In 1995, Edna Moffett led a team of 33 college students to form Operation PEACE, a homework club for 20 inner-city, K-12 students. The club had humble beginnings, establishing operations in a basement laundry room.
Eventually, the basement was transformed into a two-room venue to accommodate the organization’s steady growth. Their homework club expanded into a Year-Round Academic Enrichment program, which now includes after-school and summer programs promoting academic achievement and recreational activities.
The founding vision is to present children with positive adult images during their most formative years, in order to counteract the abundance of violence and adversity putting them at risk of juvenile delinquency.
Operation PEACE serves more than 150 young people per year in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, and our programs continue to flourish. It’s all thanks to the invaluable contributions of our volunteers, whose investment of time and hopeful inspiration have fostered a spirit of volunteerism, guiding others to actively participate in our community’s progress.
In November 2013, Ms. Edna Moffett retired as the Executive Director of Operation PEACE after 18 years of committed service. She is an active, community-oriented person with a passion for improving the lives of those around her, and her efforts have not gone unnoticed. She has received numerous awards and been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and appeared on various local television programs for her activism. As a result of what started off as a homework club whose mission was to simply help the children who lived in the Village of Bedford Pine Apartments, Ms Edna Moffett turned that into a galvanizing beacon of hope in the Old Fourth Ward Community known as OperationPEACE, Inc.
Dr Catherine Foster-Rowell
Dr. Foster-Rowell brings a wealth of corporate and non-profit experience to the job. In her immediate past position, she was employed by Families First, as the Senior Grants Manager and successfully secured in excess of $4 million in government grants and contracts annually to serve children in families. Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Foster-Rowell was a Senior Business Analyst with Beacon Analytics, LLC, and employed by Enterprise Community Partners as a Senior Program Director with the Atlanta Renewal Community Coordinating Responsible Authority (ACoRA). In this role, she oversaw the investment of over $40 million in Social Service Block Grant funding on behalf of the City of Atlanta. Dr. Foster-Rowell has also been employed by several consulting firms to include the Bronner Group and MAXIMUS.
Dr. Foster-Rowell is published and has served as a Fellow for the Southern Center of Studies in Public Policy at Clark Atlanta University. In addition, she has served as a federal grant reviewer for the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Fulton County Arts Council and the Cobb Community Collaborative. She has also been featured in several editions of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, and served on numerous volunteer boards which include the National Forum for Black Public Administrators; National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter; Community Alliance of Metropolitan Parkway; Young Leaders Collegiate Academy; the Georgia Association of Social Workers; and the Cambridge Commons Homeowners’ Association.
Marcel Benoit Jr., Program Director
Toya Tann, Site Manager
Tonya Tann, Lead Teacher
Jose Moffett, Assistant Teacher
Pleshetta Rosser, Assistant Teacher
William Spurley, Bus Driver
Anita Kerce, Social Services Coordinator
Board of Directors
Orie Ward, Board Chair – Management Consultant, Philogic LLC
Mia McDonough, Vice Chair – Senior Account Executive, Vistar of Georgia
Morriah McPhie, Secretary – Senior Account Coordinator, Global Healthcare Services
Hannah Gould, Treasurer – Epidemiologist, Center for Disease Control
At Large Board Members
Jocelyn Whitehead Jackson, Ph.D, Retired Educator, Morehouse College
John Moss, Territory Sales Manager, Fiji Water & Justin Vineyards & Winery