Help shape the future.

Board of Directors Candidate Application

The purpose of the Envision Lead Grow, Inc. Board of Directors is to provide direction and support as fiduciaries who steer the organization toward a sustainable future. The Board will adopt sound ethical practices, legal governance, and financial management policies, as well as ensure Envision Lead Grow has adequate resources to advance its mission.

Our Board of Directors

Chair

Dr. Angela D. Reddix

Amma Guerrier

Charmin N. Jacobs

Colleen Liebson

Crystal Walker

Dana James Mwangi

Jason M. Tone

Jeannine Widmann

Recording Secretary

Katherine Breslin

Treasurer

Kimberly M. Brown

LaKeisha Carey

2nd Vice Chair

Marteen Santerre

Michele Thornton Ghee

Mike Alexander

Mona Floyd

1st Vice Chair

Monica Hammond

Nancy Grden

Patricia Ludwig

Paula Eylar-Lauzon

Ron Lewis

Rosiland Price

Shital Patel

Dr. Stacie Otey-Scott

Susan Pilato

Tammy McCottry

Toni Stubbs

Tony Brothers

Corresponding Secretary

Tonya Perkins

Willie Lanier, Jr.

Chair

Dr. Angela D. Reddix

Dr. Angela D. Reddix is a visionary and innovative thinker with global perspective and entrepreneurial drive. As a passionate mentor and advisor to the next generation of young girls and women, Angela is a leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world.

Angela is President & CEO of ARDX, an award-winning healthcare management and IT consulting firm dedicated to improving the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable populations. She also serves as Chairman and Founder of Envision Lead Grow, a Norfolk-based nonprofit organization aimed at aspiring girls of all ages to chart their destinies by teaching them the critical skills and dedication it takes to accomplish their dreams through entrepreneurship.

Angela’s unique ability to inspire greatness through the lessons of her own story earned her the Humanitarian Award presented by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, the Women of Achievement Award presented by Old Dominion University, ODU’s Founder’s Day Regional Service Award, the Leading Ladies of Hampton Roads Award presented by Coastal Virginia Business Magazine, the Still Hope Foundation’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, the US Chamber of Commerce’s Big Blue-Ribbon Award, Inside Business’s Women in Business Award, and many other notable achievements.

As a trusted community leader, Angela serves as a member of the Women President’s Organization, and board member and trustee to various local organizations including the United Way of South Hampton Roads Foundation Board of Trustees, the YWCA of South Hampton Roads Board of Directors, Old Dominion University’s Friends of the Humanities Board, the Junior Achievement Board of Directors, the Kempsville Entrepreneurship Academy Board of Advisors, Norfolk State University’s School of Business Advisory Board, and the Hampton Roads Chamber Regional and Trustee Board.

A committed lifelong learner, Angela received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing from James Madison University, a master’s degree in Organizational Development from Bowie State University with a focus on Training, a graduate certificate in Healthcare Compliance from The George Washington University, and her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.  Angela was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and has a husband and three children.

 

 

Amma Guerrier

Amma is the President of Executive Decision, a DBE and SWAM certified Management Consulting firm in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Founded in 2003, Executive Decision specializes in management consulting, corporate brand image, real estate support services, targeted marketing research and strategy, process improvement and service quality enhancement. Amma has also has an extensive banking background that ranges from Management, Treasury, Private Banking, Relationship Management, Lending, Risk and Project Management.

Her degree is in communications and marketing from Old Dominion University and she continues to stay involved as an alumnus. Amma was a graduate of the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management at UVA. Amma also has a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace and a Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Amma is active in the community where she lives with her husband Christopher and daughter Laila. Currently, she is a co-President of the Hampton Roads Association for Financial Professionals, a board member of Virginia Beach Vision and a founding board member of Envision Lead Grow.  Additionally, she serves on the Federal Reserve Secure Payments Task Force, Women in Payments as well as numerous other professional and civic organizations.

Amma was a 2011 recipient of Inside Business’ Women In Business Award and was also awarded the Human Rights Award by the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission in February 2007.  Later in 2007, she was named one of Inside Business’ Top 40 under 40.  She received the Urban League of Hampton Roads’ Award of Excellence in 2006.  Most recently, Amma was awarded the Hampton Roads Gazeti Exemplar Award in 2019. This award was given in recognition of her outstanding commitment to the community.

