Ms. Velvet Smith is a dedicated educator that embodies the quote by Booker T. Washington, “Excellence is doing a common thing in an uncommon way”. For the past 14 years, Velvet has provided excellence in the capacity of department chair, school improvement liaison, and data analyst. She holds a BA in Sociology, a MED in Special Education, and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. In addition, she was named Teacher of the Year in 2009 and 2016. Velvet has dedicated her career to “championing the underdog”. She provides and improves the educational experiences of those students that many have counted out.
Ms. Leatha Ballard is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and Kee's Business College. She is the former Special Assistant to the CEO of Roger's Roofing: one of the premiere roofing companies in the Hampton Roads area. In that position, she was able to secure contracting jobs for $10,000 or more per week. She also is not a novice in the public relations field because she was the personal assistant to Ms. Eureka Monique: a local playwright and producer.
Ms. Amira Bethea is the owner of Amira Michelle Management (AMM). Amira Michelle Management was birthed on the foundation of love, struggle, hope, and community. Amira is a native of Brooklyn, NY who now resides in Portsmouth, VA. Her love for music started at a young age as a way to escape the harsh growing pains of the African American struggle. Music was her inner peace, her therapy, her escape to freedom. AMM's roster currently consists of music artists, motivational speakers, and local businesses.