Educating & Empowering Women & Youth
through Entrepreneurship for the Marketplace

 

Our Board Members

Metashar Dillon
Chairman of the Board, CEO & KIEDC Founder

KIEDC Founder
Mrs. Metashar Bankhead Dillon is the epitome of a brilliant, yet humble, 4th generation entrepreneur with an extraordinary sense of social responsibility. In business since the age of 18, she is the Owner and Operator of Executive Touch Spa and Salon, in Farmington, Connecticut, USA, and is co-owner of California Hair Designs, in Hamden, Connecticut, USA. She is Chairman of the Board and President of Kingdom International Economic Development Corporation (KIEDC, www.KIEDC.com), a Non-profit Foundation that brings forth hope and builds on a commitment to deliver socio-economic change to benefit all of humanity...read more

Chandra Winford
CFO - Chief Financial Officer

Chandra Winford is the Chief Financial Officer for a worldwide Ministry in Georgia. Under her direction, the ministry has overcome millions of dollars deficit in a little over a year. Best known for her ability to push entities into the black, Winford’s greatest desire is to use her financial talents to assist individuals, corporations and small businesses in making better financial decisions. She is an author of her first book “Money Does Matter and So Does How you Handle It”. Winford boasts more than 15 years experience as a senior financial analyst. Her unique perspective on how to manage and handle finances are a result of her diverse training and analytical skill set. Having worked with numerous Fortune 100 Corporations, including, Hewlett Packard, Delta Airlines, IBM and McGraw-Hill Companies, Winford is equipped with practical knowledge it takes to help individuals and companies grow and succeed financially. ...read more

Andrea Jeffress, MD, FACOG
Vice President

Andrea Jeffress, MD, FACOG, is an OB/GYN physician & surgeon who resides and practices in Erie, PA. A gifted, young scholar, she left Sanford School in Hockessin, DE at the age of 14 and enrolled in Simon’s Rock of Bard College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. At Simon’s Rock, she was a Blodgett Scholar and majored in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Natural Science. She was also the winner of the Caleb Roosevelt Creative Writing Award for a compilation of poetry written in college. After graduating Magna Cum Laude at the age of 18, she took a year off and worked in a neurosurgery lab as a Yale research assistant in New Haven, Connecticut. ...read more

Mrs. Constance Le’Von Manus

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.

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Mr. Rickey McCullough

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.

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Elicia Pegues Spearman
Chief Legal and HR Officer

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.

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Advisory Board

Mr. Luther R. Manus

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.

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