Board of Directors
Jessica Jemmott, MA, LPC is the Founder of The Lamp and The Lamp Counseling Center. With an initial desire to celebrate her enthusiasm for culture, the arts, and food the vision for The Lamp started at the age of 15 and expanded over the years through growth and various community endeavors. Jessica’s passion for food the physical/mental/emotional affects that it has on building communities and bringing people together has been her love language. Despite her own adversities, Jessica was engaged in volunteering and increasing food security starting at the age of 7, while assisting at the community food cupboard alongside her grandfather. She continued to volunteer by his side through high school. With previous front and back of the house restaurant experience, catering, professional and educational background in community arts & cultural awareness, Psychology, Sociology along with being a Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor, she is excited to merge every facet of The Lamp together through the bonding over food, expressive arts, therapies, and transformational ministry.
Jessica is a native of Coatesville Pa and resident of Woodbridge VA. She serves in ministry alongside her husband, The Lamp Church, is the mother of 3 (Jordan, Caleb, Blaire) and published a women’s devotional and Bible Study, titled Simply Redeemed.
“…I will also make you a light of the Nations, so that My salvation will reach the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6
Born in SC, Brittney moved to Virginia to attend college in 2006. Since then, she married her sweetheart, had 3 kids, achieved 3 degrees, and obtained her Professional Counseling licensure. In her 9 years as a therapist, Brittney continues to grow daily as both advocate and expert in a variety of environments. She works passionately for her community; her hands found in nonprofit work, the local church, public health and private practice.
Dr. Malaika Turner
Malaika R. Turner, PharmD, MPH is a professor and clinical skills lab coordinator at the Howard University College of Pharmacy in Washington, DC. Dr. Turner graduated from Coatesville Area Senior High School in Coatesville, PA in 2005. She later attended Northeastern University School of Pharmacy and graduated with her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree in 2011. Formerly, she served as a clinical pharmacist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital located in Baltimore, MD. She received a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in health policy and management from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Turner’s passions include equity, diversity, and inclusion within healthcare education, particularly in pharmacy. Much of her research has surrounded diversity initiatives.
Dr. Turner attends the Tabernacle at Greater Bethlehem Temple in Windsor Mill, MD where she currently works with the intercessors and serves on the finance committee.
Victoria Murray Baatin
Victoria Murray Baatin, is a wife and mom of two all while being a respected administrator and stage director, serves as the Kennedy Center’s first Director of Social Impact. There, she works to develop and implement strategies and projects that positively influence creative communities locally and nationally.
Victoria's previous work includes the Mosaic Theater Company of DC, a company committed to making transformational art to address pressing social issues, where she served as the Associate Artistic Director since 2017. Previously, she served at the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the official arts agency for the District of Columbia, where she developed the Commission’s policy agenda and formulated strategies to advance the city’s cultural priorities. She has also worked with Americans for the Arts Action Fund, where she managed the growth of the Arts Action Fund Political Action Committee (PAC), served as liaison to federal candidates and campaigns, and spearheaded the ArtsVote2012 campaign, a national initiative geared towards ensuring that the arts impact federal elections with a presence at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. She has served on the national team for the Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs dedicated to meeting the special needs of military patients and veterans with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions through the provision of creative arts therapy.
An artist in her own right, Baatin has directed numerous productions throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She has trained both nationally and internationally: New York City (Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab, Women’s Project Producer’s Lab); Ashland, Oregon (Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Fellow); Washington, D.C.
(Allen Lee Hughes Fellow, Arena Stage); Italy (LaMaMa, ETC. International Symposium for Directors); Brazil (Center for the Theatre of the Oppressed); and London (British Academy of Dramatic Arts Shakespeare Program). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Howard University and a master’s degree in Art and Public Policy from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Alexis Williams, M.S.Ed, is a native of Upstate New York, and currently resides in Hampton Roads, Virginia. She is a happy wife, mother of two sons, and currently holds the position of Talent Development Strategist with the Talent & Organizational Development division of Human Resources for the City of Norfolk. Alexis works with employees of the City of Norfolk to improve their performance in their current roles while also focusing on their individual growth and future performance. Alexis believes that people are the heartbeat of any team, church or organization and she considers every opportunity that she can further develop and establish her fellow team members, church family or those she encounters throughout her life, a privilege. She is passionate about people and using her gifts and abilities to impact the Kingdom. Outside of her profession, Alexis is an active member and servant of Abyssinia Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA where she enthusiastically serves on the choir. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading a good personal development book and a hot cup of coffee.
Kimberly is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia and the District of Columbia. She has earned a Masters of Science degree in Education concentrating on clinical mental health and professional school counseling. Kimberly also earned a Master of Arts degree in religion.
Kimberly has years of experience providing support to children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups. She has conducted services in homes, schools, outpatient clinic settings and through the use of electronic applications. She has provided direct clinical services and also served as Director of a Community Behavioral Health Agency.
Kimberly is passionate about her work and committed to providing the support, services, and resources that allow for a healthier approach to all of life’s challenges and choices.