VOE   Executive Leadership Team

Amber Clark

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Amber Clark, originally a native of Fairfax, Virginia, follows the mantra of "bloom where you are planted".  The best saying she has heard and has adopted personally is "People always want the grass on the other side of the fence, the lush green grass.  The grass you are standing on may not look that great.  It may need a lot of love and work.  But that grass has infinite possibilities, it has nowhere to go but up.  The grass you covet is already the best it will ever be."  This has served her well in her multiple moves, and reinventions of self, as a military spouse. 


Moving to areas where she has known not a single another person outside her family, and sometimes having never even been to the area before moving there, has allowed her to step out of her comfort zone, adapt quickly, become a resource for others and to continue her goal of leaving a place, person, or business better than it was before she came in contact with them, however big or small an improvement.  That was the driving force behind time spent as an ombudsman with the US Coast Guard, providing a link between the command and families as well as information and resources as needed.  Amber's background is in clerical and administrative support of varied sorts.  Naturally empathetic, combined with a degree in sociology and psychology, she is intrigued by human nature and strives to enhance the lives she touches. 

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Janice Jennings

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Janice Mary Holloway Jennings was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a Special Education teacher, Janice has always had a passion for enhancing the quality of life for special needs students. This passion has extended to the Challenges many women face. Janice’s strong Christian background has helped in her personal and professional journey. She is on a mission to inspire, coach and encourage women through their many phases of life Janice Mary Holloway Jennings was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Lolita Horne

Lolita Horne is a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Oxon Hill, Maryland. She participates most often as a member of the liturgical dance ministry.  Lolita has spent her career as a training facilitator and instructional designer. She currently works for the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) as a Program Manager for their learning authoring system. Lolita received her B.A. from Howard University and her M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University. As a hobby, both Lolita and her husband DeJeanette (DJ), are award-winning local theatre/film actors and voice-over artists. She and her husband are blessed to share three adult children and a fur-baby - Bam.

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Shameka Jordan

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Shameka Jordan, an Integrated Marketing Communications Strategist, specializes in planning and implementing results-driven marketing initiatives. She is currently the Director of Marketing at an intelligence industry non-profit organization where she is responsible for event marketing, social media management, branding, and advertising. She has over 15 years of marketing experience in the B2B, B2C and B2G sectors.

 Ms. Jordan is passionate about helping others.  She believes strongly in sharing her time and marketing talent with those who have a great need, but limited resources. Shameka has managed million dollar budgets and strategically planned and successfully implemented websites, social media marketing initiatives, and event marketing strategies.


Shameka was recognized in her current position for her exceptional work on their annual report. She was also chosen during her graduate program capstone to present her outstanding integrated marketing plan to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital officials.


Ms. Jordan serves on the American Society of Association Executives Marketing Council. She is actively involved in church activities to include teaching and various marketing projects. She holds a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University.

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Janelle Hunt

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Janelle Hunt is a native of Wilmington, Delaware, but relocated in October 2012 to the Washington DC area to build a career in IT Security. Janelle later became a Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) to enhance her marketability in the IT Security arena and is now a Senior IT Security Analyst for a leading Fortune 500 company.

Ms. Hunt is passionate about encouraging women of all ethnicities and ignited this passion when she obtained her undergraduate degree in Women Studies. Ms. Hunt feels that, in our daily lives, there are always opportunities to encourage women – at the office, while shopping, at lunch, at church, and the list goes on. From a simple uplifting word to providing a listening ear, Janelle knows that just showing you care can make all the difference. Along the way, Janelle never gave up when faced with trials and tribulations; she remained steadfast with the help of Jesus Christ. Through it all, she continues to inspire woman and shares her testimony with any woman that needs to be enlightened on the goodness of Jesus. Her message is to “walk by faith, not by sight” and encourages women when she shares:  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”. (Galatians 6:9 -NIV)

Stephanie Grissom

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As a loving daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin and sister, Stephanie has been shown the power of being encouraged by the women in her circle.  This knowledge has motivated her to dedicate her life to facilitate the uplifting and upward mobility of African American teens and young adults.

A native of Washington, D.C., Stephanie centralized her focus to African American teens and young adults in the Metropolitan area.   Stephanie works in higher education as an Academic Advisor.  It has been through this career path she has made a huge impact on those in her community.  She strongly advocates for education and the potential success one can achieve with scholastic accomplishments.

Stephanie earned her Master in Public Administration degree from Bowie State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  It is through this membership that she participates in community service and outreach.  She is also a member of Delta Mu Delta Business, Phi Eta Sigma Freshmen, and Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Societies.   

African American literature and female writers are also her inspirations.  Most of her teachings come from her grandmother Lucy who incorporated biblical teaching for everyday life. It is from this combination that Stephanie has aligned her life and is excited to see that synergy come to life by supporting the mission of Voices of Encouragement

Theadora (Teddi) Whitley was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is the granddaughter of the late Rev. James Spearman (Bellmont Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY). Her grandparents were a huge influence in her life growing up. Serving her local community at the early age of 14, she witnessed the power of hope and encouragement when presented with love and compassion. Her grandmother taught her, that prayer changes things! Teddi has taken on this mission to heart and continue to witness lives changed by truth and the power of prayer. Teddi organized the prayer ministry in her local church and provided prayer spa's, led women care groups (bible studies) and assist with teaching leadership prep classes. Out of several years of ministry, Walking In the Truth Ministries (WITT) was birth. A five-fold bible-teaching ministry focused on supporting women by initiating and igniting the truth of God's Word in all situations. Provide support and resources related to domestic abuse. Promote and equip married couples with the courage to move forward and bring healing to their marriages. No matter what the situation, rather it is a story or parable from the bible, or someone sharing their most intimate and many times shameful details of their lives.  Eventually, we come full circle, to the question:  "What is true"?Teddi has worked as an IT Consultant for over 15 years for a major consulting firm. She has a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems and Certified in Knowledge and Data Management consulting."I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth" 3 John 4 (NIV)

Teddi Whitley

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