Kiki has extensive skills and knowledge in the areas of positive psychology, resilience, the meaning of life, organizational and leadership development, women’s leadership and advancement, organizational management, and effectiveness. Kiki is passionate about helping people obtain the knowledge they need to ultimately find their true calling doing the work they love.
For over 10 years she has studied, researched, coached, and taught hundreds to succeed. She draws on her background in business, psychology, and coaching to equip people with the necessary tools to impact their leadership effectiveness, resiliency, and career advancement. She is committed to helping people thrive and her teaching/coaching philosophy promotes an environment where everyone can be an active positive participant in their own learning.
Kiki is a regular contributor on Forbes.com and has a Master’s in Social Work and Positive Psychology Coaching and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Psychology/IO.
Jamil is a computer scientist with over 20 years of diverse work experience, including programming, software development, and consulting. He has extensive knowledge of the software development cycle, as well as proficiency in several programming languages. He has dedicated himself to meeting customer requirements with innovative solutions that maximize efficiency and exceed capability targets. He consistently uses in-depth knowledge of budgetary issues affecting development and implementation to create cost-effective solutions. Comfortable discussing technical issues and solutions with scientists and analysts as well as clients.
Jamil holds a B.A. in Art from Clark Atlanta University, a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Global Campus, an M.S. in Computer Science from Bowie State University and is a Doctoral Candidate in Technology at Capitol Technology University. He is a 2016 Founders Institute graduate.
Jamil currently lives in Maryland with his wife Kiki Ramsey, and three children.
Nicole Chappell received her Bachelor in Science in humanities studies from Chowan University in 2009 and her Master of Science in mass media arts and Journalism from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2014. Nicole has over 5 years of experience in administrative support and leads the core administration functions for the organization.
Chief Strategy Officer
Preston Lindsay is an American organizational psychologist and professor who specializes in antiracist organizational development and strategic planning facilitation with more than 10 years of executive leadership in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Presently, Lindsay serves as Chief Strategy Officer of PCCADI. He has supported organizations with orchestrating strategic planning, transformational change, Ideation sessions, Process Improvement, and Organizational Development initiatives.
Professor Lindsay is a professor of industrial-organizational psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is on faculty at several other institutions. Lindsay’s current research centers on human behavior and systems in the workplace. His research takes a phenomenological and constructivist approach to examine how organizational trauma influences worker behavior and performance.
Passionate about social justice and advocating for underserved and historically marginalized communities, he offers his organizational development expertise by chairing a few boards of community-based, social justice organizations.
Cherise’s 20+ year corporate career spans across roles rooted in medical sales to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. She is a change management practitioner, well-practiced at taking corporate ideas and goals and organizing them into a strategic plan that is effectively implemented. Her workforce diversity efforts involve examining the entire organization and locating opportunities to improve diversity and engagement, spearheading diversity recruiting programs, improving the functionality of organizational employee resource groups (ERG), identifying diversity partners for collaboration, and developing metrics for sustainable results. Cherise’s passion for diversity has gone beyond the walls of the workplace. By engaging Medicaid payor groups and passionate clinicians, she has been able to reduce ER visits and overall healthcare costs by launching comprehensive asthma management programs (CAMP) focused on providing well visits for school children in low-income DC communities. Her career has resulted in similar results with other disease states, such as diabetes and heart disease.
She has served in multiple ERG leadership roles in the Fortune 500. These roles gave Cherise the opportunity to join and lead grassroots D&I efforts, which later became sustainable initiatives continuing to bear positive results today. These experiences fueled her scholarly work, which centers on how African American women who are members of their organization’s ERG perceive organizational support as they aspire to executive-level leadership. Cherise believes that diverse cultures create high performing teams, and desires to leverage this through organizational, intersectionality, and social concepts.
The culmination of program design and employee engagement was the catalyst that caused her to spearhead the creation of her former employer’s African Heritage Employee Resource Group (AHERG) Chapter. It is through this group she was able to view first-hand the lack of diversity at the executive-level in most Fortune 500 companies. Out of this, a desire was born to push organizations to their limit in the areas of recruiting and professional development. Researching and writing on the topic allow her to bring her academic knowledge into an organizational setting.
Cherise is a doctoral student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC campus.
She resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two daughters.
Ryan Parks is a graduate of George Mason University, with a B.A. in Communication and a concentration in Media Production & Criticism. As a Certified Higher Education Professional, Ryan has worked in higher education and business development for over 10 year's developing and establishing strong relationships with diverse clients, ranging from higher education administrators/professionals, adult learners, students, executives from both small businesses to fortune 500 companies. Ryan is also an entrepreneur who is passionate about inspiring and encouraging others, so in her spare time, she creates and publishes inspirational content on her blog and on various social media platforms. Ryan resides in the DMV area with her husband and 3 young adult children.