Ali Morgan

Ali Morgan is a lifelong educator. He is currently the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Rye Country Day School. He is also a drama teacher and tennis coach and a consultant for SUNY Westchester Community College.

Ali began his career in higher education and financial aid over 16 years ago at New School University where he served as a Loan Coordinator/Counselor and later as an Assistant Bursar/Title IV Compliance Manager. Ali later became the Associate Director of Student Financial Services and shortly thereafter Acting Director of Student Financial Services at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He was soon recruited to be the initial Financial Aid Lead of the CUNYfirst Project at the City University of New York – a $250 million dollar ERP project charged with upgrading and integrating all of the university’s technology systems.

Ali enjoys sharing his knowledge about higher education, financial aid and financial literacy with the community. He often conducts workshops for college and college bound students on these topics as well as life skills and college readiness. Ali is a trustee for Breakthrough New York, a non-profit organization that increases opportunities for motivated public middle school students and encourages talented high school and college students to pursue careers in education. He is the Immediate Past President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Eta Zeta Lambda Chapter, President of the chapter’s foundation, Westchester Alphas Educational Foundation (WAEF) and has previously served as Associate Editor to the Sphinx, Treasurer, Historian and Chair of the 50th Anniversary Scholarship fundraiser benefiting high school seniors in Westchester.

Ali received his B.F.A. in Theater Arts from Southern Methodist University and earned a M.S. Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the City University of New York, Bernard M. Baruch College. Ali was born in the Bronx but spent his formative years in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He is married to wife Kanika and is the proud father of one son Qadeer and two daughters, Kibriyaa and Ava.

Carole Lofton

Carole Jones-Lofton is a native Texan who will lend her passion and voice to benefit those in need. At the age of 47, she decided to live her dreams and has become an accomplished runway model and pageant queen which has landed her on the cover of online magazines, including Simply Me Magazine which caters to the beauty and health of being a plus size man or woman.

She most recently was on the cover of Heart and Soul Magazine, featured as a heart disease survivor.
Carole gives back to the community , sharing the message of living Heart Healthy as a part of the American Heart Association’s Passion Committee. As a committee member, she volunteers at events through public speaking and mentoring. Carole has received her certification in Event and Wedding Planning and plans to further her education and career.

Christopher Blue

Christopher G. Blue is a marketing and brand ambassador. He is currently the CEO and Founder of Segue Events, a marketing and event planning firm and Co-Founder of Men of Business, a marketing firm. As a rising entrepreneur, Christopher also has launched BLUE, an exclusive clothing line and Vlasy, a hair line and hair products.

Christopher began his career in Financial Services at Wells Fargo, a Fortune 500 company, where he served as a Credit Manager. He later became a Branch Manager receiving numerous awards and accolades for sales, customer services and leadership.

Christopher is a firm believer in servant leadership and enjoys sharing his time giving back to the community. He volunteers with homeless shelters and mentors children with autism. Christopher is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing with a minor in Psychology from Texas Tech University and was born in Dallas, Texas. Christopher is a native of Dallas, Texas.

Darlene Thomas

Darlene Thomas has a heart for developing the minds of children at a young age. She has been an educator for 25 plus years. Darlene is currently the Lead Teacher at the Martin Luther King Head Start/Child Care Group. Her passion for child development began while she was a high school student in Child Development Cluster at Skyline High School and Career Development Center.

Darlene is a graduate of University of North Texas (UNT) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Arts & Sciences with a concentration in Child Development. She is a member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church serving within the ministry whenever she can. Darlene is married with two adult children, Emily and Christopher.

Miguel Bencourte

Miguel Bencourte is the owner of The Miguel Bencourte Coleccion, an online retail, wardrobe, and image consulting firm located in Dallas, Texas. With over a decade of consulting experience, Miguel’s expertise and keen attention to detail, has honored him with clients from the next door neighbor to Hollywood’s A-List celebrities.

With his entrepreneurial spirit, Miguel has created his own necktie coleccion. His self entitled Bencourte Coleccion has brought an exclusive and innovative way for neckwear not to complete and ensemble, but to complete a masterpiece. He also founded Padrino Beard Co. which not only emphasizes providing great beard grooming products, but to gives a voice and raises awareness against bullying with the campaign #BEARDTHEBULLY.

