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 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

Carla Fitzgerald- President

Candice Harrison- Vice President

Angelita Cruz Bridges - Immediate Past President, Editor/Historian

Nazerene Tuban- Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary

Rita Russell, Treasurer

Jovita Robertson and Kelli Winson- Co- Program Directors

Dana Hollie, Financial Secretary

Bonita Johnson - Associate Chair

Jeanna Temple- Foundation Chair 

NaTasha Baker- Legislative chair

Shawanna LaVoy- Technology Chair

Patrice McClellan-Protocol Chair

Sheila Eason - Chaplain

Jason Johnson - Father's Auxiliary Chair

Dee Dolsey- Lead Teen Advisor

- Teen Auxiliary President







Our Chapter


Carmille Akande

Kimberly Algee

Olla Avery

NaTasha Baker

Brittany Barbosa

Vallie Bowman-English

Charmaine Brown

Wynter Burt

Marla Carlisle

Angelita Cruz Bridges

Sharonda Diggins

Dee Dolsey

Sheila Eason

Carla Fitzgerald

Candice Harrison

Dana Hollie

Ebonie Jackson

Angelica Johnson

Bonita Johnson

Tamika Kemp

Shawanna LaVoy

Patrice McClellan

Reva Moore

Shalynne Owens

Jovita Robertson

Rita Russell

Michelle Taylor

Jeanna Temple

Nicole Tolliver

Naz Tubman

Kelli Winston

Shawna Woody

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Toledo Chapter Officers


Carla Fitzgerald



Candice Harrison



Jovita Robertson
Co-Program Director


Kelli Winston
Co- Program Director


Rita Russell