Khadija has been a successful visionary and entrepreneur for the last 12 years servicing the Metropolitan area. After the birth to her multi-talent daughter, Khadija realized a huge educational funding gap in the educational system. She was inspired to create a funding source that would provide support to communities. In Lieu of gifts, she encouraged family and friends to invest in her daughter's education, which brought forth Education Bucks. In pursuit of her vision, Khadija's goal is to make Education Bucks the number one source for families to allocate money for all educational needs.
Shannon has been helping organizations accomplish their strategic goals by coaching Agile teams and projects for nearly 15 years, providing services in the federal, private, and non-profit space. As an Agile leader and strategist, she has led various efforts, solving critical challenges faced by HealthCare.gov, Reading is Fundamental, and IRS.gov to name a few. Shannon's approach and experience inspires confidence and leads to buy-in across all tiers of organizations, a testament to her ability to empower teams and shift mindsets towards the agile framework. Shannon founded Vorentoe LLC, a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) utilizing agile coaching, training, and consulting to bring about meaningful change and knowledge to her clients. Vorentoe focuses on finding opportunities to make organizations successful in their journey towards agility and transformation.
Chief of Grant Research & Writing
Kiana L. Faucette is a chair and the Chief of Grant Research and Writing for Education Bucks. She is a technical writer, editor, educator, and photographer with 15 years of technical and grant writing experience. Her main goal is to help organizations and their people flourish (across non-profit, primary education, public and private sectors). Kiana’s background includes roles in IT, business management, marketing, and education. She has won grant awards in major federal competitions and served as a proposal reviewer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Kiana’s educational credentials include B.S. in Environmental Science and Marine Biology, George Washington University, secondary teacher’s certification, PMP, and Agile certifications.
Chief of Public Relations
Melissa Gardner is the Founder & CEO of Administrative Concierge Services, LLC.
Melissa supports other small business owners by managing and efficiently executing
the necessary daily tasks of the business so owners can focus on achieving business
excellence. Melissa encourages conversation so she can get to know the particular
needs and goals of a business and then help to spur growth and success. Melissa also
aids small businesses to communicate and market their brand through the facilitation of
their social media pages and by identifying and developing partnerships.
Chief of Staff
For the past 15 years, Ginger Williams has provided excellent attention to detail and has effectively represented Cambridge Associates. Working in close coordination with Firm-Wide Leadership and Regional Managers, Ginger has proven to be indispensable in organizing, managing schedules, logging activity and keeping an open channel of communication within and between departments. Her efforts have resulted in a clear increase in the efficiency between all levels of the company.
President Of Operations
Aimee Smart is an accomplished Senior Executive with over 19 years of success in the pharmaceutical and
biotechnology industries. She is a highly flexible leader with strong project management skills and the ability to solve complex problems. Her broad areas of expertise include team building, communication, management, strategic planning, organization, clinical programs, project management, turnaround, global regulatory affairs, and leadership.
She is the current Vice President of Clinical Development and Regulatory Processes for Lung Biotechnology PBC and Lung Bioengineering Inc, where she reports directly to the parent company, United Therapeutics, Chief Executive Officer and dedicates herself to driving clinical and product development of drugs, biologics, and devices.
Sharon L. Jones
Vice President of Educational Operations
Sharon L. Jones has a diverse professional background which ranges from working in the fashion industry to being an education leader at the PreK-12 and postsecondary levels. She brings rich experiences from two of the largest public-school systems in the nation such as Fairfax County Public Schools as well as other prominent organizations. Sharon is a proud alum of Virginia Commonwealth University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at Virginia Tech, where her research focus is on Black male academic achievement.