Ms. Errica Blount – PRESIDENT and Chairwoman of the Teaching Committee (Co-chair of Development)
Errica Blount is a Public Relations Consultant who partners with other brands to grow their personal and professional brands, human-to-human. After spending about 3 years working in social media, media coverage and PR and marketing for startups as an intern, Errica knows what truly drives conversions, amazing reviews and significant growth within brands. It’s how well you’re able to connect with others and communicate your understanding back to them to ensure that both parties are on one accord.
Errica has extensive experience in writing and communication. She’s landed much coverage for broadcast and online outlets, including Chicks Into Sports and SportChirp. Her articles have been featured in their blogs accordingly. In addition to her extensive PR and marketing experience, Errica is a social media management expert, with proven growth.
Errica holds a bachelor degree in Communications and English from Oglethorpe University and a Master’s degree in Communications and Public Relations from Southern New Hampshire University.
Dr. Shatasha Cole Ed.D. – Vice President and Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee
Dr. Shatasha Lenise Cole currently resides in Grand Island, NY. Dr. Cole is a School Social Worker for Buffalo Public School District at East Community High School. She is a mentor to students at East Community High School, a virtual mentor for Icouldbe.org, and to college
students in partnership with Say Yes Buffalo. She is also a co-facilitator of Word of Life’s Victory Over Addictions (VOA) ministry empowering and teaching women who have substance abuse history.
Dr. Cole is originally from Niagara Falls, NY. She has a Doctorate degree from Argosy University in counseling psychology. She also holds a Master’s degree in social work from University at Buffalo.
For over 15 years, she has worked in a variety of settings including Child Protection Services for the Department of Child and Family Services in Atlanta, GA, Supervised Visitation and Preventive Services for Catholic Charities of Buffalo, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program in Seattle, WA, and Social Worker for Hospice Buffalo.
She has dedicated her life and career to serving youth and their families. She believes every youth can be a change agent within their community through mentorship, a vision, and a personal/team plan to execute. In her spare time, she writes on her newly established blog titled Hope Reigns, she takes online educational courses to expand her knowledge in the area of social work and psychology, and spends time with family and friends.
Ms. Bernadette M. Turner – Appropriations Committee
Ms. Turner attended Stark State College in Ohio where she studied Psychology. Bernadette is an avid reader and loves books.
For over twenty-five years, through various State agencies, she has volunteered her time providing supportive services to senior citizens and veterans. Ms. Turner is actively involved in fundraising for nonprofit organizations and is a proponent for higher education.
Ms. Yhillisia Townsend – Chairwoman of the Correspondence Committee. (Correspondence Chair)
Ms. Yhillisia Townsend resides in Niagara Falls, New York. Yhillisia is an avid reader and a literary advocate. She has volunteered for nonprofit organizations and is currently a volunteer for the Niagara Falls, New York Public School System.
Yhillisia is a mentor to underprivileged youth and volunteers her time assisting low income families secure resources to satisfy their food insecurity challenges. Currently she works with the elderly and disabled seniors residing in her community. Ms. Townsend loves to bring smiles to others. Yhillisia is completing her bachelor degree at Bryant and Stratton College.
Lilien Exposito Pomares is a graduate student at the University of West Georgia, where she is obtaining her Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Business Intelligence and Cybersecurity. She has also obtained her Bachelor’s of Business Administration at the University of West Georgia in Accounting and Finance,with a minor in Spanish. Lilien graduated from UWG in 3 years. During this time she was involved heavily on campus from being a university ambassador, tour guide, peer tutor and holding 3 executive board positions; one of them being the Treasurer of her co-ed fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity.
Lilien and her family are Cuban; she was actually born on the island and moved to the US at the age of 8, making her bilingual in Spanish and English. In her free time, she loves to go on hikes, read poetry, travel, and spend time with her family and friends. Lilien is a certified digital literacy expert, including most Microsoft Office programs; she has showcased her research work on artificial intelligence at the annual Scholars’ Day at UWG. Lilien loves to give back, by working with minorities and underprivileged communities, ever since she worked closely with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at UWG. For 3 consecutive years, she was a part of the student panel for the Hispanic Track during the university’s Preview Day. In this track and in her role as a tour guide, she encouraged Hispanic students to think about college and the benefits that come with it; as well as all the resources that are available to minorities.
Mr. Winfred Jerrod Moore Jr – Appropriations Committee
Mr. Winfred Jerrod Moore Jr. currently resides in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Moore is an educator and he teaches at Forest Meadow Junior High School. Mr. Moore is also a Coach. He is originally from Ruston, Louisiana. He graduated from Grambling State University with a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and he is a Disabled Veteran of the first Gulf War.
For over 25 years, he has worked with various juvenile justice agencies serving the youth of Louisiana and Texas. In 2001, he was named the Facility Administrator of the Year for his work overseeing the operations of a 96-bed secure facility for young men ages 13-18 in Dallas, Texas. In 2018, he was awarded Teacher of the Year for his dedication and commitment to his students, school and the local community. Winfred has dedicated his life to serving and helping the youth of Dallas and surrounding areas.
Mr. Lorando Lockhart – Chairman of the Editing Committee (Editor-In-Chief)
Lorando started writing early in life having been taught how to spell before he entered kindergarten. His introduction to the written language began with his aunt teaching him how to spell his name when he was about four-years-old. From there, he quickly learned to spell everyone’s name in his grandmother’s house. While his older cousins were at school, he began reading books he found around the house.
By the time he was in elementary school, his teachers were encouraging his gifts. Throughout middle and high school, Lorando would become a member of the newspaper and yearbook staff where he had the opportunity to sharpen his writing skill. When he entered college at Claflin University, Lorando knew he would major in English. He was taken under the wing of Vivian Glover, a former NBC Field Producer who further pushed the him to learn as much as he could about sentence construction and the storytelling arts. He took the craft seriously and graduated before joining The Greenville News as a staff writer. Lorando would go on to cover several small cities within Greenville South Carolina, During his 10-year tenure, he covered city government, elections, the local police beat and entertainment.
Following his journalism career, Lorando went on to become owner and Head Writer of L. Lockhart Writing Services. In this capacity, he wrote, procedures for banks, edited books and created work instructions and website content for local start ups. He just completed editing his eighth book and is currently working on his first novel. He also splits his time between Atlanta, Georgia and Greenville, South Carolina as a technical and proposal writer. Lorando has spent the past 20 years working as a professional writer and is now looking for opportunities to teach others the craft he learned so many years ago. While he understands writing is not everyone’s passion, he does realize the importance of knowing how to correctly express and document thoughts through the written word.