TheWISEorg’s Board is ‘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 they are appointed by the President) two-year term seats. If you are interested in being considered for a Board of Directors position, please email email@example.com
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.
Attorney (coming soon)
Raised in Buffalo, New York, Charell R. Elliott graduated from Buffalo State College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. While at Buffalo State College, she was inducted into the National Honors Society for Leadership and Success. After graduation, Ms. Elliott worked as a Peer Educator and shortly thereafter was promoted to the position of Outreach and Engagement Specialist for Evergreen Health Services. There, Ms. Elliott provided supportive and behavioral services to individuals and families in Western New York — especially those who were living with chronic illness.
Ms. Elliott is a graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, in Lansing, Michigan, where she selected by her peers to be the Valedictorian Speaker at her graduation. Ms. Elliott moved to Maryland in 2017 to intern with the Baltimore County Public Defender’s Office where she continued to strive for and advocate for justice.
Ms. Elliott is a Master of Law (L.L.M) candidate in the Homeland and National Securities Law program at WMU-Cooley Law School. She plans to use her degree to work for the Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, or the Department of Justice. Currently, she is studying for Maryland Bar Exam.
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.
Former House of Ruth Residential Supervisor
Dominique C. Dawson-Wallace is a graduate of Briarcliffe College in New York city and majored 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”.
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.