Board of Directors
Bonita Johnson, Microbiologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
President and CEO
Bonita Johnson is a Microbiologist employed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Atlanta, Georgia with notable accomplishments such as service on the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, where she coordinated mobile laboratories at two locations which tested drinking and recreational water for bacteria, and being one of 10 EPA employees selected nationwide for the first EPA Science and Policy, Regional Research Partnership Program. This experience availed Bonita the opportunity to conduct DNA research to identify species of bacteria in the environment and yielded her national recognition in her field.
Bonita is proud of her academic preparation at Tuskegee University, where she majored in Biology. It was during her sophomore year at Tuskegee that she made a lifelong commitment to serve all mankind and joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has led numerous community service activities within the sorority, while also serving on the leadership council and boards of several organizations with a mission to uplift the disadvantaged and abused and to provide fair treatment to all. Amongst these organizations Bonita is most passionate about are: the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Innocence Project.
Bonita’s leadership skills were enhanced in the United Way V.I.P. and the Atlanta Federal Executive Board Leadership Government. She is a former Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Fund Development and currently holds membership in the American Society for Microbiology, Atlanta-Tuskegee Alumni Association, United Way VIP Alumni, National Association of Women Owned Small Businesses, Inc., National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. and National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Bonita has received several awards of service and recognition from diverse entities, including the 2013 Pioneer Award, Atlanta-Tuskegee Alumni Club; 2012 Legend in Social Justice, Chi Tau Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; 2012 Service Award, DeKalb County Juvenile Court; 2012 Community Trailblazer, JABY, Inc.; EPA, Federal Women’s Program 2011 Salute to Women Award; 2010 Holiday Hero Award, Atlanta Journal & Constitution and B98.5 Radio Station; 2010 Most Outstanding in Community Service Award, Lambda Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Atlanta Federal Executive Board 2009 Employee of the Year and Thomas Liederbach Award for Outstanding Volunteerism; 2009 Lucretia Payton Stewart Guiding Torch Award and the 2008 Deloris H. Oliver Service to Mankind Award, South Atlantic Regional Conference, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Of all her roles and accolades, Bonita is most passionate and honored to be a servant of God. She is a member of New Beginning Full Gospel Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop James Morton.
Francena Brown, Regional IT Data and Communication Analyst, Mentor Network
Francena Brown is a Regional Information Technology Data and Communication Analyst for the Mentor Network. Mentor Network provides adults, children, young people and their families with services that lead to their growth and independence, regardless of the challenges they may face. She oversees the successful infrastructure of all the Mentor Network sites that reside in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. In addition, she holds several networking certifications from Microsoft.
Francena is a member of First Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Metro Atlanta Chapter of Bennett College National Alumnae Association. Over the years Francena has served on numerous committees and held several key positions within different organizations. She has been honored for her dedication and commitment to community service.
An avid learner in all aspects of her life, Francena has turned her hobbies into a small business venture by offering services in custom invitations and gifts and photography. She also has extensive experience in project management, and event and wedding planning.
Francena earned a dual Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from Bennett College located in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Rosalyn Fairley, Environmental Engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Vice Chair and Secretary
Rosalyn Fairley has been involved with The Enchanted Closet since 2003. Her involvement includes being the Prom Dress Drive Coordinator for her church, volunteer at Prom Dress Giveaway, and Board Member. At the Prom Dress Giveaways, she saw the difference the organization made in the lives of young ladies and knew she wanted to be a part of it.
Rosalyn Fairley is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and Master of Business Administration from Clark-Atlanta University. She has been employed by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency as an Environmental Engineer. Rosalyn is an active member of the Butler Street CME Church where she currently serves on the Courtesy Guild and President of the East-West Auxiliary Board. She has also been a member of the Budget Committee and the Special Projects Committee.
Rosalyn is a life time member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In her twenty five plus years in the Sorority, she has served on the chapter level as Parliamentarian, Sergeant at Arms, Treasurer, Chapter Auditor, and Vice President. She has been a presenter, convener and recorder at various Local, Regional and National meetings of the Sorority.
Rosalyn also has been a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, and the National Black MBA Association. Rosalyn has been a Volunteer Usher at the Fox Theatre and a volunteer with the National Black Arts Festival and the Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully.
Youth Empowerment Board
ReShea Balams, Attorney, Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP
Program Development Manager
ReShea Balams is an attorney with Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP, where she focuses her practice in the area of workers’ compensation defense. She is actively involved in various professional organizations, including the Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta Claims Association, and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. In addition to her professional endeavors, ReShea has also provided legal representation to low income clients through her involvement with the Saturday Lawyer Program, which is sponsored by the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.
ReShea graduated from Spelman College, summa cum laude, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she served as Vice-President of the Black Law Students Association, participated in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition and was inducted into the Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society.
Janine Morris, Environmental Engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Special Events Coordinator
Janine Morris is an Environmental Engineer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 4 in Atlanta. She has been employed with the EPA for more than a decade. During this time, she has been involved in Water Enforcement and State Assistance Programs as well as emergency response efforts. She has received some of the agency’s highest honors and awards for program development, grant administration, technological innovation, and program management.
Janine received her formal training at Spelman College and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, GA. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and General Engineering. Though her love for community service began at a very young age, Janine found the perfect organization through which she could develop expertise in program development, community involvement, and service at Georgia Tech. As such, she became a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She remains fiercely dedicated to civic endeavors as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her passion for giving back to the community and working with others with special emphasis on mentoring the next generation of community leaders has been realized through becoming a member of the Enchanted Closet Youth Empowerment Board.
