TheWISEorg is currently vetting professional (women and/or men) who have a passion and are advocates for women suffering with mental illnesses.  TheWISEorg’s Board is NOT a working board; however, the Board meets once a month and provides support through advocacy, resource/fundraising  and awareness while aligning with our Mission, Goals, Vision and Objectives.  Board positions are elected (in special cases appointed by the President) two years term seats.  If you are interested in being considered for a Board of Directors position, please email drduru@thewiseorg.org
Open Board seats are:  Secretary; and Treasurer.
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Dr. Thomisha M. Duru, EdD

President
College Professor
Certified QPR (the CPR of Mental Health)
Certified Mental Health First Aider

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

After a series of tragic incidents, 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.

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Mrs. Noelle Winder, Esq

Vice President
Attorney

Ms.  Winder is a graduate of Morgan State University, in Baltimore, and attended The Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, where she was on the Trial Advocacy Team, student attorney with the Family Law Clinic, and co-wrote a Supreme Court Amicus Brief for World Organization Against Torture.  After receiving her Juris Doctorate in 2005, she was hired as a law clerk in the Felony Division of the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore, MD.  In November 2006, Ms. Winder came to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, and has been serving its citizens as a prosecutor.  She is currently a prosecutor in the Homicide Division.  In 2015, Noelle established the first Community Engagement Unit in State’s Attorney’s Office and served as its first director.  The unit serves as vessel to educate the community, through community liaisons, about the nuances of the criminal justice system and resources to help the community and victims. 

For over 10 years, Ms. Winder has distinguished herself as a talented and well-prepared prosecutor, trying a number of notable and high-profiled cases. An active member of a number of state and local bar associations, she is the current President of the Monumental City Bar Association.  She also serves on a number of boards including AIRS/EHM, an organization that provides low income housing to vulnerable communities.  

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Ms. Natasha Dartigue, Esq.

Board Member
Deputy District Public Defender, Baltimore City
Office of Public Defender (OPD)

Natasha M. Dartigue is the Deputy District Public Defender for Baltimore City. Dartigue is charged with the responsibility of promoting and implementing the OPD strategic plan, as well as the supervision of programs and staff development to ensure the highest standards of zealous advocacy and superior legal representation of indigent clients throughout Baltimore City.

Natasha M. Dartigue is a 1995 graduate of the Howard University School of Law. Upon law school graduation she clerked in the Baltimore City Circuit Court for the late Judge Roger W. Brown. Subsequently, she began working at the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore City. Dartigue has worked in the juvenile, district and circuit court divisions as well as served as felony trial supervisor. Dartigue accepted the position of Deputy District Public Defender for Baltimore City in 2017.

Dartigue is an alumna of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Leadership Program, a social enterprise that develops, engages, and connects Baltimore’s most talented individuals to increase their potential as leaders within the community and their organizations to better the Baltimore region. At work and in the community, much of Dartigue’s energy is devoted to providing individuals with the tools to be successful.

Among many her youth-oriented activities, Dartigue has served as a Mock Trial Team coach at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, an adult education tutor at Baltimore Community College and currently a host mentor for the City Neighbors High School Internship program. Dartigue also devotes time as a presenter for the Center for Urban Families STRIVE Future Leaders program. STRIVE Future Leaders is designed to assist youth aged 18-24, who have been touched by the court justice system, by providing training and support that positions them on a positive path and fosters success in the labor market. Being visible in the community and working hands-on to create a positive image and inspire young people to dream big has earned Dartigue many service awards from the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Office and the Office of the Public Defender.

For her accomplishments and public service, Dartigue was also recognized as Government Lawyer of the Year by the Bar Association of Baltimore City. In 2018 the Maryland Daily Record bestowed Dartigue the Leadership in Law Award. Dartigue was also named one of the Daily Record’s 2018 Top 100 Women.

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Mrs. Dominique C. Dawson-Wallace

Board Member
Former House of Ruth Residential Supervisor

Dominique C. Dawson-Wallace is a graduated of Briarcliffe College in New York city earning a degrees in Criminal Justice with a minor in Juvenile Delinquency. Dawson-Wallace 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 Dawson-Wallace empowered, uplifted and directed victims with various intimate partner violence backgrounds. Ms. Dawson-Wallace assisted with the safety and housing of victims dealing with abuse from their partners.  Her extended time is committed to serving the Baltimore City/ 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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Mrs. Toni Pratt, Community Activist (Ward 4- Annapolis, MD)

Board Member

Toni Strong Pratt has lived in Annapolis all her life. As a child, she lived in public housing units in Bloomsbury Square and Annapolis Gardens, and she now resides in Ward 4 with her family. Pratt’s top priorities include creating jobs with a living wage, providing solutions to public housing issues, and solving safety and security problems, which she says are mainly driven by opioid addiction. In 2006, she and her husband established D.E.S.I.R.E. Addiction Ministry to address the challenges of addiction, which she says gives her firsthand knowledge of the damage that drugs can do to the users, their families, and the community.

Pratt believes that other pressing needs affecting the city include the environment, the need for better regulation of development, and solutions for traffic congestion. She advocates making affordable housing units part of new developments and making downtown Annapolis more welcoming to the city’s minorities and to minority-owned businesses.

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