Nedzra Johnson Ward, President, has been a constant presence at SHAPE for over 27 years. Her first interaction with SHAPE was as an active member of the “Coalition to Free Clarence Bradley” where she served on the strategy and planning committee. She later served as treasurer and then president of the board of directors during the “Harambee” era of the 1990’s. Ms. Ward is currently co-chair of the Fund Development Team where she has been instrumental in generating unrestricted funds for daily operations. Nedzra is a strong supporter of the mission of SHAPE Community Center and has demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to strengthening families, building strong communities, and justice for all. Her two sons are “Shape pearls”.
Ms. Ward is a product of the Third Ward community graduating from Texas Southern University with a BBA in Accounting and graduate study at the University of Houston. Ms. Ward retired as a tax specialist from the State Comptroller of Public Accounting after 27 years of service. Her next project was entrepreneurship where she served multi-level businesses as a contract auditor and audit defense consultant. In 2014, Ms. Ward moved to devote more of her time and expertise to SHAPE Center by becoming a fulltime volunteer staff member where she continues to serve as a valued member of the SHAPE family.
Ms. Ifueko Omorogbe
Ms. Ifueko Omorogbe, is a licensed social worker, professor, and Director of Field Education at Texas Southern University. Ms. Omorogbe has worked for more than 20 years with various agencies as a community social worker, psychiatric social worker/case manager and drug counselor.
In these various capacities, she has engaged in providing services to children and their families identified as at-risk populations, adolescent facing mental health crisis, and has solicited funding for community programs. In addition, Ms. Omorogbe provided training to staff, parents and community partners to help them understand some of the challenges in working with school-age children and the challenges these children are confronted with on a daily basis.
Ms. Omorogbe is an active member of the SHAPE Community Center and believes in the center’s mission of advancing the causes of the African and African-American communities. Ms. Omorogbe is a member of the National Association of Black Social Workers-Houston Chapter, and member of Benin (Bini) Organization of Houston and National Association of Social Workers.
Anthony Collier was born in Houston and raised in Manor, TX. Anthony is currently a senior at Texas Southern University, majoring in political science. He is the first person in his family to receive a college education. Anthony is very involved in student life, and has served as Student Government Association’s Senator for the Barbra Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, President of the Political Science Club, proud member and scholarship recipient on the Thomas F. Freeman Speech and Debate Team, and in leadership positions with the TSU Collegiate 100 and NAACP.
Anthony has also served as the NAACP Houston Branch’s Political action committee student organizer. Additionally, he co-founded the Southern Student Leadership Association (SSLA). During the summer of 2015, SSLA taught a bi-weekly Black History Month Class free of charge to the community at the Wesley AME Church on Emancipation Ave in 3rd Ward. Anthony has studied abroad several times with the BJML School of Public Affairs, traveling to Spain, Ghana and Cuba. He has also been to Israel and Jamaica.
Anthony has interned for Bracewell LLP, U.S. Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, and won an international business competition in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Anthony served in the Texas Legislative Internship Program where he worked on criminal justice reform, recidivism and veteran’s affairs for Senator Borris Miles during the 84th legislative session. When Senator Miles won the criminal justice coalition award, he presented it to Anthony for leading his office on passing key criminal justice legislation. Anthony is the youngest person in history to be appointed to the S.H.A.P.E. Center board of directors.
Cavanaugh Nweze is an accountant, farmer, published writer, and a nationally recognized community Leader. In 2006, While working on his Bachelors of Accounting Degree at Prairie View A&M University, Cavanaugh founded Divine Leaders, Inc., an educational and community service non-profit organization.
Through Divine Leaders, Inc., he has established the Marcus Garvey Liberation Garden, The Bi-Annual Greater Houston Urban Garden Festival, an edible landscaping program dubbed ‘Grub Not Grass’, and the Living Grocery Store; A traveling produce stand. These programs reflect his passion for agriculture, sustainable living, and destroying food deserts in his City. As the Divine Leaders Inc. founder, Cavanaugh has begun to share his expertise in the garden by hosting Raised Bed Garden classes where people participate in a hands-on course where installing garden spaces into homes. He has also participated in several documentary shorts in hopes to bring the idea of growing food back into the heart of his Community.
Cavanaugh is a Native Texan with Nigerian roots. Since completing his Masters in accounting, expanding gardens to numerous homes and Community Centers, and focusing on culturally-centered programs, Cavanaugh has earned his reputation as being an optimistic, conscious, and motivated Teacher.
As an addition to his work as a activist, Cavanaugh is the founder and Managing Partner at Nweze Financial Solutions LLC. By providing accounting and profession financial services, Cavanaugh has been able to marry his accounting and activist expertise by providing immediate economic assistance to numerous individuals lacking access to ethical financial expertise.
Deloyd T. Parker, Jr.- Co-Founder and Executive Director
Deloyd T. Parker, Jr. is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of SHAPE Community Center overseeing its growth and mission for over 49 years. Growing up in Port Arthur, Texas, Deloyd's parents, Mrs. Ruby Parker and Mr. Deloyd Parker, Sr., instilled in him a sense of humility, a willingness to help, the courage to face adversity, and the strength to fight injustice whenever and wherever it raises its ugly face. Deloyd worked in the Ujamaa Villages of East Africa and traveled to many countries in the eastern part of Africa, spreading SHAPE's philosophy. He was the International Observer of the historic South African election of Nelson Mandela. His most recent trip to Africa was in the summer of 2000. He went to The Gambia in West Africa where he met with the President of The Gambia and was able to expand relations with the government as well as grassroot community leaders. The initiation of the SHAPE philosophy was embraced by the people of The Gambia and "The SHAPE of The Gambia" was born.
Under the leadership of Deloyd Parker, SHAPE has weathered the ebbs and flows of community organizing and development. His early student activism to community leader mirrors the transition of SHAPE. The center, which originally had a staff of two, now supports more than 25 full and part-time workers and hundreds of volunteers. SHAPE has gained international attention, but his greatest achievements center around improving the life of our children, family and the community as a whole. SHAPE's legacy is a community effort and Parker never lets anyone forget that it takes the entire village to raise SHAPE and its mission for decades to come.