Minister Donald Thomas
Mr. Donald Thomas served as the manager of Corporate Salary Payroll at Chrysler Group LLC before retiring in December of 2015.
He managed the payroll operation for approximately 10,000 salaried employees with an average net annual payroll in excess of one billion dollars.
Mr. Thomas worked for Chrysler Group LLC for a total of 44 years and in that time, he held numerous job assignments within the company. Including a Systems Analyst, supporting Corporate Accounts Payable, an Insurance Analyst, processing Sick & Accident claims for one of the largest plants within Chrysler, and a tax analyst for Chrysler’s Office of Tax Affairs. In addition to his professional career at Chrysler, Mr. Thomas was licensed and ordained as a minister in 2010. He served as Executive Pastor at Family Victory Fellowship church, in Southfield Michigan until he retired and moved to Moreno Valley California in 2016. Mr. Thomas was again licensed as a minister in California in 2019. He currently serves as the co-director of Life Partners with his wife Stephanie. Life Partners is the marriage ministry at Living Way Christian Fellowship church, located in Moreno Valley California.
A strong believer in service to others, DeeAnna’s philosophy is that the greatest impact we can have on the course of our lives is being actively involved in the community. Her desire is to help ensure the whole child is equipped to be successful in the world. She lives in Louisville, KY area along with her husband,
David and daughters Celeste, Jai , Destini and son Celvion. She is happy with her children maturing in this great city.DeeAnna has a BS in Business Administration, MS in Business Communication, and MA in Teaching. She has been employed with Jefferson County Public School since 2007.
Menia Johnson provides bookkeeping and accounting support to BAYA Corp. Menia is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and has worked in the non-profit community of Kentuckiana for the last 8 years. Menia has been in the Accounting sector for over 15
and is currently a Accounting Analyst for Toyota North America in Plano Texas. She received a BA in Accounting from Sullivan University and went on to receive her MBA from Sullivan as well, with a focus in Finance. Growing up in the inner city of Louisville and personally knowing the struggles our young girls face today, Menia has developed a strong sense of devotion to help change the mindset of our youth. Serving and giving back to her own community is her passion and a commitment she plans to keep.
Donald Thomas was born and raised Detroit, MI. He attended college at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Human Resources
Management. He then began working in Human Resources at General Dynamics Land Systems in 2001, where he currently works and has a broad HR background, specializing in Labor Relations, Employee Relations, Organizational Development and Talent Acquisition. Donald is passionate about helping organizations thrive and exceed operational objectives. He is an active volunteer in the Southeastern Michigan community. Donald lives with his wife, Maria, and they have three daughters. He enjoys playing basketball, pickle ball and fitness and also enjoys traveling and home improvements.
Jasmine Frederick, originally from Detroit, Michigan, is the cofounder of BAYA Beautiful As You Are. Baya was built off of her story and will become her legacy in the future. She is 19 years old and is currently enrolled at Olivet Nazarene University, studying Criminal Psychology. She runs track and is
involved in the BSU at her college. She is very detail oriented, and a free thinker. She hopes to one day take over Baya for her mother when she retires. Jasmine served on the Young Poets Of Louisville board for 2 years and was involved in an internship which taught her life skills and how to be an effective member of a team. Jasmine hopes that she can be just like her mother one day and lead the girls she touches to be stronger and better than before they were given the tools for success.
Mrs. Danielle Ames is Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Louisville with a BS in Justice Administration and Sociology minor. She has worked for the past seven years as the Medicaid Coordination Manager for
Christian Care Communities in Kentucky, performing financial assessments, and troubleshooting eligibility issues as it relates to long term care Kentucky Medicaid. Danielle previously worked with girls in residential treatment for six years as a Senior Youth Counselor at Maryhurst in Louisville, KY. Danielle served over twelve years as a Military Police non-commissioned officer with the KY Army National Guard. During that time, she was deployed over seas to Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, and Iraq. After realizing the healing powers of dogs, Danielle attended a dog trainer’s school in Milton, GA for three years to obtain an Advanced Master Dog Trainer certificate and spent two years as a satellite instructor for the school. She also trains dogs locally with KAP Dog Training in New Albany, IN. Danielle and her husband, Aaron, live in New Albany with their two children, Alyssa and Logan.
Corinsa Smith MS, MFTA
Corinsa Smith, MS, Marriage and Family Therapy Associate is a mother, grandmother, US Army Veteran and Social Justice Game changer. Corinsa has obtained a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family
Therapy and Bachelor of Social Work from Spalding University. Corinsa was presented with Social Justice Award from Spalding University and is a board member of the Louisville's Citizens Commision on Police Accountability.
Terri has been an RN for nearly 30 years, making service more “who she is” than “what she does”. Her work as a nurse has allowed her many diverse opportunities over the years, having cared for others in teaching hospitals, as well as in
in their homes, a deaf school and even correctional facilities. Terri gained teaching skills while working in education-based settings such as Wishard Memorial Hospital and Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, and Jewish Hospital in Louisville. She has also worked in open-heart and transplant surgical settings, which has given her a great appreciation for the value of life. Her work with inmates allowed her to see first-hand the long term affects of abuse and low self-esteem. It gave her the desire to serve women and girls, and even the opportunity to start a Bible study group within a correctional facility. She has cared for many indigent and inmate populations, which has given her a passion to serve the under-served. When Terri is not caring for others, she operates Jazzi Gurl, a business she started with her then nine-year-old daughter. Jazzi Gurl started as a creative outlet for Terri and her daughter, but request from family and friends gave Terri the motivation to launch the business. Terri thought it was important to instill the entrepreneurial spirit in her daughter. Terri currently lives in Louisville. She and her husband, Tim, serve as Elders at their church, New Creation Worship Center-where Tim also serves as Associate Minister. They have a blended family of three children, ages 27, 17 and 10.
Idris Frederick joined BAYA's Board of Directors as the Director of Information Technology and Security Services in 2020.
A career in computer network engineering and design for over 15 years, he is currently the Lead Network Design Engineer with Infinite Electronics headquartered
in Irvine California where he is
responsible for company wide corporate computerized network strategic planning, enterprise network and cloud data center automation design. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science and holds several Cisco, and Microsoft certifications.
Idris lives in New Albany, Indiana with his wife Tanisha Frederick, and they have 2 sons and one daughter.
He enjoys playing golf, hanging out with friends and family. His passion can be found in teaching robotics programming to under served communities through a Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program.
He helped to found this STEM program in the West End of Louisville KY, and has plans to add this program during his tenure with B.A.Y.A.