Meet The Board
Jhaismen Collins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked within the child welfare field by investigating, advocating, training, and mentoring for over 20 years. As an ordained minister, she also works with a statewide organization, Encourage the Heart, to empower, uplift and inspire women in different facets of their lives. Jhaismen continues to work daily with the mindset of “reach one, teach one” and embodies the true character of a mentor.
Lindsay Gong is a Private Equity Associate at KKR, where she focuses on investments in Technology companies. Prior to joining KKR, she worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) group at Credit Suisse, where she helped execute over $60 billion of M&A transactions. She also has prior experience in investment advisory and financial planning. Lindsay is a DMV native, and is very passionate about helping youths in underserved communities develop key life skills, explore educational and career opportunities, and achieve their full potential.
Cyscy Valenzuela is an experienced human service and administrative support professional. She has demonstrated history in Case Management, Bilingual Communications, and Mental Health Counseling. Her interpersonal skills make her adept in building and maintaining positive relationships with personnel. Being bilingual helps her serve a diverse population and further strengthens her lifelong purpose of helping others to accomplish their goals.
Kim is a nationally certified human resources practitioner skilled in staffing, project management, and talent acquisition. She's provided client-centered human resources services to large public sectors and Fortune 500 organizations. She has a heart for service and works with clients as a certified grief coach. She is committed to empowering youth by providing employment opportunities and mentoring.
Jeffery Williams is the CEO of WPJ Construction LLC, and the Director of Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ. As an Architect and Licensed General Contractor with the State of Florida, Jeffery has managed over $200 million in large construction projects over the course of his 15 year career. He specializes in financial planning, asset acquisition, budgeting, customer service, vision establishment, and execution. Jeffery possesses extreme passion for developing communities and individuals to achieve progressive sustainability.
Yvette Nicholson is the founder of YvettEvents & Company, an event planning company specializing in corporate events, conferences, seminars, retreats, beauty & fashion productions, and more. She is also part of Women on the Rise-Orlando, a women’s empowerment organization and one of the founders of Orlando Women Networking (OWN). Both organizations believe in community outreach which Yvette is an active participant of.
Kiersten is a senior certified human resources professional with expertise in leadership, professional development, performance management, compensation, and recruitment and retention. Specializing in the non-profit sector, Kiersten has served organizations in this field for over 15 years. She has a passion for serving the community and uplifting the youth in Prince George’s County.
Tia is a skilled operations professional who has cultivated her passion for building people-centered systems and processes through work with nonprofits, government organizations, public and private schools. She currently leads Operations at a Title I public elementary school in Washington, DC. Tia is dedicated to building equitable pathways to just education, economic resiliency, and mental and emotional wellbeing for young people. She finds that working with youth is the most engaging and energizing career there is and is lucky to have the opportunity to continuously teach and learn from them.