Charles Brooks may very well be living by the words of Lee Iacocca who stated, “The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, is service to a fellow human being.” Charles went beyond the limitations set by his life’s circumstances to pursue success through service to others. After receiving his bachelor of arts in history Summa Cum Laude from Alabama State University, Charles returned to his alma mater, Forest Park High School, as a mentor and teacher. His love for people and sense of good will eventually led him to Osaka, Japan, where he taught English to children and adults. While teaching in Japan, he studied, applied, and was accepted to the University of Georgia, School of Law. There he was acknowledged as an intelligent, competent, honest and fair-minded individual. Charles won many accolades while at Georgia Law.
He was winner of the 2009 J. Melvin England Mock Trial Competition; Semifinalist of the 2009 J. Ralph Beaird Closing Argument Competition; Advocate on the 2009-10 National Trial Competition Team; Recipient of Just the Beginning Foundation Thurgood Marshall Scholarship; and a Pupil of 2010-11 Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court. For Charles, the winning has not ended. In 2012 Charles excelled in the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Clayton Program to win its highest award – a scholarship to attend the Regional Leader Institute. In 2014, he was awarded, “The President’s Volunteer Service Award” by President Barack Obama’s Points of Light Program and in 2015 he was bestowed the Community Service Award by the Clayton County Bar Association. Yet, if you ask Charles what he wants to do, he will simply state, “I just want to serve.”
Kathy Hood is CEO of Marvelous Light Empowerment Association, Inc. (MLEA) and the AnnualDare To Be Beautiful Weekend Retreat. Her goal is to affect the whole family by providing services and resources to help families empower themselves to successfully live their lives economically, socially and financially. Kathy is a certified “gift” coach and conducts life changing seminars and tele-classes that helps identify and shape who you are, and equips you to fulfill your life’s purpose.
Mrs. Hood developed Woman University, a three step, life-changing, coaching program for women who are transitioning into the woman they are destined to be. She also developed Rare Jewel University, a mentoring program for young ladies (ages 20-35 years old), in partnership with Word of Faith Light of Joy Church in Riverdale, GA. Rare Jewel isn't just a program; it's a digital comic, Apple application. Rare Jewel is a symbol of women's power and their inner strength. Rare Jewel is available in 89 countries and deployed for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch applications.
Kathy, former Vice President of the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce, is a native Atlantan and a graduate of Shorter University. As the Chamber’s marketing manager, Kathy represents the Chamber and its members in promoting economic growth and enhancing quality of life for the community. She loves assisting Chamber members with the tools and resources to connect and grow their businesses.
An active member of Word of Faith Light of Joy Church, Riverdale, Georgia, Kathy is married and is the proud mother of an adult daughter and son, and one grandson.