Mid-Atlantic Regional Area Workday Cluster Speakers
Regional Logistics Chair Summer Banks
Hosting Conferences Regional Logistics Chair Summer Banks has been a proud member of the Passionate Portsmouth since 2014. During this time, she has served in several leadership roles within her local chapter including Chapter President. Before joining the Regional Logistics Committee in 2021, she served on the Regional Technology Committee and Regional Programming Handbook Committee. Summer received her Bachelors in Health Science from Old Dominion University and her Masters of Professional Studies: Project Management from Georgetown University. Currently, she is a Senior Project Manager supporting healthcare projects and programs for RadNet, Inc. Summer is married to Johnathan and is the mother of Bryson, 17, and Kennedy, 15. When she is not supporting regional planning, she is volunteer with Wright to Read, as an elementary reading tutor, and her local PMI chapter. She is an avid traveler and wine lover.
Regional Chaplain Sonya Brailsford
All Aboard the College Prep Train...Oh, the Places You'll Go A former NC Teaching Fellow and Tarheel at heart with 30 years' test prep experience, Sheba Lowe Brown is the co-founder of APlus Test Prep, where students improve their SAT/ACT scores to not only get into college but also earn scholarships. Through APlus Test Prep, Brown and her husband work with college & career prep programs all over NC. They partner with parents, programs, organizations, and communities to provide college & career prep programming that helps students develop academically and socially. APlus Test Prep's team knows that higher #scoresopendoors for students. Among APlus Test Prep's high school scholars, 92% have earned college scholarships, and 86% of adult learners earned additional career certification, licensure, and/or admission to law school and other graduate programs.
Keynote Inspirational "Leading with Love" Nicole M. Brunson is Head of Litigation & Disputes with Arrival. In this global role, Nicole practices general litigation, product liability, and commercial litigation with a focus on risk mitigation. She also advises on various corporate matters. Before joining Arrival in 2021, Nicole served as Associate General Counsel with Trane Technologies and an associate at Swanson Martin & Bell, LLP, a boutique litigation firm in Chicago, Illinois. Nicole serves the business in mitigation of risk, management of litigation matters and costs and the provision of legal insight on business decisions. Nicole’s varied background in physical science and sales and management provides a strong foundation for her role as a dispute resolutionist and business partner to her clients. A big believer in “paying it forward,” Nicole is active in the Association of Corporate Counsel Charlotte Chapter and served as President during 2020. She has been active with DRI since 2007, IADC since 2012 and received acceptance into FDCC in 2022. She is also a member of two ALFA International Client Advisory Boards. Nicole was awarded the Charlotte Business Journal’s Rising Star in 2014 and named a 2019 nominee for Outstanding Corporate Counsel. She is a certified mentor with Mentor Collective and has earned the elite ACC In-house Counsel Certified (ICC) designation. Nicole is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Nicole is a 2006 graduate of Indiana University School of Law- Bloomington (n/k/a/ Maurer School of Law) and 1998 graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana (BS Biochemistry). She obtained an MBA in Marketing and Management from Christian Brothers University in 2002. Nicole enjoys cooking, traveling, Peloton and family time with her four children, a boxer named Stella and her extraordinary husband, James.
Workshop: All Aboard the College Prep Train...Oh, the Places You'll Go! Dr. Candace Chambers is the CEO and Founder of Educational Writing Services, LLC, where she provides college admissions and scholarship coaching to high school students nationwide, conducts college preparation and writing workshops for non-profit organizations, and provides editorial services to students and professionals. She is also the author of Write Your Way to a Successful Scholarship Essay and The ABCs of College Admissions and Scholarships. Additionally, Dr. Chambers teaches English composition at Georgia Military College and Business and Professional Writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Chambers is originally from Jackson, Mississippi, and resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Secondary Education. She also attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and earned her Master of Arts degree in English/Composition and Rhetoric. Lastly, she earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. All of her collegiate education has been free, and she has not had to attain any student loans due to her strategic method of finding and earning scholarships. Her total funding in the form of scholarships and grants has been 1.3 million dollars. Through her college coaching services, she has guided high school students to receive over 65 college acceptances to schools nationwide, such as Columbia University, Howard University, Spelman College, and Wake Forest University, and over 5 million in scholarships, including institutional, local, state, and national scholarships. She works to provide students with the tools to attend college debt-free through strategic preparation.
