LaViettriea “Vee” Terrell-Johnson
LaViettriea “Vee” Terrell-Johnson is a volunteer at the Institute of Leadership and Service who began volunteering with the Institute in 2010 to share her real life experience with the students and staff at the University. Her goal at the Institute is to be a catalyst to connect the University with local area residents and facilitate the restoration of dignity and respect to inner-city residents and their communities.
A graduate of Cass Technical High School and Detroit College of Business with a Degree in Legal Administration/Office Management, Vee is also a dedicated wife and mother with a heartfelt passion for Community Service. After working more than 30 years in administration, including 20 years as a legal professional, she has dedicated herself to the service of others.
Motivated by personal challenges, Vee established a feeding and outreach ministry within her church, which sparked her passion for Community Service and fueled her desire to make a “unique” contribution to society. In 2009, she founded Unique Support Specialists Community Outreach (USSCO), a non-profit organization that addresses the needs of homeless, segregated, discarded and disadvantaged individuals and families.
Dedicated to USSCO’s Mission and Vision, Vee actively participates with other organizations that share her passion for Community Service. She supports victims of Domestic Violence not only with clothing donations, but through spiritual and individual empowerment interactions for groups and individuals. She also supports the Focus: HOPE Computer Training Program as both a classroom and administrative assistant. Most recently, Vee has become a member of the Detroit Public Library Literacy Program (Detroit READS!) volunteering as a tutor to improve the quality of life for youth and seniors within the community.
Vee continues to be a beacon of hope to her residential community by spearheading clean-up and beautification projects. She has singlehandedly brought neighbors outside of their homes to gather together and support her efforts to revitalize her neighborhood one block at a time.
She loves being a part of the UDM family and supporting the Mission of the University, which she shares and believes in.