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January 29, 2019
Woodlawn Foundation Announces Appointments to Key Education Positions

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (January 29, 2019) - Woodlawn Foundation announces the addition of new personnel to several key education positions.

Derrick Billups has been named Education Director and will be responsible for leading and coordinating the Woodlawn Innovation Network, the Foundation’s primary K-12 education initiative. Mr. Billups brings over fourteen years of education experience to the position, including positions within Birmingham City Schools, Jefferson County Schools and Hoover City Schools. Mr. Billups earned an Master of Educational Leader- ship degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, a Master of Divinity degree from Samford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Alabama.

As part of the Woodlawn Innovation Network, Woodlawn Foundation employs “Managers of Community Partners” who coordinate an efficient delivery of support services for students and families within the five network schools in Woodlawn. These “MCPs” pro- vide leadership and development in six key areas, including youth development, health, mental health, family support, education and community engagement.

Ilisha Jarrett has been named MCP for Woodlawn High School. Ms. Jarrett comes to Woodlawn Foundation through her past work with Woodlawn High School serving many roles, as well as a 12-year career playing professional women’s basketball in Europe. Ms. Jarrett holds a B.A. degree from Mississippi State in Educational Psychology with a minor in Business.

Jason Meadows assumes the role of MCP for Oliver Elementary. Mr. Meadows has served as Youth & Assistant Pastor of the Emanuel Temple Church in the Smithfield Community for over 14 years and holds a B.S. degree in Business Marketing from the University of Alabama.

Jonathan “J.T.” Moore serves the MCP role for Hayes K-8. Mr. Moore recently worked with A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club in varying capacities and has volunteered for several Birmingham-based nonprofits as well as Birminghanm City Schools.

“The appointment of these key personnel strengthens our education efforts within the Woodlawn Innovation Network and the community as a whole,” said Woodlawn Foun- dation Executive Director Sally Mackin. “We’re delighted to have their individual strengths guiding our children and connecting them with our partners and other re- sources as needed.”