A faithful advocate for education progression and passion for social performance of our youth
Ron Nowlin is a faithful advocate for the educational progression of children and a lifelong activist for the men and women of his community. Born, raised, and currently residing in Southeast, Washington, D.C. Nowlin attended Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Roman Catholic School and Eastern Senior High School. After graduating he continued his education at Livingstone College before transferring to Johnson C Smith University to pursue a degree in Business Administration. To date, he is a devoted D.C. Firefighter and Certified Emergency Medical Technician, both of which he has faithfully served for over 10 years.
Nowlin developed Thinking Cap as a resolution to an unfortunate and ever growing problem – the generational gap between the academic and social performance of students and the individuals developing their futures. This disconnection between leaders and children spoke volumes in conjunction to students lacking intrinsic motivation to perform well in and outside of the classroom. From the intentional selection of his leadership team to the thought-provoking curriculum, Nowlin’s design of Thinking Cap combines educational practices, identifiable skill sets and college and career readiness tools into an inclusive program geared to enhancing learning experiences of all students. His leadership establishes an expectation of success not only throughout the duration of the Thinking Cap program but also post high school as students embark on their individual journeys.
Nowlin lives his life and maintains the vision of Thinking Cap based on his self-proclaimed motto “If not you, then who”, affirming his mission of being the change he desires to see in the lives of the children within his community.
Founder & CEO
Ciara J. Hosein
Ciara Hosein is a graduate of Bowie State University who has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice and Law. She recently completed her certificate of Christian Studies with Harvard University School of Divinity. In addition to being a 2018 candidate to receive her Masters of Theology with the National Bible College and Seminary. She served as a member of the George Washington University Employment Advisory Board, as well as a task force member of the Deputy Mayor Office of Planning and Economic Development on Career Pathways for District Residents.Lending over 7 years of experience in the Employment sector; and is often noted as a subject matter expert in the field. Holding Certification in Client Program Management in addition to being a Nationally Certified ARCE educator. Now while at the Arc Prince George’s County she currently serves as the Director of Workforce Development providing strategic direction, program assessment, and development to ensure operational goals of placement is achieved. Her main focus has been on building relationships with the local Business Communities at Large to help bridge the gap of employment for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and all of whom are unemployed to ensure they get a fair shot in the workforce.
Demetrius is an innovative leader with over 20 years of experience in, Program, Project and Database management. A strong strategic thinker and team builder. With a focus on employee development and outstanding customer service to the architectural profession. He served as the Assistant Director, Customer Relations, with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
During his tenure, he managed a team consistent of Managers, Team Leads, Specialists, Coordinators, and several dozen volunteer committee members; Demetrius worked closely with ensure organizational service level agreements were met. Additionally, he participated as an in-house consultant on several projects resulting in system, and program enhancements,
Demetrius received a Bachelor of Music from Fisk University, Nashville, TN., and a Master of Science in Management from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. Currently serving as President/CEO of NORMANDGROUP, Inc., his extensive knowledge in the field of Customer Service, Leadership & Organizational Development, and People, & Change Management make him one of the most sought-after executives, coach, and leaders of our time.
CUA Law student Veda Rasheed (3L) is a native Washingtonian and a mother of two young sons. Veda graduated from Bowie State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government with a concentration in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. In 2014, she graduated from The Charles Hamilton Houston Law School Preparatory Institute at Georgetown Law School. She is a member of the National Bar Association, Law Student Division; Washington Bar Association Law Student Division, the Pro Bono Council, the CUA Law Diversity and Inclusion Board, and the Black Law Students Association.
Rasheed has been extremely involved in organizing pro bono events and raising social awareness. Rasheed participated in the development of an ongoing series of community forums that address police/public interaction. During the summer of 2016, Rasheed organized a successful “Stop the Violence” Peace Rally in South East D.C. Rasheed, organized the march because she was concerned about the safety of her family and the increasing violence near her children's school. She was also invited by House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi and spoke alongside Pelosi at a press event calling on Congress to reject the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill.