Meet the JDF STEP Team

DALLAS office


Tina chong, Education Program Manager

Tina joined Jiv Daya Foundation in August 2015. Before joining JDF, she was an assistant director at Miltan Academy in the Republic of Korea. Understanding the need to ameliorate educational inequality, Tina aspires to improve educational opportunities for underprivileged groups. She received a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Grinnell College. Tina currently manages the Student E-Reader program (StEP) for JDF. Contact her at


Elizabeth joined JDF in May 2016. She received her B.A. in International Studies from Southern Methodist University. She spent the next 13 years working as an elementary bilingual school teacher in Texas serving underprivileged student populations. Through the foundation, she hopes to help teachers and students incorporate technology in the classroom in meaningful ways. Elizabeth primarily works with the Student E-Reader Program (StEP). Contact her at

michelle neely, digital transformation coordinator

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Michelle earned a B.A. from Sam Houston State University and an M.A. in Communications Arts from Southern Methodist University.  During graduate school, Michelle was encouraged to pursue teaching by professors at S.M.U. She started her career in education in the Dallas Independent School District where she focused on helping marginalized students develop their talents and skills to address real-world issues. Michelle served as the founding Associate Principal at the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy (BOMLA).  In 2017, BOMLA earned a National Blue Ribbon distinction. Michelle joined STEP in August 2017. Contact her at

SHellie garrett-martin , digital transformation coordinator


Shellie holds a Master’s Degree in Post-Secondary Education with a concentration in Instructional Technology and Bachelors in Business Administration. She also holds administrative and teaching certificates. She has been a part of curriculum development, training, and technology coordination in various school districts. She has been in the K-12 and college arena teaching and training for the past 8 years and in financial sales and planning for 8 years prior to entering the education sector. Shellie Martin joined STEP in August 2017. Contact her at