Our Team

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Teah Hughes, Founder of Stuck In The Middle, is approaching graduation with a dual degree in Psychology and African American Studies at Penn State University. Teah is also a naturally gifted artist and an aspiring entrepreneur in Beauty and Hair Care. She continues to follow her childhood passion for animals by volunteering at her local animal shelters and works as a Vet Tech. Her mission and vision for Stuck In The Middle evolved from her own personal experience as a child in middle school becoming emotionally impacted by her parent's separation and contentious divorce. Teah continued to be a resilient, well-rounded honor student and athlete throughout high school. She served in various volunteer capacities and was even awarded the prestigious NAACP President's Youth Image Award. During her senior year Stuck In The Middle became her mission which is now to ensure children like her and her brother would have the resources needed to help minimize the mental trauma and grief suffered from their parent's separation or divorce early on during this process.

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April Payne-Hughes is a native of Philadelphia, PA, and has lived in Winslow Township, NJ for the past 25 years with her two children and 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 and Management from DeVry University. She retired early with more than 28 years of service in the areas of telecommunication technology, field operations, and customer service. April has supported and volunteered with many organizations over the years.  As Co-Founder and Executive Director, she devotes and volunteers her time running Stuck In The Middle. As a lifelong learner, she continues to pursue both her personal and educational interests while developing new skills that will enhance the organization's long-term goals. April wears many hats but undeniably admits wearing the hat of MOM is not only the biggest hat but the best hat she's ever worn. She proudly honors and commits to her title as MOM first. It's her most important responsibility. Her motto, "No Matter What, My children Comes First"

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As Board Secretary, Shirley T. Johnson,Owner of Gray Eye Graphics (GEG), a full-service design firm based in Philadelphia holds a B.S in Communications and Journalism from Indiana University of PA and a Graphic Design Certificate from Moore College of Art and Design. Ms. Johnson has been a graphic designer for more than 12 years. Her experience includes publication design, logo and branding design, marketing and collateral design. Before becoming a full time entrepreneur, Before joining CMA Publishing as an Assistant Art Director, Ms. Johnson worked for The Philadelphia Tribune in September 2000 as a page designer.

Young Leaders 

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Christina is a senior at Williamstown High School and a dedicated student at Rowan College of South Jersey. She is a member of five honor societies including the Spanish National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, National Honor Society, National Society of Leadership and Success, and National Society of High School Scholars. Currently she is an Arts and Science major in pursuit of her Associates Degree. Christina will graduate the summer of 2022 with a high school and college diploma. Additionally, Christina is the Vice President of The Student Government Associate at RCSJ, Vice President of the Book Club and Vice President of The Rock Club. Volunteer and Youth Leader of the nonprofit organization Success First and Youth Leader of the non-profit Stuck in The Middle. Conclusively, Christina has a passion for psychology and providing support to individuals with mental health disorders. Thus, in her future endeavors Christina will become a psychiatrist and establish a nonprofit to provide therapeutic aid to disenfranchised communities.