Executive Leadership Team
Deion Dorsett is a native of Baton Rouge and works for the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs as a Senior Equal Opportunity Specialist, where he investigates employment discrimination and enforces affirmative action obligations of federal contractors. Deion earned dual baccalaureate degrees in Economics and Finance and a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Global Entrepreneurship from The Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College.
Deion is the current President of the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals (HAULYP) and board member of the Houston Area Urban League. HAULYP is an auxiliary of the Houston Area Urban League affiliate, where their mission is to support the affiliate through advocacy, fundraising, and service. He has been a member of HAULYP since 2014. Prior to his role as President, Deion served as Vice President and as chair of both Professional Development and Membership Engagement.
As a Houston native Latrice Chatman attended the University of Houston where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. After college, Latrice started working as an Administrative Assistant and found that organization, planning and helping others has always been something that seemed to compliment her personality the best.
After joining HAULYP in May 2018, a year later Latrice was elected Secretary for the 2019-2021 term. Latrice enjoys being around so many innovative, motivated and talented people who strive not only to better themselves but to better their communities as well. The future is bright, and Latrice is grateful to be part of it.
Hailing from Lake Charles, LA, Elizabeth S. Fletcher is the owner/founder of Wordsmith Resume Writing & Interview Prep, LLC and a Sr. Human Resources Professional. She is also an active member of various organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Suits for Sons, LLC; Society of Human Resources, and more.
She has proven to be one of the most committed and dependable members in her organizations with a strong dedication to professional development, community service, and civic engagement activities as a servant leader. Elizabeth is the proud mom of one daughter and enjoys cooking Louisiana dishes and exercising.
Nachele Groomes, SHRM-CP is the Pre-Opening Director of Human Resources for the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel (set to open in January 2021). She received her undergraduate degree from Williams College in 2008 with a focus in Political Science and later received her Master’s Degree from Texas State University in 2009 with a focus on Legal Studies, becoming a certified Paralegal and Mediator in the State of Texas.
As Treasurer, Nachele hopes to provide support to both committee chairs and officers of HAULYP, while being a resource to the general body as well. She looks forward to being a part of such an energetic and engaging team, and is excited to see how much we can accomplish to improve and empower the Houston community in the months and years to come.
Marina Banks currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Civic Engagement Committee of the Houston Area Urban League. By trade she is an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Houston, and by nature she is an avid cook. Marina is a Southern California native, educated by the rich culture and institutions of the South. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Dillard University in New Orleans,La, and attended Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law where she obtain her Juris Doctor Degree. Marina has been a member of the Houston Area Urban League for three years. In her free time Marina enjoys reading, volunteering, and playing with her lovable puppy Laila.
Marcus Esther is a 2015 graduate of Texas Southern University and a 2018 graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He is the CEO of The Law Office of Marcus Esther, PLLC where his firm handles criminal defense cases, tort claims, and more. He has been named a Texas Super Lawyer and Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
He serves as one of the civic-engagement committee co-chair for the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals and the Go-To-High-School-Go-To-College chair for the Alpha Eta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Born in New Orleans, LA, Kendall Burnett is a graduate from Dillard University with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. For 14 years, he’s worked as an IT Support Specialist Level 3 for Rice University dedicated to customer service satisfaction, technical solutions and data protection. Outside of the office, he’s committed to volunteering and community service. Kendall has a never ending desire to serve God by helping others. In his spare time, Kendall enjoys watching sports, learning about investing, real estate, technology, and hanging out with friends.
Jeremy J. Sanford is an unconventional, outspoken character, as many would describe him. Hailing from the great state of M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I. He is a graduate of Jackson State University with a degree in Political Science. Since graduating, Jeremy has found his niche working in higher education and assisting college students in their journey to adulthood, providing the necessary guidance to help them avoid mishaps that students currently make. Outside of work, Jeremy enjoys providing service to his community through his fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and enjoying all the culture, cuisine, and entertainment that Houston has to offer!
Nicolas Sanders, a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, received his Bachelor in Electronics Engineering Technology from Northwestern State University. Not only is he a CompTIA IT Operations Specialist – CIOS, but he studies various forms of technology, philosophy; and lives an active lifestyle. Nicolas also enjoys giving back to the community as often as possible.
Shirley is the oldest of three girls and is a Houston transplant from Lexington, Kentucky. Her family is originally from Ghana, West Africa, and it was there that Shirley spent the early years of her life.
Shirley graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders. For 11 years, Shirley has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist with preschool and school-aged children. Her focus has been to improve these student’s abilities to successfully communicate with their family and peers.
In her spare time, Shirley enjoys traveling, listening to podcasts, cooking, and feeding and providing academic support for students in Ghana, West Africa. She has been a member of the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals for 4 years and is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Quentin R. Jiles
Quentin R. Jiles is a charismatic Millennial Political Commentator who has been featured on NBC LX, TV1’s Sister Circle Live and CBS Affiliate WUSA9’s Great Day Washington. His mission is to engage Gen Z and Millennials in the American political process by disseminating information in a fun, entertaining, and relatable way. He is also an author and self-published his break out selling book, “Listen Niece: A 30 day self-reflection designed to live your best life in Christ.”
By trade Quentin is a Licensed Master Social Worker and has decided to use his degrees in an unconventional way by entering into politics and authorship.
Stephanie Bension is a gorgeous, graceful, go-getter who has honed her talent and skills in the field of communications for over a decade. Her degree in Radio-Television-Film from The University of Texas at Austin has allowed her to have unique experiences in several professional fields. As a professional speaker, her huge, energetic presence charms diverse audiences - from her local community to international assemblies. She speaks regularly about overcoming adversity and her experiences with Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and having an Ostomy. Stephanie credits her successes to God and a close circle of friends and family.
Often described as “eccentric”, Ashley Curry has consistently found ways to spotlight her individuality and self awareness to help others. Her undergrad experience at The Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge sparked her love for all things Black and all things communications.
Ashley is the creator and host of Getting My Cheese (Back) On The Cracker web show/podcast where she focuses on sparking the conversation of maintaining mental health in the Black community. Her mission is to help others share their stories through her digital series.
Born and raised in Southern California, Alycea Hampton serves as the Professional Development Chair of HAULYP. Professionally, she is Manager of Litigation for Small Business Lender. Prior to this position, Alycea worked at Organizational Development Consultant for a Human Resources Consulting firm. Alycea earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Sociology from University of California Los Angeles and a Masters in Public Policy. Alycea is also a member of HR Houston and holds PHR certification. In her free time, Alycea enjoys working out and traveling.
Symone Davis is a graduate of Southern University and A&M College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and graduate of Nicholls State University with a Specialist in School Psychology. She worked in the field for 3 years in Louisiana then moved to Houston in 2017 and continued to work in the field. She has served as a co-chair of the Social and Cultural Committee for the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals (HAULYP) for the 2019-2020 term, and is currently serving for the 2020-2021 term. Since joining HAULYP, Symone has become active within the community through volunteerism. She enjoys helping others and exploring the culturally diverse city of Houston.