In Purpose Educational Services Board Members
Maggie Huffman is a married Mom of one wonderful 12 year old boy. She has worked as a Data Analyst for the past 12 years for the same company, for which she is grateful. Maggie started becoming involved with advocacy work when, with other parents in her school district, she helped reform sex education for middle schoolers to include the concepts of consent, healthy boundaries in relationships, and that both genders being equally responsible in a relationship. Her involvement in that effort spurred her to be more active in her community. Maggie has worked to bring equity and diversity programs to her school district, which is how she became involved with In Purpose Educational Associates. She also was grateful to be on the 2018 STL Women’s March Planning Committee. The 2018 Women’s March was a life changing experience as she found her passion. In addition to being on her son’s middle school PTO Board, she spends the rest of her time supporting women who advocate and work towards positive change in their communities. Maggie truly believes in the power of women to be a force for good in the world.
Dana is a business Owner and financial specialist who focuses upon financial literacy and empowerment instruction. At the age of 15, Dana was a displaced teen with a newborn child to raise. However, over the next two decades, she built a career in the corporate finance industry, became a published author, founded the non-profit Sheroes, Inc., and launched her own financial business. She is also a committed community leader and activist, volunteering her time, ideas, and skills to a number of causes, all of which are centered around protecting and uplifting the most vulnerable members of our community.
Dana joined the board of In Purpose Educational Services because, "Equitable community for Saint Louis, MO is the goal. It is so very exciting to be a part of the In Purpose initiative and future." We are pleased to have her willingly share her knowledge, passion, and caring to us as we try to achieve our goals.
Nadida Amatullah-Matin is the founder and president of the Abdul-Wakil M. Kamal Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit created after the death of her stepson, who was a victim of police violence. The foundation offers employment opportunities and education focusing on various trades (carpentry, plumbing, home remodeling, etc.); as well as life skills to individuals returning home from prison. Nadida serves as the Executive Director of Matin House, her second 501(c) 3. Matin House strives to provide life changes, skills, and services to victims of human trafficking so that they can live life free of chains.
Nadida originates from the Garden State and moved to St. Louis in 2008. Nadida has been married to Mohammed Kamal for more than 25 years, with whom she shares 5 adult children and 11 grandchildren; Nadida is a community activist who believes we all can be change agents to give voice to the unheard and the marginalized – those often deemed nobodies.