Audrey Kemp Curry
Dr. Tyandle Sims Coleman
Workshop: Do You See the REAL Me? Dr. Tyandle Coleman is the Clinical Director for NC Health Partners, a mental health provider in Charlotte and Winston Salem, NC. At NC Health Partners Dr. Coleman manages a team of mental health professionals responsible for the care of adolescent and adult populations. Dr. Coleman’s clinical expertise includes adults with severe and persistent mental illness and trauma informed therapy. She also created and piloted the Comprehensive Assessment for Eligibility Clients for Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services which looked to capture data on generational trauma. She graduated from Norfolk State University with a bachelor’s in Psychology. She obtained her doctorate from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, MO and completed her post-doctoral training with Stanly Behavioral Health in Albemarle, NC. Dr. Coleman is a native of Charlotte, NC and is married with three children who are active members with The Queen City Chapter of Jack and Jill
Immediate Past National Vice President Claudia Curtis
Dr. Shamieka Virella Dixon
Workshop: Do You See the REAL Me? Dr. Shamieka Virella Dixon, is the Division Chief of Adolescent Medicine and Director of the Center for Gender Health at Atrium Health's Levine Children's Hospital's Teen Health Connection. At Teen Health Connection, Dr. Dixon provides primary and specialty care to adolescents and young adults aged 11- 25 with a special interest in underserved and marginalized youth. She has clinical expertise in the areas of adolescent reproductive health, mental health, and LGBTQ healthcare. She serves as the adolescent medicine rotation director for resident physicians and medical students, is active in resident promotions and competency committees and leads the pediatric DEI curriculum sub-committee. She is a native of the Bronx, NY, graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development. She obtained her doctorate degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, completed pediatric residency training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and an adolescent medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. She resides in Charlotte, NC with her devoted husband and 2 daughters. She is also an active member of the South Charlotte Chapter of Jack and Jill.
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
Regional Bylaws Chair Tiffany Fox
Mirror Mirror on the Wall Tiffany Franklin, RN, MSN, FNP-C Owner and Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner with a professional background in intensive care, surgical services, and hospital medicine. I believe in empowering individuals to live life to the fullest! I embarked on my journey to helping individuals to look and feel their best selves at every age in 2019. I trained in advanced cosmetic injectables including Botox, Fillers, Kybella, and facial aesthetics. Also, I have a strong desire to assist individuals to live a healthy lifestyle with weight loss therapies, IV vitamin infusions and more. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Baptist College of Health Sciences and then earned my Master of Science degree at University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee. I have a National certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and learning different cultures.
Regional Program Chair Joi Gilliam
The Art of Programming
To the TikTok, You Don’t Stop Amy has been working in the field of mental health for over 10 years. She graduated from Argosy University – Twin Cities in 2010 with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been licensed for five years in Minnesota before heading south to North Carolina for warmer weather. Amy is extremely passionate about helping clients work through traumatic experiences, focusing on beliefs created in early childhood, and process how that has shown up in current life trials. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she uses a systemic approach to presenting problems and values collaboration in the therapeutic relationship. Amy works with all ages and stages, blending different techniques to fit the need of her clients. From using play therapy techniques with ages 2 to 14, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and EMDR for adolescents to adults, and sand tray therapy techniques for anywhere in between. She has worked with many different disorders including, but not limited to; anxiety disorders, mood disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, reactive attachment disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADD/ADHD. She has also worked with clients to improve stress management, self-worth, self-care, manage symptoms from grief/loss, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse, abandonment/rejection, and explore sexual identity/orientation.
