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Co-Founder & Executive Director
Community. Youth. Mentoring. Those are the three words that best describe Leshundra Robinson. Ms. Robinson founded UCAN of Memphis nearly 15 years ago to address the needs of at-risk teens across Memphis and Shelby County.
With more than 20 years of experience in youth development, Ms. Robinson is considered a social responsibility coach for teens. She advocates for youth and can connect with them in a fun and loving yet impactful way.
She coaches concepts and principles in six Shelby County Schools with the purpose of empowering teens with the tools to build, become empowered, and implement self-worth. Ms. Robinson added bullying awareness to UCAN of Memphis’ programming in 2011 after her brother’s struggle with mental illness led to suicide. His last request was for her to help others with mental illness get treatment.
Ms. Robinson is a graduate of Crichton College, earning a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management, and has a Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit from DeVry University. She is a member of Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc., an AmeriCorps VISTA, and is a graduate of New Memphis Institute and Leadership Memphis.
Ms. Robinson is also a noted speaker and nationally-certified Olweus Trainer, teaching bullying prevention in the community.
Her motto is “Don’t give away your energy to people who are not giving you positive power.”
Member since 2016
Dominique Taylor is an accounting professional with 12 years of experience in financial statement preparation and analysis, nonprofit financial audits, payroll accounting and taxation, logistics and contracts accounting, public accounting, and tax preparation. She works as a Senior Accountant for V. Lynn Evans, CPA in Memphis, Tennessee.
She also owns a tax and consulting business, JMT Financial and Tax Services, where she provides individual tax consulting, preparation, and public notary service. She works with individuals to help them plan for their financial futures by offering information and guidance on topics that include taxes, family budgeting, and planning.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a minor in Accounting from LeMoyne-Owen College and her Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in public accounting from Strayer University.
Her favorite quote is:
“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” ― Denzel Washington
Public Relations Chair
Member since 2020
Charlotte Marks is a Talent Acquisition Professional for the Terminix Companies, where she has a passion for connecting job seekers to their careers. She has 14 years of combined Human Resources experience.
She began her career with Randstad and has worked with the Kellogg Company and Eggo Plant, and the position turned into a permanent role with the company. Before working for the Terminix Companies, Charlotte worked for Kelly Services, recruiting for Nike and operating as an On-Site Manager.
Charlotte is a Youth Advisor at New Hope Baptist Church, and she enjoys connecting, spending time, and teaching our youth about God’s promises.
She has a teenage daughter who experienced bullying firsthand while in elementary from friends. Her daughter wanted to handle the situation herself without interference from her mother. This piqued Charlotte’s interest in bullying prevention.
“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.” Wilma Rudolph
Member since 2016
Nadia Perry is a wife, mother, and serial entrepreneur. She has over 13 years of sales and marketing experience. Nadia has found a way to create a non-traditional career path to help her grow her business and create jobs for others. Nadia enjoys hanging with her family and friends in her spare time or reading a good book.
Nadia loves all things surrounding community service, such as feeding people experiencing homelessness, cleaning up litter, or communicating one-on-one with children in the community.
Her favorite quote is:
”There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.” -Brian Tracy
Member since 2020
Ronda Hughey has been in the accounting and financial industry for 15 years. Ronda owns Hughey’s Debits and Credits with her high school sweetheart Cortez. Together, they work with nonprofits and small businesses to alleviate stress by creating ways to achieve financial relief through bookkeeping, payroll, and taxes.
Her favorite quote is:
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
Andrea J. Echols
Andrea Echols is Vice President, Community Development Manager at Regions Bank. She is currently responsible for overseeing several markets across West Tennessee and Arkansas. In this role, she identifies opportunities for Regions Bank to invest in community development activities related to Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The primary focus areas are financial education, affordable housing, small business, and neighborhood revitalization for low-and-moderate income areas.
She has served more than 35 years in the financial industry. Before joining Regions, Andrea worked for First Horizon for 23 years in numerous roles, including Financial Center Manager, Community Development Manager, and Regional Sales Manager. She also served as the Program Manager of the Free Tax Program for United Way of the Mid-South.
Her volunteer aspirations have allowed her to serve on the following boards: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, Advanced Memphis, Memphis Urban League, TONE, West Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition, and Greater Whitehaven Economic Development Corporation Board (GWERC).
Her educational opportunities have allowed her to receive her Associate Degree from Southwest Community College formerly (Shelby State Community College) and her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Memphis in Business Administration with a concentration in Management.
