Board of Directors
A wife, mother and Social Worker of twenty years. Rhonda obtained her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University and her Masters of Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. Early on Rhonda knew she wanted to work with children in some capacity. During her career she has worked in various employment settings advocating for the voiceless and working with individuals birth to 90+ years of age. She has experience in crisis intervention, psychosocial assessments, individual/family therapy, problem solving, serving on multidisciplinary teams, collaborating and connecting with families and organizations. She has been a member of the Service League of Green Bay and has volunteered in the local community.
Ingrid Parker-Hill is affectionately known as Ms. Ingrid. Her personal and professional journey has been to help families while seeking opportunities that support them. She is often seen inspiring, influencing, and igniting others to be their best self. Ms. Ingrid serves as a Family Engagement Coordinator for the Green Bay Area Public School District (GBAPS). In her professional role, the goal is to support families who are navigating the educational system, partner with educators to increase knowledge of cultural and linguistic responsiveness, and help to increase positive relationships between all stakeholders. She created the GBAPS i3 initiative which is designed to increase optimistic cultural identity in the world of academics so student scholars are seen as positive contributing members within our community, and not the negative label society tries to impress upon them. Ingrid has also led the GBAPS district in creating a new district-wide learning group, Courageous Conversation Confabs, available to all staff. The goal is to learn together as staff understands how the topic of race and diversity intersects and impacts our daily work. Her hope is to widen everyone’s cultural lens to help better serve our student population.
Tia Sirmans has more than 15 years of Human Resources professional experience. Specializing as Generalist, she has a Master’s Degree in Organization Development. She has worked in the telecommunication industry, financial, manufacturing and government contracts. She has also supported organizations in leading through Organization Change and HR Transformation (becoming less tactical and more strategic) through centers of influence. Tia has worked across five states including international footprint in Europe/Middle East. She has specialized in strategic management, succession planning, employee relations, designing and delivering training programs, change management, performance management and high volume recruiting. Tia has also collaborated with leadership team on establishing process time (calendar year in advance), establish Talent Profiles, Assess Potential with organization definitions, library of resources to manage high potential and Korn Ferry Seven Sign Post to align with development goals. In today’s diverse workforce, Tia continues to collaborate with leadership on current HR trends that impact the present state of business.
Amy resides in the local Green Bay area and is a wife and mom of four young children. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Business and operations management. Her past work experience was in operations for Schneider National for several years before pursuing her side business full time making custom apparel and homeschooling her children. She is passionate about making a safe space for girls and their parents in the area to thrive.
Chinyere is an experienced Youth Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the government Human Services industry. Currently, she is a Mental and Behavioral Health Therapist for adolescents who have experienced significant trauma in their lives. In her spare time she serves as as Social Policy Committee Member for the League of Women Voters-Milwaukee Chapter, practices yoga and is working towards her certification as an instructor and loves reading. Highly Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Career Development, Customer Relations, and Youth Development, she holds a Master’s level education in Clinical Social Work combined with an education in Administrative/Policy level Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a Minor in Human Development, and an emphasis in Child Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Previous education includes an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. Chinyere is excited and dedicated about putting forth effort to encourage the girls as they work to build self confidence, inner peace, self-love and resilience.
Dr. Melinda Cunningham
Dr. Melinda Cunningham is very familiar with the demands of family, work, and education. She is also familiar with the challenges that girls in Lovin’ the Skin I’m In face as she too faced similar situations growing up in a community where black girls were the minority. Melinda often found herself to be the only minority in her classes. As a mother of an African American male, there were many lessons that she had to learn to help her son and other minority students navigate educational experiences. One of Melinda’s life goals has been to grow through educational and life experiences. This is a philosophy that she models. Over the years, Melinda has worked with students in grades pre-k through higher education and enjoys working with teachers to meet the diverse needs of students. Joining the Team, Melinda enjoys supporting scholars as they grow through their learning and life journeys.