Jessica Byrd- Founder & Executive Director
When Jessica became a new mommy she was bombarded with tons of decisions to make, as most moms; should I work, should I do daycare, should I breastfeed, the list goes on. Despite having a very strong support group in her family, she noticed that amongst her peers, motherhood was like a secret society. A society of mothers who appeared to have it all figured out, but the reality was we all need help, and more importantly we all need each other. Jessica noticed that mothers lacked a sense of community and she wanted to solve that problem. What started as a post on Facebook, as "moms club" has now grown to over sixty mothers in a member oriented organization named CHICmom.
As a career mom, Jessica has always given her personal and career growth just as much attention as she's given being a mommy and wife. She has strong aspirations in following the career path that God has chosen for her, and stronger aspirations in modeling to her children a mother that confidently walked in her destiny. As a mother of a three and four-year old, life can be very demanding, but she admits to finding strength in CHICmom and strongly believes it was her God-given purpose. Additionally, she knows first hand that being a mother doesn't stop you from growing, in fact you discover a new sense of self discovery. Jessica is deeply rooted in her family and is very aware that home is always her first ministry.
Denise Justice- Business Operations
Denise Justice serves as the "business brain" behind the organization. Ever sense she can remember, she's had a niche for business and known as the go-to person in any area that requires a business mindset. Denise uses her expertise to maintain a number of our own ventures, including; real estate, tax services, credit consulting, and book publishing. Additionally, Denise uses her talents in her role with the State of Michigan and has done so for seventeen years. Denise instilled in her children at a young age to always follow your dreams, even if it wasn't popular.
Denise brings to CHICmom her savvy skill set to carry the organization to the next level. Denise is excited to expand on her talents to help CHICmom flourish into a purpose-driven organization that will impact the lives of many mothers.
Tiffany Toliver- Vice President (Board Member)
Tiffany Toliver entered in motherhood July of 2015. Being one of the few of her immediate friends with a child, she desired a sense of bond and relationships with other women that could relate to her new and current life. Having open conversations and feeling reassurance as a mother was exactly what she obtained from her first few events with CHICmom.
Tiffany desires to being confident not only as a mother but also in herself, while remembering self care is just as important as being a mom. Tiffany brings to CHICmom ten years of marketing expertise in her profession and is proud to serve as Vice President. She's looking forward to growing and helping CHICMom become a household name.
Ebony Hardy- Secretary (Board Member)
Ebony Hardy is a mother of a nine-year-old daughter and eight-month-old son. Ebony has a strong interest in helping others through the area of self care, and now uses her interest as a licensed cosmetologist. She's working diligently to build her brand as a successful salon owner.
Additionally, Ebony's has a gift for literacy and language arts which has incorporated her passion into blogging. She's also very passionate about those who are less fortunate, in particular young children. She uses her spare time to volunteer as a mentor, peer counsel, and offer classes at different organizations in metro Detroit. With writing being a God-given gift Ebony possesses, she's very excited about her role as secretary for CHICmom. Ebony also serves as a general board member on the Southfield Youth Assistance board. Ebony is looking forward to working with CHICmom to bring the community new and exciting resources and activities.
Ciera Lewis - Events/Program Chair (Board Member)
Ciera is a mother of one nine-year old son. Ciera has a strong interest in helping people. Ciera brings to CHICmom ten years of experience in working with children and families. Ciera is looking forward to working with CHICmom and creating new bonds with other women and children. Being a newly single parent while trying to balance motherhood, a career and a personal life, she desires a bond with other like-minded women. Having open conversations with other women who share similar stories is what Ciera received from being a part of CHICmom.
As a career mom, Ciera prides herself in creating a balance between career, personal, and home life. Ciera is always looking to grow and seek ways to better herself as a woman, mother, sister and friend. Ciera is a a strong believer in God and seeks to follow the path that God has chosen for her family.