LaChish Jones
CEO & Board Chair
A native to North Carolina, LaChish fell in love with education as a teenager and quickly developed a deep passion for childcare. At age 15, she began to create a business plan in the hopes of establishing her own daycare someday. LaChish’s desire to educate and motivate children stuck with her through college, leading her to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Queens University of Charlotte. Lachish has been apart of Charlotte Mecklenburg School System for four years. During her teaching career, she’s had the chance to connect with young girls learning their needs and dreams. In being witness to their troubles, she decided she had to act, thus she founded Talented Girls In Action (TGIA). Lachish dedicates a great deal of her time to serving in the community and on the TGIA Board of Directors. She is active in her church and in her spare time gets in a good run. LaChish enjoys spending time at home with her husband Josh and beautiful dog, Trinity.
Erika Chaves
Marketing
Erika has held leadership Marketing Technology and Operations positions for the past 20+ years in the financial, scientific, and communications sectors. She is a process engineering, data management, and analytics expert. The Founder and CEO of a marketing technology consultancy firm, Erika thrives in bringing people and technology together by helping companies better engage with their customers, thus improving their ROI. With her husband and 2 daughters, Erika has been advocating for children diversity, acceptance, and advancement for the past several years by helping non-profits raise awareness and education in this fast changing technological world.
Lisbeth Driskell
Secretary
Lisbeth is an attorney and is currently in-house at a communications company. Before moving to Charlotte, NC, Lisbeth was in private practice in Virginia, where her primary practice was helping families with special needs individuals. During that time Lisbeth had the privilege of helping special needs children in a variety of ways; most notably, helping their families ensure they had the resources they needed in school to be as successful as possible. As an Army veteran Lisbeth has had the opportunity to travel and learn about many different cultures. She is passionate about her family, children, the military, service members and veterans, the law, science, learning, books, traveling, and the outdoors.
Monifa Hendrickson
Board Member
Monifa is a Professional Architect and Project manager with over 20 years of progressive experience in planning, design, construction administration and project management. In her current position she manages consultants, vendors and contractors as well as work closely with City Departments, City Council and other entities in local government. I she has a diverse background in both private industry and in public works with strong skills in managing projects, programs, and effective teams. Monifa has lived in Charlotte for over 12 years – where along with her husband, Monifa has been blessed with two children.
Rupa Paranjape
Board Member
Mrs. Paranjape is an experienced professional responsible for driving transformation of finance and technology functions and is a visionary and a leader in finance and strategy. She has over 20 years' of experience in helping companies achieve operational excellence. ​ Mrs. Paranjape possesses solid leadership and communication skills and is adept at relationship building. She currently works for the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as part of their Risk team. She serves on the Board of Directors of the NJ Oracle Group. Ms. Paranjape is a graduate of Cornell University and currently lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, her teenage son & daughter and her pet dog R2D2.