Regional We Are One Chair
Keys to Inclusive Programming and Disability Is Not Inability Tracey Hawkins is a native of North Carolina, originally from Morehead City. As a wife, and mother to two children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who also balances full-time work commitments with nurturing her family as the central focus of her life. Advocating for the needs of the autistic community is one of Tracey’s core values and is the driving force behind her success, becoming the founder and CEO of Thriving on the Spectrum. This tech startup company develops interactive and digital supports tailored to the needs of the neurodiverse community. The company’s Thrive App was inspired by her two children with ASD and offers a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to leveraging technology in our everyday lives. To learn more about Thriving on the Spectrum, visit thrivingonthespectrum.org Tracey also values service and community connection. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (initiated in Kappa Omicron Chapter and a current member of Durham Alumnae Chapter) and the Durham Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. She is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University and currently resides in Durham, NC with her husband, Zack and three sons Zachari, James Preston, and Adam.
Tiger, Helicopter, or Snow Plow? Tiffany Howard is a School Psychologist with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. This is her 16th year as an educator and she currently serves an elementary school and middle school supporting students between PreK and 8th grades. As a school psychologist, she provides academic, behavior and mental health support and has expertise in the areas of psychological assessments, data analysis, crisis response and consultation with teachers and families. She completes psychological evaluations as part of the IEP and 504 evaluation processes and also actively participates in problem solving and data analysis with her school-based teams to support teachers, staff and families in making the most appropriate educational decisions regarding academic and social emotional needs. Tiffany also enjoys working with children individually and in small groups to provide counseling services. Her special interests include treatment of anxiety disorders and using mindfulness to teach self-regulation. Tiffany attended UNC-Chapel Hill for her undergraduate studies and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and African American Studies in 2002. She later attended UNC Chapel Hill for her graduate students and earned her Specialist Degree in School Psychology in 2007. Tiffany is currently on the NCDPI Registry of Approved Providers for TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Psychological Services. She serves on the districts TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) team and completes complex psychological evaluations and assessments for students impacted by brain injuries. Tiffany is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Tiffany is a proud mother of two daughters, ages 8 and 10 and two rescue dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, traveling and riding her Peloton.
All Aboard the College Prep Train...Oh, the Places You'll Go! Ms. Sandra Kindell, M.Ed., NBCT Professional School Counselor Current Department Chair Myers Park High School, Student Services Department Graduate of Auburn University and Auburn University Montgomery National Board Certified Counselor 29 years of experience in Education
Regional Protocol Chair Anissa L. Milbourne
Protocol Perfect - JJJOA Do's and Don'ts Meet Anissa L. Milbourne, National Protocol Committee for 2022-2024, Serving as the Mid-Atlantic Region Protocol Chair. She hails from the Spectacular Spartanburg (SC) Chapter and also serves as Chapter VP. RPC Milbourne currently is the Senior Supplier Quality Engineer for Dodge Industrial Company, since 2017. Anissa plays a vital role in providing supplier quality on-boarding, development, oversight, solutions, and defects resolutions. In addition, her community involvement includes Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; Society of Women Engineers (SWE); Black Women in STE(A)M; SAE, International (also known as the Society of Automotive & Aerospace Engineers); American Society of Quality (ASQ); United Way Greenville Leadership Boards; Rainbow Coalition, Member of the NAACP, and North Carolina A&T Alumni Association (SC Upstate Aggies). As a Senior Supplier Quality Engineer, she works further to build relationships with suppliers and key business stakeholders. She daily reviews supplier manufacturing processes that yield conforming material. She also serves on many Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to build inclusiveness into the way Dodge Industrial solves problems and does business. As Member at Large for the Dodge Diamond Strong ERGs, she operates to become a JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion). The word Legacy continually comes to mind when Anissa hears her chapter’s name. She will forever build on the longstanding commitment to do things safely and better and better. The average years of service realized by her fellow mother members is absolutely worth celebrating. How exciting that their chapter is a true example of consistency. Consistent professionalism, problem solving, collaboration, and happy members. It’s the consistency for her!