Charmin N. Jacobs

Charmin N. Jacobs is a retired Lieutenant Commander who served over 22 years in the United States Navy. As a Medical Service Corp Officer, Charmin built her sterling reputation as a fair and influential Naval Officer and Leader while serving in a myriad of positions. Currently, Charmin is the Affirmative Employment Program Manager at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service.

Charmin holds a B.S in Human Resource Management from Troy State University and an M. Ed from Old Dominion University. Charmin also earned a diversity certification from Diversity Training University International. She is also a John Maxwell certified trainer, coach, and speaker.

Today’s leader is looked upon to master the art of balance. Balancing work, a career (personal and educational development) and home, require determination and strong organizational skills. Charmin is CEO of Teachable Learnable Solutions, LLC and a best selling author.

Colleen Liebson

Colleen Liebson is a creative change agent focused on transforming under-performing operations into Six Sigma quality centers.  Her passion for people development has created teams that have an unrelenting commitment to satisfying customers and exceeding business objectives.Colleen has been recognized as an experienced executive with over 15 years of experience creating high-value ROI service solutions. Through collaboration with others she delivered cost effective/efficient operations yielding multi-million-dollar savings, revenue growth, and double-digit improvements in customer satisfaction. Her broad range of experience includes leading domestic as well as international operational centers with over 500 employees in healthcare and non-healthcare sectors.

Crystal Walker

Crystal Lynese Walker is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at a community college in Maryland, where she teaches courses that explore various frameworks of communication; such as professional, group, interpersonal, and intercultural communication as well as public speaking.  
 
With nearly 15 years of experience as an organizational strategist, she has curated strategies that focus on inclusiveness, equity, and belonging that promote diversity. As an advocate for social justice and change, Crystal interweaves her cultural intelligence with practical and measurable actions to create change and promote progress. As the founder of Crystal Clear Plans, an independent diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting business, she works with clients from financial, tech, education, and non-profit industries to develop sound programs and training to support social justice and equity within the workplace.  
 
When she’s not working, Crystal enjoys relaxing with friends and family, blogging, reading, and listening to music. She’s a huge Marvel fan and likes supporting local Baltimore small businesses and those on Etsy.  
 

Dana James Mwangi

From corporate employee to full-time entrepreneur, Dana’s career has evolved from being an in-house digital designer to brand strategist, speaker, and mentor.  
 
Dana wanted to highlight the businesses, artists, and organizations in her community. She founded Cheers Creative, a Memphis-based branding and web consultancy for creative professionals, industry leaders, and art platforms.  
 
Since opening Cheers, Dana’s work, story, and writings about design and entrepreneurship have been featured and referenced in ForbesEssenceCanada Learning Code, and Net Magazine, the world’s largest publication for web designers. She teaches branding and design workshops at community events and schools, including the University of Memphis, her alma mater. In 2018, Dana was honored as one of the top 40 Urban Elite Professionals in Memphis, TN.  
 
Dana co-created and launched a 7-week branding accelerator that helped entrepreneurs nationwide create clear messaging, pivot their businesses, and increase profit during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
When she’s not working or contributing to the Memphis arts scene, Dana mentors underserved middle-school and high-school-age girls about entrepreneurship through the non-profit organization Envision Lead Grow, and spends time with her husband and children. 
 

Jason M. Tone

Jason Tone is a leader in Booz Allen’s Navy Marine Corps (NMC) business. Based in Norfolk, Virginia, he is a recognized leader in delivering strategic planning and change management capabilities directed toward achieving mission readiness. 

Jason has been with Booz Allen for more than 14 years. He leads the Marine Corps line of business, managing a $65M portfolio of contracts and staff across multiple geographies and overseas locations. Jason also serves as the Location General Manager for the Norfolk office, serving over 700 employees in the region.Prior to joining Booz Allen, Jason served for more than 10 years as a fighter aircraft maintenance officer and leadership instructor in the U.S. Air Force.   Jason is certified as a Change Management Advanced Practitioner from Georgetown University and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He holds a master’s in organizational management from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Social Sciences from the United States Air Force Academy.

Jeannine Widmann

Jeannine is a leadership coach, facilitator, and human resources professional with a passion for empowering women leaders and advocating for healthy equitable workplaces. She brings 20 years of professional experience in the healthcare, marketing, technology, and coaching industries. 
 
