HANDS ACROSS BALTIMORE
For three decades in public service, Sheila Dixon has been a champion of Baltimore neighborhoods and a pioneer for women and minorities. When you can’t find Sheila Dixon being an engaged mother, an advocate for our most vulnerable citizens or a productive member of our community; you might see her fly by on her beloved bicycle.
FAMILY, FAITH AND SERVICE: Sheila Dixon is mother of two adult children, Jasmine Hampton Brooks and Joshua Hampton. Sheila lives in Southwest Baltimore. She is an active member and Trustee of Bethel A.M.E. Church. She is grounded by her faith and continues to serve as a member of the Stewardess Board.
She began serving her West Baltimore neighbors as a vocal community advocate before being elected to serve on the City Council in 1987, before being elected City Council President in 1999 – the first African American woman to hold the citywide position. She became the 48th Mayor of the city of Baltimore in January 2007, succeeding Mayor Martin O’Malley, and becoming the city’s first female mayor.
Sheila Dixon is a graduate of the Baltimore City public school system and holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University and a master’s degree in Education and Administration from Johns Hopkins University. She is a former elementary school teacher and adult education instructor with the Head Start program. Currently Sheila Dixon works with the Maryland Minority Contractors Association utilizing her experience and knowledge to benefit minority and women owned businesses.
MICHAEL A. JONES, SR.
With nearly 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Michael A. Jones Sr. understands the importance of guidance, leadership and mentorship in Baltimore City. He holds a Master of Arts in Human Services from University of Baltimore and Coppin State University (Joint program) and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Morgan State University.
His years in law enforcement enabled him to supervise junior officers and address community concerns. He felt community policing was important to changing the narrative and enhancing the community. His duties as an officer and commitment to his community led him to the classroom. That’s where his leadership was able to thrive and his passion for helping others see their potential, was bred.
Michael is an East Baltimore native who can understand the challenges facing youth in Baltimore City. As a Baltimore City Police Officer, Michael saw the need to offer mental and behavioral health services. Recognizing the causes of many juvenile violations, he became dedicated to bridging the gap between mental health and the Baltimore community.
Michael is an outstanding leader with a proven ability to motivate, mentor, and serve as a positive role model. He takes great pride in being the Program Director of Hands Across Baltimore and making an impact in the community.
Phillip A. Dixon III
Phillip Dixon III is a native of Baltimore City, where he graduated from St. Frances Academy. He earned his B.A. in Communications from Shenandoah University. Shortly after graduating, Mr. Dixon joined the Baltimore City Police Department. With devoted years of experience, he served as the lead officer of the day to day operations at the Good Now PAL Center. The Good Now Pal Center was a well-known safe haven in Northeast Baltimore that offered an after-school program for boys and girls ages 7-18 to include mentoring, tutoring, and enrichment programs.
A few years later, he was promoted to a Sergeant within the Baltimore City Police Department. After being promoted Mr. Dixon and Mr. Michael A. Jones Sr. were handpicked by the Baltimore City Police Commissioner to join the Community Division, to work with the youth by creating enrichment programs while partnering with Baltimore City Recreation and Baltimore City Schools.
SONYA VANESSA SANDERS-MURRAY LCSW-C
An experienced clinical social worker, with a passion for assisting children, adolescents and families in reaching their goals and learning to live a full and productive life while managing the challenges that sometimes comes with living. Ms. Sanders-Murray has experience in public welfare, substance abuse, mental health issues that affect children (ADHD, Depression, Stress Reduction, Anxiety, Anger Management and School Issues just to list a few. Ms. Sanders-Murray views any therapeutic alliance or intervention as a partnership with the common goal to be the best person a client can be.
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