Board Members



Melrita is the driving force behind the REFORM, Inc. program. Melrita is a native of Forrest City, AR, and is a 1995 graduate of Forrest City High School. Melrita enrolled in college at THE Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA. While matriculating, Melrita developed a love for Social Work. Transferring back to her home state of Arkansas, Melrita enrolled and graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work.

Dr. Marian Lothery is the Coordinator for the Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office (MISRGO) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Dr. Lothery’s background consists of approximately 18 years of experience in program planning and development, capacity building and program evaluation. Dr. Lothery completed a master of Public Health degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA., a Doctor of Public health degree in Public Health Leadership from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fay Boozman College of Public health.

Labrenda Thomas, LCSW

Vice-President/Director of Board Development

Ashley Steward, LMSW

Ashley Steward is a native of Pine Bluff, AR, and is a 2004 honor graduate of Pine Bluff High School. Upon completing high school she enrolled at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. After a less than successful freshman year as a biology major she changed her major to social work where she thrived die to her willingness to lend a helping hand. While matriculating at UAPB, she served with the student senate and held offices in various organizations.

Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair

Geneva Kelsey Thomas, MBA

Genevia Kelsey Thomas is a native of Reed, Arkansas and has lived in Pine Bluff, Arkansas since 1991.  Since 2008, Mrs. Kelsey Thomas has been employed  at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff - Division of Research, Innovation and Economic Development. She is responsible for grant research and analysis which may include budget tracking and financial forecasting, evaluation and monitoring, maintaining compliance with corporate and public regulations, and performing any data analysis relevant to project tasks. 

Dr. Patricia Wilkerson

Member at Large

Dr. Patricia Wilkerson is an Associate Professor at Arkansas State University in the College of Nursing and Health Professions Department of Social Work. She earned a Ph.D in Social Work from Jackson State University, a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Gerontology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the field for over 30 years and is affiliated with several professional organizations.

Director of Educational Services

Kurwin White

Kurwin is the current Director/Principal of Jefferson Area technical Career Center (JATCC) located in Pine Bluff, AR. Kurwin was born in New Orleans, LA on May 2, 1970. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in May 1995. He attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1996-1997) where he pursued a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice.

Director of Special Projects/Acquisitions

Carol Johnson, PHD. Juris Doctorate

Carol Johnson, J.D., M.A., is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission (AFHC), the only state agency specifically charged with protecting the civil rights of Arkansans. The Commission is a quasi-judicial, regulatory, enforcement agency which with receives, investigates and otherwise resolves fair housing/fair lending complaints within the State of Arkansas’ 75 counties and nearly 3 million residents

Director of Program Development

LaKeisha Robinson, LCSW

Lakeisha Lison-Robinson is a highly self-motivated professional with over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. She is a good communicator with proficient computer and software program skills. She is adept at prioritizing, organizing and completing task in time frames set by the policies and procedures of agencies, in which she has been employed or has done volunteer work

Director of Program Development

Dr. John Miller

Originally from Moncks Corner, SC, Dr. John W. Miller Jr. is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has been a member of the UALR School of Social Work faculty since 2007, and teaches students in both the Master of Social Work and Bachelors of Social Work programs. Additionally, Dr. Miller was selected as the inaugural UALR Faculty Fellow from 2014-2016.

Director of Volunteer Services

LaBrenda Thomas is the Director of Children and Youth Services at Case Management, Inc. in Memphis, TN. She was born and raised in Little Rock, AR and is a proud graduate of the historic Little Rock Central High School. With over 10 years of experience, LaBrenda has served in the social services and mental health field in various capacities.

Sonya Lockett

Sonya Lockett is an Associate Librarian who serves as the Coordinator of Public Services at the John Brown Watson Memorial Library located on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). She is responsible for the Circulation Area, and Interlibrary Loans. She is also the Library Liaison for the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Science.

Director of Pathway Programming

Kevin L. Crumpton, Jr.

Director of Youth Advisory Board

Kevin L. Crumpton, Jr was born on the date of June 14th, 2000 in Pine Bluff, AR. Kevin currently lives in his birthplace and has plans to venture out once he graduates this upcoming school year. He is a young man that values family, education, and most importantly his down time. Although Kevin upholds the Valedictorian spot for the Class of 2018, he still continues to show his passion for helping his fellow peers and remaining humble in every endeavor he partakes in.

Patricia Edwards

Director of Fundraising

Patricia is a project program specialist for the Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office (MISRGO), at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She is responsible for executing a comprehensive public health policy program and a comprehensive outreach program specific to tobacco use prevention and cessations in minority population groups.