About the Founder

Curriculum Vitae

My mission is to promote family-centered care pervasively. Through advocacy efforts, the goal is to promote and support campaigns that include family leaders as key decision makers on the language, strategy and community action steps. In terms coaching, the CHI Parent Coaching Model is developed out of my lived experiences of what worked for me as a parent effectively navigating the local systems of care (especially education and healthcare) as well as through several evidence based tools learned through several training and certification programs, including earning a Certificate in Early Intervention from the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. And for business consulting, through program management, project design and policy analysis, I support government agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses improve internal understanding of disabilities and apply innovative and equitable solutions to augment services to persons with disabilities across the lifespan. Utilizing this family-centered framework, I am particularly interested in helping direct service-based entities discover sustainable and lucrative solutions to meet the needs of a diverse client and customer base, promoting diversity, equity and inclusion to discover systems solutions to adhering to federal and local policies that promote the rights of person with disabilities.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE

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CHI BORNFREE, LLC

Founder and Principal Consultant, January 2016 – Present

  • Facilitate a wide-range of workshops and trainings – ex. “Bridging the Gap between Science and Passion” (The Foundation Center, Washington, DC); “The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Truama-Informed Care” (Special Needs Subcommittee, DC Office of the Health Care Ombudsman and Bill of Rights)
  • Curriculum design for short term public education programs – ex. “Parent Ambassador Training – Early Childhood Intervention Café” (Advocates for Justice and Education); “She the People Politics Camp” (Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation, National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, Capital Area)
  • Research projects – ex.  Shea Yeleen, Inc. (research for the CEO’s participation in President Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa), Participant Action Research (SPACES in Action)
  • Community event coordination – ex. “Young Athletes Program” (Special Olympics DC); “Stakeholder Learning Community” (George Washington University Milken School for Public Health, Center for Health and Health Care in Schools)
  • Misc. duties for other clients: Project management, general advice and counsel, organizing tasks, for contract projects
  • Other services: Public speaking, caregiver coaching, book making project

2GETHER INTERNATIONAL – DISABILITY ENTREPRENEUR START UP INCUBATOR

Cohort Member, January to April 2020

  • Participate in weekly business start-up workshops on various aspects of starting a business (business model canvass, budget making, key performance indicators, legal aspects of incorporation, etc.)
  • Create pitch deck and individualized business goals 
  • Work with professional business coach to deliver on weekly assignments and general business goals

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON – WAISMAN UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Maternal and Child Health LEND Fellow, August 2019 to January 2020

  • Studying remotely as a 2019-20 trainee in the Wisconsin Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (WI LEND) Training Program at the Waisman University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Research interests: understanding disparities in early childhood identification for developmental disabilities and delays; and in evidence-based practices for Autism care through a cultural and linguistic lens.

ADVOCATES FOR JUSTICE AND EDUCATION – Washington, DC

Parent Support Specialist, March 2018 to November 2019

  • Serve as organizing advisor for the Birth to Three Grant to organize early childhood families navigating the early care systems;
  • Provide guidance and support to families seeking educational advocacy and/or legal counsel for support of their children with disabilities and mental health needs in school and the community;
  • Advocate for educational policy changes via legislative engagement and leveraging relations with school districts in Washington, DC;
  • Develop project plans for various parent-led advocacy campaigns for Pre-K to 12 families; and
  • Facilitation parent-to-parent trainings on various issue areas impacting the educational, medical and social needs of children with disabilities.

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR CHILD AND HUMAN DEV – Washington, DC

Diversity Scholar Fellow, October 2018 to August 2019

  • Complete the Early Intervention Certificate from the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development Research mental health services for early childhood education programs in the District of Columbia
  • Research social emotional learning (SEL) and mental health services for early childhood education programs in the District of Columbia
  • Complete a capstone research project entitled “Improving Early Intervention Services to Accommodate the Literacy Needs of Parents”

INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS – San Francisco, CA

Community Organizing Training Program (COTP) Fellow, August 2018-May 2019

  • Learn principles of community organizing from a family-centered framework for education reform
  • Practice key organizing principles such as coaching, creating local teams, hosting research meetings and parent training
  • Co-lead and Facilitate group designed workshops on intersectionality

MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCES

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DC DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION – Washington, DC

Management and Program Analyst, November 2016 to September 2017

  • Develop and evaluate policies, reporting directly to the Director of Aquatics
  • Participate on behalf of working groups and councils, as part of the agency’s effort to integrate better disabilities programming and services
  • Write and submit grants (Recent Award: $4,500 from USA Swimming Foundation)
  • Design monitoring and evaluation metrics for the division’s grants

DC DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH – Washington, DC

Detail Assignment, September to October 2016

  • Draft Charter signed by key stakeholders in the Office of State Planning and Performance Evaluation (OSPPE) including the agency’s Deputy Director, the Block Grant Advisor and the Deputy Director of Programs
  • Research and draft proposal for the annual federal government Block Grant issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for Fiscal Year 2018
  • Keep copious notes of conversations made with agency staff and federal liaison informing explorations to submit a joint application demonstrating the co-occurring disorder between mental health and substance abuse

MAYORS OFFICE ON TALENT AND APPOINTMENTS, EOM – Washington, DC

Director of Operations, May 2015 to September 2016

  • Manage intra-agency operational functions inclusive of monitoring office supplies, ensure licensure and admin tools in various databases and manage projects on these databases inclusive of Jazz, Quick Base and IQ
  • Manage the on-boarding process for Excepted and Executive Service employees – beginning with the interview process to drafting offer letters, corresponding with candidates as needed and working with our DCHR partners to ensure completion of their hiring process
  • Manage the on-boarding for interns (an average of 14 per semester), starting at the recruitment level then moving to interview rounds, orientation, tracking their schedules, leading (from January 2016) weekly in-service meetings, monitoring and evaluating intern performance, and coordinating end of semester programming to meet with Mayor Bowser
  • Coordinate 4 major Mayor-attended swearing in ceremonies (average attendance 150 people) and smaller scale ceremonies that require succinct organizational efforts for successful programming
  • Coordinate 10 ethics trainings for board members and commissioners for various DC agencies with an average attendance of 30 people, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of General Counsel and the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability

OTHER EXPERIENCES

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INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP – Washington, DC

2019 DC Advocacy Partners Trainee, June 2019 to December 2019

  • Participate in an 8 session training program on various topics including disability rights, competitive integrated employment, inclusive education and community connections
  • Work on a long-term project on youth self-advocacy

SPECIAL OLYMPICS DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – Washington, DC

Early Childhood Liaison Consultant, October 2017 to June 2018

  • Engage key stakeholders in early childhood education to encourage sports in young children
  • Work with trained school-based facilitators of the Young Athletes Program (YAP), which provides an early introduction to the world of sports for children ages 2 to 7 years old of all abilities
  • Promote inclusion for children with disabilities in school-based and out-of-school programming

M-NCPPC (CAPITALAREA) – Prince George’s County, MD

Seasonal Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, April 2017 to Present

  • Participant in training program including thirty (30) hours of course training in Therapeutic Recreations including Core Training (Disability Characteristics, Behavior Management and Documentation) and Youth Camp Safety Standards 
  • Support core staff in direct services determining eligibility for youth participants in Inclusion Programs
  • Support the Therapeutic Recreation Program Lead Coordinator with direct services in youth enrolled in Learn to Swim and other recreation programs

SHE THE PEOPLE POLITICS CAMP, MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARKS AND PLANNING COMMISSION (M-NCPPC) – Prince George’s County, MD

Camp Director, May to July 2017

  • From July 10-14, 2017, “She the People Politics Camp” is a non-partisan, 1-week summer camp for teen girls, ages 13-17, to introduce them to the power of political leadership! Camp includes hands-on experience and lessons in: the structure of our political system, leadership, advocacy, debate skills, and public speaking.  Also, includes guest speakers from Prince George’s County government and trips to see our local, state and national representatives in action.
  • Work with a team of collaborators to the success of the camp to finalize schedule, develop curriculum for the youth participants and finalize logistics for field trips and guest speakers

