Meet The Team

Joy Briscoe

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Diversity Program Recruiter Cedar Rapids Community School District, CVFAC Expo Founder and SHIPHT Founder & Chair.

Lori Dale

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Recruiter Advisor

University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE) & SHIPHT Co-Chair.

Annette Lynch

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Director, School of Applied Human Sciences at University of Northern Iowa & SHIPHT Advisor

Task Force

Britni Perkins

Demarris Jenkins

Keyah Levy

Kristin Kruse

Felicia Smith Nalls

Jasmine Briscoe

DeCarlos Anderson

Laurie Watje, CPA

Joyce Levingston

Denita Gadson


Jabu Drayton - Formerly the founding HR leader at Airbnb, TaskRabbit, Shyp, and Abstract 

Sabrina Madison - Executive Director Progress Center for Black Women

Matthew Gilbert - Esq. President, Iowa C.O.R.E. Inc.

Kimberly Wayne - Founder & Executive Director Jewels Academy/regional manager of Quality and Continuous Improvement at the Siegwerk Company

Nicole Sallis - Founder of Design+Her+Life/Global Concept (Color + Trend) Expert at Hanesbrands Inc.

Keyaira Phillips - Vendor Manager at Amazon Fashion

Eboni Dale  - Associate Designer at True Religion Brand Jeans

Landon Newman - Enterprise Vendor Manager at Bank of America: Chief Administrative Officer Group

Cierra Newman - Attorney, Founder the Waterlove Iowa Project

Akwi Nji - Director of Communications Cedar Rapids Community School District / Executive Director The Hook

Ras Smith - Representative House District 62

Tarik Sykes - Videographer at Billet Video Studios/Former XXL Magazine Online Video Director

Maurice Davis - Empower by Go Daddy

Jasmine Briscoe - NYU Leadership Initiative and MLK Scholar

Keesha Burke-Henderson - Director of Diversity and International Student Success Mount Mercy University

Floyd Montgomery - IT Director Core Infrastructure services at Children’s Mercy Hospital and former CISCO Director of Global Program Management office (GPMO) Americas

Michael Muhummad – CEO Community Educational Outreach

Cornesha Olius – Licensed Vocational Nurse United Health Group

Tanya Warren - UNI Head Coach UNI Women’s Basketball

MYKE DARROUGH - Director of Partnerships and Promotions Cedar Rapids River Kings

Brandon Jackson - Dream Sports’ founder and CEO

Rhonda McRina - Director Hawkeye Community College

Shantila Caston - Mental Health Therapist UNI Counseling Center

Juana Hollingsworth - Assistant Director Diversity Recruitment UNI

Keyah Levy - Assistant Director Center for Multicultural Education UNI

Kenny Young - CEO Young and Fresh Fashion

Sharina Sallis - Community Relations Manager CUNA Mutual Group

Ryan Stevenson - Government Affairs Specialist

Quentin Hart - Mayor Waterloo Iowa

JaTera Wiley

Black Phoenix Investment Group

Supporting Organizations

UNI John PapaJohn Entrepreneurial Center

Multicultural Small Business Institute


Go Daddy

Community Educational Outreach

The Textile and Apparel Program at the University of Northern Iowa

University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE )

Infiniti Enterprises

Waterloo Community School District

Boys and Girls Club of the Cedar Valley

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