Chief Executive Officer
Samantha "Sam" Wright is an Electrical Engineer with the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). Sam is heavily involved with the STEM Outreach initiatives & serves on a committee for the command’s Women of the Workforce program. She has a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Old Dominion University where she also received her BS degree in Electrical Engineering. One of her favorite pastimes is interacting with local youth during STEM outreach activities (being a representative at job fairs, being a judge at robotics competitions and city-wide science fairs, and serving as a mentor for an elementary school robotics team).
Q: If you could only use a picture to describe C.R.E.A.T.E’s role in society, what would it be of?
A: The picture that comes to mind is a person in a village . . .well, THE village. The one that we’ve always heard it takes to raise a child. C.R.E.A.T.E. is simply a piece of the puzzle - “a resident” in that village here to be a part of the communal effort to support, guide, encourage, and empower our youth.
Chief Operations Officer
Tiffany Woodard is the Director of Caregiver Services (HR/Recruiting) for Family and Nursing Care in Silver Spring, MD. She received her bachelor of science degree in communications from Old Dominion University and her master’s in business administration from Liberty University. She enjoys outdoor activity, watching/playing sports and hanging out with her family and friends. She is also a member of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management).
Q: How could an organization such as C.R.E.A.T.E have helped you in while growing up?
A: Had I had an organization such as C.R.E.A.T.E. in my life as a child and even into my teenage years, it would have helped me to better plan and execute all of the goals that I had set for myself.
Chief Financial Officer
Courtney Alston is a Child Support Enforcement Specialist for Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Old Dominion University. She has a strong interest in the Social Sciences and a passion for improving society. She enjoys volunteering with the City of Virginia Beach’s Youth Opportunity Office as well as other local nonprofit organizations. Courtney loves traveling, listening to music, working on DIY projects and spending time with her friends and family.
Q. How will you help to inspire C.R.E.A.T.E youth to become leaders of their communities?
A: I will simply lead by example, continuing to commit to the same principles that we instill in them. While striving to be a figure in their lives that encourages them to have a voice of their own. I will also remind them to remain humble, focused and innovative.
Chief Program Officer
Tonesha "Toni" Lee is a Naval Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps where she is a construction manager. Toni is a graduate of Florida A&M University where she received a Bachelor of Architecture Studies and a Bachelor of Architecture. Toni is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and Alpha Rho Chi’s Architecture Professional Fraternity.
Q: What does it mean for you be apart of something like C.R.E.A.T.E.?
A: It's an honor to be able to have a helping hand in the molding of our youth’s dreams. C.R.E.A.T.E. has provided me with the opportunity to help our community the way I’ve seen my role models help when I was younger.
Cierra Madison is a set designer in the film industry. She enjoys creativity and the arts & enjoys building furniture. Cierra received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Florida A&M University, where she also joined Alpha Rho Chi Professional Architecture Fraternity and Big Sister Little Sister. She currently spends her spare time volunteering for various causes such as feeding the homeless, care taking of abused animals, and Just Us Girls (a mentoring program for young girls), which she finds to be very rewarding. Finding, cultivating, and nourishing her passions has been a long but rewarding journey and her hope is that all youth involved with C.R.E.A.T.E. can one day say the same thing.
Q: Why are you so passionate about C.R.E.A.T.E.'s mission?
A: I studied architecture because I said it was what I wanted to do when I was a little girl and that was all that was encouraged. I wish I had someone to tell me what being an architect was really like and what other similar options existed that were better suited for my personality. It would've saved a lot of time!