Founders: Garry & Theresa Jedkins

Garry and Theresa Jedkins founded Broken Chains Awareness Development Group on the 150th

Anniversary of the Juneteenth celebration.

Recognizing that in celebrating our past we must also invest in our future.  Our young men and women are our future. 

Garry is a graduate of Texas Southern University and a Business owner in the Third ward area of Houston, TX. 

Theresa is a successful Realtor and published Author.

Broken Chains Awareness Development Group (BCADG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Tarla Crumb, Executive Director

Tarla Crumb, Executive Director of Broken Chains Awareness Development Group, holds a B.S. Degree from Fisk University and an MBA from Tennessee State University. Tarla has been active in the field of executive leadership, education and training for over 25 years, focusing on special education, non-traditional school start-ups, and curriculum development. Work in this areas has been for both traditional and non-traditional school districts, private schools and the local educational service centers.

Tarla seeks to expand educational opportunity in ways that are life-changing for children and transforming for all she comes into contact with. She strives to be the leader, and develop leaders necessary to realize educational excellence and equity. To this end she works in purposeful, strategic, and resourceful ways, defines broadly what is within her control to solve, and learn and improve constantly.

Tarla acts on her belief that the movement to ensure educational equity will succeed only if it is diverse in every respect. In particular, she values the perspective and credibility that individuals who share the racial and economic backgrounds of the students with whom they work can bring to the organization, classrooms, and the long term effort for change. She values the strengths, experiences, and perspectives of others, and recognizes limitations.

Tarla Crumb is committed to partnering effectively with families, schools, and communities to ensure that the work advances the broader good for all children.

Board of Directors

Cederick Johnson, President

Cederick Johnson, co-owner/trainer of The Next Level Fitness health and fitness club, holds a B.A. degree from Rice University. He is a former special agent with H.P.D. and former Rice University star running back. Cedrick Johnson is a member of the National Strength Coaches Association and is certified by The National Academy of Sports Medicine, Sam Houston Institute of Preventive Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

Garry Jedkins, Treasurer

Garry Jedkins, Board President and Co-founder of Broken Chains Awareness Development Group, is is a graduate of Texas Southern University and a Business owner in the Third Ward area of Houston, TX. Garry’s mantra is that “if you embrace the knowledge of your past, the direction toward the future can be seen more clearly”. Broken Chains Awareness Development Group (BCADG) is a non-profit organization that provides cultural awareness programs and college scholarships to help local young men and women of the Greater Houston area recognize their true value, abilities and potential.

Georgia Provost, Secretary

Georgia Provost, historian, public speaker, photojournalist and a consummate community volunteer/activist, holding a B.S. Degree from Texas Southern University – School of Technology. Georgia is president of Provost Studios, Texas’ leading professional photographers. She is an adviser and board member of organizations too numerous to list. She is also a former college professor – Texas Southern University. Georgia Provost is a lifetime member of TSU National Alumni Association and lifetime member of the NAACP.

Advisory Board

Theresa Jedkins

Dr. Avonda C. Johnson

Dr. Elwyn Lee

Bishop Don Nelson

Lorenzo Butler