Hands Of Hope -Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation, Inc.

A Non-Profit Organization

Cecelia Mitchell- President
of Hnads Of Hope-SCA

Meet Our Board of Directors

Our board of directors at Hands of Hope -Sickle Cell Awareness, Foundation Inc.,  is comprised of a group of dedicated, compassionate , and professional individuals who all reside in Tampa, Florida.

Founder-President Cecelia “Cece” Mitchell 

Cecelia is a mother of two children and a grandmother of three. She is a native of Tampa, who graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1976. She has been a staff assistant at the University of South Florida since 1984. She is a member of the Spring of Life Church Of God in Christ.


University of South Florida Outstanding Staff Award – 2014

University of South Florida Outstanding Staff Award – 1999

Community Volunteer Service Affiliation:

Children’s Cancer Center - Family Advisory Board

Youth Department Coordinator -Spring of Life Church of God in Christ

Former President- Youth Department Rainbow Ministries

University of South Florida USPS Senate -1999

GTE Classic Golf Tournament -1999


Unity of the Faith International Ministry - Certificate of Appreciation - 2009

University Of South Florida 1995 Summer Youth Employment & Training Program

University Of South Florida 1994 Summer Youth Employment & Training Program

University Of South Florida 1993 Summer Youth Employment & Training Program

Lillie Ashley

Lillie is the mother of one daughter. She is a native of New York City and have lived in Tampa, FL since 1996. She graduated from NYU (New York University) with a Master of Social Work degree. She currently work for Children’s Medical Services and provide social services support to the Children’s Medical Services pediatric Sickle Cell Clinic. She is a member of Christ Community Church.


Community Volunteer Service Affiliation:

Hands of Hope -Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation Inc. 2016 - present

Children’s Cancer Center, Inc.

Autism Foundation OF Tampa Bay, Inc.

Angela Birdsong

2012-2014  Service Corporation International  Hudson, FL

Family Service Counselor

2010-2012   Stewart Enterprises   Tampa, FL

Family Service Counselor


2005-2010  Marcus & Millichap  Real Estate Investment Brokerage  Tampa, FL

Commercial Real Estate Agent


2001-2005  Genesis Radio Group   Tampa, FL

ESPN 1470 AM Tampa* ESPN 1080 AM Orlando* ESPN 1060 AM Melbourne*

NewsTalk 1040 AM-Tampa* NewsTalk 1190 AM Orlando*

Senior Account Executive


Associate, Funeral Service                        Commonwealth Institute, Huston, TX

BS Communications/TV-Radio              Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

Journalism Major,Visiting Student         New York University, New York, NY

                                                                                                J.C. Brantley             

Gloria Elliott, RN BSN

Gloria is a widow, mother of one daughter and a member of Thirty Fourth Street Church of God. She is a native of Tampa, a graduate of H.W. Blake Sr. High School, a graduate of Tuskegee Institute School of Nursing, Tuskegee and she did her post-graduate studies at Saint Louis University, St. Louis.

She retired in 2014 after spending 28 years with Tampa Family Health Centers, Inc. Gloria served in several capacities including, director of nursing, interim CEO and director of community relations for Tampa Family Health Centers Inc. Also, she is the former Lieutenant Commander of the U.S. Public Health Corp.

Community Volunteer Service Affiliations:

Awards:  Gloria was awarded The Jessie Trice Heroes Award in September 2014 by the State of Florida Health Choice Network for outstanding community service and advocate for medically underserved and minority populations in Hillsborough County and the State of Floreard

Theresa F. Girard, RPh.

Theresa is the mother of one child and a registered pharmacist with the state of Florida. She was born in Gainesville, FL and raised in rural Ocala, FL She graduated from North Marion High School in 1991. She then went on to attend The University of Florida and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. After graduating from the University of Florida,  in 1996 she relocated to the Tampa Bay area.

Theresa worked for Walgreens as a Staff Pharmacist from 1996 to 1998 and as a Pharmacy Manager 1998 to 2006. She was forced into early retirement in 2006 after several serious bouts with sickle cell disease, including a major debilitating stroke in 2007.

Theresa currently resides in Seffner, FL and daily fights the good fight of faith being “Sickle Cell Warrior Strong."


                                                                                                  Dale W. Savage

 Dale W. Savage also known as “Wilbert”, he is married Monica Savage. Dale was born o February 11, 1956, to Anna Coffee and CJ Knight.  He is the father of six children, and the grandfather of 19 grandchildren.

He graduated from Sarasota - Riverview High School, in 1975.  He was a member of the football and basketball team.  He attended Manatee Junior College in 1976.After college, he started working at the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Deputy.  Upon moving to Tampa, he started working at WT Edwards Juvenile Detention Center from 1982 through 1988.  He has been working at the Hillsborough County Real Estate Facilities Maintenance since 1988. He will be looking forward to retiring from there in 2017. 

He and his wife own their own home based business with Paycation Travel where they are certified travel agents.  They sell travel and the opportunity to for people to own their own home based travel agency through Paycation.

Community Volunteer Service Affiliations:

Hands of Hope - Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation Inc. 2016 - present

Unique Umbrella Effect – 2015 through Present

New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church 1960 through 1982 – Usher, Youth Mentor

Springhill Missionary Baptist Church – 1982 through Present – Usher, Youth Basketball Coach

He currently resides in Brandon, Florida with his wife and granddaughter Daletishia Bostick.

                                                                                            Monica C. Savage  

Monica C. Savage, was born October 11, 1964, to Betholine Jones Woolford and Anthony M. Woolford.  She is the mother of six children and the grandmother of 19 grandchildren.  She was born and raised in Maryland.  She has lived in the Tampa Bay area for over twenty years. 

She graduated from North Dorchester High School, Maryland in 1982.  She graduated from Goldey Beacom College with an Associate in Science Degree in Legal Secretarial Studies in 1984.

In 1985 she joined the United States Air Force where she was a boom operator from 1985 through 1986.

She has been working as a legal assistant at the Law Offices of John W. Gardner, P.A., since 1995.

She and her husband Dale own their own home based business with Paycation Travel.  They are certified travel agents.  They sell travel and they sell the opportunity to own your own home based travel agency through Paycation Travel.

Community Volunteer Service Affiliations:

Hands of Hope – Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation, Inc. 2016 – present

Unique Umbrella Effect - 2015 - present, Treasurer

Girl Scouts of America – 1996 through 2006 – Leader/Trainer

Lakeview Village Homeowners Association of Brandon – 1996 through 2008 – Secretary/Treasurer

Former member of First Baptist Missionary Baptist Church – 2001 through 2010 – Usher, Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher

Member of Springhill Missionary Baptist Church – 2010 through Present – Usher

She currently resides in Brandon, Florida with her husband and granddaughter Daletishia Bostick.