Board of Directors
WCI is honored to receive the guidance of these accomplished and inspired individuals.
Ms. Pearson's professional
life as entrepreneur, business strategist, master coach, change igniter, and human rights activist spans over twenty years. She is a specialist on change management, organizational leadership and development, strategic planning and implementation, executive recruitment and coaching, and creating high-performance teams. She has work with Hewlett-Packard, Chevron and The Coca-Cola Company.
Ms Pearson has consulted for the African Women’s Development Fund, UNIFEM, UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR and National Democratic Institute (NDI). to develop Campaigns on preventing violence against women, and training psychologists and lay counselors to provide counseling, and support to survivors of violence and sexual assault.
Violet is passionate about building a platform for female entrepreneurs to collaborate and support each other. She founded several non-profit organizations and a leading non-governmental organization in Ghana, West Africa, assisting women and child victims of family and societal violence.. In her role as Executive Director, she promoted democratic and judicial reforms, human rights and women’s issues.
Working with young women led Violet to create Girls in the Lead (GILD), a project to develop and empower young girls to take leadership roles in their communities.
Ms. Mwangi was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and later settled with her family in the United States, where she grew up and has lived most of her life.
As a registered nurse, she has worked with the Ambulatory Care Unit at California Pacific Medical Center, and the Electrophysiology Clinic at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, San Francisco.Currently, she is a member of Unit Partnership Council, Cardiac Specialty Unit at MarinHealth, Greenbrae, CA.
She has campaigned for health care reform in the state of California through California Nurses Association (CNA) where she trained and served as a nurse advocate.For her, fundamental issues have constantly resonated: the need for safety, security, education and health. They’ve translated into a burning will to help promote better opportunities for others.
Ms. Welcome’s professional career has spanned roles in Sales, Marketing and Operational leadership at organizations within the non-profit and print/Digital Media realms. As director of Operations at The JASON Foundation, she helped bring technology into classrooms and the hands of underserved students across the US and beyond. In her roles at International Data Group (IDG) and Hanley Wood, Ms. Welcome transformed the businesses by developing and growing audience databases and engaging them though highly performing marketing efforts. Her focus is Digital Marketing and the technologies that help achieve that.
Sarah is involved in several charity efforts supporting the needs of the homeless and veteran populations, with a focus on the special needs of women within these groups. She has mentored dozens of young women, helping them achieve both their personal and professional goals. Empowering and equipping women with the resources they need to thrive is her life-long passion.
Dr. Vivian Smith-Del Toro earned a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, a Master of Business Administration and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Vivian authored Strategies for Women’s Economic Impact and Empowerment; Journey to the C-Suite .
She is the Founder and CEO of Global Executive Business Consultants (GEBC), a business research, project management, and global leadership development consultancy with over 120 clients.
Dr. Vivian is life-time member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and serves on the Board of Directors for ALL CHICAGO and Micah Speaks Kid Camp, and The Minority Freedom Fund . She serve on the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce from 2012-2014.
Dr. Vivian is CEO and her husband, Andres Del Toro, President and co-owners of American Financial Real Estate, LLC, a real estate company working in Illinois and North Carolina.
Board Member Emeritus
Mr. Williams founded the non-profit organization, The Edge, in 2008 to assist young people in building bridges of mutual understanding..
He served in the U.S. Air Force then pursued a career as a professional choreographer, dancer and teacher in Los Angeles.
He was initiated into the Mankind Project in 1999 and is a certified I-Group Leader. He became active in Boys to Men in 2002 and took the program to South Africa in 2007. He has supported community service projects in Africa including the construction of a clinic in southern Sudan and a school in northern Uganda. He is also supporting the expansion of an orphanage in Haiti.
TeQuion M. Brookins works as Director of Operations at the McGregor Fund, a private foundation in Detroit, Michigan committed to alleviating chronic homelessness and unemployment in the City.
She is the youngest and only African American employee ever to hold a director-level position with the company.
