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Meet the Founders

Dushon L. Johnson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of At The Table provides vision and leadership direction to board members who implement programs and activities to serve women and girls.  At The Table is a  foundation that focuses on empowering and supporting women and girls to live out their dreams. At The Table inspires and empowers women and girls through wellness, mentorship, and educational opportunities with a foundation that promotes confidence, independence and a lifetime of sisterhood.


Before co-founding At The Table, Dushon started her company Step-By-Step Enterprises (SBS).  SBS provides Administrative Support and Event Planning services where Dushon successfully supports business owners in running an efficient and profitable business. Her extensive experience in business and community outreach allows her to coach executive leadership in fulfilling the missions and goals. SBS also helps brand and raise funds for philanthropists and non-profit organizations.


Dushon retired from The Ohio Department of Transportation as a Program Administrator in the Division of Operations in 2016 after 30 years. She has significant administrative support and leadership experience in the public sector.  Dushon is a graduate of Wilberforce University, receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Global Management and Communications in 2007. 


Other professional development and career achievements include an Associate Degree in Business Management and successful completion of the Project Management Program from the State of Ohio, Department of Administrative Services.  Dushon has been featured on Radio Talks Shows hosted by The Diva Movement, Conversate with Pamela, and Caregiver’s with Sonya.  She has been interviewed by Maria Durant, ABC 6 and Fox 28 New Reporter, using this platform to educate the community on cancer health and to empower women cancer survivors.  Dushon received The Business of Excellence Acknowledgement on behalf of Step-By-Step Enterprises, LLC presented by LEC Concierge Consulting.


Dushon attends New Covenant Believers Church, where she has been a member for over 26 years. She has served in the Prosperity Army Ministry for the past 20 years.  Dushon also served as a community volunteer at the Special Wish Foundation and St. Stephen's Community Center where she worked with the staff in granting wishes for children and their families who have a terminal or life-threatening illness. Dushon assisted Pre-K students in reading and creative learning activities.

Dushon is the Mother of 2 adult children and has 9 beautiful grandchildren.  The support and encouragement she receives from her family adds enrichment and fulfillment to her ultimate vision.

Deniece is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and was raised by a single mother who taught her to defy negative stereotypes and instilled in her a passion to serve others. Today, Deniece is an entrepreneur who operates her own salon, Royal Signature Hair. She has over 27 years’ experience as a professional hairstylist and is a graduate of the Barbizon Modeling Agency (1986), Nationwide Beauty Academy (1987), and the Ohio State Barber College of Art and Design (1989). She is also a graduate of Breakthrough Reconciliation Spiritual Counseling and Soul Winning of the Saints Ministries. 


As a devoted wife to her husband of 27 years, Michael, and mother of three children and one furry child, she continues to make the best out of every situation. Despite life’s challenges, this cancer and lupus survivor never waivers in her desire to help and inspire all women to know that they are enough and worth the investment in realizing their dreams. Deniece has always had a heart for giving back and serving her community, with her ultimate goal being to have a worldwide impact. This is evident through her volunteer efforts with multiple nonprofit organizations such as, the Heather Pick Foundation, The United Way, Life Care Alliance, and Key To The Cure. Her ultimate goal is for every young girl to know that she is enough and worth the investment in herself and her dreams.


It is because of this commitment to serving others that At The Table is proud to offer a scholarship in her name. As Co-Founder and President, Deniece has humbly chosen to sow her finances, time, attention and other blessings in the lives of young women and girls who may not otherwise realize their full value and potential. Like the strong women entrepreneurs that have come before her, Deniece hopes to leave a legacy of strength and empowerment. If she is able to impact a life,  she has fulfilled her purpose!


Dushon L. Johnson

Executive Director


Deniece R. Pittman

President & Co-Founder

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