Meet the team
Aleshia Jordan is currently a Six Sigma Black Belt and has been working as a Sr. Performance Improvement Leader in Corporate American for more than 20 years. Upon graduating from Howard University in 1991, with a BBA in Finance, Aleshia earned a Master’s in Business Administration (95), a Masters in Management (07) and is currently working on her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. In 2000 she was certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt,Certified Process Design Engineer and has acquired additional certifications as a First Leaders Leadership Coach, Most Competent Toastmaster and a multitude of awards for leadership. She has also completed an extensive Dale Carnegie Leadership Development Training program. Aleshia started her own small practice in 1995, BPI Solutions in which she provided leadership coaching, Six Sigma in Finance webinars for Villanova University, taught Six Sigma classes at St. Charles Community College, and provided Six Sigma support to not-for profit organizations. And most recent launched Virtualocity, LLC specializing in virtual quality and process improvement facilitation.
Aleshia is the Founder of Our Daughter’s Inc. She is a member of American Society of Quality (ASQ), NAACP and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is a chartered member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She also served on the board for the Professional Organization of Women (POW). She has volunteered for the Teach for America Programs, St. Louis BYTE Works program, and is a longtime supporter of the United Way, MS National Society, Howard University Alumnae Club, Nurses for Newborn Foundation, and Ferguson United. Aleshia and her family has supported the World Vision with the adoption of children that live in poverty stricken and AIDS infested areas in Africa.
Aleshia’s first and foremost priority and passion is the love and appreciation she has for her family. She is a mother of three children: Jordan, Jazmin, and Jayla and happily married to her best friend, Victor. From this union Aleshia has three additional children Tanaya, Victor Jr. and Kayla.
Aleshia’s is relentlessly determined to transform the world by making a “difference” in the lives of others by inspiring and encouraging them to create their own life story, live out their dreams with no regrets and to develop a commitment to service. She believes that this is the secret to personal power, peace, love, success and prosperity. Her passion is to pioneer a powerful transformation in the generation to come by dedicating her legacy towards thepositive development of our children.
Chantell is a co-founder of Our Daughters Inc. She is a St. Louis, Missouri native, has three incredible and resilient children, Chantiera, age 23; Desmond, age 15; and Deja, age 14. While raising a loving family, she attended night school and earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from Webster University in 2004. In 2010, she returned to Keller Graduate School, where she earned a Masters in Information System Management. She received her Six Sigma Greenbelt certification in 2004 and currently works in corporate America facilitating change and improvement initiatives. She is now exploring her hobby of sewing to open up new possibilities for her journey.
She is passionate about making a difference. So she sees through a different set of LIFE lenses; especially, when it comes to raising our daughters and helping instill core values into them. Her goal is to help each beautiful girl know their intrinsic, PRICELESS value and understand the gifts they have to share with the world and their power within; that they are the “Gateway” into the world! Also, her desire is to help develop young girls into beautiful and phenomenal women full of grace, gratitude, passion and integrity. As well as inspire them to be, to have, and do whatever they want, without self-inflicted fear. Most importantly, love their self and embrace their uniqueness.
Chantell is committed to spiritual, mental, and physical development of each girl and knows the healthy nurturing of each is a recipe for life’s successful journey.
Chantell also supports and volunteers programs such as United Way, Girls Scouts of America, St. Jude, Women in Chance Shelter, American Kidney Foundation, and other organizations that are committed to making a difference and changing lives.
Her simple motto is “Smile and Help”.
LaVerne is currently a Unit Manager II, at the St. Louis County Circuit Court. She has been employed there since 1980. She has accomplished much over the years in her leadership and ability to resolve issues. She attended Harris Stowe State University and she completed a 5 year program to become a certified Fellow of the National Center for State Courts, where she graduated at the Supreme Court, in 2002. Her research on Workload Measurement System, completed during the Court Executive Development Program is now housed in the Library of Congress, United States of America. She has numerous certifications and accomplishments in Management and leadership and has taught classes at court educational conferences. LaVerne is also adept in accounting has previously worked part time positions as an accountant and income tax preparer for H&R Block and CDPC.
