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About Us

Our Team

GirlTrek is structured to deliver social impact through service and volunteerism.

Deeply inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, our operational structure uses three key levers: a highly-trained and incredibly talented volunteer corps of local volunteers, a distinguished board of directors, and a small and smart central leadership team. Our national leadership team includes national staff and the board of directors.

Staff

T. Morgan Dixon

Co-founder & CEO

T. Morgan Dixon is the co-founder and CEO of GirlTrek, the largest health movement for Black women in America.

Through national campaigns, community leadership, and health advocacy, Morgan and cofounder Vanessa Garrison mobilize Black women to be changemakers in their lives and communities – simply by walking. GirlTrek aims to rally 1 million Black women to walk for better health by 2020. In doing so, they will reclaim the streets of 50 of the highest-need communities in America.

Prior to GirlTrek, Dixon was on the front lines of education reform. She served as Director of Leadership Development for one of the largest charter school networks in the country, Achievement First, and directed the start-up of six public schools in New York City for St. Hope and the Urban Assembly, two organizations funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has served as a trustee for boards of The National Outdoor Leadership School, Teach for Haiti and The Underground Railroad Historic Byway, a $50 million tourism and preservation project in Maryland.

As the co-leader of GirlTrek, Dixon received fellowships from Teach for America (2012), Echoing Green (2013), Ashoka (2014), and The Aspen Institute (2015). She has been featured in the New York Times and CNN, was named a “health hero” by Essence Magazine and has appeared on the cover of Outside Magazine’s recent “Icons” edition. She got a standing ovation during her TED Talk in 2017 with over 1 million views and earned The Audacious Prize, the newest iteration of the TED Prize, a selective cohort of global organizations to receive 8-figure investments. GirlTrek is currently the largest health movement for Black women in America.

Vanessa Garrison

Founder & COO

Vanessa Garrison is a passionate advocate of social justice issues and has focused her work on improving health outcomes and quality of life for Black women and girls.

Prior to co-founding GirlTrek, Vanessa worked as a Program Coordinator for Our Place DC, a nonprofit organization that provides services to currently and formerly incarcerated women. Vanessa began her career working in digital media with Turner Broadcasting System. Inc. in Atlanta, GA. where she managed digital media projects for some the world’s most recognizable news and entertainment brands, including, CNN, TNT and Sports Illustrated.

With GirlTrek, Vanessa has been a featured on CNN, in The Washington Post, The New York Times and named a “Health Hero” by Essence Magazine. Vanessa has received social innovations fellowships from Teach For America (2012), Echoing Green (2013), and the Aspen Institute (2015). Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Arts in World Arts and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Victoria Payne

SVP Administration & Finance

Victoria Payne is a finance and operations executive and a passionate advocate for empowering women professionals and improving racial/ gender equality. Victoria is a strategic thinker with a passion for mission-based organizations and will help lead an organization thru strategic processes with financial discipline and strategic data-driven decision making. She brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership across business strategy, M&A, governance and compliance, and financial planning and analysis.

Most recently, Victoria lead a team at Lowe’s as a senior manager in supply chain and merchandising finance. Prior to joining Lowe’s, Victoria served as CFO and Vice President for Mountain Khakis where she was responsible for the strategic and operational activities across finance, technology, project management, facilities, and supply chain. Victoria has a can-do attitude and a soup to the nuts understanding of all aspects of the business. Her approach is grounded in the use of leading technologies to improve operational efficiency and actualize more innovative business processes.

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Victoria earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The University of North Carlina – Charlotte and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Victoria enjoys traveling and will vacation anywhere with a sandy beach. She and her family now reside in Charlotte, NC.

Carla E. Harris

VP of Member Care

Before joining our team, Carla served in a volunteer role as City Captain in Atlanta where she inspired a state-wide takeover and led the growth of the entire state of Georgia. She joined the GirlTrek national team in 2017 as National Director of Volunteer Support and now serves as the VP of Member Care where she is responsible for making sure we, as the most inspiring movement for Black women’s health, are providing world-class customer service and community care to our valued members, volunteers, community, allies, partners and friends.

Carla brings with her over 25 years of customer service experience. Her experience as Sony’s Customer Service Manager, serving on an elite leadership team managing, supporting, and providing elite customer care to Avon Products Global Million Dollar SalesForce, and being an entrepreneur, has equipped her with the highest level of customer excellence, care, and customer service experience that is needed in this role to elevate our org-wide culture as a leader in community care and customer service.

Chyna Johnson

Director of Impact and Innovation

Chyna-Lloyd Nicole Johnson serves as Director of Data Management at GirlTrek. She joined GirlTrek in 2017 as the 2017 Summer Fellow while completing her graduate degree at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. In her role as a summer fellow, Chyna worked on the planning and execution of GirlTrek’s annual national church walking challenge PrayerTrek.

Today, she is responsible for the overall management of GirlTrek internal systems, information management, and administrative program support that supports an effective and high-functioning national staff.

Chyna is originally from Columbus, Ohio. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry and African & African American Studies from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and earned her Master of Public Health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She now resides in the Atlanta area.

