Our Team

OUR TEAM



Susan L. Taylor

Founder and CEO

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Susan L. Taylor is the founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement.  After 27 years at the helm of Essence magazine, Taylor left publishing to devote her life to building the National CARES Mentoring, founded as Essence CARES. The National CARES mission is to help end inter-generational poverty by securing and transforming the lives of under-resourced Black children. National CARES affiliates recruit caring adults to serve as mentors and role models at local youth-serving organization.  The national group-mentoring programs focus on the emotional, social and academic development of children and the wellness of the adults who parent and mentor them.




Kerri Osborne

Kerri Osborne manages fund development, marketing and communications and operations. She brings strong administrative, organizational and fundraising skills to CARES; she is an eager educator and a patient and clear communicator. She possesses a willingness to dive into new territory, learn it and execute. Before CARES, she spent fourteen years at Jumpstart for Young Children in a variety of leadership roles with both regional and national responsibilities. During this time, she led both programmatic and fundraising growth, which allowed the organization to expand its reach and serve more children.

CO-CEO AND CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER 



Stephen Powell

Stephen Powell manages affiliates, programs, and partnerships—entities with teams that have boots on the ground across the country. Stephen has an exceptionally wide national network of leaders and a deep understanding of the Black community and best practices in mentoring. His powerful presentations to Community Impact Partners, parents and young people are inspiring and memorable. With experience as a national Executive Director for Mentoring USA, Stephen brings a breadth of expertise to his work at CARES.

CO-CEO AND CHIEF PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS OFFICER


OUR TEAM
Elizabeth Bologna Institutional Partnerships Manager
Schnavia Bronson Deputy Director of Programs and Affiliate Relations
Alberta Lampkins National Partnerships Manager
Debra Parker Executive Assistant to CEO
Julia McClure Administrative Coordinator
Tamaylia Samms National Manager of Programs
Rachel Worthington Director of Operations


Board of Directors

REGINALD VAN LEE

National CARES Board Chairman Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton (Ret.)



STUART K. ARCHIBALD

Head of Strategy, JP Morgan Chase Wealth Management



BYNA ELLIOTT

Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase



VIVIAN R. PICKARD

President & Partner, C3 Venture Flint
President & CEO, The Pickard Group
President, General Motors Foundation (Ret.)



LT. COL. MICHAEL D. WALKER (RET.)

Founder and Managing Partner, TW Capital Group



RYAN D. ANDERSON

Vice President, National Contributions Manager, Comerica Bank