About Us

Jonell Adams (Founder/CEO)

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.


Norris Wright (Board Member)

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.


Janice Hewey (Board Member)

Ms. Janice J. Hewey has instructed both private and public school students for more than 36 years. How does one individual find the energy and the commitment to provide students with high-quality instruction for almost four decades? According to Ms. Hewey, “Teaching is something I love to do and I just love children.” She has been recognized for her exemplary service as a Teacher of the Year on more than one occasion. This level of achievement speaks to her overarching excellence and her superior pedagogical style.
As a board member of S.N.A.C.K., Ms. Hewey contributes her wisdom and her wealth of experience to serve as a guide and a model for qualitative efficiency. Her energy, passion, and her sincere desire to serve her students and her community are equally infectious and stimulating. After completing her undergraduate studies at Albany State University, Ms. Hewey not only acquired a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education, she went on to earn an Educational Specialist in Curriculum Instruction from Argosy University in Georgia. This tireless and devoted servant lends her untapped resources and her abundant benevolence to our cause and articulated mission.


Dr. Deniqua Jackson (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 recent University of West Georgia (UWG) graduate, obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a Public Relations concentration, a Marketing minor, and an Advertising certificate. She is currently a first-year graduate student at Georgetown University, pursuing her degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications.

During her time at UWG, she held various Executive Board positions such as President of Leadership Advisory Board, Public Relations Coordinator for the Residence Hall Association, and Vice President of Communications for Blue Coats, a prestigious ambassador organization consisting of elite student leaders. She was also a Social Media Ambassador, promoting student life through her UWG Institution Instagram and was also a member of the President Student Advisory Council. Currently, Alyse-Noël is a member of the Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity and Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA).

Alyse-Noël is currently attending graduate school at Georgetown University.