A community activist, Christian woman, choreographer, educator, public relations consultant, coordinator, organizer, radio announcer, public servant, an activator, innovator, motivator, role model and a trailblazer. Mada Yvonne McDonald Clark is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The second daughter of the late Mr. Moses L. McDonald and Mrs. Thelma Louise Wethers McDonald. She has one sibling, Niemha McDonald Lowe and one son Bryant Augustus Clark. Mada has two grandchildren Perren Madalyn and Pierson Augustus Clark.
She is a product of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System attending Choctaw Elementary, Southern University Laboratory Elementary/High School. Her college education was completed at Southern university A & M College, majoring in Child Development and Minor in Psychology. Further studies were completed by participation in many trainings, seminars, workshops, conferences throughout her career endeavors.
Mada retired from the City Parish Department of Juvenile Services giving 25 years of service(s) in April, 2013. She was one of the first and original Families In Need of Services Counselor (FINS) in the State of Louisiana. It was the 19th Judicial/Juvenile District Court that this program was organized in 1994. The implementation, coordination and organization devotion of time energy served as a model program whereby other FINS programs began in the State of Louisiana. Mada is a member of the Louisiana FINS Association.
Her family foundation is one of community activism. A lot of her time and untiring works in the Baton Rouge community and contributions of her accomplishments, achievements exemplifies a sense of strong high morals and values in her life. She gives credit to her family, former teachers, church members and others who paved the way for her to be the woman she is today.
Mada was surrounded by family members being entrepreneurs, business owners, her maternal grandparents, Rev.Dr. Carl T. and Bettye Bagnerise Wethers owned, managed and operated the first black theater in the Eden Park Community “The East End Theater” in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Her paternal grandmother, Mada Porter Edwards owned the first black beauty cultural school, “Poro’s Beauty Culture/Cosmetology School” in New Orleans. Her parents Moses L. and Thelma Wethers McDonald were the proprietors owners of Moreco’s Showcase Lounge and Restaurant located in the Scotlandville community during the days of segregation and remained opened until the late 1980’s.
Mada is an outstanding motivational public speaker, commentator for many programs in churches, community activities and projects. She is a Contributing Writer – The Weekly Press, Drum, Advocate, Post, South Baton Rouge Journal, News Leader, City Social, National DST Journal, City/Parish JTPA Employee Newsletter and United Methodist Church Grapevine Publications on local, state and national levels.
Mada has served as co-host for the Mary Mason Gordon, Glorious Morning, Let’s Talk Radio Shows. She is an avid spokesperson on the Ed Buggs, Guy Brody, Major Topics, Genevieve Stewart, Tavis Smiley, Michael Basdin, Tom Joyner, DL Hughley, Steve Harvey and Karee Johnson Radio Shows.
Mada also received many letters/correspondences during the President Barack Obama Administration from the White House inclusive of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Oblama.
Mada was featured on WBRZ/Channel 2 regarding a documentary of her untiring works and endeavors in the Baton Rouge Community. Mada writes daily via of journaling and plans to write a book in the near future. Many awards, certificates and plaques have been received by Mada and she strongly feels her commitment(s) stems from her family(s) roots/foundations, loving parents, family members, others which has contributed to growing up in an environment with so many positive role models who have paved the way in molding and shaping her to be the woman she is today.
Mada says “Beauty within and beauty without, a humble spirit, a giving heart, a dignified attitude, grace, poise and demonstrating excellent oral, written communication skills has elevated her remarkable examples to inspire others and always conducts life’s activities with strong convictions/beliefs and humanistic concerns”.