Deion N. Dorsett, MBA
Cherrelle J. Duncan, MPSA
Cherrelle J. Duncan is a native of Lafayette, LA and has been a Houstonian since 2013. She is the Director of Development at a global nonprofit that focuses on strengthening under-resourced communities through spiritual growth, education, revitalization, and basic needs. Previously, Cherrelle has worked for two national nonprofit organizations specializing in events and peer-to-peer fundraising. Cherrelle is also the founder of Duncan Impact Solutions, which specializes in non-profit consulting and uses her experience to oversee the development needs of organizations and cultivate fundraising vehicles and sponsorship for the various events.
She received her B.A in Public Relations from the University of Louisiana in 2011 and her Master of Public Service & Administration from Texas A&M University in 2013. Cherrelle has been a member of HAULYP since 2014 and has served as the Fund Development Chair between 2015-2017 and Treasurer from 2017-2018. She is a 2017 National Urban League Emerging Leader Program alumnus and was honored with an inaugural 2016 National Urban League Heroes in the Movement Award. Cherrelle is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and was chosen as a 2017 AFP International Outstanding Young Fundraising Professional. Finally, she is a proud member of the Prince Hall affiliated Order of the Eastern Star and the Junior League of Houston.
As Vice President, Cherrelle is focused on the mission of the Urban League while developing leaders on the board and in the general body. She desires to empower each individual to achieve organizational, committee, professional and personal goals. Most importantly, her endeavors will be focused on impacting change in the community while helping others see the value in their contributions.
Victoria Hart is a native Houstonian and currently works at the non-profit, Neighborhood Recovery Community Development Corporation (NRCDC) as Business Relations Director. She is responsible for acquiring sponsorship and patronage for NRCDC, as well as overseeing their loan program, Community Loan Center of Greater Houston- an initiative implemented to combat predatory lending in the community. She also assists with partner, BB&T, in coordinating their financial workshop series for the organization.
Victoria is a proud alum of Texas Southern University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, and is currently pursuing her post-graduate degree at The University of Houston- M.B.A with a concentration in HR Management. She is a member of the Greater Houston Black Chamber and Texas Southern Alumni (Houston Chapter). And as a member of the Houston HBCU Alumni Association, she is working to launch their new mentor program- to aid low-performing schools in Houston. Victoria has been a member of HAULYP since 2017. And as secretary, she hopes to help HAULYP incite a change in their communities by aligning with their mission: creating a culture of giving.
In addition to HAULYP and her other organizations, Victoria is an active member of Lilly Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She is a part of the Sanctuary Choir and their Young Adult Ministry. She is a devoted mother and enjoys giving, educating, and empowering her community.
Samiyah Reed has been a member of HAULYP since June 2015. She has served in multiple committees and in acknowledgement of her service was rewarded Member of the Month in September 2015. Samiyah is originally from Chicago, IL and has a B.S. in Accounting from DePaul University. Her work experience includes grants administration at prominent academic healthcare facilities. She has returned to DePaul to pursue their online Health Informatics master’s degree to leverage her love of numbers with her healthcare administration expertise.
Samiyah is excited to fulfill the Treasurer role, where her goal is to ensure the organization’s finances are efficiently managed.
Dr. Kimberly J. McNeil
Dr. Kimberly McNeil is a Houston native and currently works as a Teacher Development Specialist (TDS) in Houston Independent School District (HISD) where her focus is supporting teachers in low performing schools by providing individualized feedback, coaching, and development to improve their performance and increase student achievement. Prior to the TDS role Dr. McNeil served as an ESL Specialist in Fort Bend ISD (FBISD) and as a classroom teacher in both FBISD and HISD. A recipient of the HISD Outstanding Young Educator award Dr. McNeil has taught across elementary including Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First, Third, and Fifth Grades. Dr. McNeil earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Clark Atlanta University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Lamar University, and a Doctor of Education in instructional leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She has been a member of the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals (HAULYP) since 2016 and has served as Secretary and a committee member to the HAULYP Membership Engagement and Community Outreach Committees prior to serving as Parliamentarian. In addition to serving HAULYP she is also a volunteer with the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation and an active member of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.