Who We Are

Who We Are ​

Our partnership with different organizations across the United States and the world, is to proffer solution to pivotal human challenges in differentiated programs. Our programs and support focus on improving the quality of education in our schools (high school and college) as well as provide adequate support for weak and susceptible families and children in the United States. We dedicate resources to focus on global development by providing poorest communities around the globe accessibility to effective technology and health products and services. We support programs and services that focus on lessening health inequities through the introduction of new approaches and utilizing modern instruments to tackle our most pressing health challenges. To achieve these programs and services, we commit ourselves to collaborate with big organizations, leverage our innovative ideas, and take the promising risk to get outstanding results

“What is a life lived, if you’ve never helped someone who couldn’t help himself?…Unfulfilled.”Freddie Figgers

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Our Mission

To provide essential resources that will help to propel those in need toward a better tomorrow.

Our Vision

To make available any and all resources that will ensure success in the areas of education, self-sufficiency and wellness.

Who We Are ​

Our partnership with different organizations across the United States and the world, is to proffer solution to pivotal human challenges in differentiated programs. Our programs and support focus on improving the quality of education in our schools (high school and college) as well as provide adequate support for weak and susceptible families and children in the United States. We dedicate resources to focus on global development by providing poorest communities around the globe accessibility to effective technology and health products and services. We support programs and services that focus on lessening health inequities through the introduction of new approaches and utilizing modern instruments to tackle our most pressing health challenges. To achieve these programs and services, we commit ourselves to collaborate with big organizations, leverage our innovative ideas, and take the promising risk to get outstanding results.

“What is a life lived, if you’ve never helped someone who couldn’t help himself?…Unfulfilled.”

Freddie Figgers

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Our Mission

To provide essential resources that will help to propel those in need toward a better tomorrow.

Our Vision

To make available any and all resources that will ensure success in the areas of education, self-sufficiency and wellness.

Freddie Figgers, Board Chair

The Figgers Foundation was inspired by its founder Mr. Freddie Figgers, CEO and Chief Software Architect of Figgers Communications, Inc. He is an American inventor, computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is the youngest American who holds a Federal Communications Commission License which allows him to operate his own successful cell phone company. He was born and raised in Quincy, Florida and was abandoned by his biological mother at birth and adopted by his foster parents. Mr. Figgers learned the importance of accountability and giving back at a very young age. Living by the mantra that ‘We are our brother’s keeper,’ Mr. Figgers was determined to make a difference. His dreams as a young man, always included his community and how he could positively affect those around him. The Figgers Foundation has become the vehicle by which lives are affected. It is with this platform that our number one mission is to inspire change, bring awareness and provide solutions to a number of real-life issues that so many face every day.
Read more about Freddie: https://freddiefiggers.com/magazine/

Natlie G. Figgers, Esq., Treasurer, Board of Trustees

Natlie G. Figgers earned her Juris Doctorate from one of Florida’s top-ranked and fully accredited Law Schools, Nova University Shepard Broad College of Law. Mrs. Figgers earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a top-ranked historically black college/university. During law school, she served as a legal assistant for an Immigration Law office and as an intern for one of Florida’s top Commercial Litigation Firms. In addition, Mrs. Figgers has an extensive technical and business background. Prior to becoming an attorney and while she was a full-time student, Mrs. Figgers served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Human Resource Officer for Figgers Wireless, a family-owned telecommunications company. Mrs. Figgers transitioned to the legal profession after a successful 5-years career with the company.

Natlie G. Figgers earned her Juris Doctorate from one of Florida’s top-ranked and fully accredited Law Schools, Nova University Shepard Broad College of Law. Mrs. Figgers earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a top-ranked historically black college/university. During law school, she served as a legal assistant for an Immigration Law office and as an intern for one of Florida’s top Commercial Litigation Firms. In addition, Mrs. Figgers has an extensive technical and business background. Prior to becoming an attorney and while she was a full-time student, Mrs. Figgers served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Human Resource Officer for Figgers Wireless, a family-owned telecommunications company. Mrs. Figgers transitioned to the legal profession after a successful 5-years career with the company.

