Founder and Board President
MELRITA M. JOHNSON, LMSW
Melrita is the driving force behind the REFORM, Inc. program. Melrita is a native of Forrest City, AR. Melrita attended Forrest City High School. While in high school, Melrita became a teenage mother at 16 and almost was retained in the 12th grade due to skipping school, however, Melrita graduated from FCHS in 1995 and enrolled in college at THE Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA. While matriculating, Melrita was a member of the World Renown Blue Machine Marching Band and developed a love for Social Work. Transferring back to her home state of Arkansas, Melrita enrolled in East Arkansas Community College and transferred to Arkansas State University where she graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. During her time at “A-State”, she was awarded a Title IV-E Grant Stipend through the Partnership between ASU and the Department of Human Services-Division of Children and Family Services.
Melrita moved to Pine Bluff, Jefferson County where she began her career working with children at DHS-DCFS as a Family Service Worker. Melrita worked several counties during her tour with DCFS such as Jefferson, Lonoke, Prairie, and St. Francis even going on to be the County Supervisor in Craighead County. Melrita worked briefly with the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections where she learned that she believed more in rehabilitation and being given opportunities rather than being punitive.
Melrita began working with Counseling Services of Eastern Arkansas as a Care Coordinator with the new grant received by the state System of Care initiative, ACTION for Kids (Arkansans Collaborating Together to Improve Our Network for Kids). Here she discovered her love for the wraparound model where you bring every spectrum of a child's life to the table, including formal and informal supports so that everyone understands the goals and objectives, are all on one page, all walk away with a job to improve the child's life, including the child, and everyone holds everyone accountable.
While employed with CSEA, Melrita was afforded the opportunity to receive state of the art training through extensive travel throughout the US. Training that she still uses today in her practice with clients and their families. Melrita knew that she needed a higher level of training to continue her work so she enrolled into the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and graduated with her Master in Social Work in 2010.
Melrita is currently a Licensed Master Social Worker and has worked in several capacities such as Mental Health Therapist, Therapeutic Foster Care Therapist, and Geri Psych Therapist, completed Home Studies for the state of Arkansas, Medical Social Worker at Jefferson Regional Medical Center and is now a Renal Social Worker with US Renal in Pine Bluff, AR.
Melrita is currently working on her Licensed Clinical Social Worker License and is the Owner/Chief Executive Officer of The Chosen One Professional Services, LLC. (TCOPS)which provides Public Speaking, Professional In-Services, Professional Development Trainings, Workshops, Continuing Education, Grant Writing and Workshops, 501c3 Procurement and Management and Workshops, Services and Trainings, Group Community Supportive Services, Life Coaching and more. As the President and Founder of REFORM, Inc., a non-profit organization that works with youth 10-24 to teach them independent living skills and how to be leaders in the community, Melrita has discovered learning, teaching, servitude and giving back to the community has inspired her in her personal life and she offers it to her community.
Through REFORM, Inc., Melrita has been afforded the ability to touch the lives of over 2000 youth across the State of Arkansas through various activities such as the Youth Teen and Young Adult Empowerment Expo, which has been held in Forrest City and Pine Bluff, AR, the Back to School Extravaganza, and now has been afforded the ability to touch the lives of youth and their parents through the REFORM, Inc. presents Sister Friend Empowerment Expo.
Melrita is a member of Kings Highway Missionary Baptist Church and is married to Rev. Aaron Lee Johnson, Pastor of Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church, both in Pine Bluff, AR. Together, they have 5 children who she loves dearly- Jalen 24, Caitlyn 19, Samuel 13, Ashton 11, and Abigail 4.
Melrita is an avid activist for change in the community and believes “Dreams Do Come True with proper Support, Planning and Action”.
Melrita also knows that nothing is possible without God at the forefront of her life. She lives her life by the motto “With God, ALL things are possible but without Him, faith and action, nothing is”.