A Donation To The Arts Is An Investment In The Future
Through your continued support we will achieve our growing ambitions! Your philanthropic efforts helps ensure The Pamela D. Franklin Cultural Center for the Performing Arts (PDFCCPA) continues to provide transformative and inspirational educational experiences. Whether you are an individual, a business, an organization or a corporate supporter, your gift will help underwrite programming, education, scholarships, and the other mission-driven services provided to those we serve.
The Pamela D. Franklin Cultural Center for the Performing Arts (PDFCCPA) bears the maiden name of its Founder, Pamela Franklin Stegall. Pamela, affectionately known as "Miss P", is a native of Atlanta and believes that each of us has a faith driven duty to give something back to our communities. To fulfill her purpose of giving back, the PDFCCPA was born.
Pamela's is providing her community a valuable tool that aims to unite, expose, and engage its people in the wonderful culture of performing arts. She believes that art is the common language that connects us all, providing each individual with their own voice. This mindset creates strong social networks, bring together diverse groups of people, and foster a sense of community to builds new relationships.
Nydia Powell-Hicks serves as Chairwoman of the Board. She is a certified paralegal and currently working on a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Her background in accounts payables, accounts receivables, collections and payroll spans over 20 years. Before joining the board, she served as Chair of the Finance Committee, as well as Treasurer of the Anneewakee Trail Homeowner’s Association. Nydia believes in the transformative power of the arts and believes the Pamela D. Franklin Cultural Center for the Performing Arts will make a global impact through artistic expression. Nydia and her family currently reside in Douglasville, Georgia.
T. "Tami" Harrison is a native Atlantan with a diverse background in marketing, design, customer engagement, and consulting. As Owner of The MODE Company, LLC and Big Brand Behavior, "Tami" brings not only her passion for her craft, but over 10 years experience in helping small businesses, independent contractors, and entrepreneurs define and promote their brands.
"I am obsessed with identifying effective, innovative, and affordable ways to expand and sustain small businesses. I consider it a great honor to give back and influence the community by helping to define and promote the vision, the mission, and the overall image of the Pamela D. Franklin Cultural Center for the Performing Arts."
-T. 'Tami' Harrison
Brand and Marketing Director
Michelle P. Benjamin, a multi-talented, multi- dimensional native Atlantan artist and educator. As a high spirited child with a gift for the performing arts, she actively participated in church programs inspired by her grandmother, Sally Benjamin. At the historic Booker T. Washington High School, she became a principal dancer with the dance ensemble under the tutelage of mentor, Muriel Odom. She has a BA degree in Theatre from Clark-Atlanta University and an MA degree in Arts Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Michelle performed with Barbara Sullivan’s Atlanta Dance Theatre for 11 years.
Michelle founded and directed, “ChoreoCase”, a performance showcase of African-American choreographers and dancers in Atlanta. Michelle toured Japan with the Othello-Molineaux band. She landed roles as a professional actress, with major motion film companies such as, Walt Disney, MGM, HBO, Trisquare Films, Paramount and many others. She has taught Theater/Acting and Dance workshops throughout the Southeast region, and as an educator in the DeKalb County School System including the DeKalb Elementary School of Performing Arts. Michelle uses the performing arts in everything that she does and believes that, “Performing arts teach more than just performance – they
teach valuable skills.”
Janice G. Pettigrew founded the nonprofit, Fresh Start for Women, in 2004. As founder and executive director, she managed all aspects of the organization including the development of programs for both women and young girls. After operating it successfully for 16 years, Ms. Pettigrew decided to close its doors and go into a different direction. She now teaches others the lessons she learned on how to run a successful and relevant nonprofit. Just this past January, Ms. Pettigrew began to operate Joyous J’s Heart 2 Heart LLC, offering services as a Nonprofit Success Strategist. It is those skills that she brings to the PDFCCPA including facilitating a number of board development training sessions.
Ms. Pettigrew is an accomplished, powerful, inspirational and motivational speaker. Along this journey, she
joined Toastmasters International, Inc. and earned their highest rank as a “Distinguished Toastmaster”. Utilizing her skills in public speaking, she launched a weekly podcast, “Heart 2 Heart with Joyous J”. She believes that her calling is to share her own story of domestic violence with domestic abuse survivors and unapologetically spread awareness on the consequences of rape and abuse to encourage self-awareness and self-love. As a result of her dedication to helping women overcome many of the obstacles domestic violence leaves behind, Ms. Pettigrew was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in August 2008 from Agape Bible College in Gastonia, North Carolina. Ms. Pettigrew is also a published author with her first self-published book titled Journey to a Fresh Start, Releasing the Junk…Revealing the Jewels reaching number two on Amazon’s bestselling list. She has also written:
Walk the Talk, Live a Joyous Life, Lessons from my Ah Ha Moments
Mama Said…Sage Advice from Mama About How to Avoid Unhealthy Relationships
Jewell Finds a Safe Place…Nana to the Rescue (A children’s book with accompanying coloring book)
Throughout her experiences the one thing Ms. Pettigrew continues to stress is the importance, of acceptance, forgiveness and renewal. After all it is her fervent belief that everyone deserves a Fresh Start. In her own words, “I am SOUL because I am joyous even in the midst of chaos; for I will continue to bring my best self to the table so that I can inspire others through my association with the PDFCCPA and its vision and mission.”
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Gabrielle Johnson Haywood, Playwright, Screenwriter, Speaker and Entrepreneur is a native of Hartford, CT. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is best known for her powerful Stage Play, "The Journey", an inspirational rendition of the Wizard of Oz but her credits don't stop there. She has also written "A Box of Crayons ", "The Tyrant's Servant" , adapted and co-wrote, "From Tradgedy To A Testimony"; just to name a few. She has written and performed several One Woman Skits including the infamous, "Woman At the Well". Gabrielle is the Founder of Gabin Entertainment, Inc and has also embarked on a new journey as swimsuit designer and is the creator of the fashionable, yet modest swimwear, the "KneeKini". Gabrielle currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA.
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Lynette Kelley-Carson has been coordinating, leading and developing business idea's and strategies for over 20 years which includes starting her own business at a young of age. She has worked as a Manager in the hospital sector for over 25 years sharing wisdom, love and training others. Lynette's greatest passion is helping, being of service. In spare time, Lynette enjoys dancing and having fun with her grand and great grand children.
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