MEET THE ADCA BOARD
Deidra M. Barksdale
Maan is a parent of an incoming 8th grader. Currently ADCA's Co-President, she has also served as VP of Fundraising and gala co-chair in the past 2 years. Prior to that she served as PTA President, VP of Communications and Fundraising at Hyde-Addison Elementary. Maan is creative, innovative and has been called the mind, hands and heart behind so many of PTA successes in the past several years. She has a career as a web designer with 10 years of experience in non profit communications, fundraising and event planning here in Washington, DC.
A former attorney, retired intelligence analyst and writer, I'm the proud father of four sons, all of whom were educated, or are being educated at DCPS. In the position as Co-President, I hope to bring my life experience, people skills, power of communication and an unyielding pledge to the best benefits for all children to ADCA. In 2018-19, my commitment to Deal will be undistracted since I will then have a sixth grader and an eighth under the trusted care of Principal Neal. I look forward to serving.
Jenny Backus is the mother of a rising 7th grade boy at Deal. She is also the founder and president of Backus Consulting LLC, a strategic communications firm specializing in strategy development, campaign and project management and intergovernmental consulting for corporations, media outlets, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions and political campaigns and committees.
Deidra M. Barksdale is a CPA with over 26 years of finance and internal control acumen. She is currently employed at UNCF as Director of Financial Services where she provides financial and analytical support to various programs including the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, a $1.6 billion dollar initiative funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, the UNCFSTEM Scholars Program, a $20 million grant from the Fund II Foundation, as well as UNCF’s$50 million Career Pathways Initiative. Prior to joining UNCF, Deidra was the CFO of Center City Public Charter Schools (2009-2011) and Community Academy Public Charter Schools (2007-2009).
Deidra has previously held positions with John Eaton’s Home and School Association in the roles of Co-President and Treasurer. Deidra has two children, a 5th grader at John Eaton and a 7th grader at Deal. Deidra and her husband have always been active in the community and if elected, she looks forward to working with the Deal families in the treasurer role.