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Our Advisors

The Doris Jean Carmichael Baynes Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to providing awareness to professionals in the fields of education and healthcare. 

We don't focus solely on financials, such as assessing administrative or fundraising costs. Instead, we conduct in-depth research to determine how much good a given program accomplishes (in terms of lives saved, lives improved, etc.) per dollar spent.

Thomasina Lee Curenton is a native of Marion County, South Carolina.  Thomasina has been in the field of education for 21 years and currently serves as a public school elementary administrator in South Carolina.

Mrs. Curenton is a wife and mother of two children. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family.

Dr. Charles Pierce is a Fellow (1988) and Life Member (1980) of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Emeritus fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP) of which he was a Regent 1995-2000, Chairman of the 2001 annual meeting, and the 2004 recipient of the Nathaniel Kwitt Distinguished Service Award.  He is an active member of the Association of Clinical Pharmacology Units (ACPU) of which he was a trustee (2007-2011) and chaired the successful 2010 annual meeting.

Dr. Pierce is also a member of the Academy of Physicians in Clinical Research (APCR) and the 2012 Chair of the Board to trustees of the Academy of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). He became a “Certified Principle Investigator” (CPI) in 2008 with the first group certified (certificate 0015).

He has been active in Rotary for 42+ years, maintaining a near perfect attendance. He has been a Paul Harris Fellow times 3 and the recipient of a Carl T Miller Discovery Grant to assess medical / children’s needs in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Dr. Pierce has served on most committees within Rotary but found World Community Service especially rewarding. He has championed more than one WCS project in countries where asthma is a problem as this has been and remains his major interest within medicine.

Candice N. Jester is an elementary school principal with over 28 years of experience in education.  She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree. She received her Specialist Degree from Nova Southeastern University. 


Mrs. Jester began her career in education in Birmingham, Alabama where she taught high school English. After returning to Georgia, Mrs. Jester served as a teacher in the Dekalb County School System before transferring to Clayton County Public Schools.  Mrs. Jester began her career in Clayton County as a middle school teacher and as a high school lead teacher before serving as an  improvement specialist for the district for five years.  Mrs. Jester served as a high school assistant principal for three years before becoming the principal at Kilpatrick Elementary School. 


Mrs. Jester has been honored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Council for Teachers of English.  She was also named Clayton County Public Schools 2015-16 Principal of the Year. Her affiliation in Professional Organizations includes the Association for Secondary Curriculum and Development (ASCD), International Literacy Association (ILA), College Board-AP Central, and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) review Committee.  


Mrs. Jester is a wife and mother of two children. She enjoys serving children, reading, traveling and spending time with family.

JuJuan C. Mitchell lives in Raleigh, NC and has a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Augustine's College in Psychology and did graduate work in Clinical Psychology at North Carolina Central University.


Currently, she is employed by a global innovation and engineering consulting firm as technical publications manager. JuJuan is a past president of Knightdale-Wake Forest Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. During her term, she focused on building relationships with the chapter’s service areas (Wake Forest, Northeast Raleigh, Knightdale, Rolesville, Wendell and Zebulon). Realizing the importance of social action and its impact on underserved populations, she serves on the leadership team for the Wake Forest Northeast Community Coalition. She volunteers a lot in the Northeast area of Wake Forest to help eradicate food insecurity, voting passiveness while educating the residents about their individual rights. JuJuan is a member of the local chapter of the NAACP, Saint Augustine’s University alumni association and executive board member of the NC Community of Coalitions.


Since JuJuan’s diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis in 2004, she has been an advocate for the disease. She speaks on behalf of the drug company sharing her experience as well as teaching patients how to interact with the medical profession to be a better patient advocate.

Minister Floyd Bryant is a licensed member of the Gospel. He is also a parent and the proud husband of the

Co-Founder Gwendolyn Bryant and executive director of the Floyd & Gwendolyn Bryant Foundation.

Minister Bryant, who is a graduate of Howard University is also the founder of a very successful financial institution that provides financial & consultative assistance throughout the USA & USA Territories.

Minister Bryant who is a past member of Mensa, is also an author  and member of several Corporations and Nonprofits advisory board & board member as well.

Minister Bryant, has a heart for the teaching profession, and health profession, as his mother-in-law is also a retired nurse in South Carolina.




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