Advisory Board

 Yvonne Druyeh- Dodd


Yvonne is passionate about helping people and organizations get clear on their mission and what they uniquely bring to the table, to create a presence and brand that attracts exactly the clients and opportunities they seek. She completed her Life & Business Coaching Certification training at the University of Miami and received her bachelor's degree from Oglethorpe University. With a background in psychology, sales, and nonprofit management, Yvonne has over 10 years of experience in marketing, fundraising and development, relationship management, and image and branding. She has worked with everyone from high level executives and entrepreneurs to at-risk youth and families. 





 Elizabeth Estrada  


Elizabeth Estrada serves as the Civic Engagement Manager at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and is based in New York City. Previously, she served as the National Field Coordinator at NLIRH, where she organized to raise the voices of Latinas nationally for policy change at all levels of government on issues that impact their lives, women’s health care and other social justice issues. Elizabeth develops community leadership and is committed to community organizing as a way to build power and win issue campaigns. 

Elizabeth previously served as Program Assistant health promoter for the Lifting Latina Voices Initiative (LLVI) at the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In this capacity, she worked alongside a team of staff and volunteers to provide sexual and reproductive health education to the Latina community. Elizabeth has had the honor of educating over 200 women on many topics relating to sexual and reproductive health.

Elizabeth has developed strong ties in her community through grassroots organizing in the Southern states and plans to continue transferring those skills to the work she is doing with NLIRH. 

 Victoria Ferguson-Young

Victoria_Ferguson-Young_Picture.jpgVictoria Ferguson-Young is the Project Coordinator for The DeKalb County Ending Abuse in Later Life Project, which works to improve victim services and
the systemic response to elder abuse. Victoria has worked in the field of ending domestic violence and violence against women for 9 years. In that time, she
has been an advocate, chaplain, and trainer/facilitator for several local nonprofits including: The Women’s Resource Center, Men Stopping Violence, and the
Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Further, she has worked in the Fulton County criminal justice system as a victim advocate/counselor and DeKalb
County as a compliance officer monitoring respondents of temporary protective orders.

Victoria is an ordained minister and is preparing to launch a specialized training and curriculum to equip faith leaders and their communities to improve their response and prevention efforts surrounding gender-based violence. Victoria graduated with a B.A. from Howard University and a M.Div. from the Interdenominational Theological Center. She currently resides in Atlanta with her husband, Roberto, and toddler son, Roberto, Jr.

Jhana Grant

Jhana_Grant.jpgJhana Grant - Scott is the Co-founder Operations Manager of Scott Gordon LLC, a mediation company offering development services for Events and Performing Artists. She has over 12 years of experience in production, programming, artistic direction and event planning. Some of her past and present clients include:
Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective, The Atlanta Funk Society, The City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, The Atlanta Dogwood Festival, The National Black Arts Festival, The Pan African Film Festival, Afropunk, and more. She is also vested in community-based organizations with social empowerment missions and donates her time to those efforts. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Oglethorpe University and currently resides in Atlanta, GA.





 Cashauna Hill

Cashauna_Hill.jpgCashauna Hill has served as Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center since April 2015.

At GNOFHAC, Cashauna leads a team of 15 fair housing advocates and directs their work throughout Louisiana to eradicate housing discrimination and its harmful effects. Social justice activism, community organizing, policy advocacy, and political engagement have shaped Cashauna's experiences. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Tulane Law School.






 Christi Ketchum

Christi_Ketchum.JPGThroughout her career she has worked with several organizations and networks focusing on the advancement of Black Women, Reproductive Justice, Dismantling Oppression, Prison Industrial Complex and Social Justice. Currently, she is the founder of Our Rightful Place, a network for Black Women to come together for
positive dialogue, sharing experience/stories, building strong relationships, and creating an open and safe space for Black Women & Girls to become better leaders, mothers, allies, friends and WOMEN. The major project of Our Rightful Place, is the Sacramento Sister Circle, boasting an active membership of over
2,500 black women over the age of 18 online, a Leadership Team of 11 brilliant & committed women, and an active group of approximately 50 women who gathers once per month on the third Sunday at various locations throughout the greater
Sacramento area.




 Andrea Lynch

Andrea_Lynch.JPGAndrea Lynch is an independent consultant for non-profit, social justice, and philanthropic organizations. Her consulting practice ( is aimed at providing a blend of programmatic, communications, coaching, and organizational development support to activists, grant-makers, and leaders seeking to work more sustainable, strategical, and effective—particularly for
people and organizations who seek to strengthen their work from an intersectional perspective.