Noted for his creative communication style and dynamic motivational speeches, Miguel has put words to paper and completed his first book, JellyBeans, due to be released later this year under his own publication company, MindMap Publications. – Giving the minds journey a direction beyond its own imagination.

As great is his love for fashion and business, greater is his love for people. Grounded from a single mother household, Miguel learned the gift of giving, “The responsibility in being in a certain position is not for command, but to help bring out leadership, goals, and gifts that are already created within us.”

Miguel enjoys his downtime with family, friends, fishing, and travel.

Rose Mary Bolden

Rose Mary Bolden is a dedicated and passionate educator. She is currently a Dropout Prevention Facilitator in Dallas ISD.

Rose began her career in secondary education over 30 years ago at South Oak Cliff High School as an English Teacher. Rose also taught English at Justin F. Kimball High School and served as Head of the English Department. She later transitioned from being a Teacher to being a Guidance Counselor at Kimball and Lancaster High School in Lancaster ISD. Soon, Rose moved forward into administration while at Lancaster as an Assistant Principal and then at Hutcheson Junior High School in Arlington ISD. She later served as the Principal at Hutcheson. After serving as a principal for 12 years, Rose moved to Central Office in Arlington ISD as the Coordinator of Project SOAR Mentoring Program, which helps youth in the community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential.

Rose is extremely passionate about mentoring young women. She also enjoys sharing the importance of pursuing higher learning with young people and serves as the Chair of the Scholarship Committee at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church where she is an active member. Rose is also a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians and a proud, active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Rose received her B.A. in English and earned a M. Ed. in Guidance Counseling & Reading with a Certification in Education Leadership from East Texas State University (now known as Texas A&M University-Commerce). She is presently working in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Phoenix. Rose was born in Tatum, Texas but was raised in Dallas, Texas. She is the proud mother of one son Michael, Jr. and grandmother of one grandson, Michael, III.

Shandon Guignard

Shandon Guignard is an accomplished nail and makeup artist in the downtown Dallas salon, Mane A’trak’sion Hair Studio. She has been in the industry for over 25 years. Specializing in the “by hand technique with nails, Shandon began her career at the age of 24 in the first African-American owned nail salon, Nails Plus.

Shandon began doing freelance work throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex where she began doing nails and makeup for individuals from all walks of life. She has been involved in multiple photo shoots for hairstylists, authors, business owners, and families.

She has also been involved with assisting Celebrity Makeup Artist and mentor, Bridgett Washington.

Shandon has a passion for creating nails and makeup that is FLAWLESS.

Stephanie Burleson

Stephanie Burleson is the executive director of Silver & Gold Pageants founded in June 2014. Silver & Gold is a natural Christian-based pageant system held once each year to raise awareness and monies for different charities. Stephanie was crowned Mrs. Mesquite Texas Plus America 2014 and Ms. Community Service Plus America 2014. She has been a huge fan of pageants since she first competed in pageantry in the 1997 Pre-Teen America Pageant. She placed as a finalist and went on to represent Texas at Nationals the following year.

Stephanie is also a passionate advocate for the American Heart Association. Stephanie graduated with honors with her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Houston and Associates in International Business. She later returned to Dallas and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Masters in Accountancy from Keller Graduate School of Management. While there she was inducted into Sigma Beta Delta honors society. Stephanie currently works in the Finance department at her company. Her hobbies include various mediums of artwork, traveling and volunteering with many organizations. Stephanie is happily married to her high school sweetheart and they have a 4 year old son together.

Tiffany Tate Logan

Tiffany Tate Logan is the founding attorney of Tate | Logan, PLLC. This native of Dallas, Texas incorporated her own firm to provide affordable legal advice and representation in probate, employment, criminal, family and personal injury legal matters. While still serving her Texas-based clientele, she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to build a life with her new husband and learn social security law with Ascend Disability Attorneys, LLC.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Tiffany attended Baylor University and received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. She received her Juris Doctor and Certificate in International Studies from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

When Tiffany is not working, she screens films for the New Orleans Film Society, sings at Irish Channel Christian Fellowship and Rhema Ministries, and supports her alma maters.