Board of Directors


Dr. Bernadine Duncan is the Director of Student Counseling Services and the Women’s Center at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) where she provides mental health services to the PVAMU student community and serves as adjunct graduate professor in the Educational Leadership and Counseling Department.

A native Chicagoan making Houston her home, Ms. Nikki Graves has always had a love for community and public service. Having served as a Girl Scout Troop leader, Basketball team Mom, Public Relations Chair for the CHS dance team, and CHS FFA Committee Chair, her love for youth and community is embedded in her daily lifestyle.

Ms. Rasheda James was raised in the Houston area and is a graduate of Texas A&M University – College Station where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. With over 15 years of Internal Audit experience, she currently is the Director of SOX and Internal Controls at DXP Enterprises, Inc.

Attorney Chavon D. Carr is a graduate of Spelman College earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a concentration in Business Management. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate with a certificate in Health Law, from the Saint Louis University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri.

Attorney Chavon Carr

Secretary and Parliamentarian

Tia N. Locke-Simmons began her career in education in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD as a special educator. Tia served as an assistant principal at Klein High School in Klein ISD. She later became the first African American associate principal for curriculum and instruction for Klein High School and served there for nine years.

Ms. Tia Locke-Simmons

Director and Parliamentarian

Rhonda is known for her strategic fiscal acumen which includes leading teams in financial planning, large complex budget management, and investment portfolio management for both public and private sectors. Respected as a credible voice in decision making, strategic planning and establishing governance boundaries, Rhonda earns a seat at the table wherever she serves.

Ms. Rhonda Smith


Joi is an Organizational Development Strategist, Business Consultant and Entrepreneur. Using her Industrial/Organizational Psychology background, she brings a forward-thinking approach to promote workplace success, business achievement and redesign challenges into winnable opportunities.

Ms. Joi Beasley


Giving back to the community is Ms. Leatha Whitfield’s true passion. With over 30 years of experience as an accomplished leader in Information Technology, she is balancing more of her time to give back to the next generation in the local community.


Executive Committee
Dr. Bernadine Duncan, Chair

Budget and Finance 
Ms. Rasheda James-Ogunkelu, Chair

Building and Grounds
Ms. Nic’cole Roseman-Graves, Chair

Attorney Chavon Carr, Co-Chair

Community Programs
Ms. Tia Locke-Simmons, Chair

Fund Development
Ms. Rhonda Smith, Chair

Public Relations
Joi Beasley, Chair

Ms. Leatha Whitfield, Chair


ODPEC is dedicated to the health and safety of our entire community. As COVID-19 is an ongoing global pandemic, the safety and health strategies we are employing are beneficial to individuals both at ODPEC and while in the community at large. 

Face coverings (covering nose and mouth) are required for all individuals 10 years and older while at ODPEC. Visitors to ODPEC are expected to maintain and encourage at least 6 feet of space from people not in the same household. Individuals are expected to stay home if they have any of the new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19 or have had known close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19. We have enhanced our cleaning and sanitation procedures to ensure the safety  for all.