Distant Beginnings, Inc.
5261 Highland Rd. Suite 335
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Meet Our Directors
Jenuine Parker Turner (Secretary) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Arlene Mossey (Treasurer) - email@example.com
Lyn Hakeem (Co-Director of Public Relations) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Titus Pierre (Co-Director of Media) - email@example.com
Justin Zyla (Co-Director of Media) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Waters (Co-Director of Public Relations) - email@example.com
Harry Turner (Founder and Executive Director) - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Harry Turner, SAP, LCSW (Founder and President)
Harry Turner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and accreditations include an Associate degree in Process Technology from Nunez Community College, Bachelor degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology, and a Master of Social Work graduate degree attained at Louisiana State University. His work experience includes employment in the mental health department of a state correctional center and in the Emergency Department of a major nonprofit hospital.
A few of his notable community service contributions include helping with the Mt. Olive Baptist Church rebuilding efforts in Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina, traveling to Segunda, Mexico 3 separate years for a week during spring break to help build up infrastructure, give out food/medical supplies, and teach with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. He’s provided voluntary representation for Plaquemines Parish’s Christian Minister Missionary Baptist Association response to the BP’s handling of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference held in Atlanta. He has also received training by the Southern Law Enforcement Foundation to become a Critical Incident Stress De-briefer and has had the honor of providing assistance to law enforcement who are/were impacted by tragic events in our community. His service also includes being the former Sergeant-at-Arms for the LSU chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW).
Jenuine Parker Turner (Secretary)
Jenuine Parker Turner is a certified elementary school teacher with a Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences and a Minor in Psychology from Louisiana State University. She currently teaches 4th grade and absolutely loves it! Her background is engrossed in education and community service. She’s taught classes for her school's summer enrichment program and is also one of the two 4th grade after school tutors for students needing a little more attention and guidance. Before becoming certified as an elementary school teacher, she worked as a private tutor for students of all ages. For the past few years, she has also been involved in developing and writing the curriculum for the parish in which she teaches. She loves helping people learn and finding different ways to help them understand. Most of her experience over the years has been volunteering with various organizations because she enjoys being a facilitator for others as they reach their potential. She’s tutored at places like the Boys and Girls Club where she aided kids in various subjects from science to math to reading.
“I truly believe that education is the key to success and gaining knowledge in order to better understand others and ourselves. I have personally discovered that providing students with knowledge about their own history and the achievements of others they can relate to causes them to be excited about learning and motivates them to be the best they can possibly be. This is one of the reasons that caused me to realize the significance of the mission and goal of Distant Beginnings, Inc. Distant Beginnings, Inc. will give participants knowledge about their history and the history of others which will help to alleviate the divide that exist because of the ignorance we have of different groups of people. Through being apart of the Distant Beginnings, Inc. program, participants will be encouraged to spread the knowledge, understanding, and love they learn to others.” - Jenuine Parker Turner
Arlene Mossey (Treasurer)
Arlene Mossey is a dedicated educator living in the Baton Rouge area. She is originally from Clarksdale, Mississippi, but graduated from Xavier University with a B.S. in Chemistry and a Minor in Math. She left Dow to pursue a newfound passion, education. She’s a gifted reading and math instructor who receives above 90% student competency. She loves providing instruction on reading and math. She also desires to extend her work to include inner city and at-risk youth. Due to her charismatic personality and affinity to music, she incorporates music, singing, dancing, and drama into her classes. Her students love her for this and she is also coordinating her own musical drama productions called Mossey Productions.
Lyn Hakeem (Co-Director of Public Relations)
Lyn Hakeem is a Licensed Master Social Worker with certifications in Gerontology, Child Trauma, and Parent Education. She is presently the executive director of the Berean Wellness & Community Support Center located in Mid-city Baton Rouge. The position of director of the Berean Wellness & Community Support Center has afforded her the opportunity to empower the local and surrounding communities with knowledge of resources that increases resiliency and safe health practices within the underserved communities throughout the East Baton Rouge Parish. She is a parent to four adult children (one son/three daughters) and the grandparent of four (two males living in Oregon, two females living in EBR).
She has worked formally and collaboratively with primary caregivers, health care professionals, and other counselors to create service plans, increase family communication, and promote healthy living lifestyles. In 2009 she received a certificate of participation for HIV prevention counseling & rapid testing training. Her internships, while pursuing her social work degree, have provided critical settings, which allowed her to conduct individual and group counseling. She has also completed formal training to serve as a local HIV/AIDS trainer for the Mu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gama Rho. She is presently employed with Holistic Behavioral Heath Services.
Titus Pierre (Co-Director of Media)
Titus Pierre is a freelance photographer and graphic designer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana by way of St. Martinville, Louisiana. He has worked for a number of clients locally and nationally with his work being published in a number of formats and genres. Prior to becoming a freelancer, Titus attended the Art Institute of Atlanta before transferring to LSU where he graduated with a bachelor’s in Communication Studies, as well as a minor in African & African American Studies. Through LSU’s summer study abroad program he was able to travel to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania where he and his fellow classmates studied Swahili and experienced the local culture, customs and history.
Chris Waters (Co-Director of Public Relations)
Chris Waters is committed to community development and social change. He is a criminal justice professional and community activist. Chris graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He has worked in various roles in the criminal justice field for the last ten years. He is the founder of Three Sixty Collective, a community based non-profit organization, that he presently directs.
Justin Zyla (Co-Director of Media)
Investment Manager for United Way (Dec. 2015 - July 2016)
● Led volunteers through grant evaluations of 40 applicants, focused on building consensus around $1.7 million in funding recommendations ● Managed new database implementation and training
Research and Grants Manager (Dec. 2014 - Dec. 2015)
● Helped develop strategy definitions and data tracking metrics for the 2016 - 2019 investment focus ● Examined research from local, state and national sources to establish regional needs analysis ● Presented research through various digital media, including GIS mapping software
Editor for Published Author
● Provided detailed feedback concerning content, characterization, voice/style and reader engagement ● Significant experience with copy-editing, focused on improving awareness of grammar and overall readability
English Instructor (Graduate Assistant) at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (Aug. 2012 – Aug. 2014)
● Constructed course plans, reviewed/evaluated student writing, and lead students toward project completion ● Provided substantial feedback on students’ work through analysis for unique places of development ● Twenty-one hours of college level instruction, including: basic writing through advanced general study courses