Most recently Jeannine served as the Vice President of People & Culture at LumenAd, a media management software company. She served as a strategic business partner on the leadership team during a time of nearly 100% year over year revenue growth as “the 29th fastest growing software startup company in the US.” – Inc Magazine. She also played a key role in coaching managers and creating a thriving culture that placed LumenAd on the “Top 500 List of America’s Best Startup Employers 2020.” – Forbes 
 
She began her career as a project manager and was promoted to a project director on the advertising & marketing team at Group Health Cooperative (now Kaiser Permanente). Following her passion for entrepreneurship, she then began her own coaching business and led workshops to coach women business owners to market themselves confidently and charge what they’re worth.  
 
Jeannine has a Bachelor of Science in Women’s Studies & Political Science from Towson University in Baltimore, as well as a Master of Public Policy & Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. She is a graduate of Accomplishment Coaching’s Coaching & Leadership Development program, a program in which she went on to serve as a mentor coach on the leadership team.
 

Recording Secretary

Katherine Breslin

Katherine is an attorney with over a decade’s worth of experience in working with nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations on legal matters and compliance.  She has worked with a range of organizations, most recently as in-house counsel for B Lab Company.  Katherine holds an LL.M. in Taxation from Southern Methodist University School of Law, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and a B.A. from Rhodes College. She is a frequent speaker on nonprofit governance and compliance matters. 
 

Treasurer

Kimberly M. Brown

Dr. Kimberly Michelle Brown, a native of Chesapeake, VA, has a heart for mentoring and uplifting those around her, with special emphasis on teenage girls and adult, single women. Kimberly’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from North Carolina A&T State University. Upon graduating from NCA&T, Kimberly attended Michigan State University where she obtained her Masters in the Science of Accounting Degree in 2013. After spending two years working in public accounting with big four firm, Deloitte & Touche, LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kimberly returned home to join the staff at her father’s church, The Mount, where she serves as Associate Executive Pastor. Most recently, Kimberly completed her terminal degree at Regent University where she obtained her Doctorate in Strategic Leadership as of December 2019. Kimberly is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and serves as a board member for The Elder’s House, Incorporated, a residential care facility for teenage boys in the Greater Hampton Roads Area. She also serves as a board member for Envision, Lead, Grow, an organization that aims to attack poverty by equipping young girl bosses with entrepreneurial skills. Serving her community and giving back whenever possible are principles Kimberly’s parents instilled in her even as a young child and she continues to live every day of her life.

LaKeisha Carey

LeKeisha is Co-founder of The REECH Foundation to impact inner city youth by expanding their horizons to new opportunities they may not have known existed. She currently serves as President of DCIM: Don Carey International Ministries, where she is partnering with her husband Don Carey III in making prolific change in our community and our world with the word of God.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude, from Norfolk State University . Additionally, LaKeisha graduated from Southern University Law Center and was sworn into the Louisiana State Bar.
  
 

2nd Vice Chair

Marteen Santerre

Marteen is a Marketing & Healthcare executive with more than 20 years of experience leading systemic and sustainable change in matrix institutions. She is a brand builder and growth architect who provides the vision and strategy to lead organizations to increased levels of profitability and market dominance. She aligns company assets with market needs/trends to deliver innovative solutions that facilitate growth, propel multimillion-dollar revenues and drive competitive edge. She is Founder of Soul Being, a digital healthcare platform that connects patients with preventative wellness solutions. The framework allows organizations to maximize HSA programs, reduce claims costs, and improve health outcomes for employees and their families. She served as CEO of Soul Being before stepping into her current role at MaineHealth, the largest integrated health system in Northern New England.  There she applies her entrepreneurial and thought leadership skills to drive improvement of the care delivery for more than 1.1 million patients.  She is passionate about the mission of ELG and has served as a Mentor to girls in the program.  She lives in Maine with her daughter.

Michele Thornton Ghee

Having managed over a billion dollars in revenue for some of the biggest media companies in the world, Michele Thornton Ghee currently serves as the Managing Partner for Stratechic Alliance. The Alliance helps company’s leverage their most important asset: Women. We understand that diffrenece is the most important factor in driving revenue. 
 
Previously Ghee served as the  EVP of Business Development for Endeavor Global Marketing, part of the Endeavor network which includes talent agency WME, fashion and sports pioneer IMG, UFC, among others. Michele and her team worked  to help brands better leverage cultural relevance of the world around them while creating programs that connect to consumers while delivering measurable brand and business value. 
 