She is a Greater Middle Baptist Church member, where her husband, Dr. Rodney J. Echols, Sr., is the pastor. They are the proud parents of two sons, Rodney Jr. and Richard, and three granddaughters, Phoenix, Jewel, and Faith.
Apri Terrell’s passion for creating youth opportunities has been a labor of love for over ten years.
April has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Urban Youth Initiative and Shelby County Schools. She facilitated various youth groups, including the Frayser Youth Council and the Mayor’s Youth Social Media Team under Memphis Gun Down. During her terms of service, April grew the Frayser Youth Council to 30 active students representing the three area high schools in the Frayser community.
Under April’s direction, the Frayser Youth Council and Social Media Team have created numerous community service opportunities for youth looking to better themselves and their communities.
Upon completion of service with AmeriCorps, April joined The College Initiative as a Program Associate focusing on expanding programming to reach high school students across the City of Memphis. April has continued her work in postsecondary readiness and access with over ten years of experience working with 100s of young people across the Midsouth.
A native of Memphis and a graduate of Hamilton High School, April earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science in 2007 and Master of Public Administration in 2009, both from Tennessee State University.
In her spare time, April serves as the Student Affairs Chair and Recording Secretary for the TSUNAA Memphis/Shelby County Alumni Chapter and volunteers with the HBCU Awareness Foundation. April is a leader and innovator with a passion for young people, a commitment to excellence, and a desire to succeed.
Ray Dahmer is an IT professional with over 24 years of experience. He earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Tuskegee University and his Master’s in Information Systems from Strayer University. Spending the entirety of his career in the corporate sector, Ray has also worked as an adjunct professor and an advocate for children volunteering with Junior Achievement and Stand for Children.
Ray is the proud father of three; two daughters, ages 20 and 17, and a 13-year-old son. He is also an author of a spoken word book and has written church plays. Ray is writing for an upcoming cartoon called “Orange Mound Bound” and working on a screenplay, he hopes to turn into a short film.
Tameka Williams is a first-generation college graduate holding a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Lane College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Education from DeVry University and Freed- Hardeman University, respectively. Currently, she is employed with the Memphis-Shelby County Schools as a Truancy Attendance Specialist. She has dedicated her life to serving the youth of this great community, both in a professional and personal capacity.
Being a product of the public school system, she understands the value of community involvement and the benefits it has awarded her. Tameka has been a mentor, career advisor, workshop facilitator, and center director. She enjoys connecting students and their families to basic and essential educational and community resources that are specific to each student’s needs. Her passion and advocacy for the underserved is a testament to what she believes is her God-given purpose on Earth.
Tameka’s greatest accomplishment is being a proud mother to her beautiful, brilliant 15-year-old daughter, Samariya. Tamkea is truly a cheerleader for all children and her goal is to add value to the lives of the people she encounters.
An MBA graduate and former financial services professional in the banking industry, Octavia Daniels specializes in sales and services of insurance products and mortgage and title products throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas.
Leveraging her experience as a successful sales professional within the banking, insurance, and mortgage industries, she is known for providing outstanding client services, 24/7 availability, creative sales and marketing techniques, personal touches, and as a skilled negotiator for her clients while educating them throughout every step of the process with innovative tools. Hence, clients are capable of making the best decisions possible.
Octavia believes in giving back and is passionate about mentoring, coaching, and inspiring youth and young adults throughout her community and church. She volunteers as the Youth Sports Administrator for the youth league at her church. She is certified through the National Alliance of Youth Sports, allowing her to teach and certify candidates interested in attaining national certifications to coach the youth. She also volunteers with the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, which allowed her to mentor a group of 8th-grade girls at Freedom Preparatory Academy and an 11th-grader through REACH Memphis.
Octavia is a mother of three, Jakayle (26), Devan (21), and DJ (17), and the wife of Damone, Sr., who is an executive with the Internal Revenue Service. She also has 2 adorable grandchildren, Ashton and Ava. During her free time, she loves working out and spending time & traveling with her family and friends.
Great Board Members Wanted
UCAN of Memphis is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ensuring that our organization recruits the board members it needs to ensure maximum impact. UCAN of Memphis strives to support and promote excellence in board service and is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to bullying, workforce development/career exploration and skill development.
UCAN of Memphis Board of Directors are looking for individuals who are dedicated to the organization’s mission. Our board members champion the importance of exceptional board leadership and believe we need a strong and effective board to fully realize its potential for good. In addition to the standard roles and responsibilities of a board member, our board members are active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and are fully engaged in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for UCAN of Memphis to advance its mission.