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George Pinckney
Joanne Latimer
Diana Coutee
Amanda Benzing
There’s Still Work to
be Done!

The most recent OPHELIA Foundation board meeting took place on October 1, and the annual board appointments and elections were held during the meeting. One of the existing officers, when offered the opportunity to continue serving as a board member, boldly accepted, emphatically stating, “There’s still work to be done.” And so there is!

The following five individuals were elected as new officers for the 2017-2018 fiscal year:
Jameece Pinckney , Chairman
Gil Pinckney , Vice Chairman
Linda Alkire , Secretary
Darryl Peek , Financial Secretary
Ray Robertson , Treasurer

In addition, three new members were appointed to the board:
Linda Alkire , Secretary
Karen Rosser , Audit
LaShawn Williams , Logistics

I am honored to be one of those elected to the board; it’s a blessing to be part of this wonderful group of dedicated individuals. I’m looking forward to helping the board continue and expand its outstanding philanthropic endeavors.

The Foundation has made a difference in the lives of our youth — by awarding scholarships, gifting backpacks and school supplies, taking advantage of local event sponsorships, and donating time (perhaps our most valuable commodity!) to accomplish these initiatives. 

There are still countless young people in need, and the Foundation will continue to help as many of them as we can. We look to the year ahead with gratitude, optimism, and enthusiasm — there’s still work to be done!
White Party with a Purpose!

The OPHELIA Foundation held its third annual “White Party with a Purpose” on July 8, 2017, in Arlington, Virginia. We hosted approximately 50 guests, who enjoyed an evening dedicated to fundraising and scholarships. I am pleased to say that we raised $5,900 at the event—just $100 short of our $6,000 goal!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who attended our White Party and all of our donors. Your willingness to help our youth through your generous contributions enables us to make a very real difference in their lives and to expand our reach for our PHEAST (Poverty, Health, Education, Arts, Sports, and Technology) initiatives in the upcoming year.

Some of the proceeds from our annual event fund two $1,000 scholarships for college-bound high school seniors. This year’s Ophelia Scholarship awardees were recognized and honored at the White Party. Emily Burns, now a freshman at High Point University pursuing a double major in criminal justice and Spanish, and Brie Gisseman, a freshman at Brigham Young University majoring in biochemistry, attended with their parents.

We also recognized the first Gil and Jameece Pinckney Scholarship awardee at the event. Morgan Frieberg, a freshman at the University of Virginia majoring in mechanical engineering/mathematics, was the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. Frieberg's parents were present for the award presentation.

We are proud to help these outstanding young people pursue their higher education, and we wish them the best as they begin their college careers.

Proceeds from the annual White Party also enable the Foundation to gift backpacks filled with supplies to local schools. This year we delivered 50 backpacks to two schools and additional school supplies to a third school (see the article and video below).

If you would like to make a donation to the Foundation to support our efforts, please mail it to:
The OPHELIA Foundation,
5041 Grand Beech Court, Haymarket, VA 20169

You can also make a donation through our link.

Make all checks or money orders payable to The OPHELIA Foundation. We deeply appreciate your generous support. Please note that we are a 501(c)(3) organization; portions of your donation may be considered tax deductible. A letter will be sent to all donors.

 On September 13, OPHELIA Foundation Chairman and Founder Jameece Pinckney visited Grace E. Metz Middle School and West Gate Elementary School, both in Manassas, Virginia, to deliver backpacks for students in need. The middle school students also received dictionaries, and the elementary school students were also given educational reading books.

“I look forward to visiting the schools and giving them these backpacks filled with essential supplies. There’s always a great need for them at the start of the school year, and thanks to The OPHELIA Foundation’s generous donors, we were once again able to help 50 children.

“I firmly believe students who have the learning tools they need in the early school years have the greatest chance for future success. We want to do everything we can to help them engage in school and achieve their greatest potential.”

Pinckney said the staff at Grace E. Metz and West Gate were gratified to receive the backpacks; each year, the need for supplies continues to grow. “In fact, as a result of our donations to Metz and West Gate, Manassas Park Middle School also requested our assistance, and we were able to provide them with some school supplies as well.”

She noted, “The Foundation’s donor base makes it possible for us to help the students each year, and we look forward to providing backpacks and supplies to more of our local schools in the 2018 – 2019 school year!”

View event coverage by clicking the link below:

Author Joanne Latimer and her daughter, OPHELIA Foundation Chairman and Founder Jameece Pinckney, were guests on the July 18 “Making Inspired Choices with Coach Linda” show on Life Coach Radio Network. Host Linda Stephens-Jones, a certified Christian life coach, discussed “Being the Change You Want to See” with the two women.

This mother and daughter agreed that faith is their number-one core value, followed by hard work, persistence, patience, determination, and a focus on integrity and respect.

Latimer, whose book Arai of Light: Strength for Today’s Living! was published earlier this year, is a Bible teacher and the mother of five daughters. Her devout faith and dedication to serving and sharing her God-given gifts was instilled at an early age by her grandmother and mother. Those traits carried her through many difficult circumstances in life, including striking out with her children entirely on her own, working at low-paying jobs while raising them, and, consequently, having to abandon her college education for many years. She initially enrolled in college in 1969 and graduated cum laude in March 2014, with a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from DeVry University in Kansas City, Missouri.

“God’s hand has been on my life since childhood,” she noted in the interview. “My heart and life were transformed through my own experience, and I am [now] helping others. The word of God doesn’t change or fail.” She said anyone seeking to hear from God can benefit from her book, matter-of-factly stating, “Someone has to say the hard stuff.” To her, “being the change” means we are all ambassadors and have power from the Word. We ourselves must be the joy, be the goodness, and be those things that will impact the lives of others.

Pinckney’s personal journey has been amazing and successful. She is the President and CEO of HyQuest Consulting Solutions, LLC and has a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting from George Washington University School of Business; a Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law; and a master’s degree in administration and supervision and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, both from Tennessee State University. 

But Pinckney, too, traveled a difficult road and cautioned, “People tend to look at the glory, not the story.” She was deeply influenced by her mother and was taught from childhood to “take it to the Lord.” Pinckney said, “Devotion is a wake-up call every morning; it’s your relationship with God that will carry you.” She left home for college with five scholarships, a few clothes, one set of sheets, and her faith. Despite the challenges she faced, she saw “the change I wanted to become,” believed she could achieve her goals, and faced the future. After completing law school, she bought a one-way ticket to Washington, D.C., and has never looked back. 

Latimer’s and Pinckney’s personal achievements are a testimony to their unwavering faith and their commitment to bringing a message of hope to others through their activities. To listen to their entire interview, visit

Joanne Latimer’s book “Arai of Light: Strength for Today’s Living!” is available on .
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The OPHELIA Foundation: O pportunities to P rovide H ope, E mpower L ives, and I nfluence A dvancement.
A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization Based on the Principle of Helping Others. Established 2014.

Jameece Pinckney , Chairman and Founder
Linda Alkire , Editor
Michelle Lewis Design, Graphics

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