We here at dfoww, Incorporated pride ourselves on being an inclusive opportunities educational, nonprofit charity organization and employer. Inclusion at dfoww, Incorporated is about creating a culture where people’s differences are welcomed!
– dfoww, Incorporated Board of Directors
Ms. Tranika Warner – PRESIDENT
Ms. Tranika Warner is a Northern California native who now resides in Norcross, GA. She is an avid reader, financial literacy proponent, tax teachings advocate and business owner. In California, she remains a board member of a women’s domestic violence non-profit.
Currently, Ms. Warner volunteers her time teaching the importance of financials through her company. Growing up in a military home, her father served in the Air Force. Her mother was a registered nurse and BSN. She is a huge animal lover with a special affinity for dogs. In her free time, she loves to read, study her craft, travel and spend time with family and friends.
After moving to Atlanta, Ms. Warner involved herself in speaking engagements and other events to not only uplift herself but also inspire her community.
Ms. Mercedes Pullum – Treasurer
Ms. Mercedes Pullum was raised in Montgomery, Alabama. She served in the Army National Guard for 8 years in which her leadership, integrity and service became her foundation. Ms. Pullum graduated from Troy University in 2011 earning a degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish.
Ms. Pullum has over 14 years working experience with government and corporate organizations. Her primary job was overseeing critical, sensitive and privileged information as an administrator. Ms. Pullum is the founder and CEO of MCS Financial Services. In her free time, Ms. Pullum enjoys volunteering. She is a proponent of higher education and has a passion for helping underserved individuals and communities expand their reading, writing and communication skills.
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.
Ms. Dulce Nunez – Foreign Language Committee.
Ms. Dulce Nunez is a Honduran native who currently resides in Maryland. She loves to read and help others by engaging in volunteer work. She is an advocate and strongly opposes human trafficking.
Ms. Nunez is a Foreign Language Teacher and teaches middle school students Spanish literature. Dulce believes that her work as an Educator is a contribution to world peace. Her work experience also includes education consulting, violence intervention along with prevention initiatives in her home country.
Dulce is a TESOL certified teacher and has been a field researcher in the Central American region. Dulce holds a bachelor degree in TEFL from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras.
Mr. Rahsaan Norris – Marketing and Social Media Outreach Committee.
Rahsaan Norris is a Metro Detroit native. Having lived there for most of his life, Rahsaan graduated from Southfield Lathrup High School. Continuing his studies, Mr. Norris graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University where he majored in Marketing and Logistics. Rahsaan then earned his Master’s in Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University in March 2020.
Currently, Rahsaan works in Men’s Athletics at the Detroit Athletic Club in Downtown Detroit. Additionally, Mr. Norris works as a Whole Foods Team Member in Birmingham, MI. His future plans include pursuing a career in the field of sports radio/communications while gaining experience as a teacher. Over the past year, Rahsaan has also built a partnership with COTS, a Detroit-based non-profit. During his free time, Rahsaan loves playing golf, reading books and mentoring.
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.
Mrs. Tarrah Jones – Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee.
Mrs. Tarrah Jones is a native of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. As part of a military family, she has traveled worldwide. Mrs. Jones has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years in roles ranging from board leadership to heading a family support nonprofit as an Executive Director. Having served in both volunteer and professional capacities, much of her work has centered on nonprofit fundraising and estate planning.
She has raised millions for a wide variety of nonprofits and businesses but welcomes the quiet solitude that editing and writing brings. She prefers working behind-the-scenes and loves to see others grow and develop their voice and to grow existing organizations with great missions.
She currently has multiple book series and journal projects, as a writer and editor for Chosen Pen Publishing, LLC and is an adult and youth Latin and grammar instructor. Mrs. Jones serves on the board of directors for a local Christian organization, a national domestic violence group, and is a founding board member of both Dominion Christian Academy and the Jones Academy of Golf. She has an educational background in the literary works of Shakespeare, business, and the legal field. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach and playing golf with her husband Nathan and their blended family.
Ms. Cierra Miller – Appropriations Committee.
Cierra L. Miller is a Contracts and Grants Program Specialist who partners with nonprofits and other public sector partners to enhance program and contract administration, increase community involvement, and contribute to substantial program execution. After spending more than 5 years in community outreach, strategic planning, and as a community leader, Cierra focuses on not only creating spaces conducive for collaboration, but also advocates for transparency, authenticity, and kindness.
Cierra is originally from Blackshear, Georgia, a small town in southeast Georgia that prides itself on good food, good company, and unfailing faith. After moving to Atlanta to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a double-minor in Urban Planning and Development and Spanish from Oglethorpe University, she began working for the Division of Child Support Services where she has served as the Grant Program Manager since 2018.
Ms. Danielle Moses – Chairwoman of the Marketing and Social Media Outreach Committee
Trinidad native Danielle Moses was a first-generation American public school student who was quick to realize that culture, background and birthright could sometimes be an unfair determination of future wealth. These perceived inequities are primarily why she promotes equality to break the poverty cycles plaguing young people. Education is her weapon of choice as Moses seeks to evoke a sense of empowerment in the children she encounters.
