2015-17 Viola's House, Inc. Board of Directors

Dr. Cedric D. Alford, Chairman of the Board

Dr. Cedric D. Alford is an accomplished leader with 22 years of experience designing and executing data-driven global marketing strategies for industry leaders in various sectors, including financial services, healthcare, technology, telecommunications, retail, consulting and travel. Demonstrated success in delivering highly visible, complex solutions that produce immediate results and create framework for long-term revenue growth, as shown by such key initiatives as creating strategy for global consumer packaged goods company to deliver 400M annual targeted messages to 90M+ contacts and revamping marketing strategy for technology firm that increased efficiency for worldwide operations. Innovative, visionary thinker with track record of devising new service offerings that produce multimillion-dollar revenue. Recognized expert in Software as a Service (SaaS) implementation and marketing automation augmented by hands-on technical experience. Ability to communicate high-level marketing concepts as graduate-level professor for Keller Graduate School of Management. Exceptional communicator with highly refined skills in securing internal support for initiatives, building and energizing high-performing teams and forging collaborative partnerships that lead to superior results. Dr. Alford is the founding president of the 20,000+ Member University of Phoenix Alumni Association, former Board Chair of Nova Academy Charter Schools, former Board Member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, as well as leadership in several other organizations. Dr. Alford has a Doctorate in Management in Organizational Leadership, a Masters in Business Adminstration with a focus on Marketing, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Adminstration.

Dr. Sylonda Burns, Vice Chair

Dr. Sylonda D. Burns has over 22 years of educational and coaching experience with public school students and adults. During her professional career, Dr. Burns has served in the capacities of Teacher, Athletic Coach, School Administrator, Collegiate Professor, and Certified Mentor for Novice First Year Teachers. Currently, Dr. Burns supervises more than 300 staff members, and 3,200 high school students. Over the course of her career, she has assisted nearly 100 female athletes with securing full college scholarships to pursue their studies. Dr. Burns has nonprofit Board of Directors experience with 3 previous organizations serving since 2010. While on the board, she was elected Secretary, VP, and Fundraising Chairman. She is a current active member of the Junior League of Arlington, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Dr. Burns is a two-time graduate of Texas Southern University earning Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Performance (All-Level) and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision. In 2012 she obtained a Doctorate of Management Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix completing dissertation research.

Lauren McClement, Treasurer

Shantanna Brewster, Vice Treasurer

Dana Shortes, Secretary

Mioshi Walker, Events Chair

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