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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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TIFFANY MCGEE

President & Founder

Tiffany founded Survivor Ventures in 2018 and has been involved in Counter Human Trafficking initiatives for over a two decades.  As a Department of Defense Intelligence Analyst, Tiffany served on anti-trafficking task forces in Embassies throughout Africa and Europe. More recently, Tiffany helped stand up the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force, in which she was responsible for the design and supervision of human trafficking victim services.

In addition to Survivor Ventures, Tiffany is owner of Chelsea Consulting Group, a grant writing firm that hires and trains survivors of trafficking to be grant writers and Development Directors.

Tiffany has a M.A. in Peace Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from the American Military University, a post-graduate degree in Gender and Transformation from the University of Cape Town's African Gender Institute and a B.A. from Ohio University in African Affairs.

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COURTNEY SESSOMS

Secretary, Lived Experience Expert

Courtney is the Youth Programs and Office Manager at Black BRAND, the Black Chamber of Commerce for Virginia's Hampton Roads and Dan River Regions

 

A former constituent to numerous nonprofits serving survivors of abuse and trauma, Courtney is keenly aware and personally invested in nonprofit fiscal responsibility. 

A Survivors to Entrepreneurs program graduate, Courtney is formulating a nonprofit to serve at-risk youth and single mothers.  Previous to this, Courtney owned and operated her own hair business and single-handedly spearheaded Survivor Ventures furniture donation apparatus, furnishing dozens of survivor-led homes.

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LEONARD CONYERS

Director

Leonard Conyers is CEO and Founder of Prison 2 Promise and leads Outreach for Alabaster Box, a food pantry in Wilmington Delaware. 

 

He is involved in leadership roles with the Community Impact Ministry and Praise and Worship Ministry.

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PARIS FRENCH

Director

Paris, a junior in high school, stands out as a multi-faceted individual whose advocacy, outdoor adventures, and musical endeavors make a significant impact.

 

As a youth advocate, Paris's compelling voice and activism resonate strongly within the school community, addressing important generational issues. An environmental enthusiast, Paris is deeply involved in conservation efforts, enjoying and preserving nature's splendors. In the realm of music, as a choir member, Paris expresses creativity and unity through performance.

 

Balancing these passions, Paris harbors ambitions of joining the FBI, driven by a profound dedication to justice and public service. This combination of interests and aspirations marks Paris as a young individual with a dedication to fostering positive change and leaving a lasting impression through advocacy, environmentalism, music, and a commitment to national service.

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Monique Harps

Director

Monique a Realtor for eXe Realty in Virginia Beach where she develops, executes and manages strategies to reach and educate clients navigating the real estate transaction process.  She supports first-time homeowners through specialized programs and has helped Survivor Ventures participants start the NACA process.

 

Monique is also a Supply Chain Manager with 10+ years of experience and expertise in developing and implementing projects and systems to streamline processes and cut costs up to $6.6M.

 

She is a US Air Force Reservist and holds an MBA from Texas Christian University and a BA from American University.

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PATRICK MCGEE

Director

Patrick is a Managing Director for a private equity company specializing on healthcare innovations.

Prior to his current work, Patrick was a Program Manager at Microsoft and a consultant at Deloitte.  The majority of Patrick's professional career, however, was spent in the US Navy as a Navy SEAL where he completed 11 combat deployments and was the recipient of several personal and unit awards including the Bronze Star for heroism in combat (twice).

Patrick holds a MBA from the UVA's Darden School of Business and a Bachelors from Amherst College.  

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TARA JONES

Vice President

Tara Jones is the Vice President Commercial Relationship Manager at Fulton Bank.

Tara Jones has been in the banking industry for over 23 years. She joined Fulton Bank, N.A in 2006.  She has spent a vast amount of her banking career working with entrepreneurs and small business owners.


Tara is active in the community and has volunteered her time to the Food Bank, United Way, and SCORE. She currently holds a board seat with Virginia Beach Chamber of Commerce, Survivor Ventures, and the Regional Steering Committee for BANK ON Hampton Roads.  Tara was appointed to the Virginia Beach Minority Business Council in 2022. 

 

Tara graduated from Virginia Tech and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. She is a proud graduate of LEAD Hampton Roads in 2020 aka ‘Best Class Ever”.

Tara has made Hampton Roads her home for the last 16 years. She is a proud parent of two grown children.

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TYLER CARRELL

Treasurer

Tyler is the Large Loss Claims Specialist for the Central Atlantic Region for Nationwide Insurance Company covering losses throughout Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.  

 

Previous to this, he was a legal assist where he gained experience working with Columbus, OH-based judges, attorneys, healthcare providers and governmental agencies.  Tyler is eager to help Survivors to Entrepreneurs expand to the Columbus market.

Tyler has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the Ohio State University.

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AYANNA KHAN

Director

Ayanna Khan is a trailblazing leader and entrepreneur, serving as the president and CEO of the Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce (DEBCC), an organization she founded in 2020 to champion the Black business community in Delaware.

 

With a finance background from a decade-long tenure at a prominent Dow 30 tech company and her own consulting firm established in 2015, Ayanna has leveraged her experience to tackle the challenges facing Black-owned businesses. Her visionary approach has led to the DEBCC's rapid growth, establishing it as a vital advocate for minority businesses through strategic partnerships, educational initiatives, and advocacy.

 

Beyond the DEBCC, she is a revered community figure and speaker, dedicated to economic development and business diversity, while also committed to mentorship and philanthropy within her community.

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Kimberly Jackson

Director

Kimberly brings over 15 years of healthcare industry experience to her role as Executive Director at United Community Solutions, where her passion for mental health and wellness translates into delivering innovative solutions. She oversees operations, staff, and stakeholder engagement, upholding quality care, compliance, and advocacy.

 

With a strong background in healthcare strategy, project management, and auditing, particularly in Medicare, Medicaid, Managed Care, and behavioral health, Kimberly has implemented a "Mental Health Skill Building" program to support adults and youths during the pandemic. She manages policy development, supervises five direct reports, and has previous experience in managed care coordination and consulting.

 

Kimberly, who holds a master's degree in marriage and family therapy/counseling, is a registered mental health professional and certified substance abuse counselor.

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Kathleen McKee

Director

Professor Kathleen A. McKee is the Director of Experiential Education and the Civil Litigation Clinic at Regent University School of Law, where she imparts courses on General and Family Mediation, and International Human Trafficking Law, while also actively engaging with the local legal aid program and anti-human trafficking boards.

 

Before her law career, she worked in education for governmental and non-profit bodies, including a US House of Representatives subcommittee.

 

At Regent, she integrates multidisciplinary expertise from other graduate schools and utilizes student GAs for action research, benefiting low income households through legal advice on civil matters in collaboration with community and government entities.

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BRYCE FENDER

Director

Bryce is President & Co-Founder of Wilminvest, an organization that increase the self-sufficiency, health, and happiness of families in Delaware by providing reliable housing, connections to social resources, and support from the community.

 

With life-long involvement in social entrepreneurship, Bryce uses his experience in leadership, organization building, design thinking, and collective impact to build Wilmivest’s portfolio, create experimental housing models, and collaborate with both investors and housing agencies.

 

As a graduate of the University of Delaware, his knowledge of the Delaware market is far-reaching.

 

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