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The Minds Behind the W.H.O. Vision

Founders

Vittoria Jimerson

Vittoria Jimerson
Founder, Executive Director

Vittoria Jimerson has worked for the Department of Defense for over 17 years, focusing on Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Contracting.

 

Mrs. Jimerson is currently a Professor of Logistics for the Department of Defense (Defense Acquisition University). 

 

Vittoria obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Capital University in Public Administration, her Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Franklin University. 

 

She has pursued her Ph.D. in Organizational Development and is currently completing her Doctorate in Supply Chain Management.

Vittoria also owns Five Gems Consulting LLC, where she consults non-profit organizations, as well as provides small business management, focusing on policy and procedures. 

 

She has previously taught at Baker College (Auburn Hills, MI), Northwood University (Troy, MI), and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Lansing Community College in Corporate Trainings.

 

Vittoria’s passion and purpose is focused on working with youth and women on personal development, mentoring, as well as business and financial education.

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Jason Overmyer
Founder, Director of Outreach & Advocacy

Jason is currently focusing his efforts on philanthropy in the Albion and Jackson, Michigan communities. 

 

Mr. Overmyer is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Turfgrass Management and is currently working on an advanced degree from Penn State University in the same field and an Associate Degree in Business Management from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. 

 

Jason is very passionate about teaching life lessons through bowling and golf.  He strongly believes that these two games go hand in hand when making decisions in life. 

 

He goes on to say “If someone can call a penalty on themselves while on the golf course, they’re going to be able to hold themselves accountable in life.”  Not to mention, while bowling, “Every day is a new frame and every frame is a new day!”  “An opportunity to make a better effort, an opportunity to learn from mistakes.” 

 

Bowling and golf are two games that most definitely mirror life.  

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Andrea Brown-West
Founder, Director

A Disabled Navy Veteran, Andrea Brown-West currently works for Tank Automotive Command (TACOM) as a Technical Writer-Editor.

 

Andrea has been a Technical Writer-Editor for 18 + years and holds a Dual Master Degree in Business and Global Leadership and Management. Andrea also has several certificates: Project Management, Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management, Network Engineering Management, And International Business. 

 

Prior to working at TACOM Andrea Brown-West joined the USN in 1987 and was assigned to the USS ACADIA AD42 as Radioman (Telecommunications) in the Operations Department.

 

While onboard the USS ACADIA AD42 Andrea earned several medals and citations such as: Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Navy Battle E, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Medal, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal are just a few.

 

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Andrea went on several deployments, while en route to Diego Garcia then the USS Stark was hit by Iraqi Mirage and was severely damaged on May 17, 1987.

 

The USS Acadia was to provide forward deployment and battle damage repair to the USS Stark. The USS Stark incident sparked the first Gulf War but was later renamed to Operation Earnest Will due to females not being allowed in a War zone.

 

Andrea has over 28 years of services combined as a Veteran and DOD Civilian. Andrea’s passion is working with other Veterans and Youth who struggle with PTSD, Mental Health challenges and how to be prepared to navigate in a society that does not always understand these struggles.

 

Andrea feels that we as a society need to #breakthestigma when it comes to dealing with mental health struggles.

Board Members

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Candace Graham
Board Member

Ms. Candace Graham has been an educator for over 15 years working in an urban public school district.

 

Candace earned her Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts and a minor in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Michigan University.

 

Candace furthered her education by obtaining a Masters Degree in Reading from Grand Canyon University.

 

She currently holds a Professional Teaching Certification for grades K-5th grade as well as a ZA Endorsement.

 

Candace has a passion for educating children and believes that our children are capable of reaching their fullest potential.

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Hannah Burgess
S.T.E.P Program Director, W.H.O. Board Member

Hannah has a passion for helping people get a second chance in life. Hannah is a Jackson native and Lumen Christi graduate.

 

Ms. Burgess’ professional background is in education. She worked as a paraprofessional for Michigan Center School district for six years and then as a substitute teacher for two years before the pandemic.

 

Hannah graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Spring Arbor University in November of 2020 and is currently enrolled in Spring Arbor’s master’s program.

 

Ms. Burgess did her 400-hour internship with Catholic Social Services Offender Success Program working with the post-incarceration transitional housing specialists. This internship sparked a passion for helping citizens returning from prison. That spark continues to be her driving force to this day.

