Meet Our Team

Dr. Nyeisha DeWitt CEO / FOUNDER

Dr. Nyeisha DeWitt is an investor, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Oakland Natives Give Back Fund, Inc., which she founded in 2008 to exemplify an evolved concept of philanthropy and raise awareness around the importance of daily attendance. Her unique background and personal journey uncovered the greatest crack in the foundation of a child’s success: chronic absenteeism, and has given her the ability to see it from a multitude of perspectives.

PROGRAMS
AND SERVICES

Dyese Hunt
Director of Programs

Dyese has 18 years of experience leading youth programs in Workforce Development & Youth Leadership. She envisions a community that works together to uphold our shared responsibility for improving the lives of our young people. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from CSU, Hayward and a Master’s in Non-Profit Management from Mills College.

Kirsten Stephenson
Program's Associate

Kirsten received an AA in Social Behavioral Sciences and Math and Sciences. She wants to insure that all students have the tools needed so that they can improve their
daily school attendance. 

Sherri L. Grier
Achievement Coordinator

Sherri is a seasoned professional with vast experience with youth and women. She has a Master’s in Organizational Leadership & a Doctorate in Divinity with a license as a minister with the Centers for Spiritual Living.

Stefon C. Dent
Achievement Coordinator

Stefon is a social service worker with 16 years of extensive experience working with at-risk youth and young adults as a program manager, achievement coordinator, case manager, and mental health facilitator.

Heather Davis
Achievement Coach

Heather is an Oakland Native studying American Sign Language at Berkeley City College. She has such a passion for fashion, hair, nails, and FOOD.

Ilana Dingwall
Achievement Coordinator

Ilana is currently in her Master’s Program in Social Work reflecting her interest in children, youth, and families. She has always had a passion for working with younger children.

Ryan Glover
Achievement Coach

Ryan is a student athlete at UC Berkeley, pursuing his masters. He is an Achievement Coach working with Skyline High School to build our strategic partnership and help Skyline students who suffer from absenteeism.

Nakeyma Randle
Director of Facilitation

Nakeyma Randle is a serial entrepreneur, studied at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science and Mass Communications and has served as Strategic Partnerships/External Affairs Director & Chief ofStaff since starting in 2010.

Kristal Raheem
Coordinator for GEMs

After earning her master’s degree in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, Kristal returned home to Oakland to continue her growth as a community-based educator and researcher.

Raquell Gant
Lead Recruiter for GEMs

Raquell is an entrepreneur who has been with ONGB since 2021. She is currently in college to become a neonatal nurse. She is the Lead Recruiter for GEMs and is paving a way for young girls to become their own boss.

Erin Gray
CoFounder of GEMs

Erin is the cofounder & Alumni of The Girls Equity Movement. She is a rising Junior at the number one Entrepreneurship College in the world, Babson College. Her ideology behind GEMS was to expose young women to the basics of entrepreneurship.

Eric Gant
Senior Programs Coordinator

Eric has been with us since 2008. He grew from volunteer to aiding in the Programs Department. In 2016, he became a Program Coordinator. He was promoted to Senior Program Coordinator after expanding the Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge to Texas.

Quenee Austria
Programs Assistant

Quenee is currently completing her BS in Accounting while fulfilling the role of assistant in the Programs Department. She has previously worked as an ESL tutor and a personal assistant before joining ONGB.

RESEARCH, STRATEGY &
ORGANIZATIONAL
EFFECTIVENESS

Dr. Chyna Hill
Director of R,S, & OE

Dr. Hill has a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Southern California, an MSW from the University of Southern California, an MA in Africana Women’s Studies, and a BA in Women and Gender Studies from the University of South Florida.

Carren Gopez
RSO&E Assistant

Carren holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology reflecting her interest in people and their behavior. As one of the assistants in ONGB, she offers support to the needs of the organization to ensure that the best is served to ONGB members.

ADMINISTRATION

Wanda Cherry
Office Coordinator

Wanda is the one you
see once you enter the ONGB office. She greets you with a smile and a happy tone. Her role is to keep the office organized and make sure that all supplies are stocked and we operate smoothly.

Savannah Vasquez
Executive Assistant

Savannah is originally from Livermore, CA, but has been in the community of Oakland for five years. She just obtained her BA in Criminology and Psychology and is now pursuing an MA in Forensic Psychology.

Elmira Guzon
Executive Assistant

Ira is the assistant to the CEO and to the administrative department. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her education paved the way to her long-term career in providing services to the Admin and HR departments.

Jennet Castro
Finance Assistant

Jennet has a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management and is working on her Masters Degree in Business Administration. Inspired by her three years in non-profit accounting, she is active in multiple local charities.

Maddy Cruz
Marketing Assistant

Maddy is a licensed financial advisor and is now pursuing her third license as a Certified Investment Solicitor. She is also part of a local non-profit organization that helps her brethren Aeta and street children.