After graduating law school, Mrs. Figgers opened her own law practice in which she represents clients in Broward County, Dade County, Palm Beach County, and Orange County in legal matters that extend from personal injury and medical malpractice to family law. Mrs. Figgers provides skilled representation to all the individuals and businesses that seek her services. Mrs. Figgers stands firm on her commitment to not only zealously advocate for her clients rights in the courtroom but to also always seek the very best possible outcome during settlement negotiations.

Favorite quote: “The time is always right to do what is right.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Joycelyn Brown, Esq., Secretary, Board of Trustees

Joycelyn S. Brown is the managing partner at IPS Legal Group, P.A. After receiving a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University, Ms. Brown worked as an engineer in the semi-conductor industry for several years and later received her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 2008.

Following law school, Ms. Brown worked as an associate at one of South Florida’s most respected law firms where she represented companies in a variety of matters including intellectual property and contract disputes, complex litigation, and employment matters. Ms. Brown went on to serve as a federal law clerk to Judge Marcia Cooke on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. In 2013, Ms. Brown began serving clients through what is now known as IPS Legal Group, P.A. IPS Legal Group’s practice areas include patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, business startups, and complex business matters.

Aside from the practice of law, Ms. Brown has served the Miami-Dade community as the President of the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association, a member of the Dade-County Bar Association, and an advocate for women’s sports. In 2015, Ms. Brown was recognized as one of the top 40 Under 40 Black Professionals in Miami, Florida. Ms. Brown is also an adjunct professor at Miami-Dade College. She is licensed to practice in Florida and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Favorite quote: “The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” ~Albert Einstein

Walter "Mickey" Presha Sr. Board of Trustees

Retired CEO of Manatee County Rural Health Services (MCR Health), Mr. Presha exemplifies a selfless devotion to the well-being of all mankind regardless of race, creed, color, or socio-economic status. He is a major philanthropist and an exemplary community leader. He has always demonstrated his care and compassion continuing to work to provide the uninsured people of Manatee County, Florida with the best healthcare and preventative health education.

Mr. Presha took over MCR Health Services when the agency was struggling and turned it into the largest federally qualified health agency in Florida. Mr. Presha is also a decorated military veteran who was drafted into the United States Army in 1966, eventually serving as platoon leader in Vietnam. After becoming combat wounded in 1970, Mr. Presha went into the Army Reserves, where he was promoted to Captain and eventually retired as a full Colonel. The Purple Heart and the Legion of Merit badge are among his many decorations.

Retired CEO of Manatee County Rural Health Services (MCR Health), Mr. Presha exemplifies a selfless devotion to the well-being of all mankind regardless of race, creed, color, or socio-economic status. He is a major philanthropist and an exemplary community leader. He has always demonstrated his care and compassion continuing to work to provide the uninsured people of Manatee County, Florida with the best healthcare and preventative health education.

Mr. Presha took over MCR Health Services when the agency was struggling and turned it into the largest federally qualified health agency in Florida. Mr. Presha is also a decorated military veteran who was drafted into the United States Army in 1966, eventually serving as platoon leader in Vietnam. After becoming combat wounded in 1970, Mr. Presha went into the Army Reserves, where he was promoted to Captain and eventually retired as a full Colonel. The Purple Heart and the Legion of Merit badge are among his many decorations.

Carolyn I. Newman, Executive Director

Executive Director, for the Figgers Foundation, Carolyn Newman has lived and worked in South Florida for 30 years and has over three decades of management, development planned giving and foundation experience in the non-profit industry with a proven record of accomplishment in operations, management, administration, finance, development, integrated financial resource development, and strategic planning. Ms. Newman has strong business development and quality management abilities combined with excellent interpersonal and communications skills and believes strongly in building a community of support. Before coming to Florida, Carolyn Newman was the Director of Development for major national non- profits in Washington, D.C.

Favorite quote: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, and an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Carolyn I. Newman, Executive Director, Figgers Foundation
Direct Phone: 754-457-0731
Carolyn@FiggersFoundation.org

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