Prior to Endeavor,  Ghee was SVP of Media Sales for BET Her (formerly Centric TV), a 24-hour African American lifestyle network designed for Black Women. There she oversaw the vision and execution of all sales functions for the network. She was instrumental in the rebranding of Centric as ‘The First Network Designed for Black Women’ and then again into BET Her. 
 
Ghee has worked for CNN, A&E, The History Channel and The Weather Channel. She began her career at SBC Communications in Oakland, California. Over a 20-year career she has honed her skills in the following areas: leadership, culture, strategy, revenue generation, and relationship building. 
 
Ghee has built relationships with some of the most powerful brands in the world including PG, McDonald’s, Unilver, Target, Facebook, HP, Genentech, Accenture, Prudential to name a few.   
 
Ghee has received honors from numerous organizations including; Multichannel News 2019 Wonder Woman, Working Mother of the Year Award Class of 2018, The ADCOLOR Change Agent Award and The American Advertising Federation Mosaic Role Model of the Year Award. 
 
Ghee has authored three books: Stratechic: Life and Career Winning Strategies for Women, Stratechic 2.0: Her Plan, Her Power, Her Purpose and Success on Your Terms.  
 
After losing her dad to cancer in 1997, Ghee decided to go back to school and received her Bachelor of Arts from Golden Gate University at the age of 30. In May 2017, she was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater.  
 
She resides in New Jersey and is a proud wife of Antony Ghee and mother of Taylor and Jordan Ghee.   
 

Mike Alexander

Mike Alexander is a dynamic information technology professional with more than 30 years of experience. He has demonstrated expertise in assessing, planning, developing and deploying large-scale custom developed software applications and ERP software systems.

Mike has worked in small to medium-sized business as well as global companies. He has managed programs, projects and departments with multi-million dollar budgets. Mike believes in teamwork to tackle any job and finding ways for each team member to contribute and grow professionally.

Mike graduated from George Mason University with a degree in computer science and business management. He enjoys sports and the outdoors with his wife and three kids. He is also a proud supporter of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation and the Lupus Foundation.

Mona Floyd

Mona K. Floyd owns a law practice in the Baltimore greater metropolitan area where she focuses on contracts, intellectual property, real estate, criminal  and employment law. Prior to starting her law practice, Ms. Floyd served as Chief Counsel and Legislative Director to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee where she managed the Congresswoman’s agenda and legislative staff. Ms. Floyd was Senior Director of Special Projects at Research!America prior to her senior legislative role on Capital Hill. As Senior Director, she was responsible for developing and directing selected programs and policy outreach initiatives to advance health research advocacy, and spearheaded and managed major projects seeking financial and advocacy support on such issues as HIV/AIDS, health disparities, and health services research.

Prior to joining Research!America, Ms. Floyd served as Director of Health Policy and Senior Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX18). She served as the lead health policy advisor as well as a primary staffer of Judiciary Subcommittees on Courts and Competition; Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties; and Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.  Ms. Floyd was responsible for staffing hearings, writing floor and committee statements, and drafting legislation and correspondences to U.S. agency heads.  

Mona K. Floyd received her Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law, where she completed her degree in two years and was a John Schumacher Scholar and Southwestern Law Brief Writer Moot Court Finalist. Ms. Floyd attended Wellesley College and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for her undergraduate work and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. In addition, Ms. Floyd was a Philosophy and Social Policy Fellow at the George Washington University from which she received a Master of Arts in Public Policy with a concentration in health policy.



1st Vice Chair

Monica Hammond

Monica Hammond has more than 20 years of leadership experience building Sales, Customer Service and Operations at top-tier companies. As a key strategic contributor, her vision and expertise in business performance have driven notable enterprise growth in the technology sectors. Monica brings valuable insight and knowledge regarding the leadership and management challenges faced by growing companies and brands.

Beginning her career in the telecommunication industry, Monica developed an interest in customer satisfaction and parlayed this interest into an Account Management position. Demonstrating initiative from the start, Monica pioneered sales, account management, and customer relationship techniques that were very successful with customers and clients. Quickly establishing herself as a leader, in less than three years, Monica earned fast-track promotion into management.

Offering a rare blend of creative and operational strengths, Monica has achieved exciting company and departmental turnarounds and is recognized for her success in retaining customers and providing superior customer satisfaction. Her strategic approach to building a business is reflected in her work at Qwest and Verizon Wireless. Her diverse business experience has helped her develop highly effective leadership teams.

