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Our eBoard and eTask Force

TheWISEorg’s eBoard is ‘A‘ working Board; however, the eBoard meets virtually once a month and provides support through advocacy, resource/fundraising and awareness while aligning with our mission, goals, vision and objectives. eBoard positions are elected, (in special cases they are appointed by the President) two-year term seats.  If you are interested in being considered for an eBoard or eTask Force position, please email drduru@thewiseorg.org

TheWISEorg continuously vets professionals (women and men) who have a passion and are advocates for women suffering with mental illnesses to join our eBoard and eTask Force.
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Dr. Thomisha M. Duru, EdD

President | eBoard Member | eTask Force Member | US-Maryland
College Professor
Certified Mental Mobility Coach
Certified QPR (the CPR of Mental Health)
Certified Mental Health First Aider

Dr. Thomisha M. Duru, a.k.a. “The Mental mobility Guru,” is an educator, philanthropist, author and entrepreneur who is passionate about eliminating the silent suffering of women in crisis (the mentally immobile) through her organization, The Women’s Inspirational and Self-Empowerment Organization (TheWISEorg), which provides educational resources and skill development to help them regain, rediscover, and repurpose their lives.  Mental mobility is her goal; promoting good mental health is her mission.

After a series of tragic incidents, Dr. Duru experienced over three years of depression and suicidal ideations; but after working with a group of professionals, she eventually learned how to reclaim her life—and now she relishes every opportunity to help others do the same.

In 2019, Dr. Duru became a Maryland state and certified life-coach, a designation uniquely earned by few. She specializes in mental mobility coaching, where she works with women one-on-one to teach mindfulness practices and techniques to overcome depression, anxiety, and complacency. In her personal coaching work, her motto is, “What was will rise again BETTER.”

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Dr. Nicole Williams

eBoard & eTask Force Member | US-Maryland
Professor

Nicole R. Williams, Ph.D. is from Baltimore. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bowie State University and a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Social Psychology from Howard University.  Before becoming a Professor, Dr. Williams worked in the field of Human Services for nine years.  After receiving her doctoral degree, she entered the world of academia and is currently a Full Professor and Academic Chair of Human Services at AACC.  She also teaches in the Psychology department as an adjunct professor.

Dr. Williams is active both in the community and on campus. Shehas served on several boards including board Member for Jewel House Inc., Destined to Speak Inc., Community Advisory Board for Housing Commission for Anne Arundel County and Dr. Angela Y Davis Academy.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and former mentor through Big Brothers and Big Sisters. She has been trained as a Life Coaching through AACC’s  Engagement Coaching Program.  She also works with the Student Achievement and Success Program, is the club advisor for the Human Services club, and has served on several committees within the college

Dr. Williams is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Zeitgeist Award at Anne Arundel Community.  The award is given to a person who helps the college achieve its equal opportunity and affirmative action’s goals. She is also the recipient for the NISSOD Teaching Excellent Award and most recently the National Role Model Award.

 

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Dominique C. Dawson-Wallace

eBoard Member | US-Maryland
Former House of Ruth Residential Supervisor

Dominique C. Dawson is a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a Masters in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. She also graduated from Briarcliffe College in New York City and majored in criminal justice with a minor in juvenile delinquency. Dominique found her calling when she left the government sector and began working for House of Ruth MD located in Baltimore, MD as a residential shelter supervisor. At the House of Ruth, Dominique empowered, uplifted, and directed victims with various intimate-partner violence backgrounds. Ms. Dawson assisted with the safety and housing of victims dealing with abuse from their partners.

Dominique returned to the federal government sector and is now a Data Management Administrator for the US Navy. She remains active in the community working alongside Baltimore City Health Department’s Youth and Trauma Services to help at risk teens and children. Her extended time is committed to serving the Baltimore City/County and PG County communities through her membership with the Order of the Eastern Stars, PHA Maryland and its Jurisdiction.  Dominique lives by the quote, “Life begins when you learn to LIVE”.

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Dr. Jasmine Coleman

eBoard Member | US-Maryland
College Professor, Educational Consultant, and Instructional Coach

Dr. Jasmine A. Coleman is a career educator with a passion for destigmatizing mental health issues in the global and African American community.  Her desire is to not only facilitate opportunities for young and adult women to prioritize mental health at a level comparable to physical health, but also to shift mindsets toward the normalcy and necessity of mental health treatment and awareness.

In addition to her work with The WISE Org, Dr. Coleman serves as a Faculty Coach & Developer for a K-12 public school district in Maryland. In this role, she designs and delivers professional development for new teachers and new hires across the district, and she also coaches a caseload of teachers over the course of their first three years in the profession.  Dr. Coleman also serves in the realm of Higher Education as an Adjunct Professor of Education at the Graduate and Undergraduate level — and when away from the boardroom and the classroom, she is simply “Mommy” to two beautiful baby boys.

