Margaret Margaret Cowan is the Founding Keeper for I Am My Sister's Keeper (IAMSK), originated in 2018. She is the single mother of three amazing young ladies, Cayden Danae (20), Camryn Dechele (17), and Camaya Denyce (16). Margaret recently completed her Associate’s degree and plans to pursue her Bachelor’s in Sociology at the University of Memphis in Spring 2021. Margaret recognizes the importance of community in the life of a single mom. Her mission is to create a village in which single moms live and support each other. It is her desire to use her God-given gifts and abilities, along with her lifelong lessons, to own a neighborhood full of homes occupied by single moms. In order to obtain a paid position and prepare a successful future for IAMSK, Margaret has completed a variety of training events and classes. She is most proud of her completion of the Executive Director Bootcamp lead by Momentum Nonprofit Partners and “Before You Ask” by the Assisi Foundation. Margaret enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She understands people, never meets a stranger, and is always willing to lend a helping hand.
Brenda Cowan has been a part of IAMSK since its inception and currently holds the secretary position. As a product of a single-parent home, she experienced and understands the possible deficiencies in being raised without the benefit of both parents. Brenda desires to be of assistance to moms who are raising children without the presence of the paternal parent. Brenda is a retired school administrator who earned a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration from Roosevelt University. Since her retirement, she has had the privilege of home schooling three of her granddaughters.
Wendolyn Byrd is the Treasurer in Training for IAMSK. She graduated from Christian Brothers University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Wendolyn currently works for a Memphis-based nonprofit organization that helps individuals with disabilities as the Human Resources Coordinator. In her leisure, she enjoys volunteering her time to help others, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. Wendolyn is constantly striving to improve professionally and aims to join the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).
Esmund Gabriel Hayes serves as the Social Media Coordinator for IAMSK and is currently a Human Resources Administrative Clerk at a local nonprofit agency. Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Esmund attended Home Study International (now Griggs International Academy), Highland Academy, and Southern Adventist University. Esmund’s mission, alongside IAMSK, is to alleviate the many stressors that prevent single mothers from becoming successful. His ultimate goal is to strive to be all God has called him to be in his professional field. Long-term, he would like to own a juicing bar as well as flourish in his photography. Esmund’s hobbies and skills of expertise consist of photography, juicing, reading, drawing, and gardening.
Deirdra Royston graduated from the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and is a Human Resource Advisor with FedEx Services. She joined the IAMSK team in February 2020 assisting with Strategic Planning and Development. Deirdra brings over 10 years of volunteer board and leadership experience from organizations such as Inner-City Ministries, GirlzLife, and Women in Leadership - a FedEx Services' Business Resource Team. Deirdra has always possessed a passion for volunteering with organizations whose missions serve women and youth.