Leadership

WOMENS EMPOWERMENT DEVELOPMENT, INC.

ABOUT OUR FOUNDER

 

The Honorable Tina L. Vick was born and raised in the southeast community of Newport News, Virginia, where she raised her family and continues her desire to implement policy and programs to enhance the lives of all Newport News residents. Due to her concerns for the community and a desire to help people, Tina Vick ran for City Council.  

Councilwoman Tina L. Vick was elected to the Newport News City Council in May of 2008 and serves the citizens of the South District. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and also graduated from the Alpha College of Real Estate. 

In addition  to her 13 years on City Council, Ms. Vick has volunteered for numerous organizations such as the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads, the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, the Peninsula Workforce Development Consortium, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the National Council of Negro Women,  the Peninsula Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board, as well as many other organizations that are established to empower community residents. 

Vick was inspired to establish the Womens Empowerment Development, Inc. after communicating with numerous women, ages 27 to 40, who shared their despair that included difficulty in their lives because of poor decision making and lack of opportunities in their communities. Pleas for help with housing, education, job opportunities, domestic violence and many other situations beyond their control weighed heavily on Councilwoman Vick's heart. The situation from each call was very similar: Single women with multiple children, unemployed, and homeless.  

After much thought and prayer, Councilwoman Vick realized one answer was early intervention and prevention for young girls.  Thus, "Girls Camp," began for girls between the ages of 13 and 18 who reside in public housing and impoverished in Newport News to assist them in their efforts to avoid the pitfalls of continuing the attitudes and behaviors that lead to generational poverty.  The Camp, now in its 9th year, includes professional women who speak to the girls about the importance of education, self-esteem, avoiding drugs and alcohol, leadership and developing a great work ethic. 

Councilwoman Vick remains a community leader, who is willing to give of herself to better the lives of the children and ensure the future of Newport News is filled with empowered young women.

WOMENS EMPOWERMENT DEVELOPMENT, INC.

Board of Directors

 

 

President

Ms. Teunsha L. Vick

Owner JT’s Bar & Grill

 

Vice President

 

Ms. Carolyn Johnson

Retired Military 

 

Treasurer

 

Mr. Christopher D. Taylor

Owner/CEO 

Taylor Consulting Group, LLC.

 

Members

 

Ms. Nicole Smith-Taylor

Contract Specialist

 

Mr. Claude Burton Jr.

Founder/CEO Our Youth Our Future Foundation Inc.

 

Mr. William Brown

Principal Broker/Owner

William Brown Real Estate

We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.