Yvonne Pierre, CEO
Ms. Yvonne Pierre, a native of the island of Barbados, W.I., migrated to the United States at the age of 17 and resided in Queens, New York for 25 years before moving to Brandon, Florida. She is the dedicated mother of three sons. Ms. Pierre dedicated over 25 years to the customer service and trade departments of the banking industry.
In 2009, One of Ms. Pierre's son, a noted Hillsborough County School Teacher, encouraged her to change career paths and pursue another passion--Planting Seeds of Our Future. Yvonne purchased Here We Grow Learning Center and began providing quality childcare services to children of families residing in Dunedin, Florida and surrounding areas. She holds an A.S in Accounting and went on to obtain her Child Development Associates (CDA) and her Director's Certification from Pinellas Technical Education Center (PTEC).
As the Center Director for Here We Grow Learning Center, Ms. Pierre recognized barriers that prevented the growth of the children and families she serviced. In 2010, she established Here We Grow Foundation, Inc., an ongoing effort to heal the disparities that plague at-risk children and families. Now, Ms. Pierre not only plants seeds of our Future . . . but she nurtures them!!!!
Meredith Scott-Epps, Program Director
Meredith Scott-Epps is a native of "The Windy City", Chicago, Illinois. She is a devoted wife and mother of five-Kayla(13), DeJanay (11), Azure'(9), Jailen(5) and Yolanda(3). She received her B.A. in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Journalism from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1996.
Mrs. Epps served a ten year tenure managing TRIO education programs, Early Intervention and Upward Bound for the Educational Services division of Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. in Chicago. During her tenure, she was dedicated to providing disadvantaged middle school and high school students with the supplementary educational tools needed to excel academically and eventually pursue a post secondary education.
In 2008, Mrs. Epps relocated to Georgia before settling in Florida in 2009. Mrs. Epps is the Sub-Teacher and Office Assistant for Here We Grow Learning Center. She also serves as the Program Director for Here We Grow Foundation, Inc. She is passionate about writing, being an advocate for children and families and aspires to be a noted author of children's books.