About Land of Promise

Veronica Mount 

Founder/President

Land of Promise Vision & Philosophy

 

Land of Promise was established as a 501(c)3 in 2006, after I traveled to Uganda, Africa, on a mission trip that touched my heart like never before. Uganda is a beautiful country where hunger is visible. Upon my return from Uganda, I wanted to share my stories and put a face to the problem in this country. My passion leads me to work on the United States Hunger study that revealed a disturbing number of food insecurity issues we have here in the United States. I learned that I did not have to travel to Africa to encounter hunger and food insecurity because this crisis exists in my own community. According to the hunger study, food insecurity exists in every county, and in every congressional district. However, in America, unlike Africa, in most circumstances hunger is invisible.  The mission of Land of Promise is to bring awareness, inspire hope and develop programs to address food inequities nationally and internationally.

 

We hold firmly to these core values:

 

  • We value collaboration with a community’s most valuable assets its residents, churches, businesses, schools, government, non-profits organizations and corporations. The entire community becomes more informed and better when all work together.

 

  • We value bringing joy to the recipients of our services. We appreciate the volunteers that give us their time, financial assistance and talents.

 

  • We value advocating for our clients by understanding their needs and caring for their welfare.

 

  • We believe in excellence in our efforts and returning the promises of the fruitful land to all people, especially the ones that are in need.

Our Accomplishments

 

With the help of so many that have the same passion and commitment as Land of Promise (LOP), we understand the importance of grassroots recruitment of volunteers and building community relationships to provide funds and services to meet our program objectives.  Since the company’s inception, we have been very aggressive in our efforts to combat food insecurity.  Our accomplishments include:

 

  • Consultation, implementation and development of international self-sustainability programs to improve the lives of 500+ people:  provide housing for orphans, farming production and distribution to feed the communities and generates income for necessities.

 

  • The recruitment of up to seventy community volunteers working together to improve their community’s environment. This resulted in community clean ups, litter literacy education and provided high school students an opportunity to complete their volunteer service hours.

 

  • Developing and building relationships with organizations in the community to meet community needs:  promoting public awareness and providing current and future donors opportunities to assist with the community’s efforts.

 

  • Defining goals and objectives that will assist with direct marketing and outreach activities; communicating the value of program services to target audiences, and providing guidance for decisions about the approaches to implement.

73% of households report having to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.
Our Leadership

 

Board of Directors

 

Theresa Mount

Board Chair

 

Theresa Mount is an Air Traffic Manager for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She serves as the Terminal District Manager for the Capital District which encompasses all air traffic control facilities in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. She is responsible for the daily operation and administration for one of the most highly profiled and complex air traffic control facilities in the nation. Her  district consists of twenty-two air traffic control facilities, including Washington National, Washington Dulles International, Baltimore Washington - Thurgood Marshall International, and Norfolk International airports. The district also includes Andrews Air Force Base, home of the Presidential aircraft - Air Force One. She is responsible for managing and directing facility safety and program operations and she is responsible for operations support, finance, and administration. She manages and safeguards resources and assures that internal controls meet Agency standards by applying activity based management in planning, controlling, and improving labor and overhead costs. Theresa has over twenty years of board experience and most recently served ten years on the board of the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE) and is currently serving as a Board Member for Urban Ed, Inc., in Washington, DC.  She also is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

 

Patrica W. Newberry, DDS

Board Vice Chair

 

Patricia Newberry is a practicing General Dentist in Nashville, TN. Dr. Patricia Newberry and her husband, Dr. Huey Newberry, have worked in a private practice for the past 25 years. Their practice provides dental care to a large population of Hispanics and the underserved in Nashville and surrounding areas.

 

Dr. Newberry is very involved with the youth of her church, Mt. Zion Church. However, one of her greatest joys in life has been serving as a Dental Consultant  with the Samaritan Ministries at Temple Baptist Church. She has served in this capacity for the past seven (7) years. Temple Baptist Church has served as the backdrop for Dr. Newberry to practice dentistry overseas in Belize. There Dr. Newberry embarked on the whole country, serving the people and ministering as a dental provider. During one of her visits to Belize  a major flood had impacted the area. Dr. Newberry, along with other lay people, traveled  to the flooded area of Crooked Tree. This  community had been isolated for 7 months because of the flooding there. Not only did they see most of the residents and provide assistance, but they were able to be with the Chief in prayer for the relief of the waters.

