Our staff has a strong commitment to serving the many constituents of our organization. But first and foremost, they focus their energies on those who take advantage of our programs and services.
President and CEO
Nonprofit veteran, Ernest Lewis III has a diverse background in the areas of management, fund development, media, literacy, arts administration, and community development. The New Orleans' native has called Houston home for 12 years. Ernest has acquired varied experience in developing and shaping signature programming focusing on basic needs, disaster recovery, youth development, adult and family literacy, senior services, workforce development, art education, and homeless prevention. During 20 years of service in the nonprofit arena, Ernest has cultivated, secured and managed more than $20 million in private, federal, and public funds to advance the mission of many noteworthy nonprofits in New Orleans and Houston.
“I am thrilled about serving as CEO of the Adult Education Center and helping tell its amazing story. I have the tremendous opportunity to return to my literacy roots and promote the common good within the greater community.”
The American Leadership Class XL Senior Fellow and ARTreach of Katy Board President holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and is excited about the next chapter of his career.
Chief Financial Officer
Jasmine Patel holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California State University of Fresno. She brings to the CFO position a strong background in financial accounting and auditing. Jasmine served the Adult Reading Center as a volunteer for several years before joining the Executive Team. She co-chaired the 2nd Annual Red Carpet Gala, successfully raising $25,000 for the Center. Born and raised in Kent, England, Jasmine began her accounting career in California before moving to Pearland in 2007.
Director of Education and Programs
Asomgyee Pamoja has more than 20 years of experience in teaching and administration at the university, nonprofit and public school level in early childhood education, teacher training, and adult education. Originally from London, England, he has taught at universities in Connecticut and New York. As a volunteer teacher, Asomgyee has taught Economics, English, and Calculus to high school students in Botswana, Africa.
He has presented papers throughout the U.S. on topics that range from early childhood education, educational reform, family involvement, the Maafa and Permaculture. He has served on international, state and local boards in Connecticut, Jamaica, New York State and Texas.
Asomgyee is an adjunct faculty member within the Child Development and Teacher Education department at Houston Community College. As a graduate fellow, Asomgyee served as President of the Northeast Region order of Omicron Delta Kappa, community service and academic honor society and is a past Minority Teaching fellow within the Connecticut Community College system. Asomgyee earned his BA in Economics and MS in Early Childhood Education & Violence Prevention from Eastern Connecticut State University.