Monica has held various senior level positions within the telecommunication industry. Currently, Vice President-Business & Government Customer Operations for Verizon’s Wireless Business Group, the wireless support and solutions provider for national, major, government, and small-to-medium business accounts. She is responsible for advancing organizational strategy, driving industry-leading results and strengthening internal alliances in support of a world-class customer experience. Before assuming her current position, Monica was Executive Director of Center and Online Operations for Verizon Enterprise Solution, responsible for the day-to-day operation of VES Operation Service Centers.

She has a Master of Arts degree from Bowie State University. She is also a proud alumnus of Virginia State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Monica has a strong commitment to her community and family. She has worked closely with mentoring programs that focus on the development of young girls. She also donates her time speaking to families of domestic violence.
She is married and the proud mother of two children.

Nancy Grden

Nancy Grden has been an entrepreneur before she knew the meaning of the word, having started or led activities since elementary school and in her family as the oldest of the grandchildren.  Her career demonstrates that innovation and leadership can take place in many settings, and for her, they include the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), BankofAmerica, and health care companies such as Amerigroup and ValueOptions, now part of Anthem.  She is also is co-founder of several companies, including most recently biotech company Genomind, dedicated to improving mental wellness through application of genetic science. She currently serves as Associate Vice President for the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE) at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, where she leads IIE’s services as a one-stop shop for the campus and community to access resources and support for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Nancy serves on many Boards of Directors, including Chair of the Board for 757 Angels, and Board membership for 757 Accelerate, Norfolk Innovation Corridor, Women in Venture, Entrepreneurship Academy/Kempsville High School, RVA.757Connects, and The Norfolk Forum.  She is currently on assignment as the founding Executive Director, Hampton Roads Maritime Collaborative for Growth & Innovation (HRMC).  She was previously appointed to the Virginia Governor’s first Youth Entrepreneurship Council.  In 2018, she received ELG’s Marble Loyalist Award as a founding partner.  She holds an MBA from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Bucknell University.


 

Patricia Ludwig

Patricia Ludwig is known as an executive corporate leader, a strategist with strength in governance and revenue/savings accomplishments in the health care market. The dominating role in her career has been one of leadership using Six Sigma and Project Management Methodologies. Key accomplishments include the development and execution of a corporate wide Quality Improvement culture for a Medicaid dental industry leader.  Additionally, as Co-Chair on the Project Management’s Institute’s Executive Council, she led the rebuilding of its Vision and Guiding Principles.    

One of her personal goals is to be a catalyst for change; to positively impact our communities’; to provide support and educate; to inspire new goals and ideas. 

 

Paula Eylar-Lauzon

Paula Eylar-Lauzon is a proven Executive with more than 30 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality sector.  She is the President of Lauzon & Associates, a boutique consulting firm with global experience, specializing in strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, new development, operational effectiveness, sustainability and business transformation. 
 
In her role as Senior Vice President Administration (Chief Administrative Officer) for Boyd Gaming Corporation, Paula was responsible for leading multiple departments including Human Resources, Insurance, Sustainability, Security, Safety and Regulatory Compliance for Boyd’s 29 properties and +23,000 employees nationwide. In addition, she was a member of the company’s Compliance Committee and held a leadership role on the Diversity Council. While focusing on continuous improvement, operational efficiencies, and team member engagement, Paula also worked with her Management Team to develop strategic and tactical planning in alignment with the company’s strategic objectives and goals.  
 
Before being named to the Chief Administrative Officer role, Paula served in several executive positions at Boyd Gaming.  She created the company’s Energy Management and Sustainability department, which earned the first LEED Gold certification for an arena in Nevada.  She also worked with the major utility companies to achieve their financial goals while minimizing the impact to residential and commercial customers. 
 
Paula holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She is a Certified Internal Auditor, and has held key gaming licenses in multiple jurisdictions.  
 
A 2006 graduate of Leadership Las Vegas, Paula is a Board member of the UNLV Hotel Dean’s Global Advisory Board, Problem Gambling Center and Jewish Family Service Agency; she has been active with various other non-profit organizations including Global Gaming Women and United Way.    
 

