Andre Hill, Sr.

Chairman of the Board

I have fifty plus years of business experience.  I am a third generation entrepreneur. I studied business administration and marketing at FAMU.  I am a published writer, retired contractor, business/tax specialist for Rubin Law firm in Washington, DC.  I am currently a talk show host for the "Straight Talk Saturday Morning Talk Show."


Brenda Allen


I am a retired Information Technology Training Supervisor from the Los Angeles Unified School District.  I am a former IT Trainer, Project Manager, School Office Manager, Branch Secretary for KLCS-TV, as well as a former business owner/entrepreneur of Neith Enterprises, LLC and Accurate Medical Transcription Service. LLC.  Currently, I do volunteer work for several non-profit organizations.  I relocated to Florida from California in March 2012 after a 25-year career in the educational field with LAUSD.


Andre Hill, Jr.

Chief Operations Officer

I was born in Washington, DC in 1985, raised in Nashville, TN and currently live in Tampa, Florida.  I am the Operations Manager with Urban Progress Alliance, Inc.  I am also a committee leader of the Tampa Heritage Initiative.  I have a background in electrical engineering and a degree in agricultural studies.  I am currently studying Environment Sustainability Management.  I am co-host of the "Straight Talk Saturday Morning Talk Show."

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Khadjiah Brooks

Director, Clearwater/Dunedin THI

As a resident of New York and Italy, Khadjiah Brooks has traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe and speaks the Italian language.  With a measureless amount of experience in sales and client care, dealing with national and foreign clients, she has a dedicated approach and caring attitude towards customer services.  She has been a licensed real estate sales person for over 15 years.


Roger Grunke


A resident of south Florida who graduated from the University of Florida in 1972 with a 5 year Bachelor in Architecture. He has been a self employed architect with dozens of completed projects. He has also been a licensed contractor since 1993.


Carolyn Brown

Director of Foreign and Domestic Affairs

Native born of St. Louis, MO.  Carolyn joined the U.S. Army after only a year of college in 1990.  First Duty Station landed her in Dexheim Germany.  In Alaska, she finished her degree in Accounting at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.  She is currently working on her second degree Business Management.  She is CEO and founder of One's Story.


Derrian Burns

Executive Assistant

I relocated to Tampa, Florida in 2016 from the Inland Empire region of California.  I graduated high school in Dallas, Texas and attended Oklahoma City University.  I have experience as a Customer Service Specialist, Project Coordinator for an international exchange student program and have worked mostly in the hospitality industry.  My motto is:  "Be the change that you want to see."


Arlene Aranha

Board Member

Arlene A. Aranha, R.Ph. is a seasoned pharmacist professional who has proven experience working within academic, hospital, retail, and independent pharmacy environments.  Over the course of 27 years, she has been recognized as a top performer by hospital management.  She single-handedly dispenses over 140 prescriptions per shift, monitors patient profiles, prepares chemotherapeutic agents, and assures that patient medicines do not conflict with each other.


Denise Peeks

Chief Financial Officer

I am originally from Chicago.  I earned my Master of Business Administration from Roosevelt University and my Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Eastern Illinois University.



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