Moses has worked with the National English Honors Society (NEHS) where she was tasked with helping high-school students edit essays and other academic reports. While she enjoyed supporting the students, she couldn’t help but think she was only assisting those from affluent families. After her stint with NEHS, Moses went on to Georgia State University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
During her enrollment, she also became a faculty member working at the Foundations Department to help effectuate millions of scholarship dollars for underprivileged students. This work enabled those undergraduates to continue, maintain or reinstate their college enrollment. She did this by manually filing over 2,800 memorandums of understanding and endowment agreements to the organization’s internal server. The work was one of the most rewarding jobs of her life, but Moses said she wants to engage in more hands-on methods by working directly with the Atlanta community.
Ms. Regina R. Bryant – Correspondence Committee.
Ms. Regina-Renae Bryant is a registered nurse and U.S. Army veteran residing near Downtown Atlanta GA. She is a caring healthcare advocate with a reputation for developing positive relations and creating a comfortable environment for the people with which she interacts.
Ms. Bryant engages easily in abstract thinking and is adept at problem solving. She has strong organizational, task prioritization and delegation skills. As a fan of the written language, Ms. Bryant understands that there is much to be gained when people learn to utilize words to convey intent. Her interest in dfoww, Incorporated was triggered by the nonprofit’s mission – particularly the portion regarding our, “specific emphasis on helping to improve writing skills and syntax.”
Dr. Marvin E. Johnson – Appropriations Committee.
Dr. Marvin E. Johnson is a Prairie View A&M University lecturer in the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology where his focus is Statistics and Research Methodology. He is also an adjunct engineering professor at San Jacinto College and holds an Ed. D. in Higher Education Leadership from Texas Southern University. His research focused on the employability of African-American engineers and the factors that would make them more marketable and competitive in their careers. He also holds a B. S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and a M. S. in Chemical Engineering from the Missouri School of Science and Technology.
Prior to transitioning into education, Dr. Johnson had a more than 20-year career in several technical and leadership roles. These included stints with Dow Chemical Company as a Continuous Improvement Leader; a Process Engineering Leader at the Coca-Cola Company and an Initiative Delivery Leader at the Procter and Gamble Company.
Outside of the classroom, Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time in his vegetable garden and building up both a publishing and beverage company. His latest project is a non-profit seeking to mentor African-American youth in essential reading, writing and math skills. He actively supports several STEM programs as well. The Greenville, South Carolina native’s background also includes a three-year enlistment in the U. S. Army where he received an honorable discharge. Currently, Dr. Johnson resides in Rosharon, TX with his domestic partner of more than 10 years. He has three sons and one granddaughter.
Ms. Dominique Lambright – Chairwoman of the Teaching Committee. (Co-chair of Development)
Dominique Lambright currently resides in Racine, WI. She is a business owner and substitute teacher in the Racine Unified School District. Dominique has owned DML Editing & Writing successfully for 6 years now, and has worked with over 50 clients. She has a great passion for writing and editing and has been substitute teaching for about a year now as well. Dominique has 2 beautiful daughters that keep her on her toes and grounded. As Dominique progresses in her passion and business she is presented with opportunities to give back and joining, dfoww is one of them.
Dominique attended University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee from Fall 2011 to Winter 2015 and attained her BA in English: Technical/Professional Writing. She loves helping others better understand what she loves, words, structure of writing, and grammar.
Ms. Raeshun Brown – Correspondence Committee.
Ms. Brown has worked for 12 years in management and has also served as a teacher. In addition, Raeshun is a writer, author, fashion and interior designer as well as a motivational speaker. “I believe you have to let the spirit and soul guide you,” Brown says. “Self-love is very powerful!” She is of the belief that people in leadership roles must understand that while they guide and teach others, they can also learn from the students because, “we are all students and God is the teacher. In the process, please don’t forget to enjoy the beauty of life. Don’t just live…EXIST!”
Mr. Dashaune Brown – Appropriations Committee.
Dashaune Brown graduated from Georgia Southern University in December 2018, where he majored in Business Administration. While working towards his degree, Dashaune’s focus was directed towards Operations Management, Logistics and Information Systems. Dashaune also served as the Vice President of Professional Activities for Delta Sigma Pi. In that role, he spearheaded multiple workshops and career events. He also served as the Vice President of Promotions with the Georgia Southern Logistics Association.
As a senior, Dashaune was recruited by J.B. Hunt for the role of Operations Supervisor. During his time there, he assisted with the success of a start-up appliance delivery contract and played a major role in process improvements. In October 2019, he began his journey into software engineering before leaving J.B. Hunt in January 2020 to further his development. Dashaune’s heart for community service began in 2009 when he worked as a mentor with the non-profit organization, Bless God’s Children’s Ministry. He has since been part of multiple community events such as a street/beach clean-up, school carnivals and food bank assistance initiatives.