Joel Greene, III
Joel Greene III loves being a part of an organization that helps people and doesn’t profit from it. “People should not profit from human kindness,” Joel says. “I am tied to my neighborhood because I grew up here. It’s shaped me. I have family and friends here who need help. I love Bridge because I am helping to revitalize a neighborhood that molded me as a young person. I have always been invested in the lives of my friends and family growing up.”
Joel has a bachelor’s degree in sociology; master’s in psychology; and is a PhD candidate in human and social services, concentrating in community development. She is also an adjunct psychology instructor at SLCC. She has worked in social services since 1996. Joel has two children: Rodney Jr. and Breanna. She is also an adjunct psychology instructor at SLCC. She is inspired by her parents’ undying love for the Church and Ministry, and her children’s’ commitment to family, even though both are in single-parent homes.
Joel cites her father as being her hero: “He’s an amazing man of God, and I have been blessed to see his transition from a man in the world to a man of God. He is an amazing teacher and Bible scholar, a great family man, and has the best sense of humor.” Joel loves to sing, play the piano, write poetry, dance, and try new recipes she finds on Pinterest. She’s volunteered at Second Harvest, Food Net, and St. Joseph’s Diner. Joel is also a Worship Leader and Children’s Church Ministry Leader at Bellevue Street Baptist Church in Opelousas, LA.
Tanishia Niccole Carbins-Gray
Tanishia is married to Jason Gray of 17 years, with four beautiful children: Akeia, Kalil, Mikel, Rosemary, and Prince—her Shih Tzu. She has worked as an office manager and legal secretary for an attorney; secretary for the 15th JDC judges; CSR for a convenience store and fast food restaurants; and a doctor’s assistant for an optical practice. Tanishia loves to read in her spare time. Her kids inspire her every day, and she says, “I have a big heart filled with love that I must share—and Bridge gives me that outlet. I love the purpose of Bridge. Coming together to help others right here in the community. I am here because God has a purpose for me and placed Bridge along that journey.” Tanishia says her grandmother is her hero—a real Wonder Woman. She has also volunteered at Carencro Youth Sports, Inc. She attends services at Church of Christ, Morgan City, LA (Bro. Stanley Rankins serving as pastor) and the Family Church in Lafayette, LA, (with Pastor Jay Miller guiding the flock).
Jerrica Janae Greene is currently working towards earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She’s also CPR certified. Jerrica loves seeing young people like her be ambitious and want something in life. She began working in the non-profit sector because she feels it gives her a chance to influence children’s lives and help them grow further into Christ. “I am attached to children and want to see them strive in life. I love working at Bridge because I love the children and the people who make this all happen. I am here because I have a bond with these children and people who really want something great in life.” Citing Michelle Obama as her hero, Jerrica strives to live a life serving others. In her spare time, Jerrica loves to bake. She once hiked the Grand Canyon. She has also volunteered for Hope for Opelousas, where she was a student in their after-school program. Currently, she attends church at the Bellevue Street Baptist Church, Opelousas, LA, where her grandfather, Rev. Joel Greene Jr., is the pastor.
Karmyn, an original bridge kid, attends South Louisiana Community College and aspires to become a psychiatrist. She loves to spend time with her family and friends. “The people that inspire me are the ones that have the heart to help and the mind to succeed in life. I’m with Bridge because I love how Bridge takes the time to help the children and families in the community. I love being a part of the children’s lives and building relationships with everyone.” Karmyn also loves that Bridge is family oriented and says she’s here “because not only are we trying to help build children’s faith but we’re strengthening our own faith as well.” Karmyn cites her mother as being her hero. In her spare time, she loves to sing and write music. Even though she claims not to dance and professes to be clumsy, she still tries her best to join in with joyous praise whether at church or Bridge. She has volunteered at St. Joseph Diner, Goodwill, and Food Net. She currently attends Crossroads Church in Lafayette, Louisiana.