Our Founder

Freddie Jones


Freddie Jones is Founder, former Board Chair and President and CEO of Youth Entrepreneurship Development Foundation (YEDF), to introduce the importance of strong character, entrepreneurship, STEM courses, and health care awareness training to students at an early age. Mr. Jones initiated YEDF and began to share his entrepreneurial knowledge with youth in underserved areas of Dayton, OH. He has had a distinguished career in military, corporate, and government spanning more than 30 years. As a successful entrepreneur himself, he started a very successful business, employed many workers and provided services to the federal overnment. He has influenced many young people to remain in school, to consider business ownership, and achieve beyond their own expectations. He continues his commitment to the vision and mission of YEDF. 

Our President

Ethel Canty Bothuel, D.Min.

President/CEO, Board Chair pro tem

Dr. Bothuel has provided guidance and shared her knowledge in non-profit organizations, religious institutions, higher education institutions, municipal governments, and as an entrepreneur.  Dr. Bothuel has earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Howard University and a master’s in theological studies a well as a doctorate in Ministry (church leadership) from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.   She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington (DC) and has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Washington State University. 

Our Board of Directors

Denise S. Fayne, J.D.

Director, Secretary

Director Fayne is a Retired Senior Executive having served many years with the Internal Revenue Service. Currently, she is a Docent at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture and is writing a historical fiction book on Harriet Tubman. She has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; Juris Doctor, Notre Dame University Law School, and Executive Program Certification from Harvard University. She is a woman of strong faith and is a member of Chantilly Baptist Church in Chantilly, Virginia. She is married for 36 years and has three adult children.

Odis Graham

Co-Chair, Treasurer

Board Member Graham is a senior executive with more than 30 years in the insurance industry. He is distinguished, credentialed, and respected in his field for his leadership, facilitation skills, and his ability to think and plan strategically toward success. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Grambling State University and a Master’s degree in Management the University of Arkansas. He is husband, father, deacon in his church, and passionate about making a difference in the lives of others.

Bradley Jones

Director, IT Specialist

Bradley Jones has served with YEDF as Board Member and webmaster. He has over 15 years of professional experience in the computer science and marketing fields, with a dedication to quality, a passion for innovation and entrepreneurism. Brad has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Memphis and has a solid and significant career as a software developer, software engineer, web designer, and as a USDA regional data manager and web developer. Since 2011, Bradley has launched two companies—Compbuilding.com, a personalized web development firm and TheTopSpotOnline.com that allows users to earn cash back through purchased items. Brad lives in Durham, NC and continues to be a proud supporter of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Foundation. 

Alotta Taylor, Ph.D.

Director, Consultant for Education Resources Acquisition

Dr. Alotta Taylor, is a senior executive in the federal government. She has a doctorate in organizational development from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and 30+ years of Federal Government experience. She shares her mindfulness and her thoughtful leadership skills in the secular and sacred arenas—working for the common good.

William Valdez

Director, Consultant for Strategic Alliances

William Valdez is a former U.S. Government Senior Executive and Energy Department official. He is highly experienced in energy and science management, STEM education, strategic planning, program evaluation, budget execution/formulation and more. He retired from Federal service as a career Senior Executive in July 2014. His career with the Department of Energy spanned over 20 years and he held multiple positions, including Director of Planning and Analysis, and Director for Workforce Development within DOE’s Office of Science. He was named by the Senior Executives Association (SEA) as its president and has served in that capacity from 2016 to the present.

Our Volunteer Team

Marvin Bothuel, II

Statistician and Operations Specialist

Marvin Bothuel, II serves with YDEF in several capacities. He is the Statistician and will be assisting with Administrative duties. His wealth of knowledge regarding public schools in the DC area as a product of Coolidge SHS studies at UDC, NOVA and Florida A&M, and work in several universities, including George Washington University brings value to YEDF. His ability to communicate with a variety of individuals from all walks of life has benefited the organizations with which he associates. Marvin is well-known for being a dedicated, focused and hard-working individual with great problem-solving skills. He looks forward to bringing his skills, ability, passion, and focus-driven work ethic to help YDEF grow exponentially in the coming years.

Danielle A. Smith

Administrative Coordinator

Danielle Smith joins YEDF to assist in any way she can.  This includes administrative, proofreading, recruiting volunteers, telephoning and whatever is needed.  She has more than 22 years in Customer Service.  She is currently employed with NASA SEWP and working with over 140+ Contract Holders and building a personable, yet professional report is one of her specialties. As well, Dani has 10 years of event planning experience.  She has always had a genuine love for helping others, but especially the youth, which is why she is a very active and involved godmother of twelve. She strongly believes “We all are destined for greatness, even when you are unsure of your purpose”. Her goal is to assist YEDF encourage and help guide our African American youth and families to recognize their greatness and utilize that power into entrepreneurship.

Charles E. Smith, II

Community Liaison

Charles comes to YEDF with a knowledge of the church and its various ministries.  He has been involved in Christian and community outreach programs for over 25 years and continues to be well-liked in the communities in which his presence is felt.  He is considered a jack of all trades having worked as housing carpenter for the city, as resident advisor for men in recovery, as leader of various ministries and as teacher of biblical Bible studies and character-building.  He has his own handyman company and is known for his good work.  He has taken various job related classes and even made through the school of hard knocks. His can-do work ethic will benefit YEDF especially in connecting with the various communities we serve.