Meet Our Founder

Monique James, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and currently an owner of a transportation logistics company, is our Executive Director. As the founder of Don't Count Me Out, Inc. Monique is extending her many years of volunteerism and community service to ensure the most vulnerable children in our state get a "seat at the table."

Ms. James began her career in Public Relations/Community Affairs with the American Greetings Corporation in Osceola, AR as a Community Affairs Officer with a staff of two specialists.  Four years later, Miss James was invited back to Cincinnati in 1991 to begin a Public Relations/Community Affairs company that would target urban community participation and support corporate minority interest. Along with two partners, Miss James directed projects sponsored by public and private companies through Gibraltar Public Relations/Community Affairs located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Over the years, Monique has become well known for creating favorable attitudes among various organizations, special interest groups, and the public through effective communication. She has managed more than 16 staff specialist on a given project.
Since 2010, Miss James has consulted with Time Wise Management Systems (TWMS) located in Celebration, Florida as a Legislative Agent for the executive and legislative branch of government in the State of Kentucky. Monique was also assigned to build public private partnerships along with serving as the communications and public relations state director for TWMS.

Ms. James and the Don't Count Me Out team organized the Atlanta Father's Day Bailout. She developed a system with the cooperation of the Atlanta Corrections Department's Chief Patrick Labat, Deputy Chief Vance Williams, Senior member of Atlanta Municipal Courts Judge Terrinee Gundy, their staff and Amanda Johns of the Atlanta Public Defenders office, that steamlined the process to bailout fathers jailed on "Quality of Life" charges.  Judge Gundy decieded to release the men on signature bond, eliminating the need for bail money. Judge Gundy's decision made provision so all father's could participated in the personal development services.

Fourteen men were released at the same time, taken to eat by Pastor Christopher Waller of Butler Street CME Church and reunited with their families for Father's Day. The qualified participants attended Don't Count Me Out's 3-day and 2-night Survival/Empowerment Retreat. Upon return to Atlanta, the men were provided employment, transportation and communication services.

Secularly, Ms. James is a supply chain logistics and transportation management Owner Operator supporting U.S. Veterans under FedEx Custom Critical. As Executive Director of the non-profit Don’t Count Me Out, she gets to fulfill her life-long goal of serving children and families.