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2020 Board Members

Leshundra Robinson

Executive Director / Co-Founder

Community. Youth. Mentoring. Those are the three words that best describe Leshundra Robinson. Ms. Robinson founded UCAN of Memphis nearly 15 years ago to address the needs of at-risk teens across Memphis and Shelby County.

With more than 20 years of experience in youth development, Ms. Robinson is considered to be a social responsibility coach for teens. She is an advocate for youth and is able to connect with them in way that is fun and loving, yet impactful.

She coaches concepts and principles in six Shelby County Schools with the purpose of empowering teens with the tools to build, become empowered and implement self-worth. Ms. Robinson added bullying awareness into UCAN of Memphis’ programming in 2011 after her brother’s struggle with mental illness led to suicide. His last request was for her to help others with mental illness get treatment.

Ms. Robinson is a graduate of Crichton College, earning a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and has a Master’s in Public Administration with emphasis in Nonprofit from DeVry University. She is a member of Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc., an AmeriCorps VISTA, and is a graduate of New Memphis Institute and Leadership Memphis.

Ms. Robinson is also a noted speaker and nationally-certified Olweus Trainer, teaching bullying prevention in the community.

Her motto is “Don’t give away your energy to people who are not giving you positive power.”

Dominique Taylor

Dominique Taylor

Board Chair

Dominique Taylor is an accounting professional with a combined 12 years of experience in financial statement preparation and analysis, nonprofit financial audits, payroll accounting and taxation, logistics and contracts accounting, public accounting and tax preparation. She currently works for V. Lynn Evans, CPA in Memphis, Tennessee as a Senior Accountant. 

She also owns a tax and consulting business, JMT Financial and Tax Services, where she provides individual tax consulting and preparation and public notary service.  She works with individuals to help plan for their financial futures by offering information and guidance on topics that include taxes, family budgeting, and planning. 

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a minor in Accounting from LeMoyne-Owen College and her Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in public accounting from Strayer University

Her favorite quote is:

“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” ― Denzel Washington

Kesha Whitaker

Kesha Whitaker

Public Relations

Kesha R. Whitaker is an information architect, providing copywriting, voice over and public relations services. As president of K. Whitaker Public Relations, her experience in media and public relations spans several industries including non-profit, government, education and athletics.  She has a successful track record of securing media placements on affiliate news broadcasts across the country.

Recognized for her strong writing ability, she has worked for the U.S. Olympic Committee and the New Jersey General Assembly. Whitaker was a journalist at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, a Senior Public Information Assistant for the Ivy League Conference in Princeton, NJ, and Director of Media Relations for the Atlantic Sun Conference in Macon, GA.

A Memphis native and graduate of The University of Memphis, Kesha earned a B.A. in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Toastmasters International.

She was named to the Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40, Divine Magazine’s 40 Movers and Shakers Under 40, and received the New Tri-State Defender Woman of Excellence Award.

Her favorite quote is:

“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”    

Eleanor Roosevelt

Nadia Perry

Nadia Perry

Marketing

Nadia Perry is a wife, mother and seriel entrepreneur. She has over 13 years of sales and marketing experience. Nadia has found a way to create a non-traditional career path to help her grow her business and create jobs for others. In her spare time, Nadia enjoys hanging with her amily and friends, or reading a good book.

Nadia loves all things surrounding community service, such as, feedign the homeless, cleaning up litter or simply having one-on-one communication with children in the community.

Her favorite quote is:

”There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.” -Brian Tracy

Mia Hamilton

Mia Hamilton

Project Manager

Mia Hamilton is an education professional with 10 years of experience in education. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business, Marketing from University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master’s degree in Education, Curriculum & Instruction from Tennessee State University. Mia inherited her love for education from her mother who is a classroom teacher and inspired her through her dedication to her scholars.

Mia first began her career in education as a classroom teacher where she enjoyed being able to interact with scholars daily. Four years into her education career, Mia transitioned into administration as an Operations Manager for a local charter school. She found that she was able to make a greater impact as an administrator, utilize her business skills from her undergraduate degree, while still maintaining relationships with scholars to shape the educational sector in Memphis. Mia stated, “UCAN of Memphis is needed in our communities and our schools” which is why she choose to be a board member to continue to foster UCAN of Memphis’ mission. 

Her favorite quote is:

“Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?” – Michelle Obama

Mary Dugan

Mary Dugan

Secretary

Mary Dugan has worked with school age children for over 20 years. Her passion with youth became even more important after her first and only son was born in 2006 as she turned 40. Despite her age, Mary stayed committed to being a part of every aspect of her son’s education – from volunteering with the day care center, to serving as PTA President and attending all PTA workshops especially at the State capital.  As her child began elementary school, Mary turned her volunteer efforts into a career.

Mary became the Site Coordinator Supervisor for Shelby Oaks Elementary School and had the pleasure of managing over 10 employees and over 100 students. She was also responsible for a $250 million budget for the Shelby County Schools aftercare program which was always rated A+ by the State of Tennessee. At the age of 50, Mary furthered her education by receiving both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She wanted her students to know that it is NEVER too late to contribute to this world we live in and to NEVER give up!

Her favorite quote is:

“The key to life is not accumulation, It’s contribution” – Sean Covey

Ronda Hughey

Ronda Hughey

Bookkeeper

Ronda Hughey has been in the accounting and financial industry for 15 years. Ronda owns Hughey’s Debits and Credits with her high school sweetheart Cortez. Together, they work with nonprofits and small businesses to alleviate stress by creating ways to achieve financial relief through bookkeeping, payroll, and taxes. 

Her favorite quote is: 

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –  Maya Angelou

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