Board of Directors

Meet our Team

NATASHA House Board of Directors

Dr. Karen Brown
Executive Director

  • Overcame homelessness after finding herself and her three boys misplaced after serving almost 10 years in the Air Force.
  • Served as Senior Pastor and Executive Director of the church and ministry since conception
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies & Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Counseling from Patriot University, Del Norte, CO
  • Master of Arts in Education from the College of William and Mary -- 1981
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education from Christopher Newport University -- 1975

Dr. Karyn Ward
Board Chair

  • Currently the Associate Director of Teacher Preparation at Christopher Newport University
  • Past adjunct professor and university supervisor for Christopher Newport University
  • Worked in Newport News School Division and York County School Division
  • Has served as a classroom teacher, an assessment compliance intervention coordinator, and an assistant principal
  • Has been an educator for the past 16 years

Dr. Michelle Boone-Thornton
Board Member

  • Assistant Professor at St. Leo
  • Leadership, administration, curriculum/program development, research, counseling, testing, teaching, grant writing and assessments

Barbara Smith
Board Member

  • Technology, mentoring, training, tutoring, data entry, networking and social media marketing
  • Technology, mentoring, training, tutoring, data entry,and networking and social media marketing?

Debra Carroll
Board Member

  • Program Analyst, funds development/Corporate support,Public Relations

Quinisha Slade
Board Member

  • Financial careers in banking-branch management undefined
  • Quickbooks, marketing, sales, leadership, and customer service

Tina Chase
Board Member

  • Financial careers in banking-branch management
  • Treasurer volunteer
  • Educational background in Human Services

Elizabeth Howard
Board Member

  • Accountant with T. Parker Host
  • Former NATASHA House client and now graduate and homeowner
  • Finance, outreach, and networking

Nickesha Lewis
Secretary

  • Non-Profit Certification
  • Case Management
  • Program Development

Shukita Massey
Asst. Commonwealth Attorney

  • Bar Admission: Commonwealth of Virginia

Dr. Deloris Lee Borum
Emeritus Member, Founder, Pastor

  • Co-founded Faith For Living Deloris Borum Ministries, Inc., in 1983, along with her late husband, George R. Borum
  • Served as Senior Pastor and Executive Director of the church and ministry since conception
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies & Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Counseling from Patriot University, Del Norte, CO
  • Master of Arts in Education from the College of William and Mary -- 1981
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education from Christopher Newport University -- 1975

Shirley Cooper
Emeritus Member

  • 27 years teaching experience in the public school system
  • Served on the York County Board of Supervisors from 1974-1982, two of which, she served as Chairman of the Board
  • Certified to teach Math, Science, Computers and GED Preparation
  • Post-graduate courses toward a masters degree in public administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Math from Old Dominion in 1967

Crystal Moore
Emeritus Member

  • Retired from the Defense Logistics Agency after 21 years in 1997 
  • Retired Marine Corp non-commissioned officer, serving from 1953-1976
  • Earned 13 medals and honors during his service
  • Licensed and ordained minister

Phyllis M. Henderson
Emeritus Member

  • Founder and president of VISIONS 2000, INC.
  • Certified executive coach with the World Wide Association of Business Coaches
  • Postgraduate training in organizational development and diversity
  • M.S. from National Louis University, Evanston, Illinois
  • M.S. from National Louis University, Evanston, Illinois

Demetria (Dee) Wildman
Emeritus Member

  • Assistant VP of over 10 years
  • Professional Process Improvement Deputy Director with expertise in project and process management, business management, quality assurance, and performance-based measurements
  • Certified CMMI© Lead appraiser and consultant