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Board Members


Hopes for Higher Education is operated by a team of dedicated volunteers
100% of the proceeds and contributions to the organization are directed
toward the mission of the program


Dr. Deborah Harris- Sims, NCC, LPC
Executive Director/Founder

Sonja Harris, MA
Deputy Director

Dr. Demeka Campbell, Physician
Board Member

Dr. Lisa Jarvis Durham
Board Member

Lisa Ransom, CEO
Board Member

Tsungirirai Ludy,  CPA
Board Member

Jonathan Sims, IT Professional
Board Member

Tangenia Stroman, LPC
Board Member






  • Apply Early for Financial Aid
    Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, provides federal student aid, which includes grants, loans, and work-study.  Each year millions of students wait until the last minute to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Apply early! If there are any problems with your paper work you will have … Continue reading
  • Study Finds More Woes Following Foster Care
    By ERIK ECKHOLM Only half the youths who had turned 18 and “aged out” of foster care were employed by their mid-20s. Six in 10 men had been convicted of a crime, and three in four women, many of them with children of their own, were receiving some form of public assistance. Only six in … Continue reading
  • Published: Foster Youth Emancipation by Dr. Deborah Sims
    In respect to sub-scales, the study found that for youth preparing to age out of foster care higher levels of emotional reactivity were associated with lower levels of responsibility. Further, in comparison to their non-foster care peers, youth in foster care scored significantly lower in their sense of relatedness, responsibility, and emotional reactivity. Results from this study will add to the existing body of literature concerning foster youth emancipation. Continue reading