2015-2017 National Board Members

Shirelle Wright, MBA – National Director

Shirelle Wright is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Health Services Administration with minors in Health Sciences and Health Information Management and received a Masters of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She became a member of BFDC in 2005 at UCF. During her time at UCF she held positions as Membership Chair, Assistant Director and Director. She is also a past National Collegiate Representative on the National Board. Through BFDC, Shirelle has made everlasting friendships and connections with all types of women. BFDC has truly been a major part of her life.

Jazmin Jones –  National Associate Director

Jazmin Jones is a graduate of the University of Central Florida (UCF) with BA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (English and Arts & Letters) and a minor in Mass Communications. She became a member of the UCF chapter of the Black Female Development Circle, Inc. in 2008 where she served as Membership Chair and later as the first Senate Liaison.  In 2011, Jazmin joined the National Board as the National Director of Special Projects and later served as the organization’s first Public Relations Chair. Currently, Jazmin is a graduate student at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA), obtaining her degree in Lifespan and Digital Communication. Jazmin says she is forever indebted to BFDC for saving her from herself and providing her with friendships that will last a lifetime.

Sandra Miles, PhD –  Immediate Past National Director

Dr. Sandra Miles is a past Assistant Director (2000-2001) and Director (2001-2003) of the Black Female Development Circle, Inc. (UCF Chapter), a BFDC Incorporator (2002), and a founding member of the National Board (2005). She is a very proud alumni of the University of Central Florida where she received her Bachelors degree in Political Science (Honors in the Major) with minors in African American Studies, Women’s Studies and French, and her Master of Arts in Student Personnel Administration. She also earned her PhD in Educational Leadership – Higher Education Administration from Florida State University. Currently, Sandra is the Director of Student Affairs and University Ombudsman and adjunct faculty in Women’s Studies at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus. In addition, Sandra remains actively involved in the community by contributing to various service organizations and enjoys speaking at conferences and to groups promoting positive self esteem and self-image among women and girls. She credits BFDC with helping her learn how to interact with all types of women and accept them for who they are without judgment.

Genesis Colmon, National Director of Records

Genesis Colmon is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and served as the secretary for the UCF chapter of BFDC (2014-2016) leading into her newly appointed position as National Director of Records. As well as school, Genesis was very active within the church.  Growing up she has served as a teen leader, usher, Sunday school teacher and devoted member of the choir.  Genesis has always served as a role model amongst her peers.  Her background in leadership, community service, and education has and will continue to lead Genesis to many great opportunities and success.

Crystal Harrison, National Director of Alumni & At-Large Affairs

Crystal Patrice Harrison was born and raised in the beautiful city of Miami, Fl. She is a recent graduate of THE Florida State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Sciences on a pre-medical track. She is continuing her studies at Florida State University College of Medicine where she looks to obtain her Medical Doctorate by the spring of 2017. Crystal became heavily involved in the FSU Chapter of the Black Female Development Circle early on in her undergraduate career and held positions such as Philanthropy Chair (2010-2011), Assistant Director (2011-2012) and Director (2012-2013). During this time, the FSU Chapter was named Chapter of the Year. Moreover, Crystal truly believes that if it was not for the mission of and sisters within BFDC, she would not be the woman she is today.

Jakia Rodgers, National Director of Special Projects

Born and raised in Ocala, Florida, Jakia currently lives in Tampa Florida where she attends the University of South Florida. Majoring in Biomedical Science with a minor in Psychology she plans to further her education through medical school. She has aspirations of becoming a pediatrician and returning to Ocala to open her own practice. She would like to help change the world through providing affordable healthcare in underserved communities. She joined BFDC in the fall of 2013 and ever since she has continuously made strong bonds with her sisters. She appreciates the organization for the love, support, and positive impact it has made in her life and allowed her to make in others. Jakia is also involved in the gospel choir at USF where she holds the position of student ambassador, a member of MPSS, and a mentor in the big brother big sisters. One of her favorite scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have made for you says the LORD. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Aierress Hanna, National Director of Special Projects

Aierress Hanna is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.S. In Health Sciences Pre-Clinical and a double minor in Chemistry and African American Studies. Aierress is from Jacksonville, FL and aspires to become a dental professional. She has been a member of BFDC since 2011, serving in several capacities including Shades of Womanhood chair and Director of the UCF Chapter.

Monique McLeod, National Collegiate Representative

Monique McLeod currently lives in Tampa, Florida where she attends the University of South Florida. Majoring in Business Management, she plans to further her education and receive a Master’s in Business Administration. Monique has aspirations to own her own home renovation and property management company, as well as to become a freelance interior designer. She joined BFDC in the fall of 2013 and she is captivated by the genuine love this organization represents and shows toward its members. She believes that as women we all come from different walks of life and this organization allows us to come together comfortable in our own skin to seek support and acceptance.  She has befriended some of the best of friends of her college career and has created lifelong sisterly bonds through BFDC. Monique is one of the youngest members of the National Black MBA Association of Tampa Bay where she is the head of undergraduate student affairs, and she is also a mentor in the Big Brother Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. As National Collegiate Representative it is her mission to generate more sisterly bonding between chapters so that all members may experience the BFDC love and support that awaits them beyond the levels of their respective chapters.

Christi Owiye, National Miss Woman of Excellence (Ex-Oficio)

Christi Owiye is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida. She received her Bachelors in Mass Communications with a minor in Africana Studies. At USF, she served as the Public Relations Chair on the executive board. Aside from the Black Female Development Circle Inc., Christi was also on the Executive Board for the Black Student Union.

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