Ain't Nobody DOPE As Me! Jevelyn Bonner-Reed is the President/Human Capital Management Consultant at Jevi2 Consulting. Jevi2 Consulting supports organizations with human capital management strategy including leadership pipeline development and talent acquisition strategy and execution while also focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion. She previously served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS). She also served as the Principal Pipeline Initiative Project Director and Director of Grant Innovation at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). Prior to joining CMS, Jevelyn was an Associate in Human Capital Management at Goldman Sachs where she was responsible for providing operational efficiency and policy guidance to the Human Capital Management Division and also served as an experience hire recruiter for the Finance Division. Earlier in her career, she was an Associate Director of Admissions at the Kellogg School of Management where she led the development of diversity recruitment strategies. Jevelyn started her career in operations management at 3M and Ford Motor Company where she managed operational optimization projects across multiple divisions and manufacturing facilities. Jevelyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business - University of California at Berkeley. Jevelyn also earned a Master in Educational Leadership from the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems (now incorporated into the Yale School of Management).
Membership Matters LaQuisha is the Vice President, Customer Engagement for AmeriGas. She joined AmeriGas in October 2021. AmeriGas operates the nation’s largest retail propane distribution business. In the role of Vice President, Customer Engagement, LaQuisha is responsible for customer experience transformation, setting the agenda for how the Company interacts with its customers, deeply knowing AmeriGas’ customers and creating value. Prior to joining AmeriGas, LaQuisha was Vice President, Customer Experience for CORIX Group of Companies, Incorporated. She joined Corix in September of 2020 as Director, Customer Experience. She had overall responsibility for implementing cultural processes aligned with Corix’s customer intimacy strategy for regulated US operations. She was responsible for the entire aspect of Customer Experience ranging from policy formulation and implementation, performance standards, objectives, and financial performance. She was quickly named Vice President 8 months after joining the organization. She also served as the leader for the corporation's ED&I initiative and was instrumental in leading the Corporate Advisory Council and developing the EDI Charter. She spent most of her career at Duke Energy and held leadership roles in customer service, engineering, and operations. In 2019, she was promoted to Director of Consumer Affairs, providing strategic direction for the enterprise focused on improving the customer experience and strengthening the Duke Energy brand. In 2018, she was promoted to General Manager, Customer Operations for the largest region responsible for handling 4-9 million voice calls annually for over 3 million customers. LaQuisha is a proud NCA&TSU Engineering alumni. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She has been a member of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated for 9 years. Since joining Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, LaQuisha has served this organization as Foundation Co-Chair, Chaplain, Vice President, Regional Membership Chair and a number of committees to included National Membership Committee and National Digital Cheetah Task Force. LaQuisha and her husband, Thomas have one daughter who is a freshman at North Carolina A&T University.
Dr. Peggy Regic Robinson
Mind Over Matter Dr. Peggy Regis Robinson is a holistic health care provider with over two decades of clinical experience. She uses her expertise in ethnobotany, herbal medicine and acupuncture to heal, educate and empower patients in the greater New York City area, the greater North Carolina area, and around the world. In 2002, she co-founded Cornerstone Healing, a Brooklyn-based private practice that uses Western and Eastern holistic philosophies to treat a wide variety of health conditions. Dr. Robinson treats patients dealing with gastrointestinal problems, asthma, allergies, weight loss, nutrition management, and mental health issues, including anxiety, stress, and addiction. She is known for and specializes in providing techniques that treat dermatological conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, wrinkles, frown lines and bags caused by aging. Dr. Robinson is a trusted practitioner for women with a range of gynecological issues, including problems related to menstrual cycle, fibroids, menopause, fertility, and pain associated with fibromyalgia and migraines. She also provides support for expectant mothers through pre and postnatal care. Inspired by her Haitian heritage and upbringing, Dr. Robinson is deeply committed to integrating activism into her work. Her passion for human rights has motivated her to develop health care programs and treatments that address the needs of underserved communities and populations. As the former Director of the Integrative Wellness program at Greenhope Services for Women, (2003-2017)Dr. Robinson provided holistic health care and counseling to formerly incarcerated women to support their healing process and to empower them to reclaim their lives. She is committed to actively adopting holistic practices derived from her cross-cultural exchanges in the U.S. and abroad, including Sierra Leone, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Robinson has been heralded as a leader in her field and an expert trainer. She is a dedicated member, facilitator, and trainer for Acupuncturist Without Borders where she trains acupuncturist to cultivate relief efforts worldwide. Most recently, Dr. Robinson was awarded the Leah K. Frazier Award, a highly distinguished honor given to individuals demonstrating a relentless commitment to global service. Dr. Robinson is an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist licensed to practice in New York and North Carolina. She received the degrees of Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. A wife and mother of three, Dr. Robinson is devoted to her family, faith, and helping others lead happy, healthy, and proactive lifestyles.
