher of Special Education in the Atlanta Public School System. He now looks forward to adding energy and a more focused commitment to his coveted ambition; I would like to see S.N.A.C.K. expand and become a global advocate for all special needs children.
Dr. Deniqua Ladson (Board Member)
Dr. Deniqua Ladson received her Doctorate degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Leadership, in 2019 from Walden University. She also received her Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M, and her undergraduate degree from Winthrop University, majoring in Business Administration. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. She is also a member of other globally recognized organizations, including the National Honor Society, and Delta Mu Delta, a renowned Business Management organization.
Deniqua’s has numerous years of experience as a Senior Business Analyst/ Business Consultant and as a Curriculum Designer. Deniqua is also a Qualitative Researcher and Qualitative Editor, with many years of experience. Deniqua is the founder of Koncrete R.O.S.E., a mentoring group, founded to inspire and encourage young women to be ambitious and to believe in themselves.
Alyse-Noel Hicks (Social Media Ambassador)
Alyse-Noël Hicks is a senior at the University of West Georgia majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. In her time there, she’s held multiple Executive Board positions and currently serves as the Vice President of Communication for Blue Coats and the President of Leadership Advisory Board (LAB). Alyse-Noël is a member of the President’s Student Advisory Council and Phi Sigma Phi National Honor Fraternity. She’s also a Social Media Ambassador, promoting student life through her UWG Institution Instagram. After graduation, Alyse-Noël will attend graduate school and pursue a degree in International Business, with a concentration in Global Affairs.