Executive Leadership Team

Officers

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Victoria Hart

President

Victoria Hart is the new President for the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals (HAULYP). She has been a member of HAULYP since 2017, and has served on the Executive Leadership Team since 2018, as Secretary, then Vice President. 

 

She is a native Houstonian, and is also a proud alum of Texas Southern University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Relations at The University of Houston. 

 

Her focus throughout her career has been to serve people.  She is a Community Relations Manager for Legacy Community Health. As an addition to their team, she works to bridge the gap between Legacy and the local community, engaging in service-minded efforts throughout the year.

 

Further showcasing her commitment to leadership and the Houston community, Victoria is a Class VII cohort of the Houston Black Leadership Institute. And she has partnered with various community organizations and nonprofits for community outreach projects. 

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Marcus Esther

Vice President

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 the Vice President 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.

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Sheree Slack

Secretary

Sheree Slack is a native to Detroit, Michigan where she attended Marygrove College, and Oakland University. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Marygrove College. Then a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Oakland University. Later she earned a Masters in Science in Nursing with a specialty in Adult/Gerontology from Oakland University. Sheree enjoys her role as an Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, and the privilege to provide symptom management for those suffering acute/or chronic illness. 

 

As Secretary, Sheree plans to bring an enthusiastic, supportive attitude to HAULYP committee chairs, and officers, while maintaining HAULYP mission, and purpose. She looks forward to being a part of HAULYP team and supporting the upcoming events to serve the Houston area communities through social, and community activism.

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Alycea Hampton

Parliamentarian

Born and raised in Southern California, Alycea Hampton serves as the Parliamentarian of HAULYP. She has been a member of HAULYP since 2018. Prior to her role as Parliamentarian, Alycea served as chair of Professional Development Professionally, she is Manager of Litigation for Small Business Lender.  Prior to this position, Alycea worked as 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 Master’s in Public Policy Alycea has a love and a deep passion to give back to her community and contribute her expertise and attributes to others.  In her free time Alycea enjoys working out, event planning, and traveling.

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Latrice Chatman

Treasurer

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.

 

Joining HAULYP in May 2018 has given Latrice the opportunity to be 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.

Committee Chairs

Civic Engagement

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Markia Bordeaux

Chair

Markia Bordeaux graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Social Work, and earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law Houston.  Markia is currently practicing Family Law in Houston.

 

In addition to serving as the Chair of the Civic Engagement Committee, Markia serves on the NAACP’s Community Coordination Committee, Young Adults Committee, and Legal Redress Committee, and also volunteers as a Legal Observer at the ACLU of Texas. Markia is a member of the Prairie View Alumni Association, Houston HBCU Alumni Association, Houston Young Lawyers Association and serves on the American Bar Associations Civil Rights and Social Justice Committee.  

 

As the Chair of the Civic Engagement Committee, Markia’s vision is to: increase member involvement in the committee’s efforts; continue strong voter education and registration initiatives; partner with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for county-wide criminal record expunction outreach; lobby lawmakers to implement policies and laws that benefit the black community; and collaborate with civil rights organizations like NAACP and ACLU for a variety of educational programs. 

Community Outreach

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Kenisha G. Coleman

Co-Chair

Kenisha G. Coleman is the General Manager for Harambee Art Gallery and a Licensed Vocational Nurse in Managed Care. She is also a multidisciplinary artist who aims to be expressive using all 5 senses. Her subgenre can be considered as visual art through education, music, fashion, and food. Since moving from small town Plain Dealing, Louisiana  to Houston in 2009, she’s sought ways to connect family and community creatively in the big city.  She has managed successful community projects and events, and continues to bring diversity, education, opportunity, and entertainment to the communities she serves .

 

Kenisha is the founder of Mommy and Me Pop Up Library which is a program designed to enrich the lives of mothers and children through literacy, social engagement, sustainability, arts, and culture.

 

In her spare time, Kenisha enjoys being in nature, aquaponics gardening, working out, dancing, watching documentaries, and listening to music.