HOWARD UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE – Washington, DC

Teaching Associate, August 2012 to 2015

  • Served as Graduate Merit Fellow as a Teaching Associate in the Department of Political Science, under the guidance of Dr. Daryl Harris, co-facilitated two (2) courses and lead four (4) courses with average class size ranging from 35 to 60 students
  • Managed spreadsheet of student grades and other performance requirements
  • Facilitated lectures and monitored student participation through the use of creative pedagogy 
  • Utilize Blackboard e-learning tool for managing course on-line documents 

Prepared Syllabi for:

Intro to Poli Sci, Intro to Black Politics, American Presidency, Problems in Africa, Black Political 

Theory

OPPORTUNITIES INDUSTRIALIZED COMPANIES INTERNATIONAL – Diola, Mali
Marketing Consultant, December 2007 to January 2008

  • Manage core team of local women trainers to assist in rural training program
  • Facilitate day-long workshops on developing and improving marketing for a women’s shea butter collective
  • Conduct research on the local and international policy implications of the shea butter trade in the Sahel region
  • Write a comprehensive report on the facilitation, research and interviews conducted  

KABISSA: SPACE FOR CHANGE IN AFRICA – Washington, DC

Member Relations Coordinator, July 2007 to December 2007

  • Manage the online membership program (i.e. review, approve or reject submitted applications and respond to member inquiries) 
  • Managed the web hosting program (i.e. domain registration on enom.com, rackspace.com and http://www.plesk.com)
  • Managed the weekly volunteer night program
  • Edited and published quarterly newsletter, Kabissa Community Newsletter

PEACE CORPS – Hueoyogbe, Benin

Rural Community Health Volunteer, October 2001 to December 2003

  • Organized an HIV/AIDS awareness theatre group for students
  • Trained over a thousand nursing mothers, students, and community members on health education
  • Interim-President and secretary for the Gender in Development Program that oversaw a scholarship fund for high school girls 

FELLOWSHIPS


TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • IRB Clearance – Georgetown University (February 2019 – February 2022):
    • Human Research – Social and Behavioral Research and Key Personnel 
    • Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Series
  • IRB Clearance – Howard University (January 2014-January 2017)

ADVOCACY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

  • Parent Member, School Based Mental Health Coordinating Council, DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH)
  • Parent Cabinet Member for Chancellor Wilson SY2017-18, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)
  • Ward 4 Representative on the Parent Advisory Committee, My School DC, DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
  • National Advisory Council Member, The Georgetown University National Center of Cultural Competency
  • Consumer Advisory Committee Member, Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
  • Member, U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network
  • Member, Women’s Information Network
  • Member, United Nations Association – National Capital Area
  • Member, One DC

PAST ENGAGEMENT:

  • Board Member, Ward 4 Parent Leaders in Education Board, PAVE (Parents Amplifying Voices in Education) (August 2017-March 2019)
  • Appointee by Councilmember David Grosso, School Based Mental Health Task Force (November 2017 to March 2018)
  • Member (2016-17) and Chair (2017-18), DC Public Schools Early Childhood Education Policy Council (December 2016 to March 2018)
  • Ex-Officio Member, Family Advisory Committee of the DC Department of Disability Services  (February to September 2017)

Education

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY – Washington, DC

Early Intervention Certification Program, 2018-2019

Center for Child and Human Development

 

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY – Washington, DC

Leadership Academy Certification Program, 2018

National Center for Cultural and Linguistic Competency for Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

HOWARD UNIVERSITY – Washington, DC

Doctor of Philosophy, 2009-2015

Department of Political Science

Major Areas: International Relations and Black (Electoral) Politics

Minor: African Studies  

 

HOWARD UNIVERSITY – Washington, DC

Master of Arts, 2007-2009

Department of African Studies

Major Area: Language, Literature and Arts

Minor Area:  Public Policy and Development

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY – Washington, DC

Bachelor of Arts, 1997-200

Department of Sociology           

Major: Human Services 

Minor: English (Creative Writing)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Emerging Leaders Community
  • Council of Parent and Attorney Advocates (COPAA)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Federal City Alumnae Chapter
  • Early Childhood Investigations Consultants Directory
  • EMILY’s List
  • National Head Start Association (NHSA)
  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, DC
  • SPACES in Action
  • United Nations Association National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) Chapter
  • Women Information Network (WIN)