Ms. Debra McClendon-Boddie is an enthusiastic leader who is deeply committed to promoting inclusion and creating opportunities for underserved youth in her community. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in History and an Individualized Teaching Certification in Elementary Education and Social Studies grades 9-12, both earned from the State University of New York College at Brockport. With over 30 years of experience in academic and career coordination in Employment & Training projects, Debra brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her work.
In January 2014, Debra proudly achieved the title of "Retiree" from Onondaga Community College, marking the culmination of her dedicated service to the institution. As the Founder and President of the PGR Foundation, Inc., she has made a significant impact by empowering young girls through mentoring programs and initiatives. Additionally, Debra played a pivotal role in co-founding the National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) initiative within the Syracuse City School District. This initiative, known as the "Take your Child to School, Visit Your Child in School" program, aims to strengthen the bond between parents and schools while supporting the educational success of African American students.
Through her leadership, advocacy, and dedication, Ms. Debra McClendon-Boddie continues to champion the cause of inclusivity and educational opportunities for underserved youth in her community, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of many.