Jocelyn R. Ortega
For almost a decade, Jocelyn Ortega has been dedicated to working with youth which encompasses the targeted population of those who are deemed at risk. She was born in New York and raised with a military affiliated background which has granted her the opportunity to learn various different cultures. Jocelyn is a Coast Guard Veteran who worked as a corpsman in the medical field. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Sociology and received her Master of Arts in Social Work from one of the top HBCU's in the social work field, Fayetteville State University. Jocelyn has acquired experience that includes two Vice Presidency’s as a CEO throughout her career. Her strengths include research and development, mentorship, collaboration with staff and outside programs to facilitate organized as well as successful program improvement. Additionally, Jocelyn is a licensed clinical psychotherapist who works with clients that have mental health and substance abuse concerns. Jocelyn is delighted for the opportunity to serve as the COO and aid the CEO of Girls of Grace Foundation, Inc. in creating an impactful program regarding mentorship to at risk teen girls.
Chief Operating Officer
Kim V. Conyers
Kim V. Conyers is a native of New York City where she was born and raised. She has currently resided in North Carolina for the past 20 years after having the opportunity to travel to various states and countries because of her military affiliation. Kim has been part of the military community for the past 35 years. She is currently employed with Civil Service and has been for the past 25 years as a Lead Military Pay Specialist with Defense Finance Accounting System (DFAS). Kim has a strong financial and mathematical background in which she currently provides financial service to soldiers on Fort Bragg. Prior to being a part of the military community, Kim worked as bank teller for Bank of America for a number of years. In addition, Kim is an active minister in her church and is closely affiliated with Women in Love with the Lord (W.I.L.L.) which is located on Fort Bragg. She strongly believes if you invest in people, they will invest in you. Kim reminds herself every day that people don’t care how much you know, they want to know how much you care. Kim is delighted for the opportunity to serve as the CFO for Girls of Grace Foundation, Inc. in helping to create an impactful organization for at-risk teen girls.
Chief Financial Officer
Kuristan K. Monroe
Kuristan Monroe is a Cumberland County native, and prides herself in being a product of a supportive community. "Keke" as she is affectionately referred, is a 2009 graduate of Terry Sanford High School and a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology. With a love for science and a passion for inspiring youth, Kuristan furthered her education at East Carolina University, earning her teaching credentials for the state of North Carolina. She is a member of the illustrious organization of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and currently teaches science at Lewis Chapel Middle School. Kuristan believes that beauty and intelligence is a state of being. Her mission and vision are to inspire, empower, and create opportunities for young girls and women to cultivate excellence, prosperity and elite branding in their lives. She governs her life by this quote from Maya Angelou, "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." Kuristan is delighted to serve as the President of Girls of Grace Foundation, Inc. with the focus on touching and impacting as many lives as possible.
Chelsea S. Phillips
Chelsea Phillips is a May 2015 graduate of Auburn University where she majored in Public Relations with a concentration in Business Management. While at Auburn, Chelsea served in a plethora of leadership roles including the Kappa Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as the Historian and Ivy Leaf Reporter and the Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity as the Pledge Educator and Alumni Relations. She gained her professional experience working as the Media Relations Coordinator for Auburn Athletics as well as the Content Manager while interning at Verge Pipe Media. It wasn't until her junior year of college that Chelsea discovered what she was truly passionate about—traveling and mentoring the youth. In 2014, Chelsea traveled abroad to London and Paris to observe six Public Relations agencies and she later traveled to Managua, Nicaragua for economic and community development for Santa Julia. In 2015, Chelsea spent two semesters involved with the Young Women's Leadership Program where she was assigned a mentee whom she developed a bond as a sister and leader in the program. Chelsea is currently a recruiter and licensed agent with her family's financial planning firm, started in 1980, which focuses on Insurance and Investments as well as college savings plans for the youth. She is also a Sports Publicist for the NFL where she manages PR Clients. Chelsea is delighted to serve as the Director of Public Relations for Girls of Grace Foundation, Inc. to utilize her many experiences and passion for the betterment of the youth.