Founder, Nadine C. Duncan, Ed. S.
President/CEO,The PrOOF Project, Inc.
Nadine is an educator with great passion for the community. Originally from New Jersey, Nadine has been an Atlanta resident since 2006. She holds a BA in Communications & Sociology and a Masters in Education from the George Washington University. Nadine is currently enrolled at Kennesaw State University where she is completing her Doctorate degree in Special Education.
Nadine’s vision for The PrOOF Project originated in 2007 while working in Dekalb County. It pained her to see children similar to herself have their hopes, aspirations, and capabilities minimized to a test score. She wanted to see urban youth supported in a manner that allowed them to realize their full potential. She wanted to figure out a way to ensure that parents, educators, and students had the tools they needed to succeed. The opportunity to travel and teach abroad fortified Nadine’s desire to impact the students in under resourced communities. Upon returning to Atlanta in 2014, she began working toward bringing this dream to fruition. She is eager to watch the PrOOF Project, Inc. grow into an organization that students, educators, and parents can depend on.
Deena Swatzie, CRISC, PMP
Director of Program Management
Deena is experienced in planning and leading Information Technology Enterprise projects, with a focus on technology risk, governance and compliance. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Spelman College; she is also a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). She has served her community in diverse leadership roles focusing on fundraising, program planning, and policy implementation. Her focus is to support and strengthen the strategy of the PrOOF Project by educating and inspiring others to become more than they thought they could be. Her goal is to be a positive role model for youth by infusing in them that success can be measured in a variety of ways.
Nikita D. Patterson, Ph.D.
Director of Finance
Nikita D. Patterson is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education. She was a Global STEM Fellow in the Advancing the Teaching of Mathematics and Science (A.T.O.M.S.) Center at Kennesaw State University, where her focus was on recruitment, retention, and development of STEM educators. Professor Patterson received her doctorate in Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Spelman College, a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Master’s in Mathematics Education from Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Patterson is actively involved with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Professional Development Committee, Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference Board, and the Georgia Mathematics Advisory Board.
Jill T. Brasky, Ph.D.
Jill T. Brasky is an Assistant Professor of Music at Emory Univerisity. She is an avid cyclist who describes herself as a humanities professor who moonlights and freelances as a technical writer and editor. She has a strong background in research and over ten years’ experience with project management, writing, and editing. While working as a professor at the University of South Florida, Dr. Brasky worked extensively on various grant proposals. She is excited to join the PrOOF Project team and support a cause she believes in!
Danielle Washington, Ed. S.
Director of Education Programs
Danielle Washington is the Fourth and Fifth Grade Vice Principal at The Kindezi School at the Old Fourth Ward. Danielle has a passion and a heart for serving underprivileged youth and families. Throughout her career as an educator, she has exclusively worked in Title I schools, as well as with a variety of community service groups and organizations. In addition to her educational expertise, she also has a background in marketing and advertising. Danielle hopes to use these experiences to serve The PrOOF Project.
Kierra Rojas, M.Ed.
Director of Student Education
Kierra Rojas has a great passion for education that has been made evident throughout her career. She completed her undergraduate degree at Florida A&M University in Early Childhood Education and her Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. She has held several chairs and positions while working in the school system including Teacher of the Year 2015, Grade Level Chairperson, Early Childhood Inclusion Lead Teacher, Professional Association of Georgia Educators Chair, and Response to Intervention School-wide Representative. She is a member of several professional organizations which include NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), PAGE, and Kappa Delta Pi. Through these leadership positions, she has gained the essential skills that will aid in the success of the PrOOF Project.
Sherea Lloyd, M.Ed.
Director of Teacher Education
Sherea Lloyd is an educator with over ten years of experience in public and charter schools. She completed her undergraduate degree at Florida A&M University in 2003 in Health Care Management. In 2005 she obtained her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University. Sherea has taught a range of grades and all subjects on the elementary level. She has served in the position of classroom teacher, gifted teacher, Curriculum Implementation Specialist and Assistant Principal where she was responsible for all instruction, testing, and teacher observations. Sherea has a passion for working with teachers and creating interactive professional development sessions. Through her leadership and teaching experience Sherea brings a wealth of knowledge to the PrOOF Project but even more a passion and dedication to the development of teacher instruction. Sherea is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Georgia Charter Schools Association. Sherea brings a special awesomeness to the team as she is a former contestant on CBS’ long running tv show “SURVIVOR: China”.
Director of Marketing
Trang is a Market Research Analyst & Brand Ambassador Manager with a BA in Public Policy Analysis. She is the founder of the organization “Only Rice is Not Enough” organization which provides nutritious food in elementary schools of poor regions on Vietnam. What motivates her every single day to do this work is her belief that all children, no matter where they are from, deserve a safe and healthy living environment. Her vision is to incite the whole society to invest in early education because this is the most strategic way to make a positive impact on a person’s life.
Chike, also known as Freeman, has completely revamped his life and responsibilities to include living his dream of traveling and his dedication to selfless service. Freeman is a self-taught technologist with over 10 years career experience in various roles. His most recent position was monitoring engineer with a leading automotive digital marketing company in the nation. It was in this position that he realized the full scope of his talents and the impact he would have if he worked with NGOs on a global scale. He has served with the Future Child School, which is supported by the Khmer Child Foundation, founded in 2009 in Cambodia and plans to return to Cambodia in 2016 to establish an inaugural IT lesson plan teaching programming basics for desiring students. He is looking forward to serving on the board of The PrOOF Project. He has always loved teachers and believes firmly that education is an essential thread to the future of healthy growing communities.
Director of Policy and Community Outreach
Zach Nikonovich-Kahn is a public policy and government affairs professional specializing in the non-profit sector. He currently serves as the Public Policy Associate for Families First, Georgia’s largest social services non-profit organization. At Families First, Zach is responsible for helping create and execute the organization’s advocacy agenda, cultivating relationships with key political stakeholders, and advocating on behalf of policies that align with the organization’s mission. Zach also provides direct administrative support to the agency’s Chief Operations Officer.