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About Us


Our Mission

 Our mission is to provide a higher quality of life to those in need. 


Our Vision

New Direction CDC is a beacon of hope for children and adults in the US and abroad. Our vision is to improve the quality of life through grass-roots program services, lasting community partnerships, and genuine love and care.  By providing survival, developmental, educational, and life changing  programs that assist individuals to meet their day to day needs as well  as prepare for future growth. We seek to decrease human  suffering one child and one family at a time. 


Our Volunteers

 Our volunteers are a fun-loving and caring group of compassionate people who  tirelessly work to keep our organization running. They truly are  experienced and find a way to get our services to the community  regardless of any issues that arise!

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New Direction Community Development Corporation knows hunger and suffering first hand!

New Direction CDC Leadership



Jerrell T. Beard, Sr. is the President and Executive Director of the New Direction CDC. Our President is compassionate about helping others and has served Tennessee  for over twenty years. He has served in many community leadership roles such as Board Member for United Way of West Tennessee, 2nd Vice President for NAACP of West Tennessee, Board Advisor for Global Missions, International and many more. He is a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership student at Liberty University. He has accomplished a  Masters of Organizational Leadership, a Masters of Divinity, and is a Certified Executive & Leadership Coach as well as Credentialed Coach Trainer. He is also an author and entrepreneur. 



Angela Beard is the Director of Finance & Administration. Angela is currently pursuing her CMA and has Doctorate hours in Organizational Management from Capella University. Angela has accomplished  a Masters of Business Administration from Bethel University, and a BA in Organizational Leadership from Middle TN State University. She currently works for Vanderbilt Peabody College in the Office of the Dean as a Financial Unit Manager & Human Resource Specialist. 



Dr. Latoya McBride is the Director of Program & Event Operations. Latoya carries a PhD in Business from Capella University in Minnesota.   Dr. Latoya McBride has extensive background in Management and Operational Supervision. She is currently employed with Schneider Electric. She also has many years of experience training executives, managers, and staff in the area of operational logistics. Latoya loves humor and helping improve the lives of others.



Dr. Yolanda Porter is a Program Volunteer. 

Dr. Yolanda Porter carries an Ed.D  in Organizational Leadership & Strategic Change from  Lipscomb University in Tennessee. Dr. Yolanda Porter has served the communities of Tennessee for over a decade providing for the needs of those least fortunate. Dr. Porter has also served in the Metro School system as a Teacher and Dean for nearly twenty years. She has extensive experience in program and project coordination, writing and developing curriculum, and behavioral management. 


Ms. Maya Manns is an amazing teacher and community volunteer. She is a CDC Master Tutor. She carries a B.A. in Education. She has worked in various school systems for the past 10 years. Maya assist all of our tutors with training onboard process as well. 


Ms. Quontesa Chambers is the New Direction CDC  Administrative Asst.  Quontesa Chambers carries a Bachelors in Social Work Degree (BSW) from MTSU. Quontesa is a young Entrepreneur who has excellent business, communication and presentation skills. She also serves as a Youth & Young Adult Leader at her church. She loves and enjoys helping individuals, families and groups as well as communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. 

Contact Us

New Direction CDC

105 Threet Industrial Road, Smyrna, Tennessee 37167, United States


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