Board & Staff

Founder & Director of Programs

Tony Jordan is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of AWOL All Walks of Life, Inc. He also serves as the Director of Programs enlisting dozens of youth into various program each year. Tony founded the organization in 1997 as a student as Savannah State University. What first began as just a group of friends and like-minded individuals that all shared a love for Hip-Hop culture, grew into one of Savannah’s leading spoken word and Hip-Hop based arts organizations. more

Executive Director

DaVena Jordan, is truly the fuel that keeps AWOL running. Servings as the organizations Executive Director since 2003, DaVena has written and managed well over a half a million dollars in public and private contracts in support of the mission of providing youth with a safe space. DaVena is a Savannah native and A.E. Beach High school graduate and was selected as Ms.Beach 1995 before graduating from Savannah’s beloved historically black high school. She was also selected as Ms. Freshmen 1995 during her freshmen year of college at Savannah State University before leaving to pursue her military career in the United States Air Force as an Aeromedical Evacuation Technician stationed at Charleston Air Force Base.

DaVena’s Press, Awards & Social Media

2010 Leadership Savannah

Armstrong Atlantic State University 75 Most Noted Graduates

Jordan’s named MLK 2010 Humanitarians of the Year


Board Chairman

Christopher Middleton has been a strong supporter of AWOL for over 10 years. As a Savannah State Alumni, he is quite familiar with the roots from which AWOL has grown

Board of Directors

Christopher Middleton, Board Chair

Charles Mills, Treasurer

Denise Cooper, Secretary

Dr. David Sanders, Parliamentarian

J.Craig Gordon, State Representative

Andrew Davies

Chris Miller

Virginia Gribbin

Sean Brandon

Community Advisory Board


Lakesha L. Green

Executive Assistant/Director of Theater & Performing Arts Program
Ms.Lakesha L. Green native of Montgomery Al, holds a B.A in Theater Arts from Alabama State University and a M.F.A in Media and Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Ms. Green began her theater career in Central and Southeast Alabama. She has directed over 25 productions and performed over 30 works for the theater.

Her extensive background in theater, film, and education has taken her to many new experimental venues to show case her directing, acting, and designing. She has enormous productions throughout Alabama, Georgia, and New York. Some of her directing credits include adaptations of classic texts such as Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. more

Patrick Rodgers

Artist Facilitator-Sound Design Program
Patrick Rodgers has better taste in music than most people in the world. Raised in a small town by fans of everything from jazz to Jimi Hendrix, he grew up with an appreciation for a wide variety of musical styles, and was often seen at shows throughout high school blatantly not fitting in. While attending Bard College, he tossed aside the psychological scars of playing the tuba in middle school and began to DJ as well as produce, much to the chagrin of roommates. more