Charlotte Jackson Dorsey, Executive Director of Just Do It Now, worked under the leadership of the founder, Gregory Alan Baines, for three years before his passing. She started out as a volunteer after completing her Master’s Degree in Psychology. She originally grew up in Houston, Texas, where she lived with her aunt after the passing of her parents. Charlotte decided that poverty was a way of life that she did not want for herself. She married and moved to Wharton, working as a hospice aide for two years and a supervisor for H&R Block for 15 years, while continuing her education. She obtained an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Charlotte started spending time with children whose parents were addicted to drugs or in prison or jail for their drug abuse or use, sometimes having as many as ten children, in addition to her son, in her home on the weekend and during the week, providing some stability for them, by forming a gospel group and traveling with the children to different churches to display their talents. She made sure the children were fed before taking them home in the evening, as well as making sure each child had clean clothes for the next school day. She continued this effort after becoming a volunteer at JDIN in 2011. Charlotte was hired by JDIN in the summer of 2011, to assist in developing the summer program, and later that year became the Office Manager. In 2016, she became the Executive Director. She believes that every child and at-risk adult in the community deserves the opportunity to change his or her environment for a positive change. She is committed to the JDIN Mission, which is to assist all individuals, at-risk or otherwise, in changing the things which keep them from inner peace. Charlotte teaches the Drug Offender Education Program at the Dawson Community Resource Center, mandatory for some and needed by others to understand the effects of abusing drugs for recreational purposes. She counsels youth that have entered into the juvenile system for drug use while she continues to be a positive force in lives of others she come in contact with in the community. She believes in the Greg Baines Way of “Loving the community back to health”, that loving those in need will change their lives for the better. She is active in the community, and helps bring the community together by encouraging others to become involved in the lives of those in need of assistance, and boosting their self-esteem and outlook on life. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate ( CASA ), and a participant in the Citizens Police Academy and the Wharton Long-Term Recovery Team. She will continue making a difference in the lives of others, which is her calling in life. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, which states that God knows the plans he has for all of our lives of good and not evil to bring about an expected end. She believes in walking in her purpose in life.
Desurae Matthews is currently the Program Director of the “Yes We Can” Program. She was born and raised in Wharton, TX, graduating high school in 2008. Desurae went off to further her education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX, obtaining her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. Upon undergraduate graduation, she decided to go a step further in her education to obtain her Masters in Kinesiology. During her years in college, Desurae was very involved. She began her career working on campus for SFASU Campus Recreation. She also pledged Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity where she had the privilege to lead college students as their Pledge Master. Desurae completed her Master’s degree in 2016 with the hopes of coming home and giving back to her community. She has a strong passion for the youth in her community, she wants to give them the opportunities that an After-School program gave her. Justin Matthews currently serves as a Staff member for the “Yes We Can” Program. He is a native of the Wharton Community, graduating High School in 2013. Justin furthered his education by attending Angelina College in Lufkin, TX. Justin is very involved with the program serving as the WolfPack Drumline Director as well as an AAU and Youth Basketball Coach. During his free time he enjoys writing music and playing basketball. Walter Taylor currently serves as the Athletic Director of the “Yes We Can” Program. Walter lives in Wharton, TX and has been working for Just Do It Now for 4 years. During his time at JDIN he has coached AAU basketball. Walter loves working with our youth and teaching our boys the fundamentals of basketball.
Rachel Garza Burkhardt, was raised in Hungerford TX. She is the 10th of 12 siblings and attended school at Wharton ISD, graduated in 1985 and attended Wharton County Jr. College where she studied Early Childhood Development. Mrs. Burkhardt taught early childhood for a local Head Start school in Wharton County for 15 years. She is currently living in Wharton, married, and has one daughter from a previous marriage, two step children, a grandson and two granddaughters. She has been employed with Just Do It Now, Inc. since January 2016 as an administrative assistant. she also oversees the FP Assistance Food Program and community service workers. She volunteers her time on fundraisers for the “Yes WE Can” program and anywhere else she is needed to better the community and the young children we serve.
Barbara Fortenberry is the Office Manager of Just Do It Now. Ms. Fortenberry is a graduate of Wharton High School and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. She started off with Just Do It Now as a volunteer in 2009 and became a full time employee in September 2012. Ms. Fortenberry has 19 years experience working with the youth of Wharton and over 20 years of management experience. She is dedicated to serving the community and has served on the Wharton Youth Football League board of director’s and Cheer Coordinator for WYFL since 2010, past board member and volunteer for Wharton Girls Softball Association, current board member for East Wharton County Crime Stoppers and a current member of the Wharton Rotary Club. She is also a member of New Faith Church in Wharton. Ms. Fortenberry was awarded Wharton’s 2014 Citizen of the Year given by the Wharton Police Department. My name is Crystal Rodriguez (Castillo) born and raised here in Wharton and married to Patrick Rodriguez. I am a proud mother of 3 Beautiful Daughters Joni (16), Cyra (14) and Hailey (11). I graduated from Wharton High School in 1998. I enjoy spending time with my family. I was formerly a volunteer at Just Do It Now throughout the years. The experience it gave my family along with the changes I was able to see in the community and our after school program made it so easy for me to have a great appreciation on what it takes to keep a non profit organization going. Its my pleasure to now be employed here at Just Do It Now. * Take time to Pray .... Prayer changes things