Meet The Founder
Ms. Hodges has been the brain and brawn behind the cohesive operation of several East Coast not-for-profit organizations. She is often sought for her expertise in the community service realm. After all… Lia has successfully created and developed multiple organizations, shelter homes and safe houses, in addition to overseeing others, in 8 states and territories.
Always aiming to exceed expectations, Lia’s commitment to excellence in execution has always made her a standout employee to employers and a valued member of the workplace.
Executive Director & Founder
Ms. Hodges has embodied the mantra “be the change you wish to see” from the early age of 10 years old until this very day. Ms. Hodges believed early on that she may never serve people at the level to which she yearned while working for other entities. Upon graduation from high school, Lia launched her first not-for-profit organization, Nurturing Victims and Increasing Survival in Our Neighborhoods (NVISION), later joining forces with Co-Founder and Director of Keep it Real, Inc in February of 2000, serving as Co-Founder and Assistant Director. Her brainchild, NVISION and Keep it Real, Inc was dedicated to eradicating violence and mentoring youth and supporting families in need in Washington, DC and Maryland. This launch fulfilled her deeply as she originally wrote her first business proposal at age 16 in response to the senseless killing of her young peers.
Seeing the effectiveness of the organizations and the challenges it unveiled prompted Lia to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she earned and maintained her name on the Dean’s List.
Lia is a multidimensional powerhouse, having honed her skills as: contract specialist, family advocate for “returning home” child and family services for reunification of court-mandated families, guardian ad litem, support care coordinator for wounded veterans at the Washington DC VA Medical Center, case manager for Sasha Bruce Youthwork, REACH house, family liaison for the Youth and Family Court of Washington DC, afterschool program director for Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC), and disciplinary specialist for Prince George’s County Public Schools.
Since relocating to the State of New Jersey, Lia-Monet has gone from serving as the director of Beginnings Christian Preschool, Assistant Director/Consultant of Supporting Our Sisters, Inc, Program Support Specialist with Soo Pretty, Inc to Irvington Health Coalition Outreach Chairman, and now Resource and Outreach Team Coordinator for the city of East Orange. Ms. Hodges continues to serve the residents in New Jersey without fail.
With Us in Mind, Inc is the all-encompassing community support vehicle which beautifully coalesces her life’s work.
Although Ms. Hodges has been dedicating her time as an advisor, mentor and connector for private and public sector agencies, she decided to make With Us in Mind an official non-profit organization in October 2020.