About - Common Ground Foundation


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“I started the Common Ground Foundation because I wanted to help. Most of all help people to help themselves. I always believed that if we started with the youth then we would be planting the seeds for our future to blossom. Give the children a sense of hope, self-esteem, and love that will better the world…I think making a difference in the lives of others is life’s greatest purpose. I walk this path with faith knowing that the Common Ground Foundation will Change the World.”– Love, COMMON

Meet The Team

Board of Directors

Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines, President
Erika Bracey
Marc Brooks
Linda Lee
Deborah Quazzo
Jonavan Smith
DeRonda Williams
Paula Yates
Francis Mobasser
Tamara Brown



Leslie G. Pappas
Executive Director

Artra Worlds
Donor Relations Manager

Tiffany Walker
Office Administrator and Programs Coordinator

Milo Dodson
Camp Director

Linda Owens-Thompson
Director of Transition to
College Program

Karl Kemp
Director of Student Services

Danita Allen
Director of Student Activities

Coaches & Instructors:

Toya Dodd
Director of Coaches and
Administrator of Student Records

Amy Ali
Porsha Battle
Vanessa DeGuia
Daris Jasper
Peter Johnson
Terri Mariano
Kara May
Fannie Medina
Brandon Parker
Yvette Shackelford
Antavis Spells
Dorian Sylvain
Mark Morrison
Latrice Gilmore
Marcia Boyd