Fund Development

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Ashlai Haynes

Chair

A highly equipped Certified Loan Signing Agent and Paralegal with academic credentials in the form of a Bachelor of Science Degree, Loan Signing Certification and Paralegal Certification. Experience performing a variety of administrative and staff support duties for a specified department, which requires a range of knowledge and skills related to organizational procedures and policies. Background in account management and business development and proven track record of maintaining efficient office operations. Able to prioritize and complete tasks independently. Seeking to provide professional paralegal assistance in legal research, drafting legal documents, customer service, and trial preparation. High-tech background, including database and software experience.

Membership Engagement

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Andrea Stroud

Chair

Andrea Stroud is a native of Danville, Virginia. Houston has been her home the past 8 years. She currently works as a Sr. Statistician for the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) where she focuses on developing analytics solutions and research methodologies that help organizations improve their business processes. Earlier in her tenure at APQC, she was the research program manager for supply chain management, product development, and innovation research. 

 

Prior to joining APQC, she contracted with the Office of the Surgeon General for the Army's Neurocognitive Assessment Branch where she planned and executed research projects surrounding traumatic brain injury and administered neuropsychological assessments to U.S. service members. Earlier in her career, she was a research analyst for the Newspaper Association of America where she conducted research on newspaper readership and CX Solutions (formerly TARP Worldwide Inc) where she conducted research on customer and employee experience.

 

Andrea holds a master’s degree in project management from Boston University, graduate work in applied sociology with a focus on statistics and research methodology as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science both from Clemson University.

 

In her spare time, Andrea enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, volunteering, cooking, listening to music, learning new languages, and swimming.

PR & Marketing

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Dustin Vessel

Chair

Dustin Vessel joined HAULYP in 2021 and serves as the PR & Marketing Chair. He has nearly 10 years of professional marketing and campaign automation experience across multiple industries, including healthcare, public transportation, hospitality as well as the energy industry, where he currently works as a Marketing Manager at NRG Energy. Dustin relocated to Houston in 2020 and is originally from South Louisiana.

Professional Development

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Nitasia "Spirit" Dupree

Chair

Nitasia "Spirit" Dupree  is currently the Houston Area Urban League of Young Professionals Professional Development Chair. She has been a YP member since 2019 and previously served as the Los Angeles Urban League of Young Professionals Professional Development Chair for over 2 years. She has also served YP at the Regional and National level since joining the Young Professionals. 

 

Spirit currently holds her BS in Accounting and has worked in the industry for over 10 years. She currently serves as a Senior Accountant in the Tech Space for a company that caters to providing Marketing Software/Services for Non-Profits fighting Long-Term Illnesses. Spirit is a successful, down to earth woman by way of New Jersey who loves to give back to her community. She is also a 2 time Amazon Best Selling author of the Boss Babes Who Pray series with books including "She Doesn't Pray Fair" and ""Exposing the Lie of the Enemy". 

 

She is a confident, outgoing Entrepreneur/Model Coach/Motivational Speaker who continues to shine across every industry she touches. She is the founder of BeiN Xposed LLC (www.beinxposed.com) and the Elite Nature brand (www.elitenatureapparel.com / www.e-litenature.com). She is all about building people up from the inside/out and tapping into their Elite Nature. She helps develop peoples talents and connects them to people that will further develop or help their vision come to life. This woman has a heart of gold and has already begun to put her mark in the nation. She is all about operating in excellence and after working with her you will never forget the one and only Spirit.

Social and Cultural

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Precious Azuree

Chair

Precious Azuree is Clarity Coach sought out by solopreneurs, small business owners, and nonprofits seeking clarity on their brand strategy, systems to boost productivity, and leadership development. In addition to her coaching business, she is breaking barriers as the Vice President and Co-Founder of the award-winning black female-led nonprofit MEASURE, a public education & data advocacy organization that empowers People of Color to use data to tell their own story.

 

As the Social & Cultural Committee Chair, Precious has a vision to create experiences that boost member engagement, inspire authentic connection and provide a well balanced diet of excitement and comfort. There’s so much to explore within the great City of Houston and she believes HAULYP should leave our footprint and influence in as many places as we can.

 

With a strong emphasis on developing people, Precious has made it her mission to develop the human, social and financial capital of her community to position their legacy for sustainability and growth. Your vote will add momentum towards pushing this mission forward.