Board of Directors


Board of Directors

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Nicole Etheridge works for CNN based in the network’s world headquarters Atlanta, Georgia.   As part of the CNN HR team, she provides strategic advice on a variety of employment matters.

Prior to CNN, she spent 10 years as an International Human Resources Business Partner with CARE. In this role, she partnered with employees in Africa and the Middle East.  This experiencegave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life one program at a time.

Nicole graduated cum laude from Grambling State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

A Cape Verdean from Rhode Island, she currently resides in Atlanta with her husband, James Jr. and their son, James III.  She enjoys spending time with family & friends, volunteering with youth sports, mentoring young girls, and traveling.

Veda Barrett is the president of Professor B Math.  A math contextual teaching methodology that has reach every state in the union and as positively impacted the learning of math for thousands of children.

With more than 2 decades of women’s ministry under her belt, Veda is doing what she loves best, mentoring women in her own straight-forward and humorous way.

Veda believes in the awesomeness of women to impact their world.  She has 2 sons and 2 grandchildren, and resides in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.

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Ashleé Lindo Ansah is an Atlanta-based digital marketer, whose experience spans across many industries from entertainment to consumer packaged goods to agriculture. Currently she serves as the Digital Marketing Manager of AGCO Corporation, where she leads global social media strategy.

With a decade in the field, Ashleé has led social media strategic and management efforts, creative conception and influencer campaigns for some incredible brands such as Minute Maid, Ashton Woods, WEtv, Cheribundi and more. Ashleé holds a dual Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Electronic Media Arts and Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

A self-proclaimed imported Georgia peach, Ashleé loves trying new restaurants with her husband, spending time with her family & friends, and participating philanthropic initiatives.

Thyrsa M. Gravely is a seasoned strategic management and implementation professional with a hybrid combination of consulting, operations, as well as program and project management experience.

Thyrsa is an independent consultant who assists companies with business operations, strategic initiatives and project management. Previously, she led the Sales Support Operations team at E*TRADE Financial Corporate Services and served in roles with Deloitte’s IT Services Operations which included relationship management, strategy, operations and process improvement.

Before Deloitte, she was Pro Business Operations Manager at The Home Depot. One of her many accomplishments in this position was the design and roll-out of a loyalty program and website which generated $1 billion in sales.

In her volunteer work, Thyrsa serves on the board of advisors of Synchronicity Theatre. She has also served on the boards of local chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Black Data Processing Associates and National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), as well as led committees of IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF). Her accolades include Member of the Year of the Metro New York Chapter or NBMBAA, ITSMF Management Associate of the Year and a finalist for Suzi Bass Awards’ Volunteer of the Year.

Thyrsa holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Howard University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance & Marketing from Clark Atlanta University.

 

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Rev. Dr. Tar-U-Way Richard Allen Bright, Sr. serves as the Senior Pastor of Turner Chapel AME.  He maintains extensive pastoral, administrative and ministerial duties. Rev. Dr. Bright says his personal mission is easily summed up by the undeniable and unequivocal fact that he is no accident or coincidence in God’s cosmic order of things (Jeremiah 1:5Psalm 139:13-15). He is destined and uniquely positioned to make a difference where God has positioned him (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

Rev. Dr. Bright is an avid runner, enjoys working out daily, reading, dancing and playing with his two children. In his leisure time, Rev. Dr. Bright loves to play hymns on the organ. Rev. Dr. Bright’s joyous attitude is contagious. He never lacks a big smile or joyful laugh. Rev. Bright says his favorite bible verse is Psalm 27:4 because he strives to be like David – a worshipper that desires only one thing; to behold God’s beauty and dwell in the presence of God all the days of his life.

Rev. Dr. Bright is a proud native of Liberia, West Africa. He is the son of The Rev. Canon J. Jellico Bright (a retired Episcopal Priest) and Mrs. Eliatha K. Bright. Rev. Bright attended the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a Bachelor of Theology Degree with honors. In 2001, he graduated with honors and awards with a Master of Divinity in Theology and Homiletics from the Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2008, he received his Doctor of Ministry Degree also with honors from the ITC in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rev. Dr. Bright is married to the beautiful Mrs. Retta “Sugarpea” Bright and they are the proud parents of Tar-U-Way Jr. and lovely, TaRetta Melody.

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