Transform Your Relationship into a Love Affair
Tweet and They Will Come The Irresistible Power of Transparency and Passion Kim Roundtree encourages, inspires and empowers CEOs, executives and organizational leaders to lead with excellence, consistency and passion. Kim is known to be an honest, insightful, sound trainer and speaker. She delivers presentations with a healthy dose of light-hearted humor, encouragement and discernment. Kim consults in the areas of change management/re-organization and personal brand strategy. Kim graduated from Oral Roberts University with her Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy and she's currently completing her Doctorate in Counseling. Kim has been a full-time entrepreneur for almost twenty years and is eager to share her experiences in an effort to help others. Kim is an expert at organizational transformation. You will experience a time of transparency and hope. Kim delivers straightforward, cutting-edge talks in an inviting style that has been described as eloquently passionate. Kim brings over two decades of knowledge, ownership and "natural know how" in mental/behavioral health, organizational leadership and brand creation. Kim is an expert at organizational transformation. You will experience a time of transparency and hope. Kim delivers straightforward, cutting-edge talks in an inviting style that has been described as eloquently passionate. Kim brings over two decades of knowledge, ownership and "natural know how" in mental/behavioral health, organizational leadership and brand creation. Kim has co-owned 6 mental health facilities in Louisiana that she and her partners sold to a prominent inpatient hospital. She is also the co-owner of The Solace Group, a mental health consulting company who provides healthcare management throughout the helping community.
Regional Membership Chair Courtney Telfaire
Membership Matters - New and Season Members Courtney Mack Telfaire and her husband, Darius, have been married for 24 years, and they are the grateful parents of four wonderful gifts from God, 18-year-old MacKenzie and 15-year-old triplets, Madison, Chandler and MacKenna. She has been a member of the Five Star Raleigh-Wake Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated for ten years. This has afforded her the opportunity to attend several Children’s Clusters, Fall Area Workdays and Mothers Conferences hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Region. She has served in many roles on the chapter level including Grade Group Chair, Handbook Chair, Recording Secretary and a two-term Chapter President. She was recently voted as Distinguished Mother of the Year. On the Regional level, she has participated on the Program Committee, Resolutions Committee and as a Five Star Subject Matter Expert for Programming and Chapter Operations. Courtney was recently appointed to the National Membership Committee and will serve as the Regional Membership Chair. Courtney is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and Operations Management. She completed further studies at North Carolina State University where she received a Master’s in Management with a concentration in Management Information Systems. Professionally, Courtney is employed at Cisco as an Operational Excellence Leader. In this position, she leads a team dedicated to consulting, advising, and providing data metrics and analytics to business partners ensuring the successful development and delivery of learning and development programs across Cisco. Keenly interested in civic and community affairs, Courtney served for six years on the Raleigh Appearance Commission, a City Council appointed body whose mission is to provide guidance and leadership in matters of community design and appearance. As a member of the Alpha Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., she has co-chaired the Debutante Ball Program, elected as Vice-President and was a two-term President. She is the immediate past chair of ATO, Inc., a 501c3, a nonprofit charitable arm of the Alpha Theta Omega Chapter. Courtney recently served on the Raleigh Hall of Fame Board as Vice-Chair. Her family is actively involved as members of Watts Chapel Baptist Church in Raleigh. In her spare time, she enjoys desktop publishing, scrapbooking, movie night with family and event planning.