OUR TEAM

Our Team

President
Chinaka A. Barbour, M.P.A.

Chinaka A. Barbour is a native of Whiteville, North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UNC-Chapel Hill located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina Central University located in Durham, North Carolina. She served as a Social Studies Teacher with the Whiteville City Schools in Whiteville, North Carolina. It was during her time as a teacher that she developed the passion for the education and well-being of youth. Chinaka is currently employed as a budget analyst with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. While pursuing her master’s degree she successfully completed a course on Nonprofit Management. This specifically has allowed her to work with Jireh’s Place and help develop it into a successful nonprofit organization.

Chinaka shares the founder’s vision of equipping and nurturing the lives of young girls. As Vice President of an amazing organization, her main objective is to ensure the mission and vision of Jireh’s Place are carried out and the lives of young girls are improved. Chinaka enjoys playing golf, reading, and spending time with family.

Vice President
Dawud Rawlings

Dawud Rawlings is a 1996 graduate of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Upon graduation, Dawud pursued degrees and certificates in sociology, substance abuse counseling, community organizing, and technology. As the founding member of Operation HOPE, an Alexandria, VA non-profit, Dawud learned the process of creating mission and vision statements, while strategically planning yearlong programming. Dawud has also served as a mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization, along with serving on several community forums. This experience fueled his desire to have an impact on youth and young adults in inner-city and suburban communities and to form Black Tie Mentoring & Young Gentlemen’s Group.

For six years, Dawud has worked as a Special Education Behavior Management Specialist in the Preschool (Alexandria Head Start) and Special Education Instructor for the City of Alexandria Public School System (current). He has served as the Assistant Director of After Care Programs at Burgundy Farms Private School in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition to serving on several community organizations and committees, Dawud has spent 17 years as a Recreation Center Program Coordinator (Current). Dawud also serves as the Chair of the Health Committee of the Alexandria Branch of the NAACP and Second Vice President. Dawud enjoys bike riding, playing basketball, health, and spending time investing in the spiritual and social wellbeing of family and friends. He is a devout Christian that believes the actions of Jesus Christ are to be extended and emulated in all facets of life.

Treasurer
Tanika Siler

Tanika Siler was born in San Antonio, TX, but settled in Siler City, NC after moving around to many places due to her parents being in the military. Tanika holds a B.A. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a diehard Tar Heel! She currently works for Lockheed Martin as a Sr. Instructional Designer and in her spare time, she enjoys giving back to her community. She presently serves on the Board of Directors for two additional non-profit organizations, Making a Nation S.M.A.R.T and UNC DC Black Alumni Carolina Club. Tanika is proud to serve on Jireh’s Place Board of Directors because it allows her the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young women. As Jireh’s Place’s founder, Dr. Shakina Rawlings, says “If you want better, you have to do better” and Tanika is determined to do better because she wants better for each and every young lady that passes through this program.

Secretary

LaDonna Sanders

LaDonna Sanders is a native Alexandrian. LaDonna graduated from T.C. Williams High School in 1996 and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Morgan State University in 2000. In 2004, she earned her Master of Social Work degree from Howard University.

LaDonna is employed with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services in their Child Protective Services Division. Currently, she serves as President of the Alexandria’s Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. LaDonna is a graduate of the Alexandria Citizens Academy, Virginia Commonwealth’s Minority Political Leadership Institute, and has served on several boards and commissions in Alexandria.

Fundraising Chairperson
Crystal Robinson

Crystal Robinson is a native of Alexandria, VA and graduated from TC Williams in 1996. After graduating high school, Crystal attended and graduated from VCU in 2000 with a BA in English. She also attended Regent University to work on a Masters in Education.

Crystal has always had a passion youth. She was a member of Operation Hope and helped launch their tutoring program. She also volunteers each year for the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria (a 1996 recipient) telethon as well as reviews essays for scholarships for high school students. She also supports Project Discovery each year for their annual fundraiser walk. Crystal also serves her community as an election officer for the city of Alexandria. She is currently an active member of the Alexandria Chapter of the NAACP, sits on the Economic Opportunity Commission and serves on the board for Jireh's Place.

Crystal recently married Sean Robinson and looks forward to continuing her work in the community.

Jireh’s Place Volunteers

  • Kendale Smith
  • Frandell Gardner
  • Lenese Stephens
  • Laurese Gerald
  • Myesha Harris