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Connect Our Kids Contributor Spotlight: La’Shanda Hawkins

La’Shanda Hawkins’ big dreams fly high. She is the first African-American female helicopter pilot in the United States Coast Guard. In her 17 years with the Coast Guard, she served as a Law Enforcement and Intelligence Division Head  and Aircraft Commander who amassed over 2,000 flight hours conducting search and rescue, counter drug, law enforcement, […]

Connect Our Kids Strategic Advisor Spotlight: Jelani Freeman

Jelani Freeman is a busy man. As an attorney and board member for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, The Center for Adoption Support and Education, and the Barker Adoption Foundation, Jelani always has to be conservative with his time. Yet, a few years ago, he answered the call to have coffee with Dr. Jennifer Jacobs and Jessica Stern, co-founders of a then little-known nonprofit, Connect Our Kids.