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The late Marion Stubbs Thomas founded Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, on January 24, 1938, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Twenty mothers came together to discuss creating an organization to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of 2 and 19. In 1946, 10 chapters were involved in the national restructuring process. The constitution and bylaws were drawn up, and the organization was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware.

Today, Jack and Jill boasts more than 230 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development.

The Toledo Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was founded in December 1952 by a group of loving exceptional women who happened to also be dedicated mothers. Catherine Holland was the chapter’s first president. Though the list is much greater, some members of the earlier years were Katee Martin, Helen Duffy, Thelma Adams, Genevieve Dale, Marion Nunn, Ruth H. Smith, Louise Brower, Charlie B. Nunn, Thelma Jones, Ruth Thomas, Eudora Dobois, Erminie Hart, Doris M. Bryant and Isabelle Carter.  Throughout the years, other families involved with Jack and Jill just to name a few include Dr. Sherlon Brown, Zephyr Taylor, Jackie Adams, Lera Doneghy, Yolanda Jackson, Helen Woody, Kay Thorpe, Shirley Duckins, Juanita Price, Gwen Brown, Wanda Brown, Beverly Baker, Vera Rice, Waverly Early, Lucretia Thomas, Odessa Rowan, Rosie Lewis, Olivia Newby, Carol Baker, Kay Cook, Doris Thomas, Danise St. Andrews Fisher, Michele Taylor-Smith, Deborah Carlisle, Theotress Badgett, Joan Coleman, and Brunetta O’Neal.  Some of our prominent alums from the Toledo Chapter are Columbus, Ohio mayor, Michael Coleman, Cleveland O’Neal, a major television producer and Terrance O’Neal, the first African-American elected president of the American Institute of Architects - New York Chapter.

“To us as mothers, [Jack and Jill] has become a means of furthering an inherent and natural desire …to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal and graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood.”  – Marion Stubbs Thomas

Our Mission

MISSION: Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 – 19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.

Our Mission

Our Vision

To bond in service and sisterhood while nurturing our children as they strive to become the next generation of leaders in our community


Officers and General Membership

Candice Harrison- President

Jeanna Temple- Vice President

Carla Fitzgerald- Immediate Past President

Sheila Eason and Kimberly Algee- Co- Program Directors

Rita Russell, Treasurer

Nazerene Tubman- Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary

Shawanna LaVoy, Financial Secretary

Kelli Winston- Associates Chair

Shalynne Owens- Foundation Chair 

Reva Moore- Legislative chair

Brittany Barbosa- Technology Chair

Vallie Bowman- English-Protocol Chair

Jovita Robertson - Chaplain

Brandon Harrison - Father's Auxiliary Chair

NaTasha Baker- Lead Teen Advisor

Brandon Dolsey- Teen Auxiliary President







Our Chapter


Kimberly Algee

Olla Avery

NaTasha Baker

Brittany Barbosa

Vallie Bowman-English

Charmaine Brown

Marla Carlisle

Karen Corbin

Angelita Cruz Bridges

Sharonda Diggins

Dee Dolsey

Sheila Eason

Salena Ferguson

Candice Harrison

Ebonie Jackson

Angelica Johnson

Tamika Kemp

Shawanna LaVoy

Angela Lucas

Patrice McClellan

Reva Moore

Shalynne Owens

Jovita Robertson

Mayka Rosales-Peterson

Rita Russell

Michelle Taylor

Jeanna Temple

Nicole Tolliver

Naz Tubman

Claudeen Whitfield

Kelli Winston

Shawna Woody

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Toledo Chapter Officers


Candice Harrison


Jeanna Temple


Sheila Eason
Co-Program Director


Rita Russell



Naz Tubman
Recording and Corresponding Secretary

Kim Algee
Co- Program Director

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