Theresa Royal Brown | Author, Speaker Event Producer Extraordinaire, Master Networker
Jamole Callahan | Motivational Speaker
Jermaine Brayboy | Maryland Department of Human Services
Jermaine Brayboy is currently the State-wide Independent Living Coordinator.Within this role, he serves as a policy analyst for the out of home placement program and works with other professionals to institute changes in policy, operational standards and services delivery across all out of home placement programs in Maryland.Jermaine has over 15 years of experience work with children, youth and families in a variety of settings and leadership roles. He is a graduate of Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware, where he received his Master’s Degree in Social Work anda Bachelor’s Degree in Management.Jermaine is also a licensed Social Worker in the State of Maryland.
Hasson Diggs | Black Professional Men, Inc.
Angelica Nwandu | The Shade Room (TSR)
Angelica Nwandu is the founder of The Shade Room, an Instagram-based media empire reaching over 15+ Million active followers (“Roommates”) and a highly-engaged website. Founded in 2014, The Shade Room (TSR) is anchored on celebrating Black culture and entertainment, but transcends all celebrity news and society. Serving viral posts daily, Angelica and her company offer a range of content from breaking headlines, exclusives and feel-good posts (TSR Positive Images, Morning Inspiration, Daddy Duties [showing men that are spending time with their children], etc.) for an unmatched balance of entertainment and enlightenment.
Nwandu, named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list and called, “the Oprah of our generation,” by Refinery29, is enlightened herself. She is open about her spirituality and often refers to a scripture in the Bible that helped carry her through TSR’s early stage, specifically, a section that advises to not despise small beginnings. When TSR launched in 2014, home posting celebrity gossip on Instagram while her friends went off to grad school. If her Nigerian family had it their way, Nwandu would be a successful accountant, but she ultimately Nwandu was at chose purpose over a paycheck.
Nwandu turned to Instagram to launch TSR, because she personally could not build a website and did not want to wait to start pursuing her vision. With a single VC investment, she bootstrapped TSR, which she grew to 100K followers (“Roommates”) within weeks. Today, companies like GMC, McDonald’s and CoverGirl are all partnering with TSR to capture the
community’s influence and engagement. In addition to helming one of the most successful and culturally relevant media companies to-date, Nwandu is cultivating a career in “traditional” Hollywood as a writer and producer. She started her journey in Hollywood with a fortuitous opportunity to read a poem called ‘Behind Bulletproof Glass’ at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. When she got off stage, Michelle Satter (Sundance’s founding director) immediately approached Nwandu to give her a $5,000 grant to write. This grant has turned into award winning pieces from Nwandu, who is now in development with major Hollywood production companies and premium cable networks on original, linear content.
Nwandu currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Kimberly Rhyan | Trainer, Speaker, and Consultant
Heather Sheridan | Coach for Confidence
Erin Roth | Deputy Assistant Secretary, DLLR, Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
Brian Watkins | Fostering Terp Success
Ruth Anne White | National Center for Housing and Child Welfare
Kashawn Milligan | Kay's Keys and IKARE Initiative
Michael Morrow | FLTR
In West Philadelphia, born and raised, Michael Morrow spent his early childhood living with his Mother, Michele. After turning 10 years old, Michael’s more formative years were spent with his father and step mother in rural Collegeville Pennsylvania, about an hour away from the inner city. Little did Michael know that this duality would shape his personality and career moving forward.
After graduating from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Broadcasting, Michael learned an important lesson. His time in college wasn’t focused on honing his talents towards a future career, it was spent on the basketball court with his friends and teammates. After 4 years and a degree, Michael’s position as “Team Captain” of the basketball team didn’t help him choose a career path. Or did it? After working in sales in an industry he did not enjoy, Michael finally took the time to search for a career that allowed him to use his unique mix of creative talents and his understanding of different cultures, given he was raised in two polar opposite circumstances.
Michael started an agency that assists brands in reaching their target audience online and in person and has led the charge on national campaigns such as “All Day Breakfast” for McDonald’s and has been lucky enough to create and manage national tours for Coors Light, Remy Martin, Powerade and his worked with DJ Mustard, Grammy Award winning Wyclef Jean, Rappers Bun B, Ice Cube and many more.
The circumstances he was raised in, natural ability to connect with all cultures and a pure enjoyment for entertaining people led Michael down the road to start his highly respected agency, FLTR. He is excited to share information on how others can build brands that will change their communities and their world.
Reverend Darrell Armstrong | Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church (Trenton, NJ)
The Rev. Darrell LaRue Armstrong is only the 3rd Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church (Trenton, NJ) in the last 111 years! (ref.www.ShilohTrenton.org) Shiloh (and it's community development corporation) is a thrivingcommunity of faith rooted in the African American worship tradition, with a budget of nearly $3M serving nearly 600 families in the Greater Trenton Community and around the world.He is married to Melanie L. Pinkney, Esq., who serves as the Executive Director of the Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. (NJ-DEP). They are the parents of Amaris Kayla (10 years) and Daniel LaRue (9 years).In addition to being a father, husband, and pastor, the Rev. Armstrong is a civic leader, a grassroots community organizer, and a child welfare/family strengthening advocate.
A native of (South Central) Los Angeles, CA, the Rev. Armstrong believes that learning is a life-long endeavor and a mutual process. His policy training at Stanford University (BA in Public Policy), theological training at Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and therapeutic/clinical training at The College of New Jersey (Ed.S. in marriage & family therapy) have uniquely prepared him to be a respected voice in the national and international child welfare/family strengthening communities. He sees his "global ministry" as working to make families stronger by equipping them with lessons of hope & resilience.
