The OPHELIA Foundation is an organization based on the principle of helping others. Our goal is to promote or aid charitable, educational and humanitarian activities, with a special emphasis on those activities that improve the lives of youth, families and communities.
- Jameece Pinckney, Chairman of the Board
- Gilbert Pinckney, Vice Chairman
- Dana Thomas, Secretary
- Venous Chinichian-Jones, Financial Secretary, Development
- Lenior Simmons, Treasurer, Budget & Finance, Scholarships & Grants
- Barry Satterfield, Governance
- Denise Reed, Communications & Marketing
- OPEN DIRECTOR POSITION, Webmaster, Technology
Board of Directors
- George Pinckney, Joanne Latimer, Diana Coutee
Jameece Pinckney, Chairman of the Board
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, Vice 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 Thomas, Secretary
Dana Thomas 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.
Venous Chinichian-Jones, Financial Secretary, Development
Venous Chinichian-Jones is the Financial Secretary for the OPHELIA Foundation. She brings a wealth of expertise in gauging local business trends, the ability to connect individuals with great opportunities and in-depth real estate knowledge to her role with the Foundation. As a new OPHELIA Foundation Director, she looks forward to giving back to the community.
She currently serves as Director of Expansion for a large Washington D.C. area real estate firm. In her free time, Venous enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Lenior Simmons, Treasurer, Budget & Finance, Scholarships & Grants
Lenior Simmons joins The OPHELIA Foundation as Director, Scholarships & Grants. Lenior brings more than 30 years of professional experience in financial systems development to her new role. She is active in her community, with more than three decades of experience in service and working with community organizations focused on assisting those in need. In her free time, she enjoys being with family and traveling.
Barry Satterfield, Governance
Barry R. Satterfield is the Foundation’s Director, Governance. He brings the impressive skills he acquired during his distinguished career to his role. Barry works for the Department of Defense (DoD) as a Medical Administrative Specialist, Air Reserve Technician and received the Civilian of the Second Quarter 2020 Award. He is also a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He has served for more than 29 years, and during that time he received the 434th Air Refueling Wing Airman of the Year 1995 Award at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, and the Air Force Reserve Command Aeromedical Evacuation Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of 2019 Award. Barry is also a licensed Emergency Medical Technician and is currently pursuing his degree in Health Care Administration.
Denise Reed, Communications & Marketing
Denise Reed serves as Director, Marketing and Communications, for The OPHELIA Foundation. She brings extensive experience as a chapter secretary and a financial secretary at other nonprofit organizations to this role. Denise works as a supervisor for a major airline. She also owns an event planning and photography business. She is a granddaughter of Ophelia Comfort Jones.