Ebony Andrews

Director of Strategic Programming and Production

Ebony serves as the Director of Strategic Programming and Production of GirlTrek. She first joined the GirlTrek sisterhood as a trekker in 2014, serving as a volunteer City Captain and member of the National Advisory Council. Today, as a member of the national team, she leads the production of GirlTrek’s national events and campaigns to support the self-care, health, and joy of Black women.

Prior to GirlTrek, she served as the Director of Sports Initiatives for the President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition, developing national strategies and partnerships to encourage youth participation in sports. She has also worked for the U.S. Office of the Surgeon General, supporting national public health initiatives and Surgeon General’s reports, including the landmark 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s report on Smoking and Health.

Ebony is an MPH graduate of Morehouse School of Medicine and she received her BS in biology from Syracuse University.

Outside of her work as a public health leader, she’s a fitness and sports enthusiast. She’s a former professional fitness competitor. She also runs, plays flag football, and is always exploring new sports and adventures.

Hailey Darby

National Field Director

Hailey joins the GirlTrek national team as the National Field Director. With a passion for working with the younger generation, Hailey uses her Christian faith to be a guiding force of justice for Black women and girls and looks forward to building GirlTrek’s presence on college campuses and religious institutions.

Since joining GirlTrek as a volunteer in 2016 with her mom and two sisters, Hailey has truly experienced what happens when Black women walk. Through her volunteer work with GirlTrek, Hailey has climbed mountains, both literally and figuratively, towards her own healing. Women being transformed, families being renewed, and communities being ignited is what she deeply desires for all black women to experience.

Hailey currently resides in Houston, Texas, but her Southwest Louisiana roots follow her wherever she goes. Hailey is most joyful when spending time with her sisters and taking walks along Louisiana’s country roads.

Takeya Meggett

Special Impact Coach, HBCUs

Tanvi Girotra

National Advisor, Movement Building

Kenniqua Howell

Manager, Social Media & Community

Michelle Williams

Director of Finance

Board of Directors

Tulaine Montgomery

Board Chair

Tulaine Montgomery is an accomplished social entrepreneur, educator, community organizer and writer. She has played central leadership roles in the launch and expansion of several schools and non-profit organizations domestically and internationally. Tulaine is currently a Managing Partner at New Profit Inc. a national venture philanthropy fund that provides growth capital grants and strategic support to social entrepreneurs and their organizations.

US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin

Board Member

Dr. Benjamin served as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. She is currently the Chair of Public Health Sciences at Xavier University. She is a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award, NAACP Image Award, Kellogg National Fellowship, Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, Rockefeller Next Generation Leader Award and has served on the boards of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Morehouse School.

Dr. Gary Bennett

Board Member

Dr. Bennett is a professor at Duke University and directs Duke’s Global Digital Health Science Center and Obesity Prevention Program – where he designs, tests, and disseminates industry-leading obesity treatments for the primary care setting and digital health. He has authored more than 100 papers on the social determinants of obesity & the effectiveness of intervention strategies.

Chaula Gupta

Board Member

Chaula is VP of Program Investments at The Chicago Public Education Fund. She was founding Managing Director of Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Initiative at Teach For America; launched a new Social Innovation Award for early-stage seed investments, created design-thinking trainings for educators, and coached alumni entrepreneurs to raise more than $10 million collectively to launch new social ventures.

Rita Johnson Greene

Board Member

Rita Johnson-Greene leads the US Commercial Operations team at Spark Therapeutics. She is a successful business leader with 15 years of progressive finance, resource allocation, sales and strategic business planning experience with several world class organizations.

Rita began her career in strategic consulting within Accenture ‘s pharmaceutical practice and developed business cases and financial models for new business ventures. She went on to manage the finances of AstraZeneca’s six billion dollar Nexium brand and served as a member of the Commercial Operations Leadership team.

Rita earned her MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Rita acquired her undergraduate degree in Electrical Computer engineering from Drexel University, where she met her husband of 14 years. They live in Drexel Hill, PA with their two daughters, Leah and Maya.

Qiana Conley

Board Member

Qiana began her career in music in 1999 at Epic Records in Promotions/A&R while contributing to album projects by Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and B2K. In 2011, Qiana founded Cue the Creatives where she began Music Supervising on projects such as Nickelodeon’s How To Rock, Lifetime’s holiday feature Seasons of Love starring Taraji P. Henson, Gladys Knight & Method Man. Currently, Qiana is producing/directing “The Untitled TLC Documentary,” which follows the journey back to the music for the iconic pop girl group, after a 20-year lapse, as they take on the challenges of making their final album.

Hinda Miller

Board Member

Hinda is a former Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Chittenden senate district. Hinda is also known for her part in the invention of the sports bra. Hinda is owner and president of DeForest Concepts, a business consulting firm. She is also on the Board of Directors of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, a for-profit coffee company.

Serita Cox

Board Member

Serita is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of iFoster – where she brings her personal experience in foster care and her executive-level management experience leading and consulting both Silicon Valley Fortune 500 companies and organizations in the non-profit sector. Before launching iFoster, Serita provided strategic counsel to some of the largest philanthropic foundations and non-profit services for at-risk youth as a management consultant with the Bridgespan Group. Serita has been recognized as a White House Office of Social Innovation Citizen Innovator, an Echoing Green Fellow, and an American Leader of Change.