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Vision and Mission Statement

Vision Statement

CETA Inc. envisions a world where all individuals have the health and wellness tools, resources, and

support to maximize the quality of life.

 

Mission Statement

CETA mobilizes people and resources to propel overall health and wellness. We provide

innovative programs and services that focus on the whole person and improve the quality of life.

 

In fulfilling its mission CETA Inc. will,

 

 • Advocate for health and wellness awareness

 • Support organizations and missions related to health and wellness

 • Provide the most up to date research and resources regarding health and wellness

 • Develop its program and service participants holistically

 • Partner with organizations and corporations to expand the reach of health and wellness services

 

Meet the Board of Directors

A little more about who we are

Stevie Baggs

President

Stevie Baggs Jr. is a three-time All-American and a graduate of Bethune Cookman University. Many know him for his athletic career in the NFL and CFL. Recognized as the only athlete to play for 11 professional football teams, Baggs accounts how his experience prepared him for a purpose beyond the stadium with his newly released book, titled Greater Than the Game. Since his 10 years in football. Baggs has empowered the youth and adults nationwide with motivational speaking, was honored as the City of Atlanta's Health & Wellness Ambassador by Mayor Kasim Reed, and has recently celebrated the CETA Foundation's 11th year of service to risk communities. If you have never witnessed him on the field or in your community, you may have spotted him on television shows like Tyler Perry's, For Better or Worse (Season 3), or the USA network's, Necessary Roughness. Next, be on the look out for Baggs on the big screen in Focus with Will Smith, coming spring 2015.

Lola Robinson

Executive Director

While working in the banking industry as an Assistant Branch Manager, Lola was introduced to the world of Telecommunications when she started her first job as a billing analyst for Microtel, in Boca Raton Florida . Microtel went through a myriad of mergers and acquisitions and eventually became MCI/Worldcom. During this transition, Lola held several positions, which included, but were not limited to the following: Ixplus Trainer, IS Liaison, Trainer (post conversions), Project Manger, Account Manager, Major Account Executive, and Wholesale Account Executive.

Lola was the first on-sight Account Manager deployed by the MCI/Worldcom pre merger, for the support of one of their largest clients, Comdata in Brentwood , Tennessee . With more than 17 years in the Telecommunications industry, Lola has worked for MCI/Wordcom, Bellsouth, and PAETEC. Having spent most of her career in telecommunications, she has experience with both sales and support for an array of network services, such as MPLS, Network Management, VOIP, Local, LD (dynamic IP, SIP, and TDM), Frame Relay, Internet, Co-location, and Network Security.

In addition to her career oriented success, Lola has spent countless hours pursuing philanthropic endeavors. CETA (Creating Empowerment through Autonomy) is her personal non-profit organization, which was founded in 2003, for at-risk teenagers. While working with the mayor of Orlando, as well as Orange County Youth/Family Services, Lola volunteered and sat on several boards. As a Bellsouth representative for the MLK Commission for the City of Orlando , she was the face of Bellsouth in the Orlando community. She also held the position of Regional President for Bellsouth Networking for African Americans in Telecommunications (BNAT), acting as the interface for internal employment growth. She and other members of BNAT developed and internal training program to simulate opportunities for growth and career advancement.

As the co-chair for UNCF, Lola visited college campuses to recruit and introduce the concept of the program to students.

While reaching out to disenfranchised and at risk teens, Lola has received several awards and accolades for her efforts in the community and on the job. She has written several user manuals, developed an internal tracking process for identified system enhancements and/or problems, and created an internal mentor/shadow program for aspiring telecommunication students. Both personally and professionally, Lola is always striving to exceed the standard. She is a veteran in the field of Sales and Marketing; her tenacity and ambition is what will continue to distinguish her from others in her profession.

Demetrice Thomas

Board Member

Demetrice Thomas joins the CETA foundation as an Operations Technician for Gannet Company and 11Alive News, Director of Productions for Imperial Productions and Manager of Operations for Deeply Rooted Natural Hair Care Centers. With a BS in Broadcasting and over 11 years experience in the industry, she has written, produced and directed commercials, reality show treatments, corporate training videos and manuals, episodic material and shorts for all levels of industry professionals. With strong management and structural skills, Demetrice has been instrumental in Deeply Rooted Natural Hair Care Centers’ growth from 1,000 to over 9,500 clients since coming on board in 2003. The brand has become a staple and standard in the world of natural hair care and she is a key factor in that success.

With her already filled hands she reaches out to the youth of our generation as an instructor and mentor for YMMA Organization (Youth Media Minds of America). She aids in the youth learning all foundational aspects of video production, field production, script writing, live reporting and radio show formatting and hosting. However, the most fulfilling part is her opportunity to comfort, encourage and speak to them, skillfully, the wisdom necessary to grow into confident, integral, knowledgeable adults.

From the day-to-day operation of a television station, to the creative craftsmanship of others’ visions, to the heartfelt loyalty in building a natural hair care entity, to the rewards of giving back so freely to our promising youth, Demetrice is truly passionate about every endeavor she’s involved in and will continue to be instrumental in the accomplishments of them all.