Board of Directors

DR. NISHAUN BATTLE

Virginia State University

Dr. Nishaun T. Battle is the author of Black Girlhood, Punishment, and Resistance: Reimagining Justice for Black Girls in Virginia, by Routledge Publishing. She is a scholar-artist activist whose research explores lived and historical experiences of Black girls, community activism, and social justice. She is a co-principal investigator of the STOP school violence grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2019, Dr. Battle’s article entitled “From Slavery to Jane Crow to Say Her Name: An Intersectional Examination of Black Women and Punishment, was selected to be a part of the racial justice syllabus with Duke University Press. In 2018, the Division of People on Color and Crime, a division of the American Society for Criminologists, named her as the recipient of its New Scholar Award. Dr. Battle mentors and engages in ongoing community advocacy with organizations centered on promoting social and legal justice for Black girls and girls of color in the surrounding Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia areas. She is a Mellon Fellow with the Democratizing Knowledge Project and a participant of the Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute at the University of Maryland-College Park. Born and raised in Southern California where she completed two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Afro-Ethnic Studies and Communications from California State University, Fullerton, Dr. Battle holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University and a Doctorate in Sociology with concentrations in Criminology and Social Inequality from Howard University. While at Howard, she also obtained a certificate in Women’s Studies. She is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Virginia State University.

KASFIA RASHID,

Kash The Bookkeeper

Treasurer

Kasfia grew up in Brooklyn, NY and is a proud only child of a single mother who immigrated from Bangladesh.She is an accountant whose career started at age 8 she discovered that someone was skimming from her piggyback. After a careful audit of her records (keptin a little pink book) she confronted her mother about the missing funds.In 2003 (12 years later-finally allowed out again) she started working in a Manhattan CPA firm while earning her degree in accounting with a double major in finance and economics.Her corporate career ended in the hedge fund industry in 2014. She is a QuickBooks Online certified pro, excel wizard and automation expert. When she is not managing small business’s books and records, Kash can be found networking at her BNI meeting on Tuesdays, attending monthly WHIMBY events, and other various networking organizations around town.

JOHN JONES JR.,

The Point Guards

Chair

John E. Jones Jr. is a business growthcoach, motivational speaker,and author of “The Point Guard Entrepreneur.” The Point Guards is acoaching, speaking,and leadership development companycreated over 10 years ago when he began speaking to Fortune 500 companies around the world about growing their business. He is alsoPresident of J. Jones & Associates Insurance Group andowns 5 other companies in the state Virginia. John has been a top produce in the field of Insurance. Mr. Jones has thirty (30) years of experience in the insurance industry working with employer groups on core and voluntary benefits. Mr. Jones is a multi-state licensed Insurance Agent in Life, Heath and Property & Casualty. John has lead teams of as many as 200 members, using leadership skills to empower them to achieve their business and personal goals. John attended Averett University and studied BusinessManagement. He later became certified with the John C Maxwell Certification Program, the leading leadership program in the world. John leadership program has help Companies, Executive, and Future Leaders achieve their goals. Developing customize programs and strategies for each situation he encounters. He has consulted for large corporate companies, non-profit organizations, municipalities.

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