Shane is a passionate advocate for helping those who help others. He currently serves as Director of Product Delivery with Under Armour. As a native of Baltimore, organizations like Notre Maison Connects provides him an opportunity to support the city and connect his past with its future.
Accountant, Consultant, Fisherman
James is the owner operator of Integrated Construction Solutions, in addition to being Founder/CEO of Mindset Matters brand apparel and products. James loves whenever the opportunity to help others arise. He encourages growth through a healthy mindset, and wholeheartedly believes that “As a man thinketh, so is he”.
RJ is the CEO of Carter's Security Company providing Enforcement, Supervisor Management, Security Officers and top notch armed and unarmed security services to companies and events. RJ is also the Founder of Grandparents, Inc., which aids grandparents with various necessities for sustainability while they work diligently to provide for their, often unsupported, grandchildren.
Mikita S. Thompson is a Real Estate Developer Fellow, licensed agent and commercial property investor. Founder of ExclusiveKouture Llc, established in 2009. University of Baltimore class of 2020, BSBA Ratcliffe Entrepreneur Fellow and Merrick School of Business/ Jacob Francis Law School MBA/JD dual degree candidate.
As a former teacher in Baltimore City Schools, D. Jones is passionate about the work of improving lives through Education. Now as a Real Estate Agent focused on increasing Home Ownership in Our Community and Our City, Education continues to be a significant part of his work. Some of his colleagues still call him Teach. He is a drummer, a writer, father, a student of culture, a traveler and an optimist, and one who is ready to work.
Kim Pelham is an entrepreneur, musician, writer, and educator who serves as one of Notre Maison Connects’ Youth Leaders. She enjoys serving and engaging with her community in anyway that she is led to.
Stephen Dixon is an Educator for Baltimore City Public Schools. He has been employed with BCPSS for the last 20 years. He has served as a Social Studies Teacher and an Educational Associate fulfilling responsibilities of a School Test Coordinator, SLO Ambassador, Grade Reporter, Scheduler, and Union Representative, while servicing At Risk Youth.
Linda Stokes completed her B.S in Information Systems from Morgan State , M.S in Special Education from Coppin State and M.S in Urban School Counseling from John Hopkins University. She is currently working for MSDE at Charles H. Hickey Detention Center. Her experiences include, but are not limited to teaching and counseling for BCPSS for 27 years, mentoring youth for 20 years. Was an Owner and operate of a Day Care for 6 yrs. presently the owner of R.E.T.T’s Inc. a non-Profite and was a Day Care provider for 6 years .
Walter Collins was born and raised in Baltimore City, graduated from Dunbar High School and currently the president of Dunbar High Class of 1964, Alumni Scholarship Committee. He also Graduated from Morgan State College with a BS Degree, is a retired Major, U.S. Army Medical Service Corp Officer and Viet Nam Vet. Walter also retired from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship Training.
He is married to Patricia. They have three children: Rita, Eric and Chianti. Walter is an active member of the First Apostolic Church International where he is an active member of the Music Ministry and the Men’s Ministries.
His desire, as a board member of Nortre Maison Connects ,is to be a positive influence on any and all of our endeavors to help young people achieve Greatness.
“To God Be The Glory”
George Howell is an Entrepreneurial Poet and Personality Type Coach with a course. He graduated from Morgan State with a degree in Psychology.
Joe Artis began his interest in carpentry in his junior high school wood-shop class. He learned more intricate carpentry skills working with his older brother, a cabinet maker. From there, Joe took on various carpentry jobs to perfect his craft. One of his favorite positions was working for a large housing company as the main carpenter of 18 locations, hosting between 80-215 apartments per location. He currently works as main carpenter for a 231 unit apartment building for senior citizens.
Aarin Cummings is a Los Angeles based actor, model, activist and designer. Through her works and brands she uplifts and empowers everyday people. She believes “The purpose of life is a life of purpose”
Alea Cummings is an Artist. She designed the Artwork and Logo for Notre Maison Connects. She also host fundraising events and donates several paintings where proceeds go to Helping Children Thrive Campaign. Some of her art can be found in The Art Shop. Click the "Shop" link above.
Sylvia Ross is a retired executive assistant from Honeywell Corporation, and married. The majority of her time is assisting elderly people, and volunteering at her church. She has a heart for giving back and assisting. She loves to travel and meet people who are different.
Dr. Simien was a Dentist on the island of St. Thomas who provided dental care to men, women and children. Through her "Connections" and awesome communication with her clients, Dr. Simien was able to locate our very first child care center in need of assistance.
Oliver is a Pomeranian and brings the sunshine to pet lovers at pet friendly events and outings.
Notre Maison Connects is a non profit organization that was founded in March 2018. It is an extension of the original Notre Maison Tea House which was established and hosted in Baltimore, Maryland 2002-2016. Notre Maison (Our House) was created to engage people and support their artistry. It often provided a platform for others to expose and share their artistic talents. Notre Maison Connects is also an extension of Executive Suites at Notre Maison, LLC which has been providing office leasing opportunities to small business owners since 2010.
My desire for Notre Maison Connects is to make CONNECTIONS with individuals and other business representatives to assist us in providing new, exciting and extraordinary learning opportunities for children. Notre Maison Connects is a non profit organization that was created to enhance, enrich and enlighten the minds of many by CONNECTING them to people, places and things they may not normally encounter. Make the CONNECTION! Get involved! Your time, knowledge, skills, services, monetary contributions and life experiences will be a blessing to people in ways you could not even imagine as we revive child care centers, support families and strengthen communities. Let's get CONNECTED!!!
How did Notre Maison Connects come about?
I am a high school counselor. I absolutely LOVE my job! August 2017, I really wanted to visit my friends in France. One was getting married and I was so excited to attend. Unfortunately, it was too close to the beginning of the school year and several counselors had been “released” so I didn’t feel comfortable taking off the first few days of school. More importantly, my role as a school counselor is critical in assisting students with developing a solid plan of success during and post their high school experience. Therefore, I had to be present to prepare for my new students arrival the first week of school.
My eldest daughter had to work. My youngest daughter knew I was upset so she took me to St. Thomas instead of France. Bless her heart. From the time we arrived to the time we were almost stranded due to the hurricanes, nearly everyone we encountered was genuinely humble, pleasant, welcoming, helpful and happy to engage with us and talk about their beautiful and modest home, St. Thomas. We are still in contact with several of the friends we made during the week we were there, hence our “CONNECTION” to St. Thomas. My desire is to give back some of the happiness they shared with us during our visit.
Founder and CEO