Dana Garner finds “true joy in equipping people with the necessary skills to excel.” She has always had the desire to help others. As a child she wanted to be a veterinarian, but life experiences revealed her true passion - helping people.
Born in Chicago, Dana later moved to Boston as a toddler and spent her early youth growing up in a predominantly white, upper middle class neighborhood. During this time, Dana developed a strong sense of self-esteem, self-awareness, and confidence in her identity. This environment allowed her to comfortably adapt to any cultural setting. Today, this ability plays a significant role in the work she does, as she expects nothing but excellence from her staff, regardless of their situations or circumstances.
Dana graduated from Hampton University, receiving a bachelor of arts in Social Work, and is also a graduate of the University of Chicago where she received a master of arts in Social Service Administration. Dana’s vast career in non-profit management and Head Start has provided her with professional job opportunities that include positions as the current Executive Director of Trinity United Church of Christ Child Care Centers, Inc., Quality Assurance Director; and Professional Leadership & Development Consultant. Dana is an UCLA Head Start Fellow, and serves on the Illinois Head Start Association Board of Directors.
LaRita M. Logan currently serves as media manager and outreach associate at The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. She possesses over 30 years of written and oral communications expertise, from writing detailed copy for press releases, articles for print and eNewsletters, to church bulletins and event announcements for various entities, both corporate and non-profit. She served as visual content editor of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference landmark report on mass incarceration, entitled “Bearing Witness: A Nation in Chains.” LaRita is specifically responsible for developing and editing media content for SDPC websites, YouTube and Vimeo channels. She also manages social media engagement and collaborates on various outreach projects with local agencies that partner with SDPC.
LaRita also brings over 15 years of experience in various areas of faith-based media outreach and ministry projects. She has coordinated with ministry teams to deliver the worship experience beyond church walls through social media engagement, audio recording, audio and video editing, DVD/CD duplication and sales. LaRita earned her Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University.
E. Janet Bowden Wright is an accomplished retired educator, publications editor, writer, and strategist. Her love for teaching, encouraging, and developing powerful, well-rounded individuals is best witnessed in the lives of her former students, as well as her own daughters and grandchildren.
Retiring from the Chicago Board of Education after 25 years of service, Janet transformed her life of educating elementary children to educating the general public. For over 10 years, she managed the publications department of a mega church. Simultaneously, Janet was also managing editor of an internationally distributed news magazine.
Mrs. Wright’s dedication to the betterment of life, especially African American life, compelled her to earn a masters degree in counseling during her tenure as an educator with the Chicago Board of Education, and while working a part-time job to ensure her daughters’ quality of life was not compromised. Janet’s dedication, determination, and desire to be a change agent have been proven throughout her lifetime. Janet is currently an editor for Wrighting Memories, and is now a published editor of her daughters’ books. She cherishes her family as her life’s greatest achievement. In addition to being the mother of two daughters, she is the grandmother of three – one granddaughter and two grandsons.
Jeri L. Wright is a humanitarian and high‐performing, strategic‐thinking professional with vast experience in non‐profit and entrepreneurial sects. Extremely capable with a commitment to achieve excellence through the development of creative programming and initiatives for the purpose of enhanced cultural competency in non-profit and for-profit environments.
With such skills and competencies as new business development, relationship building, public relations, branding, copyrighting, communication, media consulting, social media strategies and engagement, project management, strategic planning, non-profit consulting, staff management, policy development, budget planning and preparation, community organizing, fundraising, event production, editing, creative writing, publishing, creative video production, training and development, program development, and personal development coaching, Jeri is whom everyone wants on their team!
Launching her first book in November 2017, Jeri now holds the title of author. As a licensed Minister of the Gospel, she is actively engaged in worldwide ministry. An alumnus of Virginia Union University and Lutheran School of Theology Chicago, Jeri is presently in the process of completing her Masters of Divinity. Her most compelling accomplishment, however, is summed up in being the mother of her one and one birthed child Jeremiah A. Wright-Haynes, an accomplished pianist and theologian in his own right.