Ron Lewis

Ronald (Ron) Lewis is a recently retired, Army general who graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Ron has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.
Ron has 30-years of senior executive experience in:

  • Department of Defense (DoD) contracting and operations
  • Aerospace Industry 
  • Global Security
  • Public Affairs

Ron spent most of his career working as a strategist, military leader, organization manager, and director of plans and operations. The organizations he led ranged in size from 30 to 20,000 personnel.

Much of Ron’s recent experience was at the cabinet level within the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific regions.

Ron is a proven strategic planner, team builder, change manager and public speaker. He has had comprehensive experience as a transformational leader and problem solver of complex and dynamic challenges.

Ron is a member of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and is currently enrolled in the LEAD Hampton Roads Signature Program.

Rosiland Price

Rosiland Price is a Leadership Coach, Change Management and Organization Development expert. Rosalind has been working with amazing teams and organizations for the past 10 years. Seeing leaders and organizations struggle with change implementation, execution and sustainment, made Rosalinda  believer in coaching, organization development and change strategy. Rosalind’s personal mission is to partner with organizations helping them execute and sustain their change. To date, Rosalind has worked with numerous organizations and teams helping them develop and execute strategic plans aligned to their vision and success outcomes. Rosalind uses organization development models as a foundation and has a knack for translating the principles and data into “plain speak” and helping individuals and organizations apply it based on their needs. Through on-site partnerships, internal and external consulting, one-on-one coaching sessions, tactical strategies and tools, video conferences, webinars and written content, Rosalind has been fortunate enough to connect with global and local teams, helping them realize their goals. As a budding entrepreneur and internal consultant, the journey continues.
 

Shital Patel

Shital Patel is a graduate of Indiana University – Kelley School of Business with a marketing degree. A natural born leader and entrepreneur, Shital has accumulated a vast twenty year journey of wisdom, expertise and resources that span across many diverse career and philanthropic circles. Her business experience has carried her through executive management, non-profit, tech, public and private financial services, healthcare/life sciences, manufacturing and government. Most recently, Shital served as the SVP of Operations & Support and as Chief Information Officer for Strada (previously known as USA Funds) where she oversaw Strada’s information technology platform, service development, definition and formation of new products, participation in new target acquisition/evaluations as well as the management and streamlining of complex IT environments into a dual functioning environment.

She used her many expertise on day-to-day management operations, driving efficiencies with cloud-based solutions, outsourcing partners, leveraging information across the entire brand to identify gaps and provide insights on improvements and new capabilities throughout the value chain. Before Strada, Shital worked at tech giant Microsoft for five years managing their enterprise sales business, achieving a one hundred and twenty-eight million dollar software quota and forty-million dollars in services (one of the largest in the Midwest District).

Prior to Microsoft, Shital served as the Chief Information Officer for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County. Her work with Indianapolis City and county governments included; development and implementation of technology strategies, support of fifty-four municipal agencies and seven thousand five hundred internal customers. She focused on services offered by City/County agencies and applying technology to provide more accessibility and efficiencies to the end user connection base.

Ms. Patel is a strong networker, relationship builder, collaborator and executor dedicated to meeting and exceeding growth targets while building/working with an effective team and developing the core values of company cultures. She is passionate about learning, adding to her expertise base, understanding what the challenges are that need solutions, adding value and positive impact to alliances, partnerships, organizations, customers, partners, her community and the world. Shital serves on the executive board of The Villages of Indiana and on the Board of The Tech Point Youth Foundation. Her latest non-profit assignment was in the education industry and the creation of a new platform for student engagement. A platform to empower students to more effortlessly flow through the higher educational land scape.

Throughout her journey, Shital has most enjoyed connecting with people in and outside the workplace, learning from her partnerships with strategic alliances, aligning with customers on their evolution of their technology journey and being a conduit of positive change in all areas of her life. To relax, Shital loves spending time with her two daughters, cooking for family and friends, and walking her Labradoodle – Cooper. She’s an avid reader, Netflix-binger, enjoys yoga and loves traveling.

Dr. Stacie Otey-Scott

Dr. Stacie Otey-Scott is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a graduate of Regent University, which she accomplished while having 2 of her 3 children. Her experience includes time spent as a Primary Care Psychologist for Portsmouth and Ghent Family Medicine practices with Eastern Virginia Medical School, a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor at EVMS in the departments of Family & Community Medicine and Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, and Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University.

