The Breakthrough Miami Alumni Network (BTMAN) exists to foster a continuing educational and philanthropic relationship between Breakthrough Miami alumni, both scholar and Teaching Fellow; to provide programs for the continuing education of Breakthrough Miami alumni; to facilitate the meeting of Breakthrough Miami alumni with one another; to encourage Breakthrough Miami alumni to make contributions to public service; and to enhance the reputation of Breakthrough Miami.
Damonta Morgan, President (2020-2022)
Damonta first came to Breakthrough Miami the summer after his sophomore year at Vanderbilt University. A fifth grade Science teacher at the Palmer Trinity site, Damonta recalls feeling an immediate connection to the program as the students he worked with reminded him so much of himself. After what he considered to be a transformative summer, Damonta resolved to remain involved with the organization, if not as a Teaching Fellow the next summer, then by helping to spread the word and recruit other Teaching Fellows on his campus.
Since graduating from college, Damonta has continued his working on issues of educational equity, first as a volunteer with a local college access program in New York City, and ultimately as a Data and Research Analyst at the New York City Department of Education. Currently a law student at Columbia Law School, Damonta remains closely connected to issues of education by volunteering with local students on college access work, or by working with students to develop critical analysis skills through Mock Trial.
Damonta was elected to the Alumni Network’s Board of Directors in December 2017, starting his tenure in January 2018. He was elected President of the Board in November 2019. He currently serves on the Board of Trust at his alma mater, Vanderbilt University. In his free time, Damonta enjoys learning to ride horseback, cooking, playing tennis, and singing.
Jamila Stephens, Vice President & Executive Committee Chair
A graduate from the University of Miami, Jamila is currently pursuing her MBA degree from Florida International University with a specialization in Business Data Analytics. Jamila lives in MIami, Florida where she works as a Ticket Operations Associate for the MIami HEAT.. A former Breakthrough MIami scholar, this year she was elected as the Vice President of the Alumni Network after previously serving as the Social Media & Marketing Committee Chair and as the Board Secretary in 2016.
Tierra Fulwood, Treasurer
Dorothy lives in Miami, Florida, where she works as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert N. Scola, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida. Dorothy was a Teaching Fellow of the program in 2014 and continues to contribute to the organization through volunteering. Since then, she has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University and a Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law.
Zakiya Greene, Director of Membership and Membership Committee Chair
A recent graduate of Flagler College, Zakiya is currently working on attaining her graduate degree in Epidemiology. She was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2019, initially serving on the on the: Executive, Finance, and Membership Committees. This year, we are proud to have her leading our mentorship efforts as the Chair of the Membership Committee.
Anyssa joined the Alumni Board in 2020. She currently lives in Center City Philadelphia, where she works as a senior management consulting analyst at Accenture. Anyssa was a Breakthrough Scholar in 2008 and 2009, and a Teaching Fellow in 2014. She graduated from Princeton University in 2018 with a degree in International and Public Affairs and a minor in Near Eastern Studies.
Kawali is a Senior at the University of Florida working towards completing her Masters in International Business in Spring 2021, and pursuing a career in event management. She became involved with Breakthrough as a 6th grader when the Palmer Trinity site first opened. Since then, she has had the privilege to be a scholar, volunteer, and teaching fellow. Kawali joined the Board in 2020.
Tywan joined the Alumni Board in 2020. He resides in Tallahassee, Fl, where he works for the Justice Administrative Commission as a Fiscal Assistant. Tywan is a former Breakthrough Miami student starting from the 5th grade and then became a Teaching Fellow with the program in 2015 through 2017. He is now a senior at Florida State University pursuing a B.A. in Marketing where he is also serving as the Vice President of the Financial Management Association.
Darren is a Sophomore at Miami Dade College, majoring in Elementary Education, with aspirations to later attain his Master’s and Doctorate in Education. Breakthrough Miami has been a part of his life since he was eleven years old and BTM has been like a second family for him. Darren joined the Board in 2020.
Dwanita Fields, Immediate Past President (2016-2020)
Thursday, November 19
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