He is a certified master-trainer in NPCL's Fatherhood/Responsible Male Involvement and has obtained Cornell University’s Family Development Credential. Most recently, he was certified in Child Sexual Assault by the "Enough Abuse Campaign," and in Infant and Pre-School Mental Health from the Youth Consultation Services' (YCS) Infant and Pre-School Mental Health Institute. He is a highly sought after motivational and inspirational speaker and has given keynote addresses at several national conferences. He is frequently invited to appear in national forums and media to address child welfare, family strengthening and prevention issues of all types (child abuse, domestic violence, crime, juvenile delinquency, etc...). He also lectures on maternal/paternal child health issues as well as faith-based delivery of social, human and child welfare services. In 2001, he carried the Olympic Torch for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, a run he dedicated to America's 600,000+ foster children!
In 2005, he was featured on a national PBS Special entitled "Faith & Family in America," which discusses the churches role in family services. In 2009, he gave the opening prayer for the U. S. House of Representatives. And in May, 2010, the Rev. Armstrong made history when he was elected the first non-Presbyterian Trustee to Princeton Theological Seminary’s Board of Trustees –the first in the school’s nearly 200 year history! He is committed to ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue and teaching religious tolerance in a world that is so religiously intolerant.
Lastly, the Rev. Armstrong is the author of two books published by VirGenice Publishing, Inc.: ~"Snapshots of a Foster Child: Past, Present and Future," (a book chronicling his and his family's involvement in Los Angeles Child Protective Srvcs. & County Welfare Systems); ~"The Scent of Water: Inspirational Writings on Hope and Resilience." (a book addressing theological and practical meanings of “hope” & chronicles his time in Haiti during 2010 Earthquake);
Lisa Phillips | Celebrate US Workforce Training
Erica Myers | Fosterpreneur
Susan Emfinger | Fostering Change Network
Cortland Jones | The Better Place, Inc.
Cortland has 28 years of service as an educator in Prince George's County Public Schools and was honored as an ACE Educator Award recipient in 2015 for implementing an art, literacy, leadership initiative within the Greenbelt community where he serves as an educator.
He is the author of two published books currently co-authoring and co-illustrating a children's book with former students who participated in his book club that meets after school and he operates an empowerment coaching service helping aspiring authors, entrepreneurs, educators with classroom management, spiritual and personal growth, along with coaching for co-parents. His coaching service has successfully helped three former clients become published authors and now serves youth and adults who aspire to publish. Cortland Jones is also the CEO of The Better Place, Inc. nonprofit organization striving to create a world where youth and families thrive.
Leah Angel Daniel | Fostering Greatness, Inc.
Leah Angel Daniel is an educator, writer, visionary, author, inspirational speaker and mentor who is the living epitome of the phrase, “I don't look like what I have been through.” She never imagined the endless possibilities that would be in store for her life. As a former foster care youth, Leah discovered at an early age that education would be the key to her success to overcome the daunting statistics that many foster care youth face, which encouraged her leadership and educational journey.
Leah lives her life with the philosophy, that she should always lead by example while also giving back to the community that gave her a chance to turn a negative situation into a positive outcome.As a graduate of The State University of New York at Oswego with a Master of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting and Mass Media, she knew that her educational endeavors would allow her to surpass the stereotypical image associated with youth that grew up in the foster care system. Leah is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY which she will complete next year and Leah currently serves as the Leadership Development Director for Open Buffalo. In the past Leah has served as an Adjunct English Instructor, anIntensive Preventive Social Worker and as an educational trainer, teaching a new and upcoming curriculum entitled “Youth Thrive” for Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. She is the founder of Words Have Wings, an organization that inspires “Healing through Writing,” which encourages at-risk populations to express and empower themselves through written word, while also promoting healthy self-image and mental health awareness.
Leah is also Founder and Executive Director of Fostering Greatness, Inc a nonprofit organization she established in the FCN Foundation's Global Ambassador's Program that has a mission of helping young adults from foster care in Buffalo, New York, find their purpose by providing housing supports, Mentoring and wraparound supportive services.
Leah is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and a founding member of the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals. Leah's strongest desire in life is to share her own story in expectation of encouraging those that have been affected by the many facets of foster care and to instill the message of hope that anyone can become successful despite any adversities that may be present.
Kamil Gerald | GrahamHaven Foundation
Kamil Gerald, MSW, was born and raised in Buffalo, New York with a Master Degree in Social Work from The State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). She has over ten years of experience in the Human Service field ranging from the developmentally disabled population to the mentally ill and chemical abuse population (MICA).
Kamil entered the New York State foster care system at the tender age of seven (7) years old up until she had transitioned out of care at the age of 21 years old. During Kamil's tenure in foster care, she had to learn how to cope with the stigma of foster care. However, she has broken through barriers that many thought she would not overcome due to her hearing challenge.
Kamil is the Founder and President of Graham Haven Foundation, a non profit organization with a mission of instilling independence, self-worth, and stability while providing a safe place without the stigma of foster care for young adults in an from foster care in Pennsylvania.
Derrell Frazier | FCN Foundation Fellow
Derrell Frazier is a change maker, disturber of the unjust peace and freedom fighter. Skilled in Youth development, public policy, Community Engagement, and Leadership. He has focused his career on Children’s Advocacy and being a public servant. He is passionate about educational equity, criminal justice reform and social justice. Growing up in Baltimore City, He has faced a number of challenges and grew up without his parents. Being raised by his single grandmother along with 10 other siblings, he is familiar with how challenging it can be trying to be successful in an environment full of barriers. He has a unique understanding of how important it is to have adults advocate on behalf of their children and the benefit of mentoring. He is dedicated to improving the outcome of success for young African American men in Baltimore City and previously incarcerated offenders. Currently, he serves as a mentor and work to motivate others who face the same difficulties that he has witnessed himself.
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglas
Danielle Reynolds | FCN Foundation, SOFY Program Graduate