antonio_pattersonAntonio Patterson grew up in the Kosciusko area and was a 1991 graduate of Ethel High School. He continued his studies at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In 1998, he moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas to assist a pastor in building a ministry as Minister of Music and later Associate Pastor. In 2002, Antonio moved to another church in Bentonville, Arkansas and became the Youth Pastor/Minister of Music and later the Associate Pastor. While he was in Arkansas, he had a growing concern of the youth in Mississippi and a desire to help them succeed. In 2006, he returned to Kosciusko to mentor young people and begin The Exodus Project. In 2008 he began his teaching career and became employed at French Camp Academy (private, family life school) as a high school science teacher where he was the first African American teacher in the school’s history. In 2012, he became employed as a professional biology tutor at Choctaw Central High School in Choctaw, Mississippi on a Native American reservation. In 2013, Antonio became employed at Velma Jackson High School as a high school science teacher, where he served on the Leadership and Teacher Support Teams. These experiences have provided him the opportunity to work with youth of all ages, cultures and ethnicities. Antonio is a gifted teacher and a man of vision. He is a sought-after motivational speaker and has developed a leadership academy for teens. Through guidance and accountability, Antonio has rescued many teens from the snares of violence, gangs, apathy, low self-esteem and dropping out of high school. His passion to see youth succeed drives him to oversee and execute a model program. In 2015, Antonio moved back to Northwest Arkansas where he continues to oversee The Exodus Project (Kosciusko) and expand it to Northwest Arkansas.

coletta_pattersonColetta Patterson is a Tennessee and Arkansas native who graduated from Tougaloo College in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with an Emphasis in Business Administration. She continued her studies at the Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where she received a Master of Business Administration with expertise in Entrepreneurship. Coletta has worked with youth and teens at the University of Arkansas in Pre-College Programs where she developed and presented college prep workshops for middle school through high school students. She has also developed curricula for girls on improving self-esteem and portraying beauty from within. She is sought-after as a motivational speaker and has written a book entitled “God’s Masterpiece: Weaving Together the Pieces of Your Life”. Coletta has experience in event planning, marketing, accounting, public relations and business development and consults small business owners in these areas. She also mentors teens and counsels adults on various topics. Coletta is the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of The Exodus Project where she oversees daily operations of the organization. She is passionate about serving youth and making a positive difference. She has turned down many profitable jobs to give of herself to The Exodus Project. Coletta is also a Certified Biblical Counselor. After living in Kosciusko, Mississippi for nine years, Antonio and Coletta currently reside in Northwest Arkansas and have three children- Olivia, Jadyn and Alexander.