Janet Wright Moore is a dynamic administrator, educator and consultant with demonstrated capabilities in leadership development, effective interactions, and facilitation of trainings. She is committed to educational excellence. Her skillset encompasses collaboration, instructional excellence, educational leadership, reflective supervision, assessment and evaluation, continuous quality improvement, embedded professional development, and policy and systems development.
Janet has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of J Wright Moore Consulting, providing consultation to early childhood programs for continuous quality improvement; developing systems and monitoring applications; conducting training in curriculum implementation and classroom design; and improving team and leadership building, for the past six years. In addition to CEO, Janet’s list of exemplary accomplishments include the following: training and technical assistance specialist for McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University; and executive director of Trinity United Church of Christ Child Care Centers, Inc., to name a few. Having been selected for the position at the most critical time in the school’s now 40-year history, Janet is responsible for saving the institution from losing its accreditation and transforming the school’s curriculum into an African-centered curriculum, enhancing the overall institution, parent-student involvement, retention, recruitment and registration, and staff development, training, and morale.
A true nurturer whose motto is “Different does not mean deficient,” Janet has tried to combine this inner quality and belief into not only her professional life, but also her personal life. Grateful to be both the daughter of a blended family as well as the mother of a blended family, it is her creed to love, respect and honor each member of her family by appreciating the individuals they are.
Janet believes that we must learn from the past in order to transform the future!
Michael L. Peery, co-founder of L2 Productions, Inc., is founder and principal owner of Len Gar Media Consultants (LGMC), a leading integrated marketing, public relations, and crisis management firm with specialized capabilities: segmented marketing, brand development, media relations, community/public affairs, and event planning.
Michael has contributed to the success of a number of high-profile brands, companies, people, and organizations: The Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition; The Chicago Urban League; R&B Singer Chante Moore; A notable list of local and national political figures; Trinity UCC Child Care Centers, Inc.; Near North Health (a Northwestern Hospital Affiliate), and more.
LGMC’s strategic business partnerships have enabled Michael to provide media services for Midwest Gaming, the Chicago Black Hawks, the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs, Illinois Beverage Association, and The Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans. Under Michael’s leadership, LGMC creates strategies that enable its clients to have individual conversations with their mass target markets. LGMC help its clients navigate change, protect reputations, endure crises, build images, grow businesses, and beat competitors.
Michael is a proud alumnus of Western Illinois University.
Nakia J. Green has a successful leadership track record as a Trainer in Leadership Development, Sales, Diversity Champion, and Organizational Catalyst and Change Agent leveraging hands-on background in corporate training, sales development, human resources, and process and strategy design with US market leaders. Nakia has accomplished all of this and more, in her roles within the financial industry and telecommunication. As a Financial Center Manager at Bank of America, Nakia successfully led and transformed multiple teams that served diverse clients with multifarious market sizes. Nakia has served as a change agent in three of the major telecommunication organizations. This is where she began her journey as an innovator. In each company she has successfully established programs that created community partnerships, business-to-business partnerships, business-to-business training, employee engagement trainings, diversity and inclusion training, and social and community responsibility projects.
Nakia’s experience led her to step out, follow her dreams, delve into her passions, and jump into the world of entrepreneurship. Nakia is currently at the helm of two successful small businesses. She is the founder of Culture Solutions, an organization designed to decrease unemployment and underemployment amongst minority college graduates. Nakia has also taken her passion for high-level organizational impact and founded Nakia J Consulting. Nakia J Consulting is an organizational development firm with specialized capabilities in leadership development, change management, diversity and inclusion, and sales training.
A native of the west side of Chicago, Nakia has always served her community. She has been a mentor for Sisters for Higher Education, and functioned as a community organizer on behalf of a young adults community-organizing group, PACT—Public Action for Change Today. She is a proud member of the Chicago Association for Minority Recruiters, The National Sales Network, served as a member of Senator Kimberly Lightford’s Women’s Committee, and a Leadership Development Consultant to the NAACP Westside Chapter.