2010-2011 White House Fellowships
As the director of a community leadership program, educating and engaging our future leaders to assure the success of a community is my life’s mission. This understanding comes from an array of experiences, travels, and service.
As an infant, my father’s career took our family to
By 1983, we found our way to
Following graduation, I moved closer to my extended family. With my worldly belongings in a yellow 1991 Ford Festiva, I drove to
Upon returning to
A year after completing Connect, I was hired direct the program. My most significant accomplishment is growing the program into the success it is today. Teaching service, leadership, and community engagement is my life’s calling. I guide emerging leaders to impact our community through projects that include fundraising, creation of non-profits, and mentoring programs. I have been nominated as Young Professional of the Year three times.
During the last few years, my interests have evolved from young professional retention to community engagement in education. After attending a Harlem Children’s Zone conference, I am working with others to create a cradle-to-college pipeline aimed at reducing drop-out rates.
Outside of work and volunteering, I write a slice-of-life column in our local arts paper, Valley Planet. I am an active runner, having completed seven half-marathons. My two dogs receive more love than they can handle, but not as much as they deserve. I enjoy Sunday dinners with my extended family and the spirited debates on politics, pop culture, and religion that are served at our meals.