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Meet Our Team

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Meet our Founder/ CEO Latoya Turner 

Latoya Turner is the founder and CEO of Brown Hands Literacy Nonprofit Organization-
501(c)(3). She's a mother, educator, HBCU advocate, reading specialist, and Leading Men Fellowship Coaching Specialist with The Literacy Lab. Latoya taught grades K-3 for 13 years. She's taught in her hometown Detroit, MI,  in Maryland (PGCPS) and at Cincinnati Public Schools. She's been a resident of Cincinnati for 5 years now. After transitioning from the classroom in 2022, Latoya is now coaching young men between the ages of 18-24 who are placed in CPS preschool classrooms to close the literacy gap and diversify the teacher pipeline. The Leading Men Fellowship is a new literacy program in Cincinnati.  

Latoya holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Central State University and a Master's degree in Reading and literacy from Central Michigan University. 
After reading many children's books to her students and sharing stories about her vacations and HBCU experience, Latoya became inspired to become an author. In 2020, Latoya self-published her first children's book Brown Hands, White Sand and started Brown Hands LLC. In 2021, Latoya published her second children's book Brown Hands, Black Schools: HBCUs. Brown Hands Literacy was founded in 2022. Latoya's passion is to give back to her community.

Latoya enjoys reading children's books and going to the beach. Latoya has been featured in several news outlets for her community work, uplifting children's books, and exposing our youth to more than just the curriculum. For Latoya, it is more than just being an author. She often asks herself, “How will I plant memorable seeds for children while exposing them to the world?"

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Meet our intern Myaa Greene 

Myaa Greene is a senior at Central State University majoring in exercise science with a minor in nutrition from Chicago, IL. She is very involved at Central State University. Myaa has served on the Invincible Marching Marauders team as a dancing Belle and was Miss Sophomore. She is currently an active member of CSU's Honors College, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, vice president of SGA, and serve as the board of trustees of CROWN'D organization at CSU.  She aspires to become a food scientist and to become an asset/inspiration for Black girls who want to pursue STEM careers. Myaa believes that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to with hard work, dedication, and discipline. Myaa is making a great impact with Brown Hands Literacy. 

Meet our program director Bruce Stewart

Bruce is a father, youth football coach, and Regional Warranty Manager for General Motors. He was born, raised, and resides in Cincinnati, OH.  Bruce graduated from Central State University with a bachelor's degree in business. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity Delta Zeta Chapter.  

Are you passionate about our mission? We are currently recruiting board members! If interested, please send us an email. 

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