Straight Road International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves communities through education and programs in two key areas: 

Health and Financial Literacy

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 / Title V defines health literacy as the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand health information and services in order to make appropriate health decisions 

The National Financial Educators Council defines financial literacy as: “possessing the skills and knowledge on financial matters to confidently take effective action that best fulfills an individual’s personal, family and global community goals.”


To help others walk the straight road towards good health and financial success.


To accomplish this mission, we commit to these values and follow them in our pursuit of success:

(1) Community

(2) Improvement

(3) Commitment


Being able to work, communicate, and cooperate freely across organizational, territorial, and racial boundaries


Working in order to improve the lives and situations of all we encounter


Committing to the issues of health and finances, consistently giving the effort that would result in positive change, and seeing the mission through to its fruition



Our Team
Annette BalconChairman of the Board of Directors

Annette is a retired Assistant Vice President from Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner and Smith. She also worked in the Richland county school district.

Montgomery BartholomewBoard of Directors

Montgomery is the owner of Montgomery Consultancy (a health, safety and fitness company) and founder of the Men of Honour Foundation. He is also a fire officer.

Gisela KloessBoard of Directors

Gisela is the business Owner/Manager of GKL LLC and Protetico LLC (a protocol and etiquette consulting company).

Christopher DavisBoard of Directors

Christopher is the Founder and Executive Director of New Life Hat Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on entrepreneurship and community service.

Abdalla StrakerPresident/Executive Director

Abdalla is the Executive Director and Resident Gerontologist at Straight Road. He spent a decade in Corporate America at Bank of America Merrill Lynch with most of his time working in Retirement Services.