Our Board

Teah Hughes is the Founder of Stuck In The Middle, student of Psychology and African American Studies at Penn State, artist, and an aspiring entrepreneur. Teah's mission and vision for Stuck In The Middle evolved from her own personal experience as a child who was emotionally affected by her parents separation and divorce. It became her focus to ensure her brother and others would have the resources needed to help minimize the mental health impact. 

April Payne-Hughes is a native of Philadelphia, PA and has lived in Winslow Township, NJ for the past 25 years with her daughter Teah, son George "Gee"  two pets. While working full-time, she completed her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Drexel University and later earned her MBA with a concentration in Network Communications from DeVry University's Keller School of Management. She retired with more than 28 years of service in the areas of technology, field operations and customer service. 


As Executive Director, she volunteers much of her spare time organizing, planning, facilitating workshops, community activities as well as marketing and raising funds for Stuck In The Middle. 


She's always been outspoken on issues that impact youth and her community. Whether she’s serving as a general member of a parent-community board, chairing an advisory committee, or volunteering as an advocate for a child with special needs and their family, she displays compassion for others and is always engaged, proactive, and informative. She’s supportive and dedicated to serving her family and community.


Like most, balancing her life is an ongoing challenge but she strives to carve out time for her own personal development.  April wears many hats but confesses that her most favorite one to wear is MOM.

Talented business savvy graphic design lead with proven success in marketing, and print and publication design that is versatile, creative and dedicated seeks a company that demands quality design to further their business goals and professional image. Especially skilled in understanding business challenges, trends and options. 


Shirley T. Johnson holds a Graphic Design Certificate from Moore College of Art and Design and a B.S in Communications and Journalism from Indiana University of PA. Ms. Johnson has been a graphic designer for more than 12 years. Her experience includes publication design, logo and branding design and marketing and collateral design. Before becoming a full time entrepreneur, Ms. Johnson worked for The Philadelphia Tribune in September 2000 as a page designer. Several of her page designs were acknowledged and awarded. In 2006, Ms. Johnson joined CMA Publishing as an Assistant Art Director.  


Shirley is the Owner of Gray Eye Graphics (GEG), a full-service design firm based in Philadelphia. 

Advisory Board

Mary E. May, MFT is a Relationship Therapist with a keen ability to facilitate healing for youth, teens, and adults that require a pathway to work towards strategies to deal with violence and trauma when it manifests in their lives. In addition to being a passionate therapist with over 20 years of experience, Mary is also an innovative trainer, educator, presenter, and public speaker. Her expertise in domestic violence, bullying, suicide prevention, and teen dating violence makes her an exemplary choice for seminars, workshops, and symposiums. Ms. May is also a staunch advocate for preventative care and bridging the gap of wellness by integrating cultural diversity, inclusion, equity and psycho-education. Her company, Butterfly Love, offers consulting, and group, individual, family, and couple’s therapy. She has been an invited expert guest on NBC 10, local radio shows, and a TMZ correspondent.  A keynote speaker at Our Voices, Our Issues conference, and a clinical contributor for the Association for Black Sexologists and Clinicians in the Eastern Caribbean and International Piton Film Festival (St. Thomas and St. Lucia) for nearly 5 years. A respected speaker and participant for 2 years at the annual Melanated Educators Conference during Black Lives Matter at Schools Week of Action in Philadelphia. She continues to develop her work and techniques with a variety of organizations, Mental Health networks, and Universities. And remember, “Freedom lies in being bold.”

Andre Lynn Warthen-Flint, BSW, MSW is currently a Medical Social Worker at Positive Impact Health Centers in Atlanta Georgia. Originally from Philadelphia, PA Andrea received her BSW from Temple University in 1990.  Worked in several areas of child welfare before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia in 1996 to pursue her Master in Social Work at Clark Atlanta University.  Andrea obtained her MSW in 1998 and continued her career in child welfare which is not limited to foster care and adoptions. Her current certifications include Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting, IMPACT for foster and adoptive parents along with Trauma Informed Care and Motivational Interviewing. Her additional training and certifications includes Trauma Focused Care, SOAR,  Substance use/prevention screening, Play therapy for children and adults, and Andrea volunteers with her local Girl Scouts troop, has served as a Principal Council and Parent and Teacher Association member. She is a longstanding member of of the National Association of Black Social Workers.


P.O. Box 145

Cedar Brook, NJ 08018

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