meet the founders
Dushon Johnson 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. Currently, Executive Director of At The Table, Dushon provides vision and leadership direction to board members who implement programs and activities to serve women and girls. Her extensive experience in business and community outreach allows her to coach executive leadership in fulling the missions and goals of the organization.
Before co-founding At The Table, Dushon started her company, Step-By-Step Enterprises (SBS), that provides Administrative Support and Event Planning services, where she successfully supports business owners in running an efficient and profitable business. SBS also helps brand and raise funds for philanthropist and non-profit organizations for their worthily causes.
Dushon attends New Covenant Believer's Church, where she has been a member for over 25 years. Dushon has served in the Prosperity Army Ministry for the past 15 years. She has two adult children and seven beautiful grandchildren! Dushon currently serves as a community volunteer at the Special Wish Foundation and St. Stephen's Community Center where she works with the staff in granting wishes for children, and their families, who have a terminal or life-threatening illness. She also assist Pre-K students in reading and creative learning activities.
Dushon is a graduate of Wilberforce University, receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Global Management and Communications in 2007. She is honored and gives all the glory to God, for the opportunity to serve as Executive Director of At The Table, where she is focused on empowering and supporting women and girls to live out their dreams.
“There’s something about the power of women, especially when we come together! We cannot win this race alone. We must support each other and be an example to future generations! We must stand strong, move firmly, and boldly – and know we have each other’s back – Together We Stand! – We Build! - We THRIVE!
- Dushon L. Johnson
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!