Mary Duke has served as Director of TEEN STRAIGHT TALK since 1989. Mary and her late husband, Roland Duke, founded the TEEN STRAIGHT TALK Ministry. She is a graduate of the Wilkins School of Cosmetology, and earned her degree in Special Education from Kent State University. In 1991, TEEN STRAIGHT TALK became a non profit organization to teach “total abstinence” as a lifestyle, and the most excellent choice. Mary and other trained abstinence educators have spoken to thousands of students in all types of educational settings throughout the United States. Mary has led mission trips to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and St. Lucia in the Caribbean where she witnessed souls won for the Kingdom of GOD, and people committing to an abstinence lifestyle. TEEN STRAIGHT TALK, along with its affiliate in South Carolina, joined forces to present a family conference in Album, Alabama. At the conference, she was presented with a plaque and was recognized by the Governor of the State of Alabama. In 1998, Mary was presented the Professional Women of Trumbull County Achievement Award by YWCA and AAUW. She also represented TEEN STRAIGHT TALK at the White House during National Aids Week. Mary’s passion runs deep. She is more committed than ever to shout our God’s truth, while training others to educate young people in the importance of practicing “total abstinence”; making an eternal difference in their lives. Mary has four children; all have chosen health related careers.
Ted Smith has been actively involved in Abstinence Education, Curriculum Development and grant writing for TEEN STRAIGHT TALK since 2007. Additionally, he teaches the Abstinence Program in the schools, instructs in parental workshops and participates at conferences. He has participated in outreach with TEEN STRAIGHT TALK in South, West Coast Africa and the Caribbean. Ted holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Youngstown State University, a Master Degree in Education from Kent State University and Master Plus 10 in Environmental Studies from Kent State University. He has over thirty years experience teaching Science and Biology. Ted is married and has two children and three grandchildren.
In 2004, Cassandra Leavell accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior in New Port Richey, Florida and shortly thereafter received her “calling” into the ministry. In July of 2006, Cassandra received her Missionary License after extensive training in Atlanta, Georgia. For over a three year period, under the leadership of Pastors Joseph and Kimberly Walker of Restoration Christian Fellowship Church in Warren Ohio, Cassandra experienced Minister’s Training. Having evidence of professing the gifts of work of the gospel ministry, Cassandra was licensed to preach the Gospel on September 8th, 2013 in the state of Ohio. Having a passion for youth and young adults, she was appointed the Director of Pursued Young Adults within her home church. She has also taught adult Sunday school for over 11 years. Cassandra’s an artist and actress, having been in three films and serves as the only female rapper in the Christian hip hop group Kingdom Minded Music. Cassandra has been the Teen Straight Talk Office Manager since June 2015. In November 2016, Cassandra traveled with Teen Straight Talk to El Salvador to preach the word of God and anticipate traveling to many more nations to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. Cassandra has been married for 12 years to her husband Elder Charity Leavell and they have three beautiful children.