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Lorna Campbell Clarke
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Lorna is a firm believer unto whom much is given, must is required and based on this biblical principle is determined to give of her time, talent and treasure in many years of volunteer board service to Heritage Fellowship Church, Loudoun Hunger Relief and the Loudoun County Chamber. In 2013, Campbell Clarke was recognized as One of Six Business Women to Watch in Loudoun by Loudoun Times-Mirror and in 2015 named as One of Sixteen Women to Watch in Loudoun by Loudoun Business Journal. Lorna Campbell Clarke currently manages a portfolio of global non-profit organizations for the Federal government's workplace giving campaign at Christian Service Charities. She has a wealth of experience within the organization's management and non-profit industry, having held positions within the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, Knight Solutions, Red Cross and MAGIC International. As the founder and CEO of Steadman Alexander Public Relations, Campbell Clarke launched a marketing and strategic communications firm for the sole purpose of supporting start-ups and non- profit agencies in business areas from social media management to strategic plan development by combining a full complement of strategic thinking and best practices to inspire and support business goals and marketing strategies. Lorna resides in Ashburn, Virginia with her husband Winfred and daughter, Mia.
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Creating & Providing Birthday Parties for Homeless Children
After learning that more than 2,000 children live in homeless shelters throughout the Washington, D.C. area, it was the “extra special feeling” Schinnell Leake felt a birthday party brought to the ordinary moments in the life of a child that lead her to establish Extra-Ordinary Birthdays in 2010. As Founder and Executive Director Schinnell heads Extra-Ordinary Birthdays, the only organization of its kind in the capital area that throws personalized birthday parties for homeless children to make them feel recognized and valued. EOB brings the simple joy of birthday parties to homeless children from babies to teens in shelters in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia each month shining a light on homeless children and honoring them for who they are despite their circumstances.
Schinnell was one of 10 women selected as an honoree from 6,000 women across the country for L’oreal Paris’ Women of Worth Award and became the 2015 National Honoree after receiving a record number of votes. L’oreal Paris Women of Worth Award recognizes extraordinary women making a difference in their communities which gave Schinnell the platform to create the Extra-Ordinary Moms (EOM) Program, a recognition program for homeless mothers with the purpose of inspiring and motivating their self-worth through positive reinforcement, personal development, and membership in a supportive community.
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Elisa-Ruth Nelson is passionate about empowering people to be their best selves. Leveraging well-honed leadership, communication, and planning skills gained through a successful career in human resources and management with the federal government, she knows how to affect positive change at both individual and organizational levels.
Growing up in Alaska, often referred to as the “Land of the Midnight Sun,” afforded Ms. Nelson with unique experiences, which included viewing the spectacular aurora borealis, fishing and hunting with her father, enjoying summer midnight bike rides, and taking private music and dance lessons. Alaska’s lack of daylight during the winter months propelled her to seek consistent self-development and learning opportunities throughout her youth and into adulthood.
Her passion for learning and people led Ms. Nelson to a career in public service, starting out with the Department of Justice – Bureau of Prisons and currently serving as an HR Professional for the Department of Army where she facilitates large-scale leadership development programs and leads employee engagement initiatives. In this role, she oversaw the Emerging Enterprise Leader Program in 2017/2018, which provided leadership development opportunities for 64,000 civilians and culminated in 24 commands earning a leadership certification. Recently (October 2018), Ms. Nelson accepted an exceptional opportunity with the Department of Treasury, leading their Human Resources Accountability Program.
Ms. Nelson earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications from Wilberforce University and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University. She also completed certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the HR Certification Institute.
In addition to her work in training & development and her educational credentials, she also volunteers as a mentor for Point of Return, a nonprofit that helps people safely withdraw from addictive medications. Here, she counsels people one-on-one and provides encouragement and motivation to continue on the path to health and wellness. Beginning March 2018, Ms. Nelson sits on the Board of Advisors for Voices of Encouragement, an organization that empowers women to build a brighter future.
Daily, Elisa-Ruth Nelson practices the mantra “Challenge the Status Quo” in both her personal and professional life. She is driven to help others overcome fears and roadblocks and inspire them to meet their goals.
Dwayne Renal Sims
A District of Columbia native, Dwayne Renal Sims, has been an advocate for youth since 1978 when he founded the Tri-rose Foundation. He has sponsored events for youth to showcase their talents without having to compete as well as other youth outreach events. He has co-founded the Raynal Tucker Foundation named after the young girl who was bitten by Rottweilers in Capitol Heights, MD and the Precious Thomas Fund for the young lady who was born HIV positive and was adopted by her mother not knowing of her health situation. He is the Co-Founder, along with Albert McLeod Bethune, Jr. of the Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Continuation Foundation to preserve the rich legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune who advised 5 U.S. Presidents on Negro policies. Dwayne continues to share a positive experience with our youth by sponsoring Former Harlem Globetrotters who put on a showcase at Prince George’s College, for which he donated 1000 tickets to youth organizations and 4 of his adopted Elementary schools. He has had several other projects sponsored by his personal outreach to the community through the Tri-Rose Foundation as well.
Dwayne’s childhood dream came true when he was Executive Producer of the Black Women’s Legacy starring Esther Rolle, Marla Gibbs, Tonia Stewart, and Phyliss Stickney at the Historic Lincoln Theater in the District of Columbia. Dwayne invited several youths from Brown Elementary school as his special guests to the play. He was able to spend some quality time with both Esther and Marla whom he took to visit one of his adopted schools, Forestville Elementary in Prince George’s County, MD.
In the year of 2003, he took on a new endeavor that has become part of his passion the Negro League Legends Hall of Fame (www.nllhof.org). As Founder and CEO, he has been involved with several events, sponsored personally, to share the rich untold story of players from the Colored Professional and Negro Leagues in American Baseball History. The foundation has donated over 15,000 tickets to the annual event to military families, youth and community advocacy organizations, etc. He has a collection in the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum’s Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia exhibit and also the Washington Historical Society. His latest book, “Negro Leagues” features photographs of these games at Griffith Stadium and are the first to be presented in a publication.
His charitable mission is “We must support our youth path to success, for if we don’t, they will not maybe fail. Mr. Sims believes “It’s not what you have done, it’s what are you doing now?”
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Published works of Art by renowned artist John Holyfield’s “Family Reunion” which commemorates, the National Council of Negro Women’s (NCNW) Black Family Reunion, 10th-anniversary celebration. Dwayne is also a lifetime member of the National NCNW.