THE TEAM

MARLENE ONGWENY MAINA

President and Founder

Marlene Ongweny Maina is a Christian writer, Bible teacher, and Founder of JosiahKids.  Marlene’s academic background includes: A Diploma in Youth Ministry, A Bachelor’s in Biblical Education, A Master of Divinity (MDiv) and a Master in Leadership from Luther Rice College and Seminary. Her professional journey has led her through a handful of fortune 500 companies, including The Coca-Cola Company where she has worked for the past 16 years supporting c-suite senior executives. Marlene leads the Biblical Education and Leadership and Development Components of JosiahKids. She has termed the one true God YAHWEH her passion and highest joy. She is compassionate for the broken, eager to make Christ known, and determined to make an extravagant spiritual investment in the lives of young students, using EVERY single platform a creative God is willing to put on the table.

Marlene loves the performing arts, avocados and good books. She is married to Newton and lives outside Atlanta where they are raising their most delightful daughters; Joy and Journey.

NEWTON MAINA

CFO and Co-Founder

Newton Maina is a follower of Christ and a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers! His academic background includes: A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting from Kennesaw State University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Accounting from Devry University. Newton is a graduate of the Bethel Bible Intensive Series (a two-year) program of the Old and New Testaments, which he subsequently taught for four years at Mount Paran Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Newton is an Accountant by profession with over eighteen years of experience working with for-Profit and nonprofit organizations. As a Bible Teacher, he is committed to helping believers in the body of Christ understand the truths of the Bible in order to sincerely fulfill the first and greatest commandment (of loving God with all their hearts, minds, souls and strength). Newton and his wife Marlene reside in the Buford, Georgia area where they are raising their beautiful daughters, Joy and Journey.

KENYATTA MANNING

Program Director

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and a Minor in Film, Kenyatta has always had an interest in the world of entertainment and education. Her resume consists of Film, Print, Dance, and Runway experience. She’s also worked in the Atlanta Public School system as a teacher’s aide and in the Cobb County School system as a substitute teacher. Today Kenyatta enjoys working behind the camera, meeting new artists of all genres, and producing quality projects.

RASOOL MUHAMMAD

Director, Real Estate, Space Planning and Design

Rasool Muhammad is a well-seasoned professional with an academic background in science and technology from Morehouse College. He has 15+ years of extensive working knowledge in the areas of: relocation, move management, strategic planning, corporate real estate projects, furniture management, facilities coordination, vendor management, inventory controls, and personalized customizing of office designs for senior executives on a global platform. Rasool has developed a thorough understanding of capabilities and skills that have enabled him to efficiently manage corporate real estate projects and engage high level clients. He has contributed to the improvement of many workplace policies and built strong collaborative relationships with clients, vendors, and contractors over the past decade. He is a lifelong athlete who ventured overseas to play professional basketball for several years, and now serves as a mentor and coach to young students in the Atlanta area where he resides with his wife Tameka, and their two brilliant sons, Ali and Zayd. Rasool is the leading fan of no other team but —The Philadelphia Eagles, of course!

CHAUNTA FOSTER

Director, Human Resources

Chaunta is passionate about being a courageous believer, intentional connector, breakthrough contributor and fearless globetrotter. Her life’s mission is to lead others from chaos to order by discerning truth and applying discipline. Chaunta’s heart leaps for joy when others have life impacting moments with Jesus. She is especially committed to giving kids opportunities to encounter Jesus.


At any point in time, you’ll find Chaunta organizing an event, creating to-do lists, life planning, budgeting and re-budgeting. She’s discovered a hidden passion in herself – running. So far,
Chaunta has run two marathons. She gets super excited about finding a good bargain too!


Chaunta earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Brown University in Rhode Island. She graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in Oklahoma and also holds a Master’s of
Business Administration from Regent University in Virginia.


Chaunta is a Human Resources Manager at Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 company, where she
plays a vital role in the talent process of a manufacturing facility. She also helps her husband in Christian ministry.


She resides in Sedalia Missouri with her husband Billy and incredible son, Liam.

JENECIA KISSOON

Music Teacher

My name is Jenecia Kissoon. I am originally from Guyana, South America and have been living in Georgia for five years now. Being the eldest of my four siblings, I have developed a love for working with children. I have a passion for music and I enjoy singing, playing guitar and piano, dancing, calligraphy, and every activity involving creativity and expression. From a young age, I have been volunteering at church to assist with Sunday school and child care. I have also been a part of the dance ministry at my current church, Free Chapel, though I started dancing at the age of six. I am a Collins Hill High School graduate, currently attending Free Chapel College where I am studying music ministry. While attending Collins Hill High school, I was a part of the chorus program, which extended my love for music. My hope is to one day be able to travel often as a missionary teacher to teach music, language arts and the Bible to children. I love to see people, especially children, discover their gifts and use them for God’s glory.

OUR MISSION

JosiahKids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to educate, empower and equip young students in local communities in the areas of faith, leadership, community service and the arts

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