Dreamers for Change Task Force

The Dreamers for Change Task Force was created in the summer of 2020 with a membership of staff and community leaders. The group has met virtually over the last twelve months and has touched on topics such as systemic racism and unconscious biases, and helped explore training options for task force members, AAD board members, teachers, and staff on diversity, equity, and inclusion. After selecting Cook Ross, a full-service consulting firm with 30 years of experience addressing organizational development issues, including deep expertise in the role of unconscious bias in the workplace, a series of training sessions were held. These training sessions were held virtually and helped facilitate dialogue and provided task force members, staff, and board members with a framework to process what was happening nationally related to acts of racial injustice and what they can do individually and collectively to achieve equality.

Several members of the An Achievable Dream staff are currently enrolled in the CoachDiversity Institute (CDI) and are obtaining a Certified Professional Diversity Coach (CPDC) certification. CDI focuses on diverse communities and helps organizations ensure they are leading with diversity, equity and inclusion in mind. The CPDC certification will give the AAD staff members the foundation needed to work with others on topics such as developing awareness of cultural difference; cultivating non-judgmental attitude toward difference; transforming bias toward inclusion; cultural competency; minority stress; managing conflict around diversity and inclusion in the workplace; and micro-aggressions.

The MISSION of this task force is to be a non-partisan group led by Dreamers (An Achievable Dream students, alumni, and staff) and community partners who are helping to build awareness, create solutions, and bring equity to communities through justice
reforms, community outreach, and social and moral education.

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The VISION of this group is to create equitable communities through collaboration…to be the Dreamer!

Task Force Members

Dr. Lee VreelandPresident & CEOAn Achievable Dream
Pervis O. BlakeVice President of AcademicsAn Achievable Dream
Amanda RoseVice President of Finance and Administration & CFOAn Achievable Dream
Sabrina RichardsonExecutive DirectorAn Achievable Dream
Abbie SchaeferDirector of PR, Marketing & Special Events An Achievable Dream
Chris MiddletonSenior Director of Virginia BeachAn Achievable Dream
Jonothan ListerMath Lead TeacherAn Achievable Dream
Middle & High School
LaQuiche R. Parrott, Ed.D.Director of Diversity, Equity and InclusionVirginia Beach City Public Schools
Willard MaxwellPastorNew Beech Grove
Baptist Church
Richard ColemanCFOULLC
Tony BrothersReferee; OwnerNBA; Brothers Restaurant
Bubba HutchisonPresident/Owner; RealtorThe Brake King; Howard Hanna
Steve DrewChief of PoliceCity of Newport News
Courtney MompointPrincipalAn Achievable Dream
Middle & High School
Portia Sardik Cameron*Head of OperationsBASIS DC Public
Charter School
Tory Kendall Watkins*Counselor/SPED
Henrico County
Public Schools
Nick FaulkDistrict Sales ManagerUS Foods
Josh DavidAttorney/PartnerDavid, Kamp & Frank,
Megan Burnett Annual Giving Officer, Donor Acquisition and CommunicationsRiverside Foundation
Sarah Jane KirklandPresident and CEOCIVIC Leadership Institute
Shameka Gerald, Ed.D.Director of Equity, Assessment, and Strategic OperationsNewport News Public Schools
Isaiah Lucas*Program CoordinatorOffice for Institutional Equity and Diversity at NC State University
Lt. Melissa MarganLieutenant, Community Youth and Outreach DivisionNewport News Police Department
* AAD Alumni