In partnership with WHO, Ms. Burgess wrote and is currently implementing a mentorship program for returning citizens called Success to Every Parole or STEP.

 

The STEP mentorship program has been well received and currently holds a M.O.U. to work with Michigan Department of Corrections for referrals of those who may benefit from mentorship.

 

The program continues to be well received by both mentors and mentees. Hannah hopes to expand STEP into a more encompassing reentry program that includes transitional housing, mental health, and family reunification programs.

Hannah is candid in her efforts to confront biases and injustices thrust upon the returning citizen population. She will continue to be forthright in her efforts to make sure these men and women get the same rights and opportunities as any other citizen.

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Yolanda "Yogi" Thomas
Board Member

Yolanda Thomas is a MBA Professional with 18 years of federal service to the Department of Defense (Army).  As Logistics Manager, she supports the warfighter in leading Acquisition, Technology & Logistics services and projects.  

 

Affectionately called Yogi, she has real heart for humanity and is a standout writer, speaker, and supporter for girls and teens with low self esteem needs.

 

The focus to live on purpose is also a humbled desire to embrace endless opportunities to H.U.G. (help, understand, give) "everyday" people in need which she believes requires sacrifice, commitment, and partnership with others.

 

Her inspiration for serving in the WHO is on par with the greater vision for embracing people in underserved areas to live, build, and thrive as empowered individuals in their communities.

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Aaron O. Taylor
Board Member

Mr. Aaron Taylor has been working in Defense & Aerospace for 17 years, and the last 12 as a
Department of Army civilian.

 

As an Engineer within the Army’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center, Aaron
has supported; major DoD acquisition programs; Army Science and Technology initiatives; and the
Army’s modernization initiative.


Aaron earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Technology from Central Michigan University, a
Master’s in Manufacturing Engineering from Western Michigan University, and is a certified Project
Management Professional (PMP).


Aaron is a staunch supporter of Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) education for
children, and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience.

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Dr. Kimberly Mitchell
Board Member

Dr. Kimberly J. Mitchell works for Department of Defense in Logistics, she is a Retired Army Veteran and President of a Non-Profit Organization that currently operates in Michigan and Louisiana; which provides food and clothing to Veterans, Seniors, Homeless, and undeserved communities.

 

Dr. Mitchell has her degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management, Associates Degree in Theology, and holds a Certified Certificate for Supply Chain Management, Leadership, and Demonstrated Master Logistician (DML).

 

Dr. Mitchell thrives on improving the lives of those in need and doing it with a pure heart.

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Krishaun Harris-Johnson
Board Member

10 years with the State of Michigan with the Department of Health and Human Services. Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix and Station Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Wayne State University. Krishaun is dedicated in servicing the community in areas of mental health, geriatric, child welfare and veterans. 

Advisory Board Members

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Mr. Billy D. Williams
W.H.O. Advisory Board Member

Billy D. Williams is from Detroit, Michigan.

He attended Mumford Senior High School in Detroit, Michigan made famous by Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop I.

Mr. Williams was awarded a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Mr. Williams is also a military veteran having served in the United States Coast Guard. He is now retired after working as Corporate Trainer for the law firm of Bodman PLC which has offices located in Detroit, Cheboygan, Ann Arbor, Troy and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

In addition to his work for Bodman, Mr. Williams served as the Park Commissioner for Ypsilanti Township.

He has been married to his wife Andrea for well over thirty years and the two have two adult children, along
with two grandsons.

Mr. Williams enjoys travel and has a vast collection of shot glasses from his
worldwide travels.

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Dr. Thomas Green
W.H.O. Advisory Board Member

Dr. Thomas Green is a post-doctoral research and co-instructor in the Plant,
Soil, and Microbial Sciences department at Michigan State University.

He has more than 26 years of experience in the golf course industry from working as a turf grass intern to conducting research on improving golf
course turf playability.

 

Thomas has a lot of experience and enjoys
conducting community outreach and consulting in the green industry.


More so he has been a teaching assistant and co-instructor within the
Institute of Agricultural Technology for more than 10 years.

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Email: thewhovision2020@gmail.com

Phone: (517) 494-9348

Office Location:
Blake Building, Suite 706, 
180 W Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

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