Iletha Washington

Mrs. Iletha Washington, UMNCM Program Director, holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Memphis and a teaching license from Crichton College. Mrs. Washington is also studying at Memphis Theological Seminary to complete a Master of Divinity. She is an active member at St. Andrew A.M.E. Church.

Mrs. Washington is a board member for Memphis Association for the Education of Young Children and has spent many years working with at-risk youth and their families. One of her beliefs is that UMNCM children and youth deserve to be treated with love and respect. Mrs. Washington strives to create a loving and welcoming atmosphere every day at UMNCM.

Mozell Starks


Rev. Dr. Mark Matheny

Dr. Matheny is the current board president for UMNCM and previously served as the Executive Director of the organization from 1979-1984. He has spent the last 50 years dedicated to neighborhood-based ministry, focusing most of his time on UMNCM and Highland Area Renewal Corporation.

Contact Dr. Matheny at 901-428-4633 or







Additional Staff






Shandra Bean, Administrative Support

Our Beloved Teachers and Assistants

Ms. Biggs graduated with honors from Southwest Community College in May 2019 with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.








Mrs. Devon Grant-Ramsey graduated in October 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She is currently a Co-Teacher with the Miriam Shelby County VPK Program.