Along with issues related to women’s mental health, Dr. Coleman’s research interests and areas of expertise include educational leadership, organizational change, gifted education, STEM pedagogy, secondary curriculum and instruction, social justice, and social innovation —  including a phenomenon called Changemaking. 

Dr. Coleman received her EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California, her MSEd from Johns Hopkins University, and her BS in English and Language Arts from Morgan State University.

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Tracia Debnam, BS, MS

eBoard Member | US-Maryland
Health Specialist

Tracia Debnam is a Health Specialist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and has over 20 years’ experience in the public health industry.  As a Health Specialist, she’s charged with focusing on transplantation research and improving the long-term success of organ, tissue, and cell transplantation.

Being a woman of Caribbean descent, mental health and wellness was not a common topic discussed growing up; however, receiving unconditional love, care, mentoring, coaching, and prayer from elders was.  Because it was not discussed, it was lost upon her and her family that she had 1) been receiving non-clinical mental enrichment all her life, and 2) her family consistently instilled and acknowledged that mental wellness is of utmost importance. Tracia attributes this to drawing her to public health and being so passionate about empowering young girls and women on both a domestic and international level.

Tracia is a member of the Annapolis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

 

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Natasha Exemar

eTask Force Member | US-Florida
Instructional Coach

Natasha Exemar is passionate advocate for K-12 education in her home state of Florida. Natasha has been rooted in South Florida for over 30 years. Natasha graduated from Broward College with her Bachelors of Science in Exceptional Student Education and Florida International University where she studied and received her Master’s degree in Adult Education with a specialization in Human Resource Development.

Natasha has been in K-12 education for the past decade. Natasha has taught as an Intensive Reading Instructor, Student Success Coach at the post-secondary level and now is currently an Instructional Coach in the K-8 setting. She enjoys being an active participant in the selection and implementation of curriculum. As an Instructional Coach, Natasha takes great pride in ensuring students are taught rigorous curriculum that will equip them with the knowledge needed for their future educational endeavors.

Natasha is also an active member on her city Parks and Recreation board. In this role, Natasha focuses on “all things wellness”, as well as providing opportunities within the city for residents of all ages to participate in healthy recreational activities.

Natasha strongly contributes her ability to navigate her daily tasks to her ever-growing faith and love for the Lord. Her faith encourages, empowers and keeps her focused on serving her community.

 

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Lisa Dent

eTask Force Member | US-Maryland
Human Resource Specialist

Lisa Dent is a Human Resource Specialist for the Department of the Army. Her 30+ year career has provided her opportunities to help others move forward in their careers and in their lives. She is currently working within the Army Casualty Program assisting soldiers and survivors as they navigate life after the death of the soldier, their spouse or child. Through these experiences and through the process of surviving her own childhood traumas, she understands the importance of mental health and the need for mindfulness.

Lisa believes that no one should feel alone and wants those who are suffering to find solace.  She believes that we, as a community of women, must come together to show that we care, to let those who are suffering know there is hope, and to connect with one another in healing.

 

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Andrea Brashears-Lusk

eTask Force Member | US-Maryland
Certified Financial Planner™

Andrea Brashears-Lusk is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with over fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry including investment performance analysis, insurance and retirement services, client service management and financial planning. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S double major in Finance and International Business.  Because of her passion for financial planning and financial literacy, she founded Wise Financial Counsel, LLC, a financial counseling firm dedicated to helping individuals and families achieve their financial goals.

In addition to her passion for financial literacy, Andrea also has compassion for issues concerning women such as maintaining optimal mental health while balancing personal and professional life.  As a result, she founded a non-profit organization to provide support, networking and professional development for women and joined the eTask Force of TheWISEorg.

Andrea’s goal is to help and empower others, particularly women, to know that they can be whole and succeed in all areas of life.

 

About our eTask Force

Our eTask Force Members are not a decision-making forum; instead, they act as independent sources of information and provide advice to the eBoard on strategic issues or risks confronting the organization.

Other roles and responsibilities for eTask Force members include:

  • Developing an understanding of business, market, and industry trends;
  • Providing “W.I.S.E counsel” on issues raised by the eBoard;
  • Providing the eBoard with insights and ideas which can only come with distance from the day-to-day operations;
  • Encouraging and supporting the exploration of new business ideas;
  • Acting as a resource for the eBoard;
  • Encouraging the development of a governance framework that enables continued growth, whilst not stifling the spirit or vision of the founder;
  • Monitoring business performance and challenging the eBoard to consider options for improving the business.

Interested in becoming an eTask Force member?  Email drduru@thewiseorg.org