Executive Board Member
Lona Allen Hayes serves as an Executive Board Member for the Foundation. Lona has greater than 30 years of experience in education, curriculum design, and program development. Lona’s passion for education is evident in her professional commitment to developing youth to their fullest potential, regardless of their background and personal circumstances. She worked for more than 15 years with the University of Maryland’s Upward Bound Program in various capacities including Curriculum Coordinator. In this capacity, Lona developed programs to address and strengthen educational weaknesses and also provided encouragement for low-income and potential first-generation college students. Lona earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Maryland.
Lona is Olivia’s paternal grandmother. All of the love and passion she puts into her famous cakes, she also puts into the nurturing of her children and grandchildren.