board of directors

Jessica Jemmott, Founder

Jessica Jemmott, MA is the Founder and Executive Director.  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 and its physical/mental/emotional/spiritual affects that it has on building communities and bringing people together has for many years been a form of her love language. In the midst of 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 holding a master of arts in Professional Counseling, 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 David, is the mother of 3 (Jordan, Caleb, Blaire), and published a women’s devotional and Bible Study, 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

Victoria Murray Baatin

Victoria Murray Baatin is the current Associate Artistic Director of the Mosaic Theater Company of DC which is committed to making transformational, socially-relevant art. Most recently she served as the Interim Deputy Director and Legislative and Community Affairs Director for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the official arts agency for the District of Columbia. Prior to this, Victoria was with Americans for the Arts Action Fund where she spearheaded the national 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. 


Holding a Masters in Art and Public Policy from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA in Theatre Arts from Howard University, Victoria is an artist in her own right and has directed numerous productions throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. An avid traveler, Victoria has trained both nationally and internationally in New York City (Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab, Women's Project Producer's Lab); Ashland, OR (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 resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband Rahsan Baatin and their son. When not working she enjoys teaching yoga, swimming, traveling, and attending cultural events.

Brittney George

Native of SC, Brittney has called Lynchburg home for almost 12 years. She, like most Lynchburgers, moved there for college, but has since established roots in Central VA — blissfully married, mom of two, and serving as a mental health therapist. Brittney’s passions can also be found beyond the therapy office; extending into the community, where she is an active advocate and volunteer for children, women’s issues, and the arts. As of 2017, Brittney also added published author to her list of accomplishments. Her first book for poetry entitled ‘For James’ was released in remembrance of her father, James T. Shelton. Brittney is currently studying for her VA State licensure exam as well as certification as Registered Play Therapist.

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Alexis Williams


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.

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.

Kimberly J. Francis

Kimberly J. Francis, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia has a Master of Science degree in Education with dual concentrations in Clinical Mental Health, and Professional School Counseling. Kimberly also has a Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Homiletics. Kimberly currently serves as Clinical Director of a community based mental health organization and established her own company, Life Choice Counseling Center, LLC in 2017. Kimberly believes that it is vital to meet people where they are and is passionate about her purpose of supporting individuals in reaching their respective life goals.

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