LaVerne is a co-founder of Our Daughters, Inc. She is the proud mother of two adult, successful children, Aleshia Jordan, founder of Our Daughters Inc and Courtland Akers, Jr. She has a passion for what she brings to Our Daughters, Inc. which is insight and in hindsight wished it was offered to her at a young age. Life experiences caused her to realize that even though information and intelligence is derived through education and there is so much technology, Our Daughters needs, as she refers to it "humanology" and that is preparation at a young age, that precedes the other areas of education, and that is Life. How to get through the school of hard knocks, the everyday emotional issues with living life despite our intellect. Ultimately "Wisdom" in living life because there is no education that teaches our children, Self Love and Self Worth which are the core values of Our Daughters!!
Patricia Lenay Anderson was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She is the eldest of 7 children and has experienced the many challenges faced by children in a changing world. Understanding these challenges, she found a niche as an early childhood educator and administrator. She has worked with infants all the way to middle school students for 15 years. Patricia has also worked in the public and private school system providing assistance for special needs children.
As an advocate for family literacy, she enjoys volunteering in her community. Patricia currently volunteers with Our Daughters Inc. and as a Girl Scouts Troop leader. Education is very important to her and she strives to ensure that children and adults have equal access to education and other resources she will provide with the establishment of her own nonprofit organization, The Read with Me Foundation, currently in the works. Patricia firmly believes that anything is possible with unity, patience and perseverance.
She could be heard sharing this special quote by her favorite author Maya Angelou: "When you learn, teach, when you get, give". With her new found passion for writing children's stories she hopes the diverse characters and positive story lines will encourage the acceptance of others and promote the development of a positive self esteem.
Candice Shelton is from St. Louis, Missouri. She is the mother of 2 children Cortnie, age 12 and Cordious, Jr, age 8. She has been associated with ODI since 2012. Her daughter Cortnie is a member of ODI. She is compassionate about helping and supporting the community. She has volunteered at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and other activities in her community. With the strong influence of her faith, family and friend she strives for the best in life each day. She is dedicated to the growth and maturity of each young lady. She enjoys family and friend outings, traveling, shopping and swimming.
During the 2012 session Candice took on a role as a mentor for ODI. Mentoring our young ladies in today’s society is an important role for her. Her BELIEF is if to lead by example. She is a dedicated mentor and mother. After taking on the role as a mentor Candice (aka Coach Khandi) offered to take on the role as a step coach. Candice was on the cheerleading and step team in high school which she decided this could be something the girls would be interested in doing. This is one of the activities the girls look forward to each session. This is something she enjoys doing with the girls as well. This gives her the opportunity to bond and mentor the girls while having fun. Candice goal is to help ODI grow by continuing to volunteer, support, and care for each young lady and all the staff as if they were her family.
Alexis has been in St. Louis for 2 years, where she relocated from Atlanta, Georgia to pursue employment with Edward Jones in Human Resources. Among her many roles at work, Alexis is committed to diversity recruiting, as she works to ensure diverse candidates are within the talent pipeline, particularly from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She has accomplished many of her goals personally, as well as professionally and is striving to continue to make her dreams a reality. Alexis graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from her beloved Spelman College in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.
Since relocating to St. Louis, she has stayed true to one of her many passions by remaining involved in and giving back to the community. Serving as a volunteer and mentor with Our Daughters, Inc, she loves to help every young girl tap into their unknown potential and develop into the “Pricesless” young ladies they are destined to be.
Alexis is a member of InSight St. Louis and Urban League Young Professionals. She is also involved in the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, St. Louis Chapter, where she serves on the executive board as Recording Secretary and Alumnae member.
Alexis is also very committed to her Faith, Family, and Friends, for without them she knows she wouldn’t have come this far.
Alexis is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resource Management at Lindenwood University and looks forward to graduating in December 2014.