Jackie is thrilled to take over as BoMF Baltimore's very first Executive Director. Though she may get nostalgic every now and then for her days as former Program Director, and former Director of Communications, Jackie thoroughly enjoys the honor of being a part of such a positive, passionate selfless community of people, and loves every minute of getting to work to fulfill it's mission. Previously, Jackie spent two years as a high school teacher and coach as a Jesuit Volunteer on the island of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia. Upon returning to the States, she followed her crazed obsession with running back to her alma mater, where she coached Cross Country and Track and Field.
"It is truly amazing to see the heights to which people can reach when inspired by confidence, a renewed belief in themselves, and a supportive community of devoted individuals. Working with Back on My Feet has restored my faith in the good of the human soul."
Jackie graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a master's degree in Public Health.
Nikia joined the Back on My Feet Baltimore community in 2009, after changing her career as a teacher. She has a high level of motivation to work for Back on My Feet since connecting with the organization, having served as a Core Team Volunteer, Member Services Manager and now as the Program Director. Understanding her purpose in life, Nikia feels incredibly blessed to work for an organization that is dedicated to the BoMF Baltimore community Members that recommit, daily, to becoming a more beautiful version of their selves. “It has always been there. It is in all of us”, she always reminds her teammates when sending encouragement on the race course “dig deep, find it and glow on”! When Nikia is not running or cheering others along the way, whether on or off the pavement, you can find her volunteering for various community projects, leading a young girls’ mentoring group, chasing PR’s at Cross Fit and dancing her heart back to life with African dance.
“The Back on My Feet community, especially the Residential Members of this organization, has taught me a lot, on my personal journey during my tenure with Back on My Feet. They have taught me courage, the value of self-worth, perseverance and confidence. I don’t think the organization was designed to do that, but has somehow been a blessing in my life and continues to motivate me to work harder. Nikia notes, "Our past doesn’t have to define us. We ask to be granted with serenity to accept the things we cannot change. We ask for courage to change the things we can. And our final request is for wisdom to know the difference.”
Nikia graduated from Coppin State University with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology, but who cares? She is passionate about the work she does and with whom she does it.