About Us

Our Beginnings

San Antonio CARES was launched on October 8, 2011. We met Susan Taylor in 2009 and learned about her National CARES Mentoring Movement (NCMM), which had over 50 circles across the nation. After getting to know us, Susan asked us to start a local circle in San Antonio. How could we say no? The San Antonio CARES Mentoring Movement is not a mentoring program, but a movement to recruit able and stable adults to mentor to our children. Though our primary focus is African- American youth, we also recruit for children of all races. We turn no child or mentor away because we know children of other races, particularly our Hispanic brothers and sisters, are suffering right alongside us and need mentors as well. ~Adaku and Tiana (Co-founders of San Antonio CARES Mentoring Movement)

A Message from Our Founder, Susan Taylor

On behalf of our imperiled young, who are reaching desperately for a lifeline, THANK YOU and bless you for answering their cry for help.

We all understand the miracles of mentoring – that it costs nothing, takes little time and saves lives. All we must do is connect. And our youngsters aren’t the only ones who will benefit. Committing to a higher purpose nourishes our own lives as well. All that our CREATOR is asking of us is that we love and care for one another, starting with the least, most vulnerable among us, our beloved children.

Together, we are the solution to the state of emergency growing numbers of our young people are experiencing. We are their only hope. We need all hands on deck. NCMM is a fast-growing coalition of some of the nation’s most trusted organizations and African American leaders. We are mounting the largest mentor-recruitment movement in the history of the nation, advancing the commitment to service that has been the credo of our fore parents over the centuries. With this commitment we will write a new and glorious history for our people.

I invite you to work together with me, and The San Antonio CARES Mentoring Movement, so we can harness the power and passion of our community and transform the lives of our children.

Susan L. Taylor
Founder and CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement
Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, ESSENCE Magazine

About Our Founders

Tiana S. Clark

Co-Founder, Board Member
Tiana Sheree Clark is a native of Gary, Indiana, and a United States Air Force veteran. Tiana currently works for Microsoft as a Technical Account Manager. She was formerly the Training, Development, and Communications Specialist for Valero Energy Corporation in the Information Services Department.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio. She is also a certified Social Studies teacher and is passionate about education—especially concerning minority and at-risk youth. She believes there is so much to learn from our youth as well as so much to teach them. Growing up in a very violent city and later teaching in an at-risk school district, Tiana was able to see firsthand the effects of a bad environment on a child and the power of mentoring to steer our youth in the right direction.

Tiana has received numerous awards in her lifetime, but her most noteworthy accomplishment is being named the Airman of the Year for Lakenheath Air Force Base in the United Kingdom. As an incentive for winning this prestigious award, Tiana was given the opportunity to fly in an F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet over England.

Tiana loves to travel and has visited many countries around the world, including living in England for three years. Tiana is married with two beautiful little girls. She lives by the motto of a Greek philosopher, “I am always content with what happens; for I know what God chooses is better than what I choose.” To learn more about Tiana, click here.

Pershama Dailey

Affiliate Leader, Board Member
Pershama is a native of Houston, Texas. She moved to San Antonio in 2003. Pershama is the Training and Support Manager for the San Antonio Area Foundation where she manages training programs for the nonprofit community in San Antonio. Prior to joining The San Antonio Area Foundation she was an Investment Analyst for the past 15 years with 3 major Fortune 500 Companies in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. Pershama has a passion for her community and is known for helping others.

Pershama has one daughter BreAna, who graduated from High School in June 2015. Pershama loves reading, traveling, and fellowshipping with family and friends. Pershama’s motto is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Mary Fulton-Moore

Co-Chairwoman of the Board

Adaku Okoro

Co-Founder, Board Member
Adaku Okoro is a native-born Nigerian who was raised in Washington D.C. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University. Adaku was recently appointed as the Publisher of NHome Magazine--a sister magazine to NSide Magazine.

As far back as her youth years, she has always been a strong participant in community service. As the oldest of 10 children and several cousins, mentoring has been a natural way of life for Adaku. She also volunteered with inner-city kids during and after her years at Howard. And, while living in New Jersey, Adaku traveled to New York twice a month to volunteer for a local Big Sister mentoring program for abused and neglected teens.

Currently living in San Antonio, Adaku is married and is the mother of four children in Elementary through High School. She also still makes time for volunteerism in and out of church. She and her family are also active with other youth organizations with which they are members.

Mentoring the youth has always been her passion. For Adaku, mentoring is not a choice but an expectation that is a fulfilling way of life. She believes that to whom much is given, much is expected. “If we don’t reach out and make time for the children of the next generation, then who will?” Adaku asks. “There are too many youths that just need the direction, the encouragement and the motivation from a positive role model adult.” She invites you to join the SA CARES Mentoring Movement and make a difference in the life of a youth!

Scott Bridgest, CFE

Treasurer of the Board

Brad Hicks

Affiliate Leader, Board Member

Adrian Hicks

Secretary of the Board

Royal Clark III

Team Member