Ms. Brookins has also founded a consulting firm specializing in start-up assistance for small, women- and minority-owned businesses; and the Velvet Signature Luxury e-Retail Bar, an e-commerce store that donates 51% of proceeds to charities offering economic opportunities to individuals of all backgrounds.
In 2018, she published The Guide to Balancing Chaos & Career, a professional development workbook.
TeQuion earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the College of Wooster with a minor in Africana Studies in 2012. She received dual master’s degrees in Finance and in Business Administration from Walsh College of Business and Accountancy in 2018.
Brookins holds professional memberships with The Michigan Nonprofit Association, PEAK Grantmaking, the Council of Michigan Foundations, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Southfield Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Chamber of Commerce, Society of Human Resource Management, Technology Affinity Group. and is a 2020 recipient of Crain’s Detroit Business’ 20 in Their 20s award.
Victoria Muthoni Tswamuno
Victoria currently is pursuing her Master’s Degree at Columbia School of Social Work and is entering her final year of study. She is interested in identifying the correlations between women’s empowerment issues and men’s issues and how that influences adolescent and youth development and the economic growth of a society. Understanding that environment plays a significant role in an individual’s trajectory, Victoria strongly believes that addressing women’s empowerment is an effective way to build a stronger more supportive structure for the youth who are the future.
Ms. Berkley is the Regional Director Strategy & Operations for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, with responsibility for advancing areas of regional strategic priorities for the multi-service lines.
Mrs. Berkley previously served in roles such as; Chief Executive Officer of Cooper Green Mercy Health Services (CGMHS), Corporate Programs Manager for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Medical Practice Administrator with Christ Community Health Services,
She values Service, Equity, Knowledge and Innovation and has been dedicated to serving diverse populations in the healthcare industry for more than 15 years.
Dr. Pardeep Kullar
Dr. Pardeep Kullar has more than twenty years of experience leading institutions to greater success in their academic delivery and supporting individuals in personalized learning journeys.
Dr. Kullar is the founder of Kullar College, offering career-related leadership development to professionals since 2006. She has also held executive roles at Life Chiropractic College West, LIGS University, and Eagle Rock College.
Dr. Kullar founded Young Women's Leadership Group, a non-profit providing self-awareness and leadership skills to adolescent girls from the inner city in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Kullar has been recognized as one of the top 100 leaders in education. She serves on the board of Effective EDU, provides mentorship services to students
at UCLA, is a member of the United Nations local chapter, and volunteers with organizations that support economic, life and career growth for individuals, especially women.
Genea Wilson has over fifteen years of health care leadership experience.
As the Director of Operations, East Bay division at Sutter Bay Medical Foundation, she has led ambulatory departments within women’s health, primary care, hospitalist, and medical specialty service lines.
Genea’s leadership and clinician collaboration helped integrate and align medical specialty departments across four counties to enhance the patient’s experience, standardize processes, and leverage shared resources.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Genea helped pioneer digital video visits within the mental health and travel medicine service lines at Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California.
Her passion for decreasing access inequities to women’s health services resulted in a redesigned Obstetrics hospitalist program at Alta Bates Medical Center for laboring women without an established OB/GYN physician, the launch of the national Centering Pregnancy program for group prenatal care, and the integration of in-person and virtual therapy services for women with postpartum depression and anxiety.
Mrs. Wilson completed the Executive General Management Program at Harvard Business School and earned a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Southern California.
Ex Officio Board Member
Founder, Executive Director
Women's Centers International
Ms. Burgess-Lent began her career in humanitarian relief and development in 1994 and has worked extensively in East Africa. She is the former Program Director of Darfur Peace and Development Organization (DPDO), responsible for the funding and operation of Kassab Women’s Center, the model on which WCI's work is based.
She previously served as a consultant to the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation (AIF), InterAction, CEPDA, and on staff at the American Red Cross International Services.
She also worked for many years in television news.
In 2019, she published the non-fiction book Trouble Ahead: Dangerous Missions with Desperate People, about her work in Africa. She has presented speeches for many organizations about the impact of war and poverty on women, and solutions that can be implemented for their benefit.