Our team is dedicated to empowering Brown Girls of all shades to stand confident, strive for excellence and embrace their natural beauty. We teach our Brown Girls to find their voice, cherish sisterhood & to always strive for their full potential!
Dr. Erica Womack
Erica describes herself as an educator, learner, and equity advocate. She has spent the last two decades as a teacher, academic, entrepreneur, consultant and strategist. Erica’s expertise lies in STEM Education, Black girl literacies, culturally responsive pedagogy, program development, and strategic planning and partnerships.
Erica currently serves as the Program Director of Made for Medicine, which is a program of Columbus Medical Association that is designed to support Black middle and high school students with an interest in becoming physicians. In this role, Erica works to promote health equity and racial justice by affirming and sustaining Black students’ pathway to medicine. Erica oversees the day-to-day operations of Made for Medicine and has provided visionary leadership to guide the organization’s growth and impact since its inception in 2021. She also proudly serves as Board Chair of Brown Girls Mentoring as well as Advisory Board member for LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence. In 2023, Erica also served on the NewSchools Venture Fund Racial Equity Council to determine how to allocate $2 million dollars in funding to 10 educational founders of color committed to advancing racial equity.
Erica enjoys spending time with her husband, Maurice, and two daughters, Zora (16) & Mona (10), and dog, Biscuit. When she’s not with her family, Erica also enjoys mentoring young Black girls and women, reading non-fiction, listening to podcasts and music, and watching Netflix.
Jen Cassidy is a first and foremost a mom to an amazing Brown Girl who has been involved in Brown Girls Mentoring since 2019. Jen accepted the invitation to join the Brown Girls Mentoring Board because she saw firsthand the impact the program has on her daughter and sees the ongoing passion and dedication of the entire BGM Team as they influence and raise up the next generation of leaders who will be strong, confident women of color.
Jen has been in the Central Ohio non-profit, cultural landscape for 30 years. She currently serves as the Director of the Ohio History Center & Ohio Village, overseeing the daily operations and visitor programming at the site. Prior to joining the Ohio History Connection in 2016, she has a 20+ year history at COSI, Center of Science & Industry, starting as a part-time Camp-In teacher, moving to her first full time job as a COSI On Wheels educator and ending her time at COSI in 2015 as the Vice President for Programs. Jen also served as the Director of Philanthropy at Edheads, a national learning through games website focused on STEM career exploration, based in Columbus, Ohio. Jen resides in Dublin with her husband Robert, daughter Sloane, son Owen and three crazy cats, Lucy, Mamie, and Ike. She enjoys reading, traveling, live music, and spending time with family.
My name is LaTasha Pannell, B.A. and I am the Owner and CEO of Agape Care, a healthcare agency that provides direct support to individuals with developmental disabilities. I am a proud graduate of The Ohio State University where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.
I have extensive experience in the field of behavioral health that I gained through working with companies as an Business Development/Community outreach liaison and manager. Through my work in this discipline, I have been able to bridge the gap between businesses and communities by increasing revenue and expanding knowledge of various diseases and disorders that affect our communities. My proven track record has grown multiple companies' profits in the millions.
My inspiration and drive comes from my three children. They push me to be better. I love being able to provide them with a strong foundation and a legacy they can carry on. When I’m not working, I am spending time with my children and actively pouring into their futures by nurturing their education, interests and talents. I am a proud board member sitting as the secretary for Brown Girls Mentoring. I choose to apply for the board because I believe in their mission. Their drive and desire to help little brown girls become confident and strive for greatness is just what we need in this world. They are creating the leaders for tomorrow. This is the change I want to see and be apart of and that’s why I choose Brown Girls Mentoring.
Shalini is a seasoned government affairs executive with over 15 years' experience in K-12 education. At Teach For America (TFA), she spearheads national public funding efforts, working on federal funding policy and securing federal and state funding, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. In her prior role as a Chief of Staff at TFA, she provided guidance for executive leadership, optimizing operational efficiency and coordination among the national organization and its 50 regional teams. She also worked on special projects including on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives through coalition building with community partners and civil rights organizations. As a consultant, she offers expertise in strategic planning, government affairs, fundraising, and management to forward-thinking social impact organizations.
Shalini has worked for several other nonprofit organizations, including the United Way, and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University, along with a Masters of Education and an M.A. in Public Policy. Originally from Southern California, she now resides in Columbus, OH, with her partner.
Faith has been a part of Brown Girls Mentoring for four years, now serving as the Program Director and a general member of the Board. With over ten years' experience in business to consumer sales, Faith found her calling in Real Estate. She currently works as the Director of Acquisitions for a local family owned real estate company, Eye Homes. In her primary role, Faith focuses on providing real estate solutions for homeowners who are looking for a quick and simplified way of selling their home. She's also an investor herself.
Faith joined Brown Girls Mentoring after searching for a way to give back to her community. She has a passion for working with the youth and wanted to surround herself with girls and women of color who look like her, while continuing to lift up her community.
Faith currently resides in Mansfield, OH where she spends majority of her time with her partner Tanner, her Aussie Shepherd mix Tucker, and her cat Bash. A native of the east coast, she is a die-hard Eagles fan but she bleeds Scarlet and Gray! She graduated with a B.A. in Communications from The Ohio State University and was fortunate to call Columbus home for over a decade after graduation. Faith loves traveling, reading, working out and spending time with family.
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