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In Loving Memory
November 25, 1974 - December 8, 2012
As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” Often times, how we internalize our trials and tribulations will ultimately determine whether we succeed or fail in life. Matadi Kikunga was honored to be a part of TEEN MOM to help make a difference in the lives of teenagers experiencing teenage pregnancy. Being a parent with young children, Matadi understood the importance of maintaining a supportive structure in the communities that enables teenagers to seek proper education and mentoring that will help promote healthy lifestyles. Matadi was involved in the child sponsorship program with World Vision as well as the mentoring program coordinated and directed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston.
Matadi was a Special Education teacher at Riverwood Middle School in Kingwood where he impacted many lives. Matadi’s passion and dedication in the field of education was a testimony of his devotion and passion for the well being of all children. Matadi’s motto was, “Knowledge is Power and sharing it is Empowerment.” T.M.E.F. will forever remember your service and extend our deepest condolences to your wife, kids and family. We love you and you will be truly missed by all the lives you touched.
Living by the motto “Knowledge is Power” is the driving force behind Ronda Living-Harris’ commitment and passion to be a part of TEEN MOM. Ronda believes that providing teenage parents with effective programs and resources will provide them with the knowledge in order to protect their health and futures.
During her undergraduate studies as a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Ronda was provided with the opportunity to work on a community service project “Storks Nest”. Storks Nest is a prenatal educational program operated by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. in partnership with the March of Dimes. During that time Ronda realized that the nurturing of a baby doesn’t start after the baby is born, but starts in the womb. That is why Ronda’s main interest lies in providing teenage mothers with quality prenatal and postnatal education to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
Ronda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in English from the University of Texas at Arlington. During her undergraduate studies she was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in where she was involved in various community service projects. She served as President of the organization for two years. Ronda has over 11 years of experience in the Human Resources field in various consulting positions. She is a certified Human Resources Professional. Ronda feels that her passion to educate and help others gain valuable life skills through education are two important characteristics that will contribute to the success of TEEN MOM.
Patricia Living is a Senior Human Resources Advisor for an Oil and Gas Company. She brings over 24 years of Human Resources Management experience and has a passion for working with people and understands the challenges young single parents face in the workplace.
Pat has functioned as a mentor and group leader for teens between the ages of 13 through 17 at Greater Pure Light Church and facilitated several youth programs to include a Christian based course “True Love Waits.” Pat is lead Facilitator of the Employee Activities Committee at work and through this committee has assisted, the Houston Food Bank, Star of Hope, Mission of Yahweh and other non-profit organizations through fundraising and matching contributions from the company.
As a focused, hardworking, self-motivated, team oriented professional Pat is excited about working with TEEN MOM and mentoring young ladies to become outstanding citizens and community leaders.