 

Dr. Newberry is an active member of the Dental Society, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a consultant at Beautycounter. She is the mother of Huey, Lindsay and Nilah and grandmother of three.

 

Bridgette Berry-Smith, Esq.

Secretary

 

Bridgette Berry-Smith is a retired attorney with more than 30 years of experience, most recently as Division Counsel for a Fortune 500 global restaurant company. Her practice focused primarily on litigation, employment and franchising matters. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of California, Irvine and her law degree is from Stanford Law School. She has served on both non-profit and for profit Boards, and currently is the Chairman of the Trustee Board of the Macedonia Baptist Church of Los Angeles, California. She also is a Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she has served in leadership positions at the local, regional and international levels. She is the proud mother of one son, who is currently matriculating at her alma mater, Stanford Law School.

Darien Henry

Treasurer

Darien Henry is a Strategy manager with experience in business, technology, and security consulting for clients. He has experience conducting security audits, developing operating models and technology solutions, and working as a financial analyst within various finance departments at a national telecommunications provider. Darien holds an M.B.A. in Finance and a B.S. in Computer Engineering.

 

Darien has spent time volunteering with various nonprofits, including but not limited to YearUp, Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, Trees Atlanta, and The Scholarship Academy. He has also tutored high school students in math subjects and preparation for the SAT math exam. Darien enjoys playing golf and basketball, watching sports and new release movies, and cooking new dishes.

 

Advisory Committee

 

Regina Fuller

Lead Resource Distribution Coordinator

World Changers Church International Food Bank

Regina Fuller is the Lead Resource Distribution Coordinator for World Changers Church International Food and Clothing Bank.  She serves 5,400 households and distributes approximately 500,000 pounds of food annually in metropolitan Atlanta.  Regina accomplishes this tremendous goal by providing food to families that visit the food bank, sponsoring community events, and actively collaborating with other partner agencies.  Some of the community events that Regina organizes are: Thanksgiving Feeding Families, Back-to-School and Community Food Distribution. 

At the Thanksgiving Feeding Families Event an average of 2,500 – 3,000 nutritious holiday boxes of food are prepared and distributed.  At the Back to School Event, approximately 2,700 school age children are provided with school supplies.   On a monthly basis, Regina hosts a Community Food Distribution providing food to apartment complexes residents who are in need of food assistance.  Regina also dispenses food to other community partners who serve our veterans, children, the homeless and infants. 

Regina has the heart of a servant and she has extensive knowledge of the food bank industry.  Through her civic engagement, she continues to give and help meet the needs of those who are less fortunate. 

Board Recruitment Appilcation

Land of Promise is accepting Board of Directors applications.  Apply by completing the application (PDF) and email to vmount@LOPprograms.org.

Our Staff

 

Veronica Mount

Founder/President

 

Veronica Mount brings a wide-range of expertise as President of Land of Promise.  This expertise includes program development, grassroots implementation, community outreach, volunteer training, and writing grant proposals.   Veronica has a master's degree in Christian Education from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is compassionate about the basic needs of others and focuses on providing service to others. She understands the power of collaboration to achieve positive results.

In fact, Veronica’s parents exposed her to service to others at an early age, a passion that continues to grow.  Since her childhood, Veronica, has been at the forefront of assisting others.  Her father was a deacon in the Baptist church and he participated in feeding others through community gardens. At the age of 82, her mother still volunteers in food pantries, focusing on seniors in need. As an adolescent, Veronica initially dreaded the hard work involved in serving others.  She did not realize that her future would be molded by providing service to others, a trait that her parent had instilled in her.

After completing her master’s degree, Veronica was certain that God’s purpose for her life was to provide service beyond the walls of the church - nationally and internationally. In 2006, she established Land of Promise, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.  At Land of Promise, Veronica combines her corporate training, business administration skills, and God’s direction to develop programs for providing food to those who need.

Veronica has two adult daughters.  In her spare time; she enjoys hiking, biking, traveling and listening to smooth jazz. Veronica plans to balance her personal interest and explore a new phase in life as President of Land of Promise.   Her vision is to address food inequities and serve others with a joyful spirit the rest of her life.

 

 

Allyson Brannon

Social Media Manager

 

Emily Hagen

Graphic Designer

Fonda Dowl

Volunteer

 

Sheila Brewster

Volunteer

 

Vickie Watkins

Volunteer

Land of Promise relies on dedicated volunteers to ensure they can serve their clients.

"Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth."

Shirley Chisholm