She now serves as the Executive Director of Community Wellness at The Mount, located in Chesapeake, Virginia and Clinical Director of The Mount’s Summit Wellness Center, serving over 12,000 partners.

Dr. Otey-Scott’s radio and television credits include the “Call Dr. SOS” radio segment and 2 national television appearances on “Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal”, as a featured Clinical Psychologist on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Dr. Otey-Scott also has a digital platform, CallDoctorSOS.com, where she teaches each of us how to live life fully through successful relationships. If you desire to explore the impact of relationships on your life, CallDoctorSOS.com is the place to start.

Dr. SOS believes that we all need help from time to time navigating the demands of managing relationships and being self-reflective, so we can become the person God has called us to be, her calling is helping people make sense of the touch points of relationships in their lives that are key to achieving happiness and peace.

As she often states, “life is about relationships.”

Susan Pilato

Susan Pilato has owned her company since she was 26. She directed her business through two recessions and strives to provide services relevant to the demand of current market trends. Her firm is focused on corporate environments, which is an area of strength for Susan and her business partner, Donna Counts. As evidence of their success, PC&A Business Environments provides furniture procurement, facility maintenance and interior design services for all of Towne Bank and their related businesses. In 2014, her business acquired Arrington Commercial Interiors and expanded its services as a commercial furniture dealership.  They are the exclusive partner for Inscape, Artopex and Mantra Inspired Furniture with offices in Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia and Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Mantra Inspired Furniture line is designed and owned by Susan’s company and built by the Amish community in Ohio.

Susan has served on many Boards of Directors in leadership positions, including as President for Norfolk SPCA and Ghent Business Association Boards and was the Past President of Riverpoint Civic League. She previously served on the Downtown Norfolk Council Board and Virginia Tech Interior Design Advisory Board.  She currently serves as Chairman for the Bon Secours DePaul Foundation Board and is a TowneBank Norfolk Region Board Director. Susan was a mentor for young girls with Envision Lead Grow and now is proud to serve on the ELG board.  She currently co-hosts the podcast The Vine Experience with Dr. Angela Reddix in hopes of spreading the word of the ELG mission along with opening up conversation about race relations in our country.

Tammy McCottry

Tammy J. McCottry loves her community and uses the gifts that she was blessed with to empower and encourage others. She is known as the Media Mogul and is the founder and CEO of Tammy Media Group (TMG), a media and event management production, public relations, and consulting company.  TMG works with clients who trust them to share strategies on how to promote their businesses and produce successful events. Tammy’s television roots began in 1998 when she founded her first production company, McCottry Productions, Inc.(MPI). MPI quickly gained recognition based on its proven record of quality and integrity of service. McCottry Productions, Inc., produced its first talk show, “The Single Parent Corner” hosted by Tammy which aired on the UPN and NBC networks. Within three years Tammy became the Executive Producer and Host of the award winning “Tammy” Show which aired on the Comcast and FOX networks for over 15 years and is currently streaming live. The show features guests from non-profit and community organizations, celebrities, community leaders and individuals who discuss topics on business, entrepreneurship, art, education, health, literature, youth, women, and other human-interest stories. Tammy is very transparent and wants her viewers to be inspired, ignited, and revolutionized to tell their unique stories and share what is happening in their communities. Tammy co-hosted along with SC State Representative David Mack, III, the PM Urban Edition, a daily radio community talk show and is currently the guest co-host on the David Mack radio talk  show. Tammy has been featured multiple times on the cover of the Comcast Channel Guide for her accomplishments in the media industry as well as other local and statewide magazines. 
 
Tammy founded The Parents Corner USA (PCUSA) organization dedicated to helping parents and their children restructure the family unit by giving them the tools needed to encourage the development of the moral fiber, character and family values which is targeted to economically challenged parents and at-risk youth. PCUSA also established a yearly initiative, The National Women and Girls Summit with a focus on girls ages 10-18 and women 18 – 92. 
 
Tammy is the author of, “Nuggets of Love for Our Daughters: From A Mother’s Heart.” The book is a warm engaging series of letters from a mother to her teenage daughter with a healthy dose of timely advice. Tammy is a dynamic and enthusiastic motivational speaker and has delivered hundreds of seminars, commencement and keynote speeches for colleges, non-profit organizations, churches, and corporations. She has shared the podium with the late Coretta Scott King as well as Judge Mablean Ephraim, the former judge of the national syndicated show, “Divorce Court” and many others. 
 