Prior to launching her consulting practice, Andrea was a program officer at the Foundation for a Just Society, where she played a key role in developing the foundation’s programs and oversaw grant-making to organizations seeking to advance the rights of marginalized women, girls, and LGBTQI people in the Southeastern US and Francophone West Africa. She has over 15 years of professional experience with grant-making, program development, fundraising, and communications, and is committed to supporting intersectional approaches to social justice and human rights that place the leadership and priorities of women,
young people, LGBTQ people, and people of color at the center of the change process. Based in Brooklyn, she has also lived and worked in France, England, and Nicaragua.

Dara Mendez

Dara_Mendez.JPGDara Mendez, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She has over 15 years of research experience in the areas of health disparities, epidemiology, maternal and child health, and social determinants of health. She earned her MPH and PhD at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology and her BA in Sociology/Anthropology at Spelman College.

Her research focuses on the intersection between stress, neighborhood contexts, intersectionality, and institutional racism as key in understanding racial/ethnic disparities in pregnancy and birth outcomes. She applies a variety of methods including epidemiologic methods, mobile-technology, geospatial approaches, community-partnered approaches, and qualitative methods in her work. Her work has been funded by the Aetna Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, and the NIH.
Dr. Mendez has served as a member of the Infant Mortality Strategic Planning Committee for Allegheny County, PA, which was developed to address current health disparities in infant mortality and preterm birth. She mentors and advises high school and college students interested in health careers through the Investing NOW Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She was the immediate past Chair and recent outgoing member of the Board of Directors for the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN).

Keely Monroe

Keely_Monroe.jpgKeely Monroe serves as Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy Initiative at Alliance for Justice. She consults with and trains nonprofit organizations on the rules and strategies for legal and effective advocacy, including lobbying, election-related activity, and ballot measure advocacy.

Keely currently serves on the National Board of Directors for Sexuality Information Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) and as an Advisory Board Member of the All Above All Action Fund. She was also named a 2015 CoreAlign Generative Fellow.

Keely holds a B.A. from Fordham University and graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2011. She is licensed by the State Bar of California.




Folami Saunders-Sane

Folami_Sanders-Sane.jpgFolami Saunders-Sane is an Entrepreneur passionate about maintaining the legacy of Natural Hair. Her daily drive is to create new industry standards that will propel Natural Hair into the global conversation. Folami's new venture Defa Taaru salon focuses on Black women's health crisis in relationship to scalp distress and hair loss. Prior to starting her own salon, Folami was Executive Manager and Creative Director of the world renown Locks N Chops Natural Hair Authority Corp , where she produced compelling, artistic and avant-garde hair styles.

She set Locks N Chops standard for natural hair and healthy living practices for clients as well as managed and trained stylist over the course of 15 years. Beyond the Natural hair industry, Folami's commitment to the well-being of women and young people extends to her service as Chair of the Board of the Rockaway YMCA at Auvergne, NYC. She holds a BA in Anthropology from York College with a research focus on "Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors in Black Women and their Experience with Racism."



Malika Whitley

Malika_Whitley.jpgMalika founded ChopArt while living in Cape Town, South Africa and working as a music studio Marketing Assistant. Her love for travel led her to her realizing her purpose of empowering communities. Malika is a graduate of Oglethorpe
University in Atlanta, GA and has worked on five different continents within the international marketing, arts curation and social enterprise industries. Malika's programs have been publicly recognized by the governments and business leaders
of Hyderabad, India; Cape Town, South Africa; and London, England. She has nine years of experience in the arts nonprofit space and has run ChopArt since founding it in 2010.
As an advocate for youth and the arts, Malika has dedicated herself to the development of her community through inclusion in creative and meaningful ways. She has been featured as Atlanta Tribune’s “Young, Gifted and Black” entrepreneur, Creative Loafing’s “20 People to Watch”, C4 Atlanta Women’s month series, Oglethorpe University’s Carillion Magazine, and has been nominated for a WILDE award amongst other honors and mentions. 
Under her leadership, Malika has helped ChopArt reach 27,000 homeless youth in
shelters and in unaccompanied homeless circumstances in Atlanta, New Orleans, Ghana, and India. Major programs include year around in-shelter programs, overnight summer camps in India and Atlanta, art shows, and street outreach. In her spare time, Malika enjoys attending
events around Atlanta, volunteering with community organizations and spending time with her family.


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