Our Board

LaChish Jones

CEO & Board Chair

A native to North Carolina, LaChish fell in love with education as a teenager and quickly developed a deep passion for childcare. At age 15, she began to create a business plan in the hopes of establishing her own daycare someday. LaChish’s desire to educate and motivate children stuck with her through college, leading her to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Queens University of Charlotte. Lachish has been apart of Charlotte Mecklenburg School System for four years. During her teaching career, she’s had the chance to connect with young girls learning their needs and dreams. In being witness to their troubles, she decided she had to act, thus she founded Talented Girls In Action (TGIA). Lachish dedicates a great deal of her time to serving in the community and on the TGIA Board of Directors. She is active in her church and in her spare time gets in a good run. LaChish enjoys spending time at home with her husband Josh and beautiful dog, Trinity.

Erika Chaves

Vice President

Erika has held leadership Marketing Technology and Operations positions for the past 20+ years in the financial, scientific, and communications sectors. She is a process engineering, data management, and analytics expert. The Founder and CEO of a marketing technology consultancy firm, Erika thrives in bringing people and technology together by helping companies better engage with their customers, thus improving their ROI. With her husband and 2 daughters, Erika has been advocating for children diversity, acceptance, and advancement for the past several years by helping non-profits raise awareness and education in this fast changing technological world.

Deborah Corrado

Marketing Director

Deborah has over 30 years' experience in the luxury home product category, working with such brands as Lenox, Waterford/Wedgwood, Calvin Klein and Villeroy & Boch. Recent position was as President/General Manager of WMF, a German manufacturer of cookware and kitchen accessories. 

I wanted to a part of TGIA because my heart has always been with supporting women and girls. Investing in and supporting girls realizes incredible gains to families, communities and future generations. I also embrace TGIA's whole child approach that, while focusing on education, also addresses strengthening emotional, creative and physical well being. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the ladies within the TGIA organization!

Shavon

Board Member

Shavon is an insurance professional with over 10 years of experience working with Commercial Lines and Workers Compensation insurance. She currently works in the Underwriting department for HROi (Paychex). In addition to her professional experience, Shavon has volunteered her time and service to several local non-profit organizations and has served as a board member for HopeMatch and The Urban League of Central Carolinas – Young Professional Auxiliary. In addition to her work with TGIA, she currently serves a Vice Chair of the Project Development and Evaluation Committee for The Junior League of Charlotte.

Morgan Newman

Board Member

As a recent graduate of Wingate University, Morgan Newman obtained a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing in December of 2018. Morgan also acquired a Bachelor of Science in Communications, with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Performance and a minor in International Relations in 2016.
 
Morgan is a hard working individual, whose passion is evident through her work and determination. Her volunteer work with Talented Girls in Action, has given her experience in community management, social media, marketing, and data analysis.

Nadine Lewandowski

Bio Program Management Director

Nadine has 25 years successful experience as a senior leader with proven results, including clinical outcomes, business improvements, staff development, teaching/ training design, continuous compliance, and creative problem solving. She has industry achievements in learning institutions, health/ human services, and multiple project management. Nadine received her PhD in organizational psychology from Nothcentral University, with a masters in counseling from the State University of New York. She is currently utilizing all her experience to be the State Clinical Director at Access Family Services. Nadine is very active in the community and has a passion for program development for youth. 

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