Jameece Pinckney, Founder
Jameece Pinckney is the Founder and an incorporating director of The OPHELIA Foundation. It was no surprise that Jameece founded OPHELIA, because of her love for the Lord, family and community. The strength she possesses is in her bloodline as the oldest grandchild of Ophelia Comfort Jones and daughter of Joanne Hill Latimer. Jameece is an executive and self-starter with more than 15 years of progressively responsible experience in fast-growing service company environments. She has held multiple leadership roles in business operations — designing, implementing and delivering leading-edge contract administration process solutions while successfully executing corporate goals and achieving proven results. Jameece is compliance oriented, an effective communicator and a dynamic business partner and change agent with a passion for developing and mentoring efficient, effective teams. She travels and works internationally, thus bringing diversity and a broad range of experience to The OPHELIA Foundation.
Jameece has a Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, a master’s degree in educational administration and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Tennessee State University. She also holds a Top Secret security clearance. Jameece is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and supports numerous other civic and professional organizations.
Gilbert Pinckney, Chairman
Gil Pinckney is an incorporating director of the Foundation and the youngest child of Ophelia Pinckney. Gil is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the family business. He is a highly decorated U.S. Army veteran and brings more than 26 years of professional experience to The OPHELIA Foundation. His expansive portfolio includes successfully managing million-dollar acquisitions and holding responsibility for the development, design, operation, and improvement of the systems that create and deliver the firm’s products and services. He applies this expertise to The OPHELIA Foundation in his role as Chairman.
Dana Latimer, Vice Chairman
Dana Latimer is an incorporating director of The OPHELIA Foundation. She brings professional skills gained as a project/program manager for multi-million-dollar projects for nearly 20 years, as well as her personal experience as a volunteer and a passion for giving back to the community, to the Foundation. Dana is a granddaughter of Ophelia Comfort Jones.
LaShawn Williams, Secretary
LaShawn Williams is a Paralegal Specialist in information and employment law with a federal agency. She has experience in all aspects of the litigation process, including drafting pleadings, preparing pretrial documents, instructing experts and witnesses, and communicating with clients. In addition to her litigation experience, she has experience with the Freedom of Information Act.
LaShawn is one of the Foundation’s newest Directors and has assumed the role of Secretary. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in paralegal studies. She has a bachelor’s degree in management, with a concentration in organizational development, from Clayton State University. LaShawn is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Karen Rosser, Treasurer
Karen Rosser is a new Director of The OPHELIA Foundation. Karen is a high-performing, results-driven Program Management Professional with more than 24 years of proven comprehensive experience, fostering leader development; building teams; and directing complex programs, situations, and activities in military and civilian environments. She incorporates innovative yet disciplined management techniques when managing personnel, budgets, and projects in organizations, resulting in enhanced business practices. She holds a master’s degree in human resources management from Troy State University, a bachelor’s degree in biology from Tuskegee University, and Program Management Level III certification from the Defense Acquisition University. Karen is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a retired Army officer with a passion for helping others. Karen is the Treasurer for The OPHELIA Foundation.
Darryl Peek, Financial Secretary
Darryl Peek is an incorporating director of The OPHELIA Foundation. Darryl is a dynamic IT leader, business developer, consultant, project manager, subject matter expert and organizational change agent with extensive experience in utilizing and implementing business systems and processes to drive results. He has a proven track record of success in the federal government and the intelligence community. Darryl also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Fawn Coleman, Governance & Scholarships
Fawn Coleman is an incorporating director of The OPHELIA Foundation. Fawn served the Foundation as its first secretary. As a former president and 10-year member of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization’s board of directors, Fawn is responsible for providing governance expertise to the OPHELIA Board. She has spent most of her professional career in a senior management capacity, where she has used her advanced organizational development skills to help entities achieve organizational effectiveness.
Fawn leads the Foundation’s scholarship, grants and awards outreach activities, identifying and choosing deserving recipients for assistance from OPHELIA.
She has a master’s degree in organization development from American University and a dual undergraduate degree in Latin American studies and economics from Penn State University. Fawn is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Linda Alkire, Marketing and Communications
Linda Alkire is the Foundation’s Marketing and Communications Director. She brings to this position the professional skills and expertise she has acquired during her more than 30 years as a marketing, public relations, and communications professional. She is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications for a privately-held contractor in the Washington, D.C. area. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from California University of Pennsylvania.
Linda is motivated by the desire to use her professional skills to make a difference in the lives of others wherever possible. She also serves as the editor of The OPHELIA Foundation newsletter and performs freelance work as a writer and editor.
Ray Robertson, Community and Fundraising
Ray Robertson provides community and fundraising expertise to the Foundation. He is a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, with 20 years of service. In that capacity, Ray had countless opportunities to serve many communities in the United States and abroad. Some of the most fulfilling work he performed was helping to rebuild schools in third-world nations, and he experienced firsthand the joy this brought to the students who attended the schools. Ray is pleased to impact our local communities in a similar way as an active director of The OPHELIA Foundation.