Educating & Empowering Women & Youth
through Entrepreneurship for the Marketplace
Mrs. Constance Le’Von Manus was born in Winston-Salem North Carolina to William and Minnette Gwyn. Her mother passed away when she was three years old of breast cancer. She was raised by her father, along with three siblings. During her upbringing, she learned the art and the spirit of perseverance. She attended Shaw University and graduated in 1974 with a BS in Behavioral Science. In 1988, she received her Masters in Special Education from Edinboro University.
A fearless and compassionate educator, she retired after 26 years of teaching in the Erie School District. She also worked as a social worker in many other places, such as the El Paso Texas school district, Spokane public schools, family services of Erie Pennsylvania, and as the CHAMPS After School Program Coordinator in the Erie School District. She was a 2009 Dress for Success Dynamic 12 award recipient....read more
Mr. Rickey McCullough is the Associate Ombudsman for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He has over 35 years of service in the banking industry as a federal regulator with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), serving within the FDIC’s Office of the Ombudsman for over 18 years.
Mr. McCullough began his FDIC career in the Division of Resolutions and Receiverships where he has served in various leadership roles including, Managing Liquidator, Supervisory Liquidation Specialist, and as a Managing Agent for the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) during the S&L crisis where he was assigned to run the operations of a $200 million financial institution. As the FDIC’s Associate Ombudsman and designated neutral, he acts as a change agent to identify trends, issues and concerns about agency policies and procedures that affect the banking industry. He works to assist bankers, depositors of insured financial institutions and the public when affected by the FDIC in its regulatory, resolution, receivership or asset disposition activities....read more
Elicia Pegues Spearman is an experienced Employment Attorney and Human Resources Leader that worked for Aetna, a Fortune 50 Company, for twelve years. She has also been employed by other private, federal government and state organizations. For over sixteen years Attorney Spearman has practiced and litigated a wide variety of employment matters in state and federal courts. She has been licensed to practice law in four states and before the United States Supreme Court. Prior to working at Aetna, she worked as an attorney for Children’s Hospital, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority....read more
Luther R. Manus, Jr. was born on October 10, 1927 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He lost his mother at an early, and he had several brothers and sisters to support. Life was hard in those years, but the family survived. He was forced to drop out of school in the eighth grade, and he worked various jobs to help support the family.
Luther was drafted in 1946 and served in the Army until 1949. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Gannon College in 1953. During that time, he had four children, Carlton Manus, Denice Manus, Cynthia Manus, Stephanie Manus, and Dr. Sandie Manus Fields....read more