About the Executive Director
Dr. Rebera Foston
Elliott Foston, M.D. MPH.MATS, DMin., an expert on adolescent issues,
is one of the finest speakers you will ever hear. Drawing from
the wealth of knowledge she has accumulated while becoming a doctor
of medicine, a doctor of ministry, a master of public health, and a
master of theological studies, Dr. Foston manages to weave her entire
message through her powerful poetry. She routinely receives
standing ovations, and leaves her audiences, young and old alike,
inspired through their tears. Dr. Foston uses all of her gifts
to tell of the pain of the children, and how that pain can be
treated. Each time she accepts a speaking engagement, her main
goal is to sensitize her audience to the plight of the adolescent.
Through her workshops, her main goal is to teach the participants
about the “addiction to hopelessness” that affects so many of our
young people. Through her two-day training in Holistic Mentoring, Dr.
Foston’s main goal is to train interested adults to become Holistic
Mentors who can then work more successfully with teenagers. Through
her consulting work with educational systems entitled HOPE
(Holistic Opportunities for a Premier Education), her main goal is to
prepare parents, teachers, administrators, and the community to
become that village again that can love, raise, and educate a child.
To accomplish this, Dr. Foston provides the critical interface
between the philosophy of “holistic education” and the philosophy
of “holistic mentoring.” She has been blessed to train the
administration and staff of the DC Charter Schools, Muskegon Heights,
New Orleans and Poughkeepsie school districts. For twenty five years,
Dr. Foston has brokered for teenagers who were medically
disenfranchised. Now as a minister, she brokers primarily for
teenagers who are spiritually disenfranchised.
honored for her writing ability at Morehouse, Princeton, Medgar Evers
and Howard University, Dr. Foston has received numerous awards for
her humanitarian efforts and grant writing. While serving as
the first female Health Commissioner of her city of Gary, Indiana,
she conceived and wrote the Healthy Start Initiative, a $7.5 million,
four-city effort to reduce infant mortality. This was one of
only fifteen grants approved in the country that year, and for her
efforts she was honored in a Rose Garden ceremony with former
President Bush. As a family practitioner, Dr. Foston helped
over 16,000 teenagers learn the benefits of preventive health in her
Foston Adolescent Care Center for “Teenagers Only.” While
directing the Foston Adolescent Workshop Inc., she helped over 2000
teenagers write and perform three original musicals; fourteen
television episodes, a gospel album, and latch hook a twenty-five
square yard tapestry that says “Don’t Do Drugs.”
Foston was the valedictorian of Gary Roosevelt High School in 1966.
She was a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude 1970 graduate of Fisk
University, Nashville, Tennessee, and a 1974 graduate of Meharry
Medical College also in Nashville. In 1981, she received her
Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health
Administration, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
While at UNC- Chapel Hill, she was elected to Delta Omega, the honor
society for Public Health. She completed a Post-Doctoral
Fellowship at Michigan State University in East Lansing in 1984.
In that same year she served as chief resident, completed her Family
Practice Residency and became Board Certified. In 1999, Dr. Foston
simultaneously completed her Masters of Arts of Theological Studies
and her Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary, in
Foston is the author of 23 books, The
a murder mystery, I-65:
A Lonely Road,
an autobiography, Peace
a daily devotional for women, and twenty published volumes of
poetry entitled, “The Collection” and features her most famous
poem, “You Don’t Live On My Street”. She has also
Don’t Live On My Street (Volume
I) available on CD and cassette.
Foston is married to Dr. Will Foston, an emergency physician and
artist. They have two sons. Their older son is a composer,
Certified Project Manager and a Computer Systems engineer with his
Masters from Howard University. Their younger son is a poet, electrical
engineer with an MBA in Finance also from Howard, a Masters in
Urban Planning from New York University and is now a doctoral student
in Sociology at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
is a non-denominational evangelist, who answered her call to the
ministry in 1996. She attended the United Theological Seminary in
Dayton, OH where she simultaneously received a Masters of Arts of
Theological Studies, and a Doctor of Ministry with emphasis in Social
Crises Ministry. Her background of thirty five years as a medical
doctor with a Masters in Public health helps her as she brokers for
the spiritually disenfranchised. She has been blessed to preach in
New York, California, Virginia, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Michigan, Arkansas, Pennsylvania,
Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
Foston feels her main job in the ministry is to help young people
establish their own personal relationship with God. Teenagers are
faced with too many difficult decisions to rely on "Grandmama’s
Jesus." Adolescents must be encouraged to meet Jesus for
themselves and know that Jesus will walk with them through any
circumstance. She has been called to minister to the 35,000,000
teenagers who have never set foot in a church. Her Christian message
of hope is simply that God is Love, and Jesus died so that we could
be made whole.
has constructed a Theology of Adolescence, and conducts the Foston
Institute, a training program for Holistic Mentoring. Traveling both
nationally and internationally, Dr Foston trains adults how to
minister more effectively to young people. Holistic Mentoring
requires that the mentor be more whole than the mentee. She has
conducted her workshop in over 150 cities.
she is not preaching, or training, Dr Foston is involved in her
ministry of poetry. It allows her to interact with young people both
nationally and internationally. She has been blessed to visit
numerous schools, colleges, prisons, domestic violence shelters, and
youth groups all around the country. She has appeared on BET
and numerous cable stations. Her most famous poem to date is
entitled, “You Don’t Live On My Street.” Dr. Foston has
published twenty books of poetry, and an inspirational journal
entitled Peace on Earth. She has also published two novels,
I-65: A Lonely Road , an autobiography, and The Conversation, a
murder mystery. She has completed four more manuscripts entitled, The
Early, The Middle and The late Adolescent and Holistic Mentoring.
is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She was
initiated in 1967 in the Alpha Beta Chapter at Fisk University.
