Board Members

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E. Meshal Crooms

President & Chair of Board

  • Meshal's full Bio

    Mrs. Crooms is the mother of Courtney Crooms. Mrs. Crooms grew up in Selma Alabama, and excelled in Track & Field at the high school level. Mrs. Crooms is a member of the healthcare profession as a Registered Nurse. She holds a Nursing diploma from Louisiana Technical College in Leesville Louisiana, as well as degree in Registered Nursing from Central Texas College in Killeen Texas, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in her class.

    On June 25th, 2006 on their way back from North Augusta, South Carolina, and less than two hours after she and her AAU team, the (14U) Atlanta Lady Celtics had just won the championship in their age group at the Garden City Classic Tournament, Courtney and her mother, Meshal were involved in a fatal automobile accident 80 miles east of Atlanta.  Meshal would survive the accident, sustaining serious injuries from the crash including: (five hematomas to the head; right shoulder fracture; right arm, ribs and hand injury; three pelvic fractures; four lower back fractures; bladder injury; dislocated left hip and leg injury, and both knees crushed.) Courtney, however, was gone…gone at the age of 14!

    After several years of intense and at times extremely painful Physical Therapy sessions to Meshal’s upper and lower body, subsequent Lumbar Spine MRI show: At the L4-5 level, disc desiccation with a diffuse disc bulge and a left-sided focal disc protrusion in the lateral recess and left neural. The diffuse bulge encroach upon both descending L5 nerve roots and the protrusion retrodisplaces the L5 nerve root.; At the L3-4 level, a diffuse disc bulge is present with a left-sided focal disc protrusion which retrodisplaces the left descending L4 nerve root and narrows the inferior aspect of the left foramen.; At the L2-3 level, a ventral and left-sided focal disc extrusion which narrows the lateral recesses encroaching upon the descending L3 nerve roots, retro displacing the left L3 nerve root.

Derick Crooms

Vice President

  • Derick's full Bio

    Mr. Crooms is the father of Courtney Crooms; originally from Beaufort N.C. and reared in the small community of North River. His background is as Soldier in the United States Army, where he recently retired after serving honorably for more than 22 years. Mr. Crooms has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East as part of his service to our country.

    While assigned to the Washington D.C. area, he attended Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), and is currently completing his Bachelor of Arts business degree with the University of Management and Technology in Arlington Virginia. He currently serves as a member of the accountability board of Renewed Life Christian Center in Colorado Springs, Co. and is committed to ensuring the success of the foundation which bears his daughter’s name.

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Linda Brooks-Kennnedy

Grantee and Volunteer Coordinator

  • Linda's full Bio

    Mrs. Brooks-Kennedy is a native of Atlanta Georgia and the proud mother of three. She graduated from American Intercontinental University and holds an Associate of Arts degree in International Business. Mrs. Brooks-Kennedy brings the experience of over 20 years in management and is the General Manager of O’Charleys in Griffin, Georgia.


Tonia Poole


  • Tonia's full Bio

    Mrs. Poole is a longtime friend of the Crooms family. Her background experience includes Executive Administration, Small Business Ownership,Juvenile Institutions work and the U.S. Military.Mrs. Poole is joyfully married to an awesome man and the proud mother of three handsome children and she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her hobbies include singing and playing basketball, and reading. She is a lead singer on her church Praise and Worship Team and a leader for the Visitor Follow-up Committee. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Hartnell College in Salinas, California, where she graduated Cum Laude. Mrs. Poole enjoys encouraging others towards excellence and is excited about playing a part in accomplishing the vision of and dream of the Courtney S. Crooms Foundation.