Recently, Tammy was recognized as one of the 2020 Influential African American Women on LinkedIn. She was also selected by the Southeastern Chamber of Commerce as the 2020 Ambassador of the N. E. N. O. Summits. Tammy served as the Executive Director/CEO of the YWCA of Greater Charleston. Tammy is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The National Association of Television Producers and Executive and the Advisory Board of Jenkins Institute for Children (formerly known as Jenkins Orphanage). She also served on the board of The American Cancer Society, The National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer, Charleston Concert Association, Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, The Florence Crittenden Homes for Girls, The Exchange Club, and served as the former program director for Charleston Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Tammy continues to stay focused on community needs. November 19th was proclaimed as “Tammy McCottry Day”, by the Honorable Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. of the City of Charleston. The honor was bestowed for her unselfish service and work in the community. She received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Picture award and was presented an award from the SC Senate and House of Representatives for going above and beyond the call of duty in her community. 
 
Tammy is a microbiology graduate of Howard University. Tammy is a native of Charleston, S.C. and is the proud mother of one daughter. Tammy’s philosophy and goal is “Believe always in yourself, trust only in God, and make a difference in the lives of others through inspiration and knowledge.” 

Toni Stubbs

Toni Stubbs is vice president of technology engineering and operations for Cox Communicaitons. In this role, Toni leads all network planning, engineering and Master Telecommunications Center operations across Cox Virginia’s Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia and Roanoke footprints in addition to parts of North Carolina.

Toni joined Cox Communications as vice president, information technology based in Tyler, Texas in 2005. There she was the leading technical executive for the region which included three customer care centers. In 2006, she joined the Virginia Hampton Roads team, extending the scope of her role to encompass both technical and strategic planning leadership. Over the years, Toni’s scope has included IT, project management, fiber construction, plant maintenance and engineering.  In her current role, Toni provides focused strategic and operational direction to 150+ engineering team members, ensuring the delivery and support of the platforms supporting a superior customer experience for over 1 million residential and business customers today and into the future.

Toni earned a B.A. in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Mercy College of Detroit.  She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. Toni has completed several executive development programs, including CTAM at the Harvard Business School, the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, and the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program at the UVA Darden School of Business.  Toni holds several Cablefax recognitions as one of the industry’s top minorities in technology.

Toni serves on a number of boards supporting the community as well as the cable industry.

Tony Brothers

Tony is entering his 26th season as an NBA official. Prior to joining the NBA, he spent four years officiating in the CBA, has one year of collegiate officiating experience and has seven years of high school officiating experience in Virginia.  He co-founded, Still Hope Foundation, Inc., now Journey for Success,  as well as Men for Hope, Inc, , the Dorothy B. Brothers Endowment at Norfolk State University and established the Dorothy B. Brothers Auditorium on the campus of  NSU as a tribute to his late mother.

Tony earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management Information Systems at ODU and is a recipient of the ODU Distinguished Alumni Award.  In 2018, Tony received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Norfolk State University.


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Tonya Perkins

Ms. Tonya Perkins has been Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager at The Old Point National Bank Of Phoebus since August 26, 2012. Ms. Perkins was previously a Senior Business Banking Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Bank. In addition, she is a member of the board for the Urban League of Hampton Roads and the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce.

Willie Lanier, Jr.

Willie is experienced in the construction and development of commercial properties. As founder of Lanier United, a private investment company, the firm showcases its dedication to quality through a portfolio properties that attract those who appreciate fine craftsmanship, innovation and design. With a focus on strategic multi-family properties, our company seeks to set a standard for excellence in the urban markets it invest in. Lanier United successfully completed the 103 unit Spectrum Apartments in Richmond, VA. Lanier United is currently engaged in the development of Mixed Use and Student Housing projects in Virginia and
Missouri.

Previously, he was a member of the Senior Management team at JE Dunn Construction, a $2.8 billion company. He participated on the project management/ estimating teams for several multi-million dollar projects including the Sprint World Headquarters Campus, Kauffman Foundation, Hilton Hotel and Casino and Sysco Foods Warehouse.

Willie is a past member of the board of the American Urological Association Foundation, Kansas City Chapter of the American Red Cross, Children’s TLC, Kansas City Sports Commission and the JMU Duke Club. Willie obtained a Bachelors of Science from James Madison University and an Executive Masters of Business from the University of Missouri.