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Since joining the organization’s Operating Board of Directors last year, Dr. Terri A. Graham’s admiration for the Gifford Youth Achievement Center (GYAC) continues to expand. Her passion for serving the Gifford community and advocating for its continued development amplifies her vision for creating a better tomorrow.

Learn more about Dr. Graham by reading the brief Q&A below:


Q: When did you join the board?

A: “January 2023.”


Q: What/who first brought you to GYAC?

A: “Casey Lunceford.”


Q: What are you most passionate about?

A: “Serving the community through providing educational opportunities, minority leadership development, and wellness coaching.”


Q: What do you love most about GYAC?

A: “Other than the core mission of how GYAC serves all ages in the Gifford community, I love that GYAC knows how to get its message out widely to communities across Treasure Coast.”


Q: How have your life experiences prepared you to serve on GYAC’s Board?

A: “My personal, educational, and leadership experience has allowed me to develop wisdom and resiliency that can be incorporated into the GYAC experience.”


Q: What are your hopes for GYAC’s future?

A: “I would like GYAC to have a larger impact on the economic development of the Gifford community. Although students who complete GYAC develop an outstanding set of leadership skills, those students typically don’t return to the community. Gifford continues to be one of the poorest communities in Florida.”


Q: How do you like to spend your free time?

A: “Spiritual, health, and wellness coach.”


Q: What’s your favorite decade and why?

A: “I love the 70s because of the music and fashion from that era.”


The GYAC is proud to have Dr. Terri A. Graham as a part of the family. Her exceptional experience proves to be an excellent addition to the organization as it continues to positively impact the Gifford community.


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