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Dr. Bakeman & Doris M. Lomax
Human Resources Development Institute Inc

About HRDI

In 1973, Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman and Mrs. Doris M. Lomax gathered on the South Side of Chicago with a group of enthusiastic community advocates who all shared one common goal.

 

This goal was to address the lack of mental health care services for African Americans: specifically, for African-American males who were stricken with mental illness, disability, and/or incarceration. A study conducted by the Illinois Department of Mental Health had found that the highest recidivism rate for the mentally ill in the state was among young African-American males living on the South Side of Chicago.

 

Dr. Bakeman and Mrs. Lomax not only developed a solution that addressed these issues, but also created an organization that has since changed the lives of tens of thousands of people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. On January 22, 1974, HRDI, was officially incorporated.

 

HRDI was invited to Alabama in November 2003 to provide its services for individuals with substance abuse problems, mental illness, behavioral challenges, and developmental disabilities.

 

HRDI’s Developmental Disabilities Programs consist of 13 licensed and certified community-based group homes with the capacity to serve 39 adults with developmental disabilities. Each home provides 24-hour supervision, care, and guidance in daily living, and also links with community partners to meet clients comprehensive needs.

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Our Executive Staff

 

Joel K. Johnson, M.Ed., President and Chief Executive Officer

 

Miller Anderson, MSW., Chief Operating Officer

 

Tammie McCurry, Executive Director HRDI Alabama

 

Evelyn Willis, MBA/CPA, Chief Financial Officer

 

Benjamin Ghess, Esq., Chief Legal Counsel/Corporate Compliance Officer

 

Renzy Richardson, Director, Office of Budgets and Contracts

 

Kerri Brown, Esq., Chief Administrative Officer

 

Rod A. Kaup, USN (Ret), Director, Office of Accreditation, Performance & Quality Improvement

 

 

 

 

 

Our Leadership

 

Joel K. Johnson

President & CEO

 

HRDI BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Theresa A. Jamison, Chairperson

Venetia B. Clark, R.Ph., Vice Chairperson

Earl N. Williams, Secretary

John S. Williams, Treasurer

Mark V. Tillman, J.D.

Clifford Claiborne, Ph.D.

Fr. Darryl James

Lee Charles Harris, Ed.D.

Tommie Arnold, Jr.

Bernie J. Wiley

Sheila Chalmers-Currin

Lynda A. Simmons, Ed.D.

Jewell Thompson

Lauren Love-Wright

 

C.Vincent Bakeman, Ph.D.

Co-Founder

(1933 - 2004)

 

Terra Thomas, Ph.D.

President & CEO

(October 16, 1947 - October 12, 2007)

 

Dr. Ollie M. Knight, MSW/ACSW

Interim President & CEO

October 2007 - August 2008

May 2009 - April 2011

 

Doris M. Lomax

Emeritus | Co-Founder