In her personal time, Janine exercises her creativity as wardrobe stylist, hair and make-up consultant for Bobby & the Aristocats, an Atlanta-based band. She also assists the band with marketing and public relations. One of her future goals is to further advance the causes that she believes in through the development of a referral service.
Ashley Palmer, Assistant Public Defender, Clayton Judicial Circuit
Ashley Palmer currently serves as an Assistant Public Defender in Clayton County where she represents indigent clients charged with felony offenses. Since joining the Clayton County Public Defender’s Office, Ashley has tried more than ten felony cases and represented clients charged with such major felonies as murder, armed robbery, and trafficking, among others. Ashley also serves as a member of the Clayton County Adult Felony Drug Court Committee. Ashley is a zealous advocate for her clients which has enabled her to secure successful results for those she represents.
Ashley began her public service career in 2009 following more than two years of practice at Powell Goldstein LLP (now Bryan Cave LLP) where she concentrated her practice on bankruptcy law and bankruptcy litigation and securities, corporate and fiduciary litigation. Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts and her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University.
LaChandra Pye, Managing Attorney, Pye Law Firm, LLP
Charitable Gifts Coordinator
LaChandra Pye is an attorney by profession, but a servant by heart. She received her Bachelors Degree in English from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law. A trail blazer, she was one of the first students at her college allowed to complete a university-sponsored study abroad program after her freshman year, as well as a charter member of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society.
She utilized her passion for diversity and helping others by coordinating the annual High School Diversity Day Program for her law school, volunteering with the Pro Bono Project in New Orleans, Louisiana, tutoring junior high school and elementary school students, and volunteering with Hosea Feed the Homeless. She has spoken on panels before law students, provided encouraging messages to youths and adults, and served on various committees and executive boards.
LaChandra is a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA) and a graduate of GABWA’s Professional Development Academy. She attends Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church where she serves on the Higher Education Committee and the Staff-Parish Relations Committee. Her desire is to encourage and inspire others.
Condus Shuman, Nutrition Program Specialist, Atlanta Public Schools
Special Events Coordinator
Condus Shuman is a Nutrition Program Specialist with outstanding achievements that benefit students. She has received recognition for the development and facilitation of the District’s Federal Eligibility Application Process for the Free and Reduced Meal Program. Condus also designs and develops programs for the involvement of school staff, students, parents, and community stakeholders for the School Nutrition Department. She serves as the liaison between the district, outreach community and governmental agencies to establish a positive working relationship that support success. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of programs which promote student success and healthy schools by supporting wellness, good nutrition, and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment. This outstanding work received national recognition from First Lady Michelle Obama.
Condus is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University receiving her Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Children’s Theatre. Her expertise in event planning and production for youth has given birth to Sweet Pea Productions, an event consulting firm that specializes in making every event a sweet memory.
At a young age, Condus found a love for helping others through service. Condus is a member of Order of the Eastern Star and takes pride in serving others. She has a passion for passing the torch of knowledge, culture, and exposure to the next generation. She is dedicated to investing in flourishing youth. Condus truly believes that an investment made in a girl is an investment made to the world. In her personal time, Condus enjoys shopping for herself and others, traveling domestically and internationally, and learning and experiencing new things.
Phylicia Fair, Grant Program Assistant, Communities in Schools
Program Development Coordinator
Phylicia Fair is a Grant Program Assistant with extensive experience in non-profit, student affairs, and project management. She serves as the liaison between members, directors, students, and affiliates for the AmeriCorps Schools Reading Tutorial Program to assist in increasing the graduation rate in Georgia. She has received many accolades during her time in the AmeriCorps Program, including the Certificate of National Service, President’s Volunteer Service Award, and the Outstanding Leadership Award. She has been a strong advocate for human rights and social justice and has participated in community events including hosting a panel at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Summit at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011.
Phylicia is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism/Public Relations and Master of Education in Postsecondary & Higher Education from Argosy University-Atlanta. She is also an active member of Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral in Austell, GA.
Phylicia is the CEO/Owner of Phab and Phierce Accessories, LLC. Her inspiration derives from her interests in fashion, design, and women empowerment. Outside of empowering women to accessorize their lives, Phylicia is also very committed to the community, and has been a member and volunteer with NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), Hands on Atlanta, Atlanta Community Food Bank, United Way, Project Open Hand, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlanta.
Carla Stafford, Broadcast Specialist, Turner Broadcasting Systems
Communications and Public Relations Coordinator
Carla J. Stafford is a native of Atlanta, GA. and a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she majored in Mass Communications with a concentration in Radio/TV/Film. During her senior year she interned and was later employed by the Mayor’s Office of the City of Atlanta. She has also freelanced on various television/film projects and was a part of the production crew for BET’s Comic View. She has also received a Master’s degree of Science in Management from Troy State University and a paralegal certification from Emory University. As a Broadcast Specialist II with Turner Broadcasting her main responsibilities are coordinating transmissions for NBA TNT Overtime on NBA.com, NCAA.com, PGA.com and New media. She has worked in the communications industry for over 14 years.
Eager to always keep learning and gaining new skills, Enchanted Closet has provided the opportunity to share her talents. In her downtime she runs a photography business and is a professional Samba dancer with performances throughout the southeast. She is also a charter member of Joy Chapter #137, Order of the Eastern Star where she has been active for over 13 years and has been a lead organizer for their annual homeless and back to school projects.