Brothers and Sisters Podcast: Violet Gray on Pride Month
June 8, 2021 BY Kwaisi France
Violet Gray is a stand-up comic, podcaster and occasional freestyle rapper native to the Baltimore area. A frequent performer at board game, science fiction, and anime conventions Violet approaches comedy from the perspective of a trans nerd of color, and all of the social and political implications that come with it.
Nicole G. Epps is the Executive Director of the World Childhood Foundation USA, after 5 years as the Managing Director of Programs and Policy. Before joining the World Childhood Foundation, Epps has been a non-profit leader in the anti-trafficking and street affected, vulnerable youth population, both domestically and internationally.
Epps is the former Associate Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Morris and Sussex Counties, where she implemented and managed community outreach and the Fostering Futures program that provided life skills, HIV and STDI screenings for teens in foster care that will age out of the child welfare system.
Prior to CASA, Epps led the U.S. office of anti-trafficking organization Apne Aap. She was charged with ex panding Apne Aap’s community programs to save the lives of human trafficking minori ty females throughout India. She led workshops, implemented anti-trafficking trainings and forged partnerships with public and private organizations, such as UNICEF, the UN and Morgan Stanley.
At Safe Horizon, the largest victim services organization in New York, Epps created, implemented and managed Team Horizon, the first grassroots initiative of Safe Horizon. She served as the primary relationship manager for community based target accounts and constituents, responsible for leveraging those relationships to maximize engagement through major gifts, corporate initiatives, partnerships and community relations.
Epps is a Steering Committee and Policy Co-Chair of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. She has been appointed to the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect and chairs the Outreach and Engagement Committee. She is a member of APSAC’s Public Policy Committee. She is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council. She is a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s James Brister Society and serves in an advisory role for Stop it Now!, Gallop NYC and Visions and Pathways.
Epps is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her B.A. in Political Science and International Relations. She received her MBA in Management and Marketing from the University of Georgia, Terry School of Business. She studied International Law, Economics and Organization at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is pursuing her MSW at Rutgers University School of Social Work.
Kwaisi France is CEO and co-Founder of KTB Media LLC, an educational media strategy firm. He is a 1999 graduate of the Gilman School, and a 2003 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania earning his B.A in philosophy, politics, and economics with a concentration in political science. Kwaisi obtained his JD/MBA from the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business concentrating in public sector economics. He has just under a decade of professional experience in asset management and commercial negotiations at firms including T. Rowe Price, Legg Mason, Scottrade and Boatti PLLC. Kwaisi is currently obtaining his Masters in both Emerging Media and Data Science with a concentration in Data Analytics at Loyola University.
Nicole Matthew is a Baltimore-based writer and spiritual healer with a B.A. in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill, class of 2005. She also currently works as a General Manager of an optometry office/ retailer and is completing her book, Dissonance, set for release summer of 2021.
Walter Sellers is currently serving as President of SFE Inc. He is the son of military parents and that experience growing up around the world helped shape his world view. He was educated at Elon College obtaining a BS in Mathematics. He is Six Sigma certified and has aided multiple corporations in sales, process, and development.
Lindsay Wilson is a native West Baltimorean who’s breathed fashion, culinary arts, and math from a young age. By the age of 5, she was an avid coffee drinker and balancing her grandmother’s checkbooks. She believes this early start was instrumental in propelling her matriculation at University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a Meyerhof Scholar and subsequent work in real estate accounting. Currently, Lindsay is pursuing her Master’s in Finance at the University of Baltimore, and plans to cross over into portfolio management in the near future.
Autumn Woodland is a graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University earning a B.S. in business administration in 2002; and a graduate of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University earning a JD in 2005. Autumn is also a voice actress, visual artist and works as a compliance professional in the energy industry.
Shaun Woodland is a Baltimore based actor and writer whose credits include The Wire, Golden Boy (2013), The Meek (2017), The First Purge (2018), Big Time Adolescence (2019), and Unarmed Man (2019). He is currently starring in a film co-starred by Jasmine Guy of a Different World and Harlem Nights along with T.C. Carson of Living Single.
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