She is the immediate past president of the Clarksville Alumnae
Chapter, Clarksville, TN, and chairs the Health Committee for the
Southern Regional Leadership Team. She has been invited to speak at
the National Delta Sigma Theta Conventions in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000,
2002, and in 2004 she was a featured author in the Literary Café.
Dr. Foston has been the Founders Day Speaker for the Kentucky State
Founders Day and the following alumnae chapters, New Orleans, Toledo,
North Charleston, Jacksonville, FL, Clarksville, and Dayton, OH.
She has been the featured artist for Arts & Letters programs for
Moss Point (MS), Muskegon Hgts, Chattanooga, Prince Georges County,
Mid Hudson Valley, and Gary. She has worked with the Teen Lifts or
Delta Academy for Mid-Hudson Valley, Bronx, Brooklyn, Prince Georges
County, Moss Point, Nashville and Clarksville, and in 2000 Dr. Foston
conducted workshops for the National Delta Academy participants and
their chaperones. Dr. Foston is currently a poet/evangelist and
resides in Clarksville, TN with her husband, Will. She has published
two novels, The
a murder mystery, I-65:
A Lonely Road,
an autobiography, Peace
an inspirational journal, and The
a twenty volume set of poetry. Her most famous poem is “You Don’t
Live On My Street.”
As a poet
and spoken word artist, Dr. Foston’s poetry is powerful and
riveting. At one of her recent readings in New York, a
recovering cocaine addict admitted that she gets the same rush from
reading Dr. Foston’s poetry that she used to get from cocaine.
Each of Dr. Foston’s poems tell a story, but her poetry recitals
weave her message into an even bigger story. Dr. Foston has performed
on BET, and cable markets in New York and Chicago. When her
poem “You Don’t Live On My Street” was played on a radio show
in Washington, DC, it was the most requested “song” of the day.
When she appeared on a radio show in Nassau, Bahamas, her readings
were so moving they snarled traffic on several islands.
has performed at national conventions for the National Urban League,
National Medical Association, Student National Medical Association,
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Black Woman Sisterhood in Action, The
National Girls Caucus, National Council of School Health Social
Workers, National Association of Addictionologists, National Black
Woman’s Health Project and the National Urban Coalition. She has
also performed for Head Start Region I, the Ohio Conference for
Minorty health, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the
New York State Department of Alcohol and Drug Prevention. She has
performed at the Spring Arts Festivals for Howard and Fisk
University. Dr. Foston has also performed at Morehouse, Princeton,
Medgar Evers, Spelman, Wilberforce, Indiana University, Austin Peay,
University of Southern California, Tennessee State, Purdue, Indiana
State, Illinois State, Georgia Tech, University of Arkansas, Pine
Bluff, University of Chicago. Marist, SUNY at New Paltz, Catholic
University, and Earlham College.
When she is
not performing, Dr. Foston is preaching, or training. She has been
blessed to train the administration and staff of the DC Charter
Schools, Muskegon Heights and Poughkeepsie school districts.
Her most famous poem to date is entitled, “You Don’t Live
On My Street.” Dr. Foston has published twenty books of poetry, and
an inspirational journal entitled Peace on Earth. She has also
published two novels, I-65: A Lonely Road, an autobiography, and The
Conversation, a murder mystery. She has completed four more
manuscripts entitled, The Early, The Middle and The late Adolescent
and Holistic Mentoring.
serving as the first female Health Commissioner of her city of Gary,
Indiana, Dr. Foston conceived and wrote the Healthy Start Initiative,
a $7.5 million, four-city effort to reduce infant mortality.
This was one of only fifteen grants approved in the country that
year, and for her efforts she was honored in a Rose Garden ceremony
with former President Bush. Dr. Foston has also served as a
consultant to the National Office of Juvenile Delinquency Prevention.
was valedictorian of her high school class and graduated Magna Cum
Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Fisk University. She is also a member of
Beta Kappa Chi, a scientific honor society and Delta Omega, the honor
society for Public Health. In past years she has been named the
Alumni of the year, for Fisk University, and Alumni Magazine. Dr.
Foston has also been named “Woman of the Year” by local chapters
of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Phi Beta Sigma.
In 1991 Omega Psi Phi named her their local and regional Woman of the
Year. She received the Black Achiever award in Literature from Howard
University, and Princeton. Dr. Foston has twice been named the
distinguished lecturer at Medgar Evers University, and they continue
to air her performances on their cable channel for years after.