TSMTWF -Who We Are

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OUR MISSION

With a focus on Civic Engagement, we will dispel myths presented to our youth by various media outlets, and encourage them to enrich their communities with the understanding that they have the power to affect change.

We will change perceptions that are reciprocal:

Society will change its perception of youth coming from adverse backgrounds & our youths' perception of their place in society will change using civic engagement and cultural enrichment. 

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"ONE SINGLE LITTLE MISSION, 

EVERY LITTLE STEP SHE TAKES...."*

TAKING ONE STEP IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION CAN CHANGE  A  LIFE FOREVER


* A Chorus Line Musical © 1975 Hamlisch & Kleban

How Our Foundation Began

Tina L. Collins, MBA

Founder & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


For many years, Tina L. Collins has been attending live multicultural performances, dining at upscale restaurants, and traveling the world. She eventually noticed that a part of the American public was nonexistent at such cultural events: minority children.


After attending Hamilton and the Tina Turner musicals in London, England, she was overwhelmed with a need to bring this exposure to at-risk and underprivileged youth.  This exposure is intended to teach them how to bring the outside world into their communities in an effort to change perceptions, beliefs, and dreams. 


Several months later, the idea for The Show Me The Way Foundation developed. Encouraged by her mentor, Renee Merab, Tina knew she was now charged to affect change in the lives she saw missing in the many areas of society that she herself has been blessed to be a part of.

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From humble beginnings, listening to jazz greats on 78 records while sitting on her grandfather’s lap, Tina developed a love for music that would grow to encompass a love for all forms of live performances.


After receiving her Associate Degree in Music Marketing and Management, Tina was able to finally live a lifelong dream of working in the music industry. She has had the pleasure of working with and meeting world-renowned artists.


From there, her desire to expand her education allowed her to ultimately get her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Combined with over 20 years of working in business, a passion for music, and traveling, Tina now believes it is her time to share her love for the cultural diversity she has experienced through the arts here and abroad.  

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 DENISE BURTON - KEITH JOHNSON - WAYNE WALKER

YVETTE YANT (BOARD SECRETARY)


ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

RENEE MERAB, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Renee is an accomplished business professional approaching two decades of experience in operations management. She has a proven track record of directing process development and implementation, configuring optimal-performing leaders and staff, and increasing retention/sales performance while reducing expenses and increasing profits.

Renee received an MBA in Global Business from the University of Phoenix and a BBA in Accounting from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. She joined The Show Me The Way Foundation (TSMTWF) as she always had a passion to work with a nonprofit organization for the opportunity to give back.


MARY SHEPPARD, MSW

Chief Operating Officer

Mary completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Chestnut Hill College and graduated from Widener University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Mary has a proven record of contributing services in many positions associated with mental illness, dual diagnosis, drug and alcohol dependency, children and families, terminal illnesses, and geriatric case management. In addition, she has been a Human Trafficking Social Worker, a Transplant Social Worker, and a Social Worker for adolescents in group homes. Mary is currently a Priority of Service Career Coach in the workforce development arena assisting job seekers with significant barriers to employment.

Mary is particularly concerned with the Impact of Trauma, which is why she has a passion for the Family Systems Theory. Creating genograms contributes to exploring the quality of relationships and behavioral patterns across generations. Providing an understanding of the family history and how we have been